The Beach Cottage Summer House Project

Wed 21st, Mar, 2012

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The Beach Cottage Summer House Project

So, Beach Cottage ladies, I do have more budget busters to show you but to be honest I couldn’t take another photo of a nice home accessory, it was doing my head in.

Let us then friends get back to reality.  With this.

In life, well at least, since I have moved here, I try to make the best of things, I look at the old fig tree in my back garden as a huge bonus, I like to think that the old made-over deck is a good thing and I romantically look at the old and ‘vintage’ sash windows as quaint and lovely.

Someone on here once said that I have romantic notions, and they did not make that assumption in a nice way.  It was interesting to me, because, actually, yes, I do like to have a few romantic notions around me…you know why?  Because the realities of life, are, in my experience not always very romantic, and if one can make things like old vintage windows and fig trees have a little bit of a rose-tinted glass on them and by doing that it means you can face the day armed with positive vibes, well then yes indeed romantic notions can be good and I am so all for that.

Romantic Notions, come on in.  Take a pew, we need you here today.

It is EXACTLY what I did out here with this old shed also known as and lovingly referred to as the Beach Cottage Summer House.

Here she is below in the before state ready for all these things to happen…

The Beach Cottage Summer House Project


Now you may be reading this and thinking what the heck is she talking about, a Summer House and showing me a shed?  Well yes, but if you are from the Old Country you will know precisely what I am going on about…you see in England, lovely place with lovely gardens, many people have one of these in their garden…it’s like a glorified shed, with open doors, where one might sit in the Summer when the sun is out but there may be a bit of wind or when the temperature starts to warm up but it’s still a bit nippy….one would arm oneself with a jug of Pimms and head, newspaper tucked neatly under arm to the garden, and sit in one of these sheds and sit peacefully for the afternoon listening to the birds and random lawnmowers humming…

If you live in Australia, well at least the part that I live in, the chances of you needing the qualities of a Summer House in terms of warmth are probably limited to about 4 months of the year, those Winter months when it is chillier, actually no, in all honesty, if the sun is out here, all year round you don’t need a Summer House.

But I wanted one and I am sticking to it.

I explained the intricacies of  Summer Houses to our lovely tradie, and he kinda went all glassy eyed, but being quite sweet, still gave me the benefit of his ears even though he clearly thought thios whole job a little odd (I think by that stage we had been through the bath withdrawal symptoms and the bathing in the garden so he was used to weird English stuff anyway).

This out-building though is much more than a shed, and when we moved in we literally didn’t think anything about it…because it is one of 4 sheds in this cottage garden…the guy who lived here before us was a carpenter and apparently had a bit of a tool habit…but he built this out-building as a teenage retreat type thing…a bit small for that but I am told a teenager slept out here…note to self, put bed in Summer House, leave teenager inside and move out here for the night.

Yeah, so it’s a proper building as opposed to just a wooden or metal shell and it was crying out from some renovation…although what kinda carpenter builds an out-building without lining it is beyond me….you can see here how we had painted it all white right over the top as a makeshift until we were ready to get it done properly…it had a couple of holes and the roof leaked so that needed repairing too..

The Beach Cottage Summer House Project


This project, to be honest, has always been very much on the back burner, we have had much more interesting things to spend our reno budget on…however, when Mr Beach Cottage decided to leave the corporate world rat race that he knew for 15 years, earn no income for 9 months and do it right in the middle of the GFC, this little beauty and after a month of nearly killing him in the house, was ripe for the picking and he used it as his home office…of sorts.

The Beach Cottage Summer House Project

(wood & insulation arriving)


So that was a couple of years ago when we opened it up, cleared out some of the stuff in there, gave it a clean and literally whitewashed the whole thing, it wasn’t pretty but it was a separate little building just perfect for a home office…we moved in a desk, a whiteboard and Mr Beach Cottage had a new commute to work…after years of spending hours stuck on English motorwarys, of taking the ferry to work here, his commute consisted of  15 or so steps from the deck out past the washing line to the garden shed…whereupon he stayed in there locked up for hours on end, only to re-appear for lunch with me or sometimes not until after dark.

So the project begins and it has been power tool heaven here…


The Beach Cottage Summer House Project

The Beach Cottage Summer House Project

..a mess though…here’s the new opening for the double French doors…


The Beach Cottage Summer House Project



So that’s our latest project…we keep changing our mind as to what we are going to use it for out here…we are thinking it will be a kinda studio type office space for me combined with an easy chair for reading in peace etc (It’s actually bigger than these photos show).

