I recently had the privilege of touring a beautiful formal garden, the highlight of which was a She-Shed beyond most of my fellow
visitor's wildest dreams--mine as well, though in my dreams it would be stuffed with plants. The homeowner did it all herself, directing builders and shopping at second hand stores, thrift stores, and architectural recyclers, with a little help from family members.
The she-shed was...we were all sighing and envious. Of course I would have stuffed it with plants, but it is beautifully decorated for those who like to sit down, relax, socialize, read in a quiet place.
The family teenagers watch sports and movies
We wants it!
A previous owner had built the original structure as an open barbecue pavilion. The new homeowner used her extensive remodeling experience and design talents to make it a garden get-away. The windows were all purchased (I think) from architectural recycling shops.
I helped, actually! A while ago, I suggested uv-blocking and heat-reflecting window film for the west facing windows. The owner said the film was working out well.
The garden had been nothing but lawn and the Crape Myrtle adjacent to the She-Shed. The tree was just leafing out at the time of our visit.
The orderly elegance of the garden is a reflection of the owner's personality and creative design talent. The owner is very much a hands-on gardener.
The homeowner has the ability to walk into a thrift store just as things like an antique monkey chandelier are put out for sale. When I go into a thrift store there are battered, crumbling particle board TV stands waiting just for me.
There were red tulips planted everywhere for the tour, but the Weather God was well aware they needed to be fried by a heat wave the day before the tour. So they were.
The front garden was every bit as beautiful, but the sun by then was at its zenith so this was the only photo that turned out really well.
Lovely day, lovely visit. She-shed, Dream-shed.