Sheds and Outbuildings

garden hut black slats patio cover from torvan via www.studiogblog.comI am desperately trying to finish off some projects that have been carrying on for too long.  One of which is the pergola over the cobblestone patio that I laid last fall.  I have just finished putting the polymeric sand between the stones and now I need to turn my attention to the pergola that will go over the top.

modern chicage house by Ranquist Development via www.studiogblog.com

I have been hashing through the design details in my head for months and I have finally settled upon a style.  Black Slats.

The house is currently very dark brown, but I am slowing getting it stained black (season by season, side by side….who says you have to paint your house all at once?)  so going black makes sense to tie everything together.

outdoor bathroom from http://bobedre.dk/ via www.studiogblog.com

Open slats are modern but have a cottage appeal — which I think will strike a perfect balance for my quirky  1940’s house…plus they leave plenty of room to go a little glam….which I am dreaming of in my garden.

black slat garden via www.studiogblog.com

It has me thinking that maybe I need to go all black….I love the black pots (which I already have some of) and all the black accents.  This green/black color scheme works so well in Danish and Scandinavian light…I wonder if it will work in New England light?

images by Torvans, Trendir design by Ranquist Development, bo bedreskona hem

My husband never fails to point out how much he loves the handful of small stone houses that are scattered hills around where we live. I have to admit, there is something especially charming and loveable about old stone homes….the type that seem like Hagrid might have just moved out of.

small stone house by Michael stephens via www.studiogblog.com

We are not moving…the general tininess would never fit our family and I am sure the floors are painfully cold. But Michael Stephens makes the kind of stone house that carries with them all the charm and romance but none of the practical downsides. And they are perfect for your garden.  Fairies can move in, or perhaps a bird but I think that if you have a stone house loving dad in your life, this is a sweet gift.  small stone house by Michael stephens via www.studiogblog.com

Available through Michael’s Etsy Shop – Stonework by Stephens.

images Stonework by Stephens

I know this news might not be as exciting to you as it is to me….but nonetheless my excitement for this announcement borders (irrationally) on the level of engagements and new babies.  WE HAVE DECIDED ON A PAINT COLOR FOR THE BARN!

I know that might not seem that momentous ….but given that we have mulling it over and changing our minds for YEARS — all the while the poor barn has sadly waited for the TLC it desperately needs  — to us it feels as epic an announcement as we have had in some time.

So here it is:

Featured in: 2011 Photography Annual Structures. Eric van den Brulle, photographer  via www.studiogblog.com

I am taking this image to the paint store for color matching, and we are going to finish with the same white trim.

What do you think of mossy green barns?…a carpenter arrives this weekend to help us get it ready to paint.  So I am giving ourselves no time to change our minds.  But (since I have made this into a completely neurotic decision) do you like it?

boxman studios garden party in a box (shipping container to party via www.studiogblog.com)   I’m planning a heck of a party this summer and ground zero for the shindig will be my barn.  I’m lucky to have a barn (centered in my garden) where such an event can play out — but if I didn’t — I’d be all over this Boxman Studios option.  Boxman Studios have converted shipping containers into movable, instant party places for rent. boxman studios garden party in a box (shipping container to party via www.studiogblog.com) There are a few options but this one with a central bar and a built in TV (something I actually don’t need at my garden party , but maybe my guests might enjoy it…) really seems like a lot of fun. Alternatively this one expands with shade sails to create a modern alternative to the typical party tent.   Thinking this could be a great modern garden wedding option?boxman studios garden party in a box (shipping container to party via www.studiogblog.com)images boxman studios.com

before and after greenhouse  at a rose garden

I have greenhouse envy (especially this time of year where, I had something lovely like this, — there would be a whole load of little plant babies soaking up the spring sun stuffed inside).

Pictures certainly convey a thousand words…so I will let them do the talking.  

before and after greenhouse  at a rose garden

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how to make a stick fort www.studiogblog.comToys that leave something to the imagination are hard to come by.   Even harder are those that actually aim to encourage your kids to go outside and make something original.  So when I stumbled across stick-lets I immediately pre-ordered a couple sets (they are already sold out and so you will have to wait until april to get your delivery).  I am pretty sure that my spring prunings will be put to good use with the aid of these clever do-dads.

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All you have to do is twist and thread found sticks and twigs into the rubber grips – even child can do it  (oh yeah – they are for kids) to fashion whatever fort you can imagine.

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But am I the only one who is wondering what other garden function I might be able to use these for?  Maybe espalier-ing trees?  Or making growing frames?  Got any other ideas?  When I get mine I plan to play a little too — If I come up with some good ideas, I will let you know.

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images from stick-lets. 

 

 

before swedish terrace garden

This is a special Valentines edition of our Thursday garden makeovers.   Its pretty flowers and charming white walls are so valentines cheery. But mostly I picked it because of this – this is Rebecca & Staffan’s wedding picture — right there in the under construction garden next to the concrete mixer.  Making a garden together (and a pretty fantastic one at that) — what could be more romantic on this day for sweethearts?

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This axonometric drawing of the garden helps to understand what they were dealing with — a giant hill that was previously a dumping ground (so full of trash) that they proceeded to clean and terrace into an extraordinary series of terraces for various purposes.
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Rebecca and Steffan’s garden is in the swedish countryside.  In the summer of 2008 they started building this garden and have – with the exception of hiring an excavator to carve out the 6 terraces – done everything themselves by hand.  A true labor of love.

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That this garden looks as established as it does even though it is only a few years old is extraordinary to me.  It also has me thinking that building walls from breeze blocks, rendered and painted isn’t such a bad idea for such a harsh climate – and it is a skill I am inspired to learn to do.

Swedish terraced garden

Happy Valentines Day! — I hope you enjoy this tour through Rebecca & Staffan’s garden.   Make sure to take a visit over to their blog to see many more images and read more about their garden .

images from garden with view

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