Friday, March 26, 2010

Little Outdoor Rooms

outdoor retreat ~ house to home uk

Springtime is the ultimate outdoor time around here. It's not too hot, (in which Texas summers I practically hibernate), nor is it too cold.

treehouse ~ home sweet style

Seeing how a simple shed, garage, canopy tent, or even a tree house can be turned into a sweet little escape, gives me a glimmer of hope when we finally are able to move to a place with a backyard or patio of our own.

outdoor canapy draped boudior ~ hilary robertson

garage turned retreat ~ paul whicheloe photography

mediviel inspired outdoor canopy dining ~ mimicode

gorgeous pink india inspired outdoor patio with birdcage ~ domino

*Decide on a theme for the play room: we've chosen 'cowboys' - a fake cowhide rug as a wall hanging is perfect for adding touches of the wild west.
*Keep the look rustic. You don't need to paint the walls. Just varnish the floor, adding a rug to prevent splinters.
*Choose a child-size table and chairs for craft activities. Pick ones that are light enough so they can easily be lifted out on the lawn.
*Set up a craft corner. Cover a table in a wipe-clean oilcloth and a wall organizer for brushes and paints.
*Include storage for toys. Provide tubs, boxes and shelving to store toys.
*Push furniture to the sides of the room to leave a play area in the middle.
*It's a good idea to damp-proof your summerhouse – to do this, build it on a concrete base, laying a damp-proof membrane between the summerhouse and the concrete.


Vivianapachecofineart said...

Oh My, I really want one... your post has given me great ideas of what to do because we have a deck and need to cover it, yay for wonderful stuff!! Thanks!

boatbaby said...

Love love love this post! I have a fantasy about having a little outdoor room of my own ever since doing several stories about various styles of them when I worled for HGTV. These are so fabulous!

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