What do you think, any ideas on what to use it for?  I have read in the paper recently that a separate office/studio in a home is not very highly sought after in real estate, precisely because of this little thing called the internet, many people are now working from home, and many more part-time from home so a home office is a very nice perk to a home.

Cheers then Beach Cottage ladies, see you soon.


The Beach Cottage Summer House Project

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103 Responses to “The Beach Cottage Summer House Project”

  1. Great space. I converted my pool house into office/lounging space and use it year round now.

  2. joyce tx says:

    Can’t wait to see the finished product, in all her glory! [She will have a name, right?] Wishing I had one here in hot ol’ Texas, too…

  3. Susan says:

    I keep telling my husband that I want a summer house. He keeps asking me “why?”, because he thinks that in summer around here, there is no way that I would want to be sitting in my backyard in a structure that has no air conditioning.

    He may be right, but the romantic side of me would love a little structure in the back yard to retreat to, and when I’m not retreating in it, I would love to be able to look at one from inside my house!

  4. Rukmini Roy says:

    Oh, first again! Of course deck it up as your summed shed. Nothing like it.
    A cup of tea, a good book or maybe some wine and you are in paradise. Install a bath inside maybe? Make it your own little nook? The possibilities are endless.

  5. Rukmini Roy says:

    not really! By the time i posted, it had 3 comments :P

  6. It’s looks like a lovely little “studio” !Put a bed and desk in there and any studying teenager/ uni student would be pretty happy. Or just put lots of floor pillows and a good stereo or tv/games set up and it’s a great place for kids and their mates to hang out. or it could be your office and storage for your pop up shop. If you were an artist it would be a fab place to paint/craft too. Just think about what you would like your family to have more space for.

  7. Emma Tandy says:

    perhaps I could move in lol can’t wait to see what you do will the summer house

  8. cherrie says:

    Romantic notions are all the go in my head. I think they are the positive way to live and their sure give a lot more latitude to your life. And I ain’t talking about men neither. It will be interesting to see your shed transform to ..?.. Cherrie

  9. Deanne says:

    Oh, the possibilities are almost endless aren’t they- just think of how you would get the most use out of it and go from there!

  10. Oh I’d so want to move my office from the lounge room to there!

  11. love the idea of a studio office out in the garden. We’re working on the outdoor tween space now at my house, maybe when they move out someday I’ll have a “studio” treehouse, ha!

  12. This has been a dream of mine for many years… a place of ones own. There is a lovely book called “A Room of Her Own” by Chris Madden. In it there are many beautifully appointed spaces with tastes and styles running the gamut. All for and by women.

    I think the draw for me is this little curated space that is easily put perfect. Like when you were a child and you cleaned your room and for that moment in time your little corner of the world was… perfect. With a lovely summer home such as yours, you can be there, in that lovely space with no dishes in the sink and no laundry in the basket. In that space and in that time there is order.
    Now that might seem kooky as all get-out, and maybe I am.. but that would be my romantic vision of a summer home in the garden.

    Enjoy dreaming of the possibilities!
    xo Jay

    • sarah says:

      I haven’t heard of that book, thanks.

      I love that feeling when everything is all in the right place, even though, like you say it doesn’t last very long! x

  13. Michelle says:

    Sarah there is absolutely nothing wrong with ‘romantic notions’ and I will happily pull up a pew with you to discuss them. I too love old houses with sash windows and that is why we’re looking at a house to buy that has exactly those qualities I love.

    I can already see your ‘shed’ finished with the french doors on it and I’m willing to put money on the fact it’s going to look amazing!! As an interior decorator myself I have to say french doors are my most favourite sort of door and if we’re lucky with purchasing our new house it already has a set straight off the dining area onto the verandah.

    There really are so many ideas you could use this space for and I’m sure you will make it look fantastic as the rest of your house and gardens do……good luck with the project and have fun:)

    • sarah says:

      yes Michelle they are my fave too, I must say I was sad that I couldn’t have them on my deck door…but actually the stacking doors are working out so wonderfully that I am ok…

      good luck with looking for a house!

  14. Caz says:

    What would we do without rose coloured glasses I think they are a must have ;-) Your summer house will be delightful I’d love to have a space like this that could be my studio and general hang out space away from seeing the housework, washing, ironing and all the stuff that clutters your head space, can’t wait to see it all finished.

