My Favorite Room.... Home is Where the Boat Is


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.

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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.

Country Gardens Potting Shed

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!

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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.

Staffordshire Bouquet

I have to confess I've done more

puttering than potting here~


Unless you count

dish gardening :)

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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~

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Potting Shed Christmas

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!


  1. So charming. Wish I had one too. Thanks for sharing this. Linda

  2. Yes, so very charming!! I just love it and appreciate all the details she gave on the cost of some of the extras added to it. Popping over to her blog now. She's a NC neighbor!

  3. How totally and wonderfully awesome this sweet little potting shed is! I could spend hours, even days in there potting and puttering around!

  4. That's so much fun you would never want to be in the house.

  5. I LOVE Mary's potting shed! Such a great place to putter around. It looks like it would be a nice retreat, too. It's decorated beautifully and if we hadn't moved, I would have loved to have done something like this with our shed on Long Islan. Love the burlap window treatments and the cafe curtains across the cabinet bases. Great luck finding such a pretty pair that worked. Thanks for sharing Mary's favorite room, Kim.

  6. Mary's shed is so inspiring, and I wouldn't be surprised to see it featured in a gardening magazine soon! All the details are just amazing, and I could get lost in looking at the photos, too!

  7. Kim~ Thanks so much for inviting me to share my favorite room! I hope you get your very own sooner rather than later and oh the painting projects you would have then! :) Have a great weekend!

  8. How luvly!!! What a beautiful little retreat! Now I want a potting shed :-)
    Thanks so much for sharing ladies. Going back for another peek. The burlap curtains... thinking I may steal, ahem , I mean copy them.
    Hugs, Gee

  9. What a fabulous potting shed, I just love it!

  10. Mary's pretty little potting shed is a favorite of mine. Wish I had one just like it. Thanks for this feature, Kim!

  11. What a beautiful garden shed, absolutely awesome. Your decorating skills are right up there with Kims... could the two of you come on up to This Old House and do a redecoration?...

    Thanks for sharing..

  12. As I kept scrolling down I kept saying aloud "oh my goodness!" This room is wonderful! I am headed over to visit her now. Thanks so much for sharing Kim!

  13. J'adore cette charmante petite maison... Mon atelier lui ressemble un peu, pourtant il est un petit peu différent.
    Merci pour ces merveilleuses photos.
    Gros bisous

  14. Wow ~ this is so adorable, I love everything about it. I'll definitely be popping over to Mary's site. Thanks for sharing it, Kim!

  15. Kim,
    Oh my! What a great way to kick off a Spring weekend! Mary's potting shed is perfection, beauty and creativity!

    I want one!
    Have a super weekend-

  16. Mary's Garden Cottage is something that I can only dream is truly the most magnificent Garden Cottage I have seen...Mary is such a talented and creative person...I gain so much inspiration from her...truly!!...I never tire of seeing this incredible thing of beauty!!...Thanks Kim for presenting Mary's Favorite Room...Have a great weekend!

  17. Wow, what a little piece of paradise. It is simply to die. I'm so jealous!!

  18. I love Mary's potty shed! It's so adorable. We try not to be jealous! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  19. Thanks for sharing this with us!! wonderful potting shed!! Oh how I wish I had room for one!

  20. Thanks for presenting mary and her fabulous garden shed. I ahve been a follower of her and her blog for quite some time and she NEVER disappoints. Every post is PACKED with beauty and inspiration. I would LOVE, love to have a gardening shed but am not allowed here. One thing I do NOT like:):) I hope you both have a beautiful weekend. Spring is FINALLY arriving here in Pa. this weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I bought 2 hydrangeas yesterday!!!!!!!!!! XO, pinky

  21. That's the prettiest shed I've ever seen!!! What an awesome space!

  22. Oh, My goodness, Kim!
    Your shed photos...the splendidly soft colors...all the light streaming through the windows...I love it all!
    Blessings and thanks for sharing,
    Carolynn xo

  23. Hi Mary, nice to meet you. We are practically neighbors...we live in Tega cay SC:) This is the most charming shed I have ever seen! I really enjoyed my stay.

  24. Thanks, Kim, for hosting this great service. Many places some of us wouldn't otherwise see, if not for you. I am in awe of anything Mary does. It is all so beautiful and I especially love this Potting Shed. What a little gem..Happy Weekend..Judy

  25. Hi Kim & Mary, I follow both your blogs and enjoy them so much! I'm really enjoying these favorite rooms, Kim. Thanks, Mary, for sharing your lovely potting shed with us.

  26. That would be my favorite room too! She has put so much effort and love into making it a special place. What is her blog address? Can't seem to find a link in the post.

  27. Mary your potting shed is so charming. I love it all especially using the old vents. Everything is just beautiful. I am hoping to get a potting shed this summer too. I got a lot of inspiration from yours. Thanks for sharing.

  28. Kim
    Mary's garden shed is by far the cutest I've ever seen. It would be a favorite site to hang out for me too!

  29. I have a potting shed which looks NOTHING like Mary's great place!! Mine is filled with lawn stuff! Maybe I need to plot a little takeover!!! Power to the People...or gardeners!!! I am in love with her shed!!!

  30. What a wonderful way to welcome Spring Kim! I know whenever I see Mary's adorable shed I want to plant or paint or salvage something! You and Mary both are endless sources of talent, creativity and inspiration! Thanks,

  31. I adore her potting shed, it is totally amazing. Hugs, Marty

  32. Mary's blog, as well as yours are 2 of my favorites. You both do a beautiful job with your incredible creative talent and sweet enough to share your gifts. It's a good day in blogland when 2 talented people get together!

  33. Mary's potting shed is a glorious testimony to ingenuity and creativity. She is without a doubt the best tablescaper I have ever seen too. Olive

  34. This is like a grownup playhouse!! So cute and wonderful.
    Mary Alice

  35. What a darling garden talented!

  36. I follow her, Kim. She has an amazing blog and I just LOVE her garden shed-xo Diana

  37. Kim, thanks for featuring Mary. She is truly one talented lady, and one I consider a great friend. I'm in awe of all Mary creates at her beautiful home lakeside. This potting shed is just the tip of the iceberg. Not only is she an incredible stylist, she is a prolific one. Like you, Mary is full of energy and gets things done. Kudos to both of you amazing ladies!

  38. I do believe I could just live in there...cute as a button!
    Thanks for sharing!
    She's in my neck of the woods...heading over to say hello...

  39. Mary's garden shed is fantastic and very inspiring.
    Great choice again, Kim, I enjoy your Friday's posts a lot (well, all your posts).
    Besos to both of you, Silvina

  40. How cute is that space! Makes me want to start collecting old pieces so I can build one:)

  41. This is so motivating. I have big garden plans this summer.

  42. I want to LIVE in that little potting shed!!! LOVE IT!

  43. What a gorgeous and lovley potting shed. She did such a great job. Wish I could have one of those!


  44. Hi Kim. I could move into that potting shed. I’ve been dreaming about it since I seeing it built and decorated. Mary did a great job. It look like a doll house for grown-ups! Thanks Kim for sharing this for all to enjoy.
    Happy Saturday, bet you are at the flea markets!

    The French Hutch

  45. Hi Kim,
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful blog! What a perfect space to just let creativity go wild! Perfectly done! I'm going to go and visit more!

  46. It's a cross between a poting shed and a dream castle. I love the re-used windows.

  47. I love all the details Mary has put into this potting shed. It's a favorite place of mine too!
    Nice to see it featured!

  48. Would like to know where to get the building plans for this shed.