My Alpine Home

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Let's Step Inside of Hilltop Cottage...My She Shed

Hello my friends,
I have been like a kid in a candy store playing inside of
 my she shed.

 
In case you missed it I dubbed her, "hilltop cottage"  :)
It just seemed appropriate because she sits atop a hill in our
 back yard.  I love looking up at her from under our pergola!  Really, it's a dream come true for me.




Some of you may remember this chippy cupboard.  I've moved it in and out of our home often.  It's adorned our front porch as well as our living room.  Well, now it's found a home inside of hilltop cottage.  It's heavy and I'm sure hubby is happy that it's found a permanent place to reside. 


I decorated the top with a couple of my large birdhouses, an old tin with a floral design, a garden sign, an old funnel, a round wire form that once was covered with ivy, and a found nest gifted to me by our youngest daughter.
 

 
 
The cabinet is filled with garden essentials.  Pots for planting, seeds, and feed for the birds.
 
I am always picking up architectural pieces, big and small.
I've added them throughout the shed.  We hung half of a stair rail above the sliding barn door.
 
 
I added square nails to one of the 2x4's to hold my funeral basket collection.
 
The cupboard sits atop an old ironrite.  I placed a couple of my oil cans underneath and a small wheelbarrow holds some of my vintage sprinklers.
 
 
I stained all of the interior walls with the color 'driftwood grey'.  It's hard to tell in the photos, but it has a slight green coloring.
 
 
We also hung two half porch pillars on each side of the entry taking you from one room to the other.  Look up and you see a small bit of trim at the top as well.
 
Hubby cut me some branch twigs and added them to hang some of my old rustic lanterns.

 
 

 
Another lantern, (which once belonged to my fil) sits atop a wicker stool just inside the sliding barn door entrance.
 
 
I added scalloped garden edging to two of the beams for drying flowers and herbs.

 
I painted this small dresser a couple years ago to hold some of my gardening supplies.  I had it out on the deck.  It got a bit weathered and the bottom fell out of the top drawer.  Hubby is repairing it, but I couldn't wait to take a photo.  :)
 
 
You can also see that I am giving the top a mosaic design using a broken pot.
 

I'm hoping that next spring we can bring electricity to hilltop cottage.  I have a fun chandelier I will be hanging (with or without electricity) and I bought this wall sconce a while ago and it works.
 

 
I bought this fun barrel at a home up the street from me for $10.  The sweet lady was moving in with her daughter.  It worked great for corralling our croquet game.
 
 
More square nails hold my homemade chicken wire baskets.

 
I love the paver flooring!  The wooden beam is the transition from one room to the other.
 
During the winter we will store some of our garden furniture in this side.  I will keep the smaller side open for playing in.  (wink)
 

 
I am loving our junk wood wall!

 
I spied this piece at T.J. Maxx and thought it was so cute.  It says, 'fresh flowers daily'.

 
The little gaps in the wall are perfect for holding some of my hand tools.  Like this little hoe.


Small watering cans,
 

 
sprinkler, and oil cans.
 
 The rafters are perfect for displaying some of my collections.

 
I bought this little metal table from my sister.  The fun tractor seat stool was picked up at Treasures Antique Mall.



Cute motif on the table.


 
As I look out my dutch door I am in awe that this is my own little bit of heaven up on a hill!
 
The primary purpose is for storing my garden goodies and potting plants.  However I opted to place my potting bench out back behind the shed.  It stays shady there for a long time and then the dirt can easily be brushed to the ground.
 
 
Hope you enjoyed the inside tour of 'hilltop cottage'
 
hugs,
Jann
 
I had a blog friend ask if I would share the cost and hours involved in our shed.  The cost was right around $5,000.  We gave a little money to our son and sil for all their work, so it cost us a bit more.  As for hours?  Gosh, I did not keep track.  They built it quickly because of an upcoming wedding, but I have no idea. 
 
p.s.  just a reminder that the Voting for the Mystery Craft Challenge is open until Mon. I'd love it if you would hop over and vote for me.  That is if you like my little Fall Forest xoxo
 
I will be sharing with these lovely parties:
 
 

37 comments:

Gigi Harlan book arts said...

Your she shed is awesome! I love how you decorated it, just perfect. I can see you in there enjoying yourself for years to come.

Sharon @ Blue Willow House said...

Hilltop Cottage is a treasure. I'm in love with all the chippy goodness inside too. Like your potting bench out back.

Stacey said...

I know I'm not supposed to be jealous but I am. :)

Your little Hilltop Cottage is darling! It's the perfect little spot for you to hang out. Love it!

ellen b said...

What a fabulous project and result. Love all the fun collections you have for the inside, too.

mimi_62 said...

What a beautiful post! Everything in your she-shed has had a lot of thought as to where it should go. My, you've been collecting for a long time. It's all so eclectic. None better. Congrats to a one-of-a-kind!!

Rita C. said...