  15. Glennie says:

    A perfect little “garden” house. I can see myself in there surrounded by all my glorious coloured wools, my needles busy clicking away, in a comfy chair, Isabella the naughty tortie cat by my side (as always) and a couple of interior deisgn books ….. bliss ….. oh, and a cup of tea xxx

  16. Helen Thoms says:

    I love your ‘rose tinted’ view of the world Sarah, I think if people took the time to look at things in a softer and kinder way what a lovely world we would live in xox Helen

  17. Forget about whoever told you that you are a romantic in a bad way. So what if you are…. DON’T change for anything. My Grandfather had a summer house so to say here in the states. It was a nice little hideaway he said to ponder and do his woodwork. Such a talented man. Summer houses are quite common here in the states for alot of purposes offices, art studios the list goes on and on. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

  18. Christy says:

    I love your positive outlook and “romantic notions”! I call it being thankful! :) I figure I can spend my time wishing things were different or better, or I can choose to see the lovely in what I’ve been blessed with already. Plan B makes for a much happier me! I love your Summer House, and my mind is spinning with what I’d do with a space like that. I picture a couple of chairs and a bistro table, an old fan whirring, a fruity, slushy drink and a great book to read. (or blog…) Can’t wait to see you transform the space with your Beach Cottage magic!!!!

  19. Hi Sarah..
    i could see it as a very pretty “shabby chic” space full of buntings & lots of pretty girly things~~
    I say this cos i have a shed up the back of my garden….lovely brick one which i was intending to render/bag…put my nice french blue little shutters on the windows…and have it as my little space out “back”~~~

    ALAS that was not to be…Mr Christian (my 23 yo) has duly taken up occupancy of this space with his stinky fully equipped GYM!!~~
    ps..the good news though is that it does harbour lots of HUNTSMEN spiders he informs me..so good thing i didn’t make it mine!!

    BUT getting back to your shed…I love your romantic notions and I have absolute confidence you shall turn it into a lovely space/office/retreat..
    I shan’t offer any suggestions as to the use of this space, but look forward to seeing the end result…~~

    x andrea

    • sarah says:

      hmmm a gym does not sound like much fun to me Andrea lol, shabby chic sounds a bit more my kinda look xoxo

  20. Alice says:

    Oh yes that is exactly what I was thinking when you mentioned a summer house… I thought for me and hubby it would be the perfect home office (hubby sometimes has to work from home after hours very irritating (because he has been away for 10 hours for work)but grateful at the same time…)… Just one thing I would highly recommend…. I would NOT put down lights in there… It is the mistake we made and we are now ripping them all out and installing those fanaways instead (I know a little pricy but they look good and are heavenly!!! Wish we had done it in the first place…)… Why? Because…
    1) we got sick of the bugs (mainly cockroaches, beetles, SPIDERS, crickets) dropping through the small gap they have

    2) because they tend to overheat you either one spend heaps of money on globes replacing it or if you have a insulated roof (as we do) the insulation pretty much becomes useless because you have to push it away from the lights so they don’t overheat and POSSIBLY catch alight (is what I was told)

    3) This I think is very important since you have noticed that it doesn’t get very cold here in OZ (though that is debatable considering I turn blue and develop chill blains during the winter months) those lights will work up a sweat!!! We hardly switch ours on (we use lamps)because they heat up our small rooms so much we break out in a sweat… It can become unbearable at times (especially in the height of our summer)…. We have dimmers in the bedrooms and they help a little with the heat control but not by much… Just thought you would like to know…

    Oh ….. There is nothing wrong with romantic musings…. I find that is what makes life bearable at times… Looking foward to the end result like always!

    • sarah says:

      wow Alice, I already have the downlighters…and I don’t even like them, it’s just what was recommended for the space, I cannot stand the things even though I went for them in the bathroom for ease and they worked in the space…I have noticed how hot they are!

      yeah I suppose romantic notions are a good thing in life…that’s the way I look at it anyway x

  21. That is going to look so sweet, Sarah!!!! Love the idea of French doors in it! :)

    xoxo laurie

  22. the freckled minx says:

    What a lovely idea – my Mr O’s been talking of a shed (tin variety) for quite some time so maybe with the right amount of redirectional guidance (that sneaky thang us women do) he might consider a different style – summer house variety as that sounds positively lovely. As for the rose coloured glasses – I personally have them in many styles and shades depending on my mood…..B;) x

