Tuesday, February 17, 2015

La Petite Maison


For Valentine's Day, Steve put the finishing touch on the little garden house - he bought a rustic wooden heart and painted it to hang on the outside wall.


To recap, I wrote about the building of the little house here.


I showcased the house in the garden here.


Finally it is time to take a look inside La Petite Maison.


First, I want to talk about the door - a donation from a wonderful friend and neighbor - that we left green on the inside.


The exterior of the door provides a vibrant pop of color to the garden.


I love this door - each individual pane of glass is beveled - I tried to get a close up of the door to show the beveling, but my photography skills don't do it justice.


An amazing feature of the house is the glass walls on either side which create an open feel to an otherwise tiny space.


Although more than one person can fit in the house at a time, it is really a one person operation so go on in and look around.


The left wall of the house is a perfect spot for my grandmother's sewing machine base - oh, why did I ever give away the sewing machine?


The base had been in the house with a glass top that I unfortunately broke, but I found this old table top in the garage and did a little sanding to distress it.


The little table provides a flat surface for small projects.


My father's old tool box sits on the back wall of the house and right now is holding all sorts of props I am collecting for my son's wedding in July - I am in charge of the seating arrangement table and the Candy Bar.


I found this old cabinet in the attic and it works perfectly on the right wall of the house to hold "stuff" - as you can see one shelf is still empty, but I have plenty more "stuff" to put in the house.


I am sure it will come as no surprise to you that I painted the shelves bright colors.


If you look at the top of this photo, you catch a small glimpse of the corrugated tin roof.


The nice thing about the little house is that my collections are grouped together and visible instead of crammed into any cupboard or drawer that has space.


Tomorrow I will be swapping out vignettes now that Valentine's Day has passed.


Maybe I will use numbers,


glass bottles


 or possibly hands.


 Favorite books are easily found without a trip to the attic


and the silly little mice KC bought me for Christmas look so cute on the blue shelf.


For now, the Valentine decor is balanced upon the little table, but when something comes out to be used in a vignette, a space will open up for the hearts.


I don't know if you can tell from my writing, but I am giddy in love with this house and spend a little time in it every single day.


Enough with the silly house, please take me to the beach!

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75 comments:

Jessica@CapeofDreams said...

Such a lovely little house! I love looking at your collections, so I'm sure it is nice for you to have them out on shelves. That front door is spectacular!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

I love your tiny, sweet space! It has so much character, charm, joy and love.

FlowerLady

lynn said...

oh, so charming, carol:) the shelves really add a ton of storage in the bitty space! my husband built a 4' x 6' potting shed at our old house and i was amazed how handy it was for me:) i share your love for backyard cottages!

Gina said...

Oh, I love it! It's a tiny space and full of so much charm. That door is perfect & just screams "Carol"! :)

Sue Silva said...

It's adorable!

Patty Antle said...

You do amazing things with small spaces! I just love your petite house!

ANNE said...

It's so cute! I love your use of bright colours, don't know how you mix shades together to get such perfection but you do it time and time again. Love it!!

Miss Merry said...

Just adorable - what a wonderful space filled with wonderful things! I bet spending time in your little house brightens your spirits every day! So precious!

Kathy said...

Your little garden house is just a delight and how fun to have a place to store your pretties as you rotate your decor. I adore that hand collection!

My Little Home and Garden said...

Carol, you have such a gift for making places welcoming and happy, no matter the size. I hope your hand is a bit better.

Karen

Linda @ A La Carte said...

You have managed to fit so much fun into this little house. I love it and would visit it every day also!
hugs,
Linda

Sally Somervill said...

It is so cute and happy!! What a wonderful little space to have. I do see the tin roof, how cool! How nice to have such a sweet spot for all of your treasures and projects. Fun!
xo Sally

Junkchiccottage said...

Sweeeeet Carol love love your garden house. Just too adorable and fun. Love that red old door. Beautiful and what a great addition to your sweet garden. What a great Happy Place for you.
Kris

September Violets said...