Oh my goodness, Jann! I am in love with every single detail of your hilltop cottage! From the dutch door to the tile floor to the junk wood wall....it's fabulous. I would be like you, playing and decorating in there most of my free time! Electricity will be the icing on the cake. Lucky you!
Rita

Pat Cantwell said...

Jann,
Hilltop Cottage is indeed, a little slice of heaven, dear friend!
Love that you are designing it inside and out with treasures of the heart!
Enjoy your time within!
Fondly,
Pat

Kim said...

Your shed, Jann, is glorious. It is filled from the lovely paving floor to the rafters with fabulous delight. LoVe that chippy cupboard. It seems to me to be at perfect peace in your shed. I must say, looking from the window of your delightful shed, is the most glorious view of the gorgeous window of your home and the hills beyond. What a piece of paradise you have!

Cindy Rasley said...

Love your garden oasis! Looks so cute!

Sarah said...

Lucky you! This is an adorable space, Jann. I would love to have a potting shed, but there is no place for one.

camp and cottage living said...

Jann, I knew your 'she shed' would be awesome. I love that dutch door and all of your garden collectables too. That was a great idea to put in tile for flooring, easy to clean.
I just voted-good luck!
Kim

Laura Lane said...

Oh girl! You're gonna just looove it! You are well spoiled and well blessed.
Do enjoy! Can't wait to see what you make out in your she shed!

Blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage,
Laura

Jeanie said...

Totally fabulous, Jann. I love the she-shed and everything in it. You are so clever (and I am so envious!)

Junkchiccottage said...

Oh Jann every sq. inch is perfection. Swooning! Just awesome.
Kris

Art and Sand said...

Jann, it turned out fantastic!

What a fun place to play, decorate and creatively store your treasures.

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Jann, as always you are so amazing!!!!!!!! What a perfect place to putter, it is so creative and I know that you will continue to add to your collections. Wonderful, wonderful ( I love your pic at the door you can tell that you are so thrilled with your amazing little cottage.
Luv ya, Jo

Mary Ann Potter said...

Is there a bed? Is there a little kitchen? An outdoor shower or tube? If so, I would never want to leave! It's WONDERFUL!!!!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

I love it Jann!!!! It's terrific.

Hugs,
Mary

My thrift store addiction said...

It's just the cutest thing ever! From the name, to the color you painted it and all of your rustic vintage decor, I just love it Jann! Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm! Pinning!

Linda W. said...

I love your she shed! Thanks for giving us the tour.

Summer said...

Your shed is so gorgeous ♥

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Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Jann,
OMG!! Love the rustic look!! So much eye candy in this post!! Love all of it and i am green with envy that you have a She Shed!! Good for you!!
Thanks so much for all your visits!! It is greatly appreciated!!
Hugs,
Deb

The Charm of Home said...

What a great she shed! I love the paver floor too. Great idea! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

Connie said...

Your She-Shed is enchanting . . . I could go on and on about all the cute stuff, but the things that caught my eye most were the junk wall, the upside-down wire garden fencing and the washtub planter outside. You have such a great eye for pulling things together.
Simply stunning!
Connie :)

Mountain Mama said...

Can you please come by and finish off my little garden cottage? It could sure use your help! This is so lovely, I can't even imagine how much fun you will have spending time in your gorgeous new hilltop cottage - kudos to you all!!

Audrey said...

Love it all Jann ... great job on making it so interesting. You will never be bored in there.
Blessings,
Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

Pam Richardson said...

Jann, I know you are in she-shed heaven. You have thought of everything and I love it all! Can't wait to see how you decorate it for autumn! It is perfect, Pam @ Everyday Living

Stacey said...

This just couldn't be any better Jann. I know it's a dream come true to have your own spot like that surrounded by favorite things. Enjoy. :)

20 North Ora said...

Oh Jann - Your "she shed" is so cute and precious. Love all of the old pieces you have put in it. I hope before too awful long that my new storage building will be empty enough that I can play in it also. Right now, it's still full of boxes to be gone thru,

Have a great week.

Judy

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

Jann, you must be in heaven. It is just perfect!

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

It's absolutely amazing...bet the grandkids are going to love it and want to play in there too! :)

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

How adorable, Jann, and I love the paver stone floor. You have lots of chippy items in there too and the potting bench out back is very cute as well. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day.

Blessings,
Sandi

Ruth W said...

Wonderful Jann...I'm
Ove it!
Ruth

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What a wonderful shed! It looks so darling with all your vintage touches and I'm sure well worth all the storage and more important, all the joy it will give you!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

What a fabulous "she shed" !!!....

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Fabulous! I am so happy for you to have it done and now having so much fun decorating. It is just as I pictured it with all your wonderful collections around. For some reason I have not been getting your posts lately....I have to figure that out because I don't want to miss such important happenings!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

You've managed to create such a delightful place with this shed. It's full of whimsy and interesting places to see everywhre!