Monday, September 20, 2010

My Garden Cottage

I see that today is Show Off Your Cottage Monday.

So when I think of my "cottage" I think of my garden shed I had buildt for my gardening antiques and a place to hang out. It must be comfortable because even my next door neighbor comes over in the morning to drink her coffee there! It is a mess right now, because some of the furniture has gone to live at 1515. But in the fall I decorate it for Christmas. A few years ago, our house was on a Holiday House Tour. We had cookies and hot chocolate set up in the shed by the fireplace.

This is the outside of the shed. I love the old shutters I found and a garden antique show. The bench on the porch was my mother in law's. It sat in their breakfast room to put the "boys" on, their are 6 of them!

Here is the inside ready for a Christmas visitor. Too bad I don't have a close up of the cloche I made to look like a snow globe on the mantle. The picture above the mantle is my Grandmother and mother in front of my Great Grandmother's giant hollyhocks. The place is full of antique watering cans and pots from the 50's and 60's.
The chalk board I use in the summer to write down when some seeds are planted. In the rt hand corner is a old shopping cart full of antique childrens gardening tools.

Why don't you come over and sit for awhile!

7 comments:

Carolyn said...

Hi Ann,
You have a charming little garden cottage. We were also on a house tour at Christmas and I decorated the little cottage for Christmas also-great fun!

Carolyn

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

O mY!!
How precious is this!! I love it and especially the fact that you decorate it for Christmas!! I do 12 Christmas trees of various shapes and sizes!!

Debbie @ A Debbie-Dabble Christmas

Willow said...

I just love what you have done. It makes me want to ask Hubby to build me one.

Willow

nannykim said...

Oh....it makes me envious...but I am not suppose to envy. Really charming!

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Ann,
What a neat space to hang out in. I wish I had a playhouse like that! :)

Carolyn said...

Ann,

I have been looking at sheds to have one built in my backyard for my granddaughters...to do this very thing!! I absolutely love love it!! I just want a quaint little place like this!!! Want it so so so much!!!!! Now I want it even more!!!!!! ...can you tell I am just really wanting one and very envious of yours?? :)

By the way, is that a real fireplace that you can actually heat with??? Please let me know!!
Hugs, Carolyn ~ Cottage Sunshine

Ann said...

Carolyn,

The shed is a Tough Shed. They built it to my specifications as far as the size, the porch and asked them to make the holes for the windows so i could insert my own. Then we lined the interior up to the beams with bead board. I even stained bead board and that is the floor....looks like hard wood!

I cheated on the fireplace. I got the mantle at an antique store and placed a electric fireplace heater from Walmart in the hole. It heats up some but is not enough if it is below freezing. Ceiling fan for cooling only with cross ventilation of the windows.

It was one of my dreams to build and OH did I have fun decorating it! I will have more pictures of it in the future!

Thanks! Ann