Thursday, April 22, 2010

Rainy Day and Shed Plans

Its been a busy week for me and yesterday was one of those rainy days that gave me a chance to take a break.  I thought I'd share a little of what I've been doing.  I set up my yellow bistro chairs outside. 
Among my new plants for the garden and pots is this tower of annuals that actually survived a frost watch that I forgot about.  That little blue tile in the top pot was dug up in the yard several years ago and I found it so pretty and interesting that I always put it in a pot. 

The shed is on my "to-do" list this year.  When we first moved in it was unpainted and looked awful.  I got the generic off-the-shelf red barn stain and we painted the trim white.  Its overdue for a good cleaning and another paint job.  I used to love the rustic quality of the red, but somehow it bothers me now.  I feel like it stands out a little more than I want it to.  I want it to look a little more pretty and a little less rustic.

Initially, I thought of painting it the same creamy pale yellow of our house, but then I thought of the dirt factor on such a light color.  There's a little metal sign hanging over the door and it made me think - What about blue? 

Maybe like this?

Then, I found this ...
I really love how the colors blend in to the garden around it but then there's the red.  I happen to have some old windows that I was hoping to use and I think they're going to get a red paint job.  I probably won't install them to be functional because space is so limited that I can't spare the wall space for windows but I was thinking of just putting them on the shed decoratively to make it look a little more interesting.
Today promises to be another beautiful day and for now I've got weeding to do. 


  1. The yellow chairs look fabulous. Oh how I wish I had room for a nice big shed like that. I would love it. I think the soft blue or a green would be gorgeous for it. Can't wait to see what you do. Hugs, Marty

  2. I love the triple pot planter, Im thinking of doing that at our house but I wasnt sure how it looked until now. I like it!

  3. Your yard looks very pretty! How great that you have plants available in your area. A bit too soon for us. I'm glad I can look at your pretty photos and dream.

    I like both your inspiration photos. I'm really drawn to the blue, with a grey undertone. The splash of red would work too. I also like your little sitting areas and plant pots. Thanks for sharing and I am looking forward to seeing your shed reveal.

  4. Your garden is beautiful...lovely hostas! I love the chairs- the yellow looks great against the yard...I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with the shed!

  5. Lovely garden -- I know you can make your shed more interesting! It's a nice big shed and I love your inspiration photos -- great colors there!

  6. Those are cute pot towers you have made. I'll have to keep that in mind for our garden.

    Is your house white? I can't remember but I think it is based on the title of your blog. I would make your shed the blue shade then, rather than the neutrals that might look a bit muddy with the pure white of the house. Have you thought about putting mirror behind your faux-windows. They would reflect the garden back at you then. Your garden is looking so pretty.

  7. Grace, My house is actually yellow and not a cottage but a boring 1960s house. ;-) The title of my blog is my dream house.

    I thought about the mirror, but its actually incredibly hard to get custom mirrors and more money than I want to spend. Also, considering how they will be mounted on the windows, I thought dirt might be a problem.

  8. Oh, the cuteness I am seeing!

    m ^..^

  9. I used that same tower of pots for my herb garden this year and so far I love it! At first I was hesitant (as if that matters...ha!) about your decision to change the shed--I like the barn look, but that last shed with the pop of red and the neutral colors is gorgeous. I think it will look fabulous.

  10. What a pretty garden! I am looking forward to seeing your results on the barn! Come visit me sometime. :) Blessings,


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