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Outdoor Spaces Inspiration

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

We have an old metal storage building that holds many of our garden essentials such as the lawn mower, rakes, etc.  It either needs to go away or receive a fresh coat of paint and landscaping.  I have been collecting images for inspiration.  Even though our little shed is nowhere close to being as charming as the images I have collected, I figure putting even the tiniest bit of effort will make a world of difference.  The other day I picked up the July issue of House & Home and fell head over heels in love with this sweet little shed.  The new paint colors, lanterns, window box, and vine completely transformed this little building!  The details are in the magazine and trust me when I say this is an amazing before & after project! 


I also found inspiration for a deck project in this issue.  Our deck is narrow and does not have any railing to stop chairs from going too far.  As seen below.

The size makes me a little uneasy when we eat outside for fear that someone will scoot their chair back too far and end up on the patio below.  This actually happened once - YIKES!  So when I saw this idea...


I thought the built-in benches were perfect!  A permanent seat is the solution!  The white contrasts nicely to the natural deck.  I have been hot/cold about staining the columns on our deck white, but bringing in white furniture and built-ins could be even better.  So now we are also on the hunt for a new table and chairs.  







15 comments:

  1. Que lindo, eu também tenho um galpão parecido com esse da foto, tenho que pintar mais ainda não sei a cor. Gostei da sugestão. Que lindo esses cantinhos ao ar livre.
    Bom dia.

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  2. The shed is adorable. It looks like a little dollhouse, so cute. I miss my old one from previous home, it also had flower boxes. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. With the right paint and right patio furniture, a night on the deck can make you feel like you're on vacation! I like permanent seats because they're multifunctional.

    Great choice!
    Maria

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  4. Love the first pic! I bet you could spruce up your shed like that one and not have to get rid of it altogether. Love the table set you picked too!

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  5. I could move into that lovely little shed! We had permanent benches and removed them, too funny, just have to switch things up!

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  6. Not sure if yours has a window in it or not, but a friend of mine hung old windows across the back of hers with flower boxes and it is so cute. Might be an idea for yours if you don't currently have a window.

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  7. Love these ideas! The curtains on the little shed are so cute, and the built-in seating is genius!

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  8. i can't wait to see what you do! :) it will look amazing i know!

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  9. I love those white permanent benches that you are planning to add onto your deck. Such a perfect solution.

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  10. You have so many great ideas for your outdoor living! Don't get rid of the shed! No matter how much love it needs! Sheds are so romantic!

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  11. Love that shed with lanterns and adorable window box. And though I kind of like the open feeling of your deck, yes, it sounds like a bench or some barrier might be a good idea!

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  12. We too have a storage shed in our back yard that I would love to turn into a little room/gazebo one day. I love your inspiration photos and the bench-railing idea is perfect! Can't wait to see what you do. -Lane

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  13. Rene, I too fell in love with that first photo when I saw it in the pages of House & Home magazine (I subscribe). It got me thinking too of ways to make our storage building cuter. I like the look of your deck and patio. It's really clean looking without any rails, but I see your point about the dangers of falling off. Look forward to seeing your solution.
    Claudia

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  14. The last photo stood out to me. The outdoor deck was a perfect addition to this uniquely built house. The area was open and surrounded with trees. The homeowner picked awesome fixtures too. The chairs look cozy and the nipa hut umbrellas were without a doubt the best feature in the area.

    Julio Wells

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