Hi, I’m Mary at Home is Where the Boat Is.
We live on Lake Norman in North Carolina, hence the name :) I’m honored and thrilled to join Kim and her readers at Savvy Southern Style to share my favorite room!
My Potting Shed~ built last year.
This project was years in the making in the planning & procrastinating stage, but only took about a month, starting and stopping due to a delay in materials, and a project I was thrilled to have completed in 2012!
Landscaping is at the top my list of projects this year.
The exterior was inspired by my 2012 early spring issue of Country Gardens Magazine. We didn't have any plans, just a rough sketch from ideas and pages saved from magazines. The exterior is 10 x 16~ the size dictated by the space we had under the trees and already seems too small!
A marriage of old and new materials
with a little fun picking a few salvage items~
~Doors, $12 each
~Posts for Front Porch, $15 each
~Rusted Metal for Roof of the Porch, $3 a panel, Tetanus shot not included :)
I splurged on a pair of leaded glass windows, one hung horizontally and one hung vertically in the front.
A pair of sash windows on the side were picked for $45, installed to let light in but not to function, over with built-in work areas.
Window dressing was one of my first projects to tackle. Drapery rods supplied by Mother Nature were tied together with twine and then secured with twine to shelf brackets.
A roll of landscaping burlap from Lowe’s was ideal to dress & drape, and affordable~ one roll of burlap fabric, 3 feet x 24 feet, was $9.78. Landscaping burlap has an open weave and is much lighter in weight than regular burlap~ so I didn’t have to worry about the weight on my branch drapery rods.
My work areas are 4 feet x 2 feet. I wanted a work surface that would be functional, economical, and not look too finished. I found a sheet metal shop that does HVAC duct work to cover my plywood counters with galvanized sheet metal and attach a back splash.
I found cafe curtains the ideal length and width for skirting my work benches and storage areas, good for me since I'd rather pot than sew :)
My husband came up with the idea of repurposing a pair of salvaged heat register covers to use as gable vents instead purchasing a new gable vent.
My grandmother's neglected and very pink chest of drawers got a new home and little facelift, courtesy of Annie Sloan Chalk paint, now just a hint of the pink showing through.
I have to confess I've done more
puttering than potting here~
Unless you count
dish gardening :)
It has inspired a few projects though~
like a Bird Feeder Chandelier, also with dishes.
And it gives me an opportunity
to celebrate the seasons~
I have a Potting Shed tab at the top of my home page, if you're interested in more information and to see how she's grown!
Thanks so much Kim for letting me share my favorite room!
I am always in awe of your painting projects and design expertise, as well as your energy!
Thanks so much, Mary for sharing your wonderful garden shed. I have been wanting one for years and hope I can nag enough to get mine started this year.
If y'all want some more wonderful inspiration be sure and hop on over to Home is Where the Boat Is and look around. Mary is a fabulous stylists and I can just get lost in her photos taking in all the details.
If you have missed previous favorite room guest posts be sure and check them out here. So many beautiful rooms have been shared.
Have a fabulous weekend!