A treehouse in my parent's Colorado neighborhood.

Growing up, I often climbed our willow tree and hid away on the plank my Dad added. I remember that feeling of being sheltered by the wispy branches and supported by the giant wooden limbs - the joy of a private hideaway.

Linda Aldredge's grown-up tree-house retreat is simple and has an "off-the-grid feeling" - one of her blog entries sums up her motivation: "the city is my mistress, the forest is my love."

Another tiny get-away that I admire is Angele Parlange's Louisiana pigeon coop.

A chic and feminine reprieve - truly a space of her own:

How can we make our everyday spaces more retreat-like?

Sources: Domino (RIP) March 2008 & Cottage Living (RIP) June 2008.