  23. Lark says:

    What a great project! I wish I had a little escape “summer house” to retreat to. I know you will make it a beautiful space…

  24. Christine says:

    Oh, Sarah, what a darling little space. I would give a lot for my own studio, office, guesthouse, summer house…SHED! Fantastic. It will be a most inviting a lovely space. Your own little corner of the world. Lucky girl you are..that!
    xoxo, Chris

    • sarah says:

      yes I must say it has been sitting there too long waiting for someone to work some magic on it lol! x

  25. Kat says:

    I love how you have a real vision for how things can look once they are transformed Sarah.
    I wish I had that gift!
    The fact that you are given to romantic notions and see the world through rose coloured glasses is a real positive my friend.
    Celebrate it and don’t let *anyone* put you down for it!!!
    Can’t wait to see what you will do with this.
    If I had the money I would fly you over here to Tas to inspire me with your ideas for our little house by the beach :)

    • sarah says:

      I would love to fly over and see Tas…it is on my list…I could pop in for a Limoncello ;-) x

      • Kat says:

        You would be welcome anytime Sarah.
        Just have to close your eyes to the chaos that 4 kids can make :)

  26. Kim says:

    ohh sarah!! looove it! i have a book little back yard cottages and retreats and i long for one as a matter of fact as we have been house hunting i have been looking at properties that have little outbuildings on the lot! i plan on using all my shabby vintage shutters and hanging a fab chandolier with beades and crystals and lots of fru fru florally fabrics on furniture!!! a spot just for me out in the back to drink tea or coffee read and pour over decorating mags,books etc of course there has to be some cute cottage camp lantern or 2 hanging up outside the door! i see it all in my mind and hope one day to make it a reality i cant wait to see what you do with yours i even had the thought that it would make a great private bath claw foot tub and lots of pretties a perfect girly get away spot!!!!! have a g’day i am of to bed here in mich we finally have spring and 80 deg temps i am a happy but tired girl!!!!

    • sarah says:

      love your ideas Kim, thanks, oh to sit back with a coffee in peace, sounds very good to me x

  27. Debbie Panton says:

    Oh, I love this. I’m sure you already have lots of great ideas. I have a shed in the backyard too that I’ve been hoping to do something like this… but with an older house… it’s just hard to make it a priority. Good for you guys. You could even add a few more elegant pieces ( if you like that). I love really rustic spaces that add some fancy unexpected touches. This kind of reminds me of some photos I’ve seen of England where they have these huts … looks like they go on for miles down the beach… and people own them or rent ( fairly expensive too I think). Not sure what the proper name for them is… maybe cabanas! But some of them get quite a bit into what looks like a small space. First time I saw one was on a makeover show.. Changing Rooms.. I think… I loved the designers and host.. and handy Andy, on that show ( I know some of the stuff was pretty crazy) and how ” gobb smacked” everyone was when they saw their rooms.. I think half the fun was trying to figure out all the English expressions. Anyway, a bit off topic there I guess. Maybe add a little daybed, a chandelier ( I’ve seen some cute projects online where they use old mason jars or old glass electric wire insulators and make lighting fixtures with them…. on Etsy ). You could hunt up driftwood or shells… maybe do some artwork ( adhere small pieces to a firm backing.. cut out in a star, heart, or even a letter shape). I also think you could do a beautiful enlargement of one of your beach pictures as artwork… and when you’re all set up… park your old bike with a basket full of flowers just in front… maybe do a couple of large urns or hanging baskets of flowers ( not really sure what your garden style is) . Well have fun!! Sounds like it’ll e great when it’s all set up.

    • sarah says:

      the name of them is a Beach Hut and the beach we went to in England had heaps of them all in a row…when we were first married we ummmed and ahhed at 1,000 pounds that one was going for but thought it was too expensive…a few years later they were nearly 30 times the price! a beach hut is my dream….

      thanks for your ideas, I love them!

      oh and Handy Andy was my kinda guy x

      • Debbie Panton says:

        You’re welcome. Wow!! Didn’t know they were that much… just love the look. Looking forward to seeing your lovely house!!

  28. Wendy says:

    Sarah you lucky girl having a man who can do! I had to buy my little cedar shed from Sheds R Us, but in fairness my other half did lay the road base for it to stand on, and painted every surface inside and out white. Love my little escape to place, all girls need a shed just like the blokes!
    Love your work, cant wait to see the finished product. xx

  29. Jos says:

    Def a cross between a special blogging/writing/pottering space and a garden potting area – best of both world’s? Or a special place to drink a glass of wine and be at one in the garden?!

