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This is the Treehouse You Wish You Had as a Kid

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Treehouses are much better on television or in our imagination. In reality, they're often just airborne wooden boxes filled with dust and spiders. But not this incredible playhouse: Instead of spiders, there's a mahogany writing desk. In place of shoddy carpentry, there is a view of the countryside.

Designed by Sharon Davis Design, this very cool fort can be found on an old farmstead in Garrison, N.Y. The treehouse (although not technically in a tree, it's elevated like one) is roughly 350 square feet and has two floors for children to move around on. To get inside, visitors must climb a rope netting and enter via a trap door. Once inside, the child has the option to climb a ladder to the crow's nest, or lounge in the rope netting. A metal slide connects the two floors together for easy movement.

Up top on the crow's nest, there's a mahogany writing desk for jotting down important memos. When visitors have had their fill, there's a fire pole available for easy departure.

Photos via Elizabeth Felicella

[h/t: DesignMilk]

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Here's How to Turn an IKEA Box Into a Spaceship
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Since IKEA boxes are designed to contain entire furniture items, they could probably fit a small child once they’re emptied of any flat-packed component pieces. This means they have great potential as makeshift forts—or even as play spaceships, according to one of the Swedish furniture brand’s print ads, which was spotted by Design Taxi.

First highlighted by Ads of the World, the advertisement—which was created by Miami Ad School, New York—shows that IKEA is helping customers transform used boxes into build-it-yourself “SPÄCE SHIPS” for children. The company provides play kits, which come with both an instruction manual and cardboard "tools" for tiny builders to wield during the construction process.

As for the furniture boxes themselves, they're emblazoned with the words “You see a box, they see a spaceship." As if you won't be climbing into the completed product along with the kids …

Check out the ad below:

[h/t Design Taxi]

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The Best Cupcake in All 50 States
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We’re going to sugarcoat it. Twelve years after the advent of the cupcake-only bakery (the California-launched chain Sprinkles is credited with opening the first in 2005), there are a lot of options. We rounded up 50 of the best decadent desserts across the country. So go out, have your (cup)cake—and eat it, too.

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