Sunday, 27 May 2012

I think I've found the perfect shed...

.. for me, anyway.

I've been on a mission to find the right mix of shed and summerhouse but also wanted it to have a bit of a barn look to it.  We've had a lovely run of sunny days recently and working indoors has been horrible - I've been longing for an outdoor space to work in.  I think I've found just the thing.

Ignore the horrible red roof - I plan on having a black roof and even though I really like the Swedish Red Wood Pine used to build the shed I plan on painting it, inside and out.

White inside and either white or grey outside.

I have Seth's approval for two reasons - one, he loves the round window on the side and two, I told him he could have sleepovers in it during the summer.

I love the fact that it has double doors on two sides so you can just throw the doors open on sunny days and have a nice through breeze.  Sheds can get so warm and stuffy that they can be unbearable and our garden is south facing so gets sun all day.  Lily used to have a small wooden playhouse that she never used as it got so hot.  This should be easy to keep cool.

I sort of envision it having the look of Tricia Foley's barn (on a much smaller scale, of course).  Just plain and simple.  I want to be able to work in it so will need a folding table and plan on getting a few folding camp beds so we can camp out on balmy evenings.  

Just how lovely would it be to sleep here?

I'm also thinking of seeing if it can be made with sliding doors instead of ones that open but that's not a big deal.  I love the brown here with the white doors so that's another colour possibility.

Easy part over - now just need to save!


Monday, 21 May 2012

Life is better by the sea..

Sometime last year a friend asked me to make her a 'Life is better by the sea' sign.

I've been so busy with work, life, kids, Etsy ... that I only just got round to doing it.

The colour above is about right.  Not sure why but the colour seems to have turned green in the photo below.

We're both happy with how it turned out.  I may have to make one for myself now - maybe next year!


Friday, 11 May 2012

new bedroom mirror

 A couple of weeks ago, a friend and I went to visit my friend who lives in Gloucester and we went to the Spring Fair at Sudeley Castle.

The weather was absolutely awful but that didn't stop us making the long drive as we knew there would be some great things to buy.

One of the things I bought was a new mirror for my bedroom.  I have a small wall between the headboard wall and a door into the en-suite bathroom and I've never really known what to put there other than a twiggy heart.

This mirror was only £15 and while I liked the simple, almost beachy shape the colour wasn't working for me but I bought one and so did one of my friends and I painted mine in a new Annie Sloane Chalk Paint shade, Pure.  Just a couple of coats with a light sanding and I much prefer it now.

There was a bit too much white wood on show so I simply blue tacked a couple of vintage French photos on the sides.  I bought these off an Etsy seller quite a while back.  They are scenes from Biarritz in the South West of France in the 1950's and I've been to all the places in the photos so they mean something to me.  I love them and they seem to belong on this mirror.

My photo taking skills are getting worse, I'm sure.  The quality of these photos is terrible, sorry.  I think it may be time to replace my camera (I'm sure that's the problem and nothing to do with my ability!).

I think this mirror is really cute and just the right size for this wall.  It's a bit scary though as it's next to my side of the bed and at my eye level so I now know just how hideous I look first thing in the morning.  I think the mirror must be faulty :)


Monday, 7 May 2012

The back garden

Yesterday we had some sun.  It was lovely to have a sunny, clear day after all the rain we've been having.  My husband and daughter worked hard all day cutting the foot long grass (seriously) and having a general post-winter tidy up.

My back garden frustrates me as when we bought the house the back garden was a patch of mud.  My husband quickly laid a patio and some turf as we wanted to host Seth's christening at home.  We've never really had the garden looking the way we'd like it to.

I would just love a beautiful patio area surrounded by white hydrangeas (I only have white and green in my garden - I have a real aversion to coloured flowers with the exception of blue - weird!).  This would be such a lovely place to sit and relax (photo from a country farmhouse).

I would love a nice shed which combines good looks with plenty of storage.

I already have a similar table and chairs so just need the lovely garden to go with them now (photo from Jeanne D'Arc Living).

We ordered some wooden raised beds for Lily a few weeks ago and picked them up yesterday.  She is really keen to grow her own fruit and veg so we plan on fencing off just a little section of the garden and putting a little gravel path around it - she is really excited about this.

I've loved this picture for ages - I love how there they've incorporated two sheds, a water feature, loads of greenery and so many places to sit in such a small space.


This is what we have to work with.

Notice my handsome boy, Woody, trying to hog the photo!

Slabs in desperate need of a power wash.  I'd like to change the slabs but there's no point yet as we'd like to add a sunroom and a mudroom one day so son't want to replace the slabs with some that will get ripped up again in a year or two.  The fence needs a good clean - the garden did have a lot more shrubs in it last year and one day on impulse I cut them all back and removed some.  The fence was left really yucky though and I'm not sure how to clean it - HELP gratefully received!!  I also hate the colour of the fence - it was supposed to be a darkish natural brown but came out quick reddish brown.  I'm thinking of painting/staining it grey - any thoughts on this?

Lily's veggie patch is going to go in the corner where the Weigela plant is.  We need to add a shed/summer house and our plan was to put it in the right hand corner but now we're thinking of putting the shed in the middle of the back fence with a small deck next to it in the right hand corner.

I love our Eucalyptus tree and we recently added some solar powered fairy lights to it so it looks really pretty in the evenings.  The jungle gym is long overdue for retirement but Lily will not part with it so for now remains a (much loved and much used) eyesore!

I wish the garden fairy would pay me a visit.  I just do not have the vision to put all my ideas into one small garden.  It also amazes me how much it's going to cost to have a lovely garden - I could probably go to Hawaii for what it's likely to cost.  To be honest, if that was an option I could live with this garden for a little longer!