  30. Tiff says:

    There is nothing wrong with viewing reality through romantic, rose-tinted glasses. Indeed, when others are crumbling you may be the one able to hold it together :)

  31. Tricia Rose says:

    In London we had what the children called a ‘little house’, also under a fig tree – actually put guests up in it one summer when we were full to bursting. It was great for times I wanted no-one to find me (just remember a light will give you away!).

  32. Janet says:

    Hi Sarah,
    Can’t believe that you are launching into another project already. Love the idea of a shed for thinking and reading, already see a cosy chair and ottoman with a side table. Sigh. I am still waiting for the glass for the shower – apparently they broke it along the way somewhere.

    • sarah says:

      oh dear, that is one expensive break…our shower screen was the only thing that actually didn’t have any problem with it! I must blog it…it’s one tasty shower screen lol x

  33. Oooh I love it! I can imagine a home office setup would add real value to the house…plus some striped beachy floor cushions to stretch out on with a chilled glass of vino (for me) or a boutique beer (more your style?) and of course you can’t go without either an adirondack of some sort or even an eames rocker and matching pouffe to rest those weary feet after a hard day of blogging.
    Now I want one of these in my backyard!

    • sarah says:

      haha yes no wine for me since my wine allergy…but a Limoncello, hmmm now I could go that! x

  34. Nicola says:

    Yes. yes. yes, I think evey garden needs a little summer house in it. Once our house renovations are done we are getting a little english country summer house.
    I can’t wait to see what you do with yours! :)

  35. Deb says:

    I can’t wait to see what happens next.

  36. Nicole W says:

    My kids have a whitewashed wooden tongue & groove (beadboard) cubbyhouse out the back (complete with a colour bond roof!) I have often have “romantic notions” about “converting” it to my retreat! It overlooks the pool too (not inside the fence tho!) tucked under the olive tree with a white iceberg rose creeping up it.. Sigh.. The kids hardly play in it! What are your floor measurements just out of curiosity?! ;o)

    • sarah says:

      hmmm not sure on the floor measurements but it will go a daybed, easy chair and small table quite nicely…I like the sound of your cubbyhouse Nicole, especially the iceberg rose ;-)

  37. Julie Johnson says:

    I’d call it my “get away from the kids” place. Enjoy. I know whatever you do with it, it will be great.

  38. Elaine in Laguna says:

    This is lovely! And will be even lovelier when it’s finished. It reminds me of the “little house” we had growing up. It was in the backyard, green and my brother and I had a lot of fun out there! I’m wishing you the same….And keep bringing on the “romantic notions” because we love them all! Have fun!

  39. Christie says:

    Oh, this project has caught my imagination! Maybe a striped awning above the French doors ? Are there any windows for cross ventilation ? Would a ceiling fan be helpfull? Um, where are the pots of lavender going to go ? You’ll want to smell something wonderful. A light blanket. A rocking chair. An electric kettle for tea ?

    The April 2012 issue of House Beautiful ( US edition) has a great room design by Matthew White and Frank Webb. The “Instant Room” column, pg 32. The back wall is centered with a daybed. Storage drawers to the right and a cloth covered table to the left. These take up the whole wall. The room is finished with a table and two chairs and a large club chair. I don’t think that all of that would fit in the summer house. But, the back wall could be like this. ( Sorry, I don’t know how to post a link right to the magazine)

    ~ Christie

    • sarah says:

      oh thanks Christie, we get the American magazines a month behind so I will look out for it…great ideas too!

  40. This is going to be the most adorable Wendy House in existence! Can’t wait to see the finish. C:

  41. Ruth G says:

    We live in a townhouse, and my beloved works at home also – so any solitary space would be heavenly. But I would be torn between putting all the kid computer/video games out there so I wouldn’t be tripping over teenagers, putting the big screen t.v. out there so beloved can turn the sound up as loud as he likes and not rattle the walls, or installing a fireplace, bathtub, and a great big lock on the door.
    I am excited to see the pictures of the transformation from shed into…. a place of possibilities! Thank you for letting us in to share the experience without all the dust and noise.

  42. Angie says:

    Oh this is good – I’m doing my shed up too so I can’t wait to see yours! Although ever since I said I’m painting the shed it’s rained every weekend in London. Sorry everyone in the UK its my fault it’s raining!

