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Gardners Retreat

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My shed is tucked away in a tranquil corner at the top of our upper garden area, behind mature trees and shrubs. It overlooks hubby's fishpond and the lawned lower garden closer to the house
I have chosen a soft, feminine colour scheme of aqua and pink for the interior, inspired by a beachside restaurant we visited on holiday in Antigua in 2018. I've added natural elements and photo images collected on my travels, along with fairy lights and a tented ceiling to soften the look. My shed has a very restful feel to it and was designed to be a place for me to craft, read, listen to music, drink coffee, listen to the birds and just relax...

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The shed was purchased in May 2018 and has been gradually added to, making it into the retreat I wanted to create. I levelled and laid the base prior to its delivery from a local company who erected it on site. The inside was painted white straight away and over the past two years I have added two small storage cupboards rescued from the local recycling centre and three vintage Lloyd Loom chairs which I bought cheaply, spray painted and re- upholstered. I made the floral pom pom cushions, bunting, up-cycled the circular wall display unit and have used an inexpensive Turkish hammam towel as a rug.
I recently painted the outside in Cuprinol Fresh Rosemary and put up an old fence panel to house the up-cycled half pallet which I painted the same colour to house small pot plants. Power has just been installed too, thanks to my friendly electrician neighbour, so I can now boil the kettle without a trip back down to the house and hubby can run his new waterfall pond pump to keep the water clear, happy days!...

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