    Love love love your blog..and go on the H&M Home website.. there are some grey stripes that I think you’re going to coo over..


    • sarah says:

      oooh I don’t know if I can stand the torture of looking at H&M Home, it’s bad enough that I can’t get my H&M fix here let alone the Home stuff! x but thanks

  43. Kari says:

    Funny, that I’m choosing a post about a shed to de-lurk myself. Hi. Nice to meet you. I’ve been following you for a LONG time, and yet since I started reading you on an old ipod while nursing my youngest I got in the habit of reading, but never commenting. Despite all your pleas to de-lurkify, I never did. Welp, I’d like to apologize and say hi… I’m Kari. Nice to meet you :-) Love the idea of a summer house. While I’m in the states, I am a gardener and love to drool over beautiful english summer houses. I think these might be my favorite. http://www.decoratedshed.com/garden-office-studio/building/bespoke While they are far too modern for my normal tastes, I just can’t get over all those beautiful doors. I think the bespoke style is my favorite. Also, as I am a brand-new blogger, I wanted to say thanks for all the helpful tips. Have a wonderful day!

  44. Anastasia says:

    Greetings! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I genuinely enjoy reading your blog posts. Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that cover the same topics? Thank you!

  45. HRH Sarah says:

    Here’s what you need (sorry if you’ve already gotten these ideas a hundred times)… a little desk with internet and a lamp, a daybed with enormous amounts of cushions (you don’t happen to have some of those lying around, hmmm??? You should also have a tiny deck, with a table and chairs- table foofing in the summer cottage, pefect ;)

    You may also need a chalkboard, pegboard, random china, etc…

  46. alison says:

    Sarah, I have no doubt that whatever purpose your shed ends up having it will be fun and interesting. Watching your resourcefulness and creativity is pure entertainment and inspiration. Could the shed perhaps be a multi purpose venue?

    Mr alison has had a man shed for 7 years. The shed has become a social and handyman hub. It had an official opening ceremony along with speeches and ribbon cutting.

    You’ll have to have a social event to celebrate your shed’s completion.


  47. Tamara says:

    Im not quite sure about that research because I think every one needs a separate workspace. We converted our old garage a couple of years ago and whilst it doesnt get used everyday the use it does get makes us so thankful to have it there for guests and important phone calls plus a couple of uninterrupted hours on the laptop!

  48. Lucinda says:

    My step-father built a stunning summer house for my very English (well I am too – but after 20 years here who counts) mother in Queensland. She used it as an office/reading room and it was a great joy for all of us to go out there and read in the evening. Enjoy it!

  49. Kate says:

    I am catching up on some blog reading and when I saw the pic of ‘The Summer House’ I was instantly jealous. The only summer house I’m going to get is the chook house, as the girls moved out of it and into the garage :(

    Looking forward to updates and reveals.

    Ever thought of trying out for ‘The Block’ ?



    • sarah says:

      errrm no I would last about 2 mins on a reality tv show lol..I have been contacted about quite a few now and none of them have been for me ;-) xx

  50. Lynn says:

    Dear Sarah,

    The earth laughs in flowers. –Emerson. I was so pleased for you today when I read your post of an outbuilding just for you. Mine is called Lynn’s garden shed. In addition to shelving between the studs for books are from the twenties and thirties a tall brass twin bed, a kitchen-queen with a pullout porcelain top (my desk), a converted treadle sewing machine and a small white wicker rocker. Florals, prints, solids and stripes in every color make it my happiest room. I can’t wait to see what you do with yours.


  51. Fiona says:

    The world needs more Romantic Notions! Love the “shed” renovation so far, love the vision, will look forward to seeing it finished.

    Last year I “renovated” our old fibro garage in the back corner of our yard. It’s fabulous, apart from looking much nicer… it’s given our family a lot of extra space (without the cost of a big renovation!)… it has become the home of the drum kit, my little photography studio, a place for homework (the type you need to spread all over the floor to do), the sleep over room, and so much more. We still can’t stop referring to it as the “garage” though :)


    • sarah says:

      yes once you start to think about it these little places have a lot of potential in a family Fiona xo

  52. Jasmine says:

    This is such a cute way to make use of a shed! Will you air condition it, or install a fan? I imagine it would get quite hot in Summer!

    x Jasmine

  53. Tammi says:

    It may be a small space, but boy it has so much potential!
    I’d love a little summer/garden house that I could sneak away to and curl up and read in. Not very practical I’m afraid but I would love such a space all of my very own :)