Such a cute little space to yourself! I think the sewing table adds a great touch with the wrought iron base. Just remind yourself that the sewing machine's new owner is probably loving it SO much!! You'll have lots of enjoyment rearranging your shelving displays as time goes by. Thanks for sharing :)
Wendy

Rue said...

What did you tell me? Something like "it's just a place to store stuff, but I tried to make it cute." Mission accomplished! I've never seen a storage shed that was as adorable as this. I'm officially pea green with envy.

I'm reading this post over again so I can drool..... Gosh your blog makes me happy :)

rue

cathy@my1929charmer said...

What a cute little house, and wish I had one out in my garden. Storage is in shortage here at the Charmer. One could never call this a storage shed, it's a tiny little house! OK, now go to the beach and send some sunshine this way, please!

podso said...

Your petite maison is adorable. Amazing how much you fit in. Enjoy!

bobbie said...

Love, love, love it!!! It is so very YOU!

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

Oh this is just perfect! A gorgeous light and bright getaway. It's like Dr Who's tardis, tiny on the outside but so much inside! Enjoy! x

Kelly said...

I can see why you love it so. It's certainly a stylish place to store all of your decor items. It's like a mini store right in your backyard!

20 North Ora said...

What a precious little inspiring spot! So bright and cheery! Love it? Know you will spend many hours enjoying it.

Judy

Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel said...

Your little house is such a happy place. I'd love to hang out in there too. You have some great collections. I especially love the hands.

Primroses Attic said...

I cannot believe how much you have managed to get in it. It looks a really lovely place, so bright and cheerful.
Rosezeeta.

chateau chic said...

I adore your "Petite Maison," Carol!! I just know your creativity is going to overflow now that you have this fabulous little house.
Mary Alice

NanaDiana said...

That is just SOOOO darned cute I can't stand it! What a wonderful little place to play house and dream. xo Diana

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol.
A powerful color punch of playful energy is housed in this tiny adorable space. Cute, cute, cute!
xoxo,
Vera

Laurie said...

It is so you and I loved it all! I see something different every time I look at the pictures. I think my favorite part is the red front door. I know you are going to enjoy it. Can't wait to see how you decorate it each season.

fiona anderson said...

It's easy to see why you want to spend so much time in there, what a great light filled space to create in. Thanks for sharing all the photos, I love all the baskets, letters and numbers, I might go back for a third look.

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Carol,
I love your lil house, it is adorable, and so YOU with all the bright colors. What a fun way to store your neat collectibles.
Hope this finds you doing well.
Have a great rest of the week,
Blessings, Nellie

Jewels said...

I would be giddy too! Just lovely....

Vicky Hunt said...

I would be giddy too Carol! It is absolutely amazing! Your special touch makes it perfect. Love the colored shelves and all your decor. Have a lovely evening...:) I hope Lulu got that walk! :)

Rita C. said...

I sound like a broken record, but I love your house, and now its mini me house.

Pamela Gordon said...

Such a cute little garden house! I love it.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

This is just too special! What a beautiful oasis and how wonderful it is that you're able to display so many of your treasures. I think you just might have enough room for a tea party for two.

Cozy Little House said...

I am giddy with excitement for you!
Brenda

Carla from The River said...

Fun, thank you for the tour. I love it and how you have it all just so. It is so sweet and special.
Thank you for sharing.
Carla

Debby said...

It's perfect. It looks like a grownup playhouse.

Consider It All Joy said...

I love your little house and your collections are great! It is nice to have a sweet place to keep them during their 'off season'! Love, love the twine/scissor holder!! Blessings, Cindy xoxo

Sarah said...

Carol, I find your little house to be totally charming. I love that you have the shelves to spotlight your collections and books. This is such a great idea. I'm crushing over your collection of hands, especially the one with the heart. One of my favorite sayings is "made with heart and hand." Thanks for sharing this little house of delight.

Jackie and Joel Smith said...

With each post, I find your cottage -- and life -- by the sea even more enchanting. Love your little house!

Cheri, the Quilting Nanny said...

Hi Carol......words escape me at the moment! I LOVE your little house and your patio! You have what I would LOVE to have! Absolutely stuff of my dreams! I love the little house! I want one! I will follow so I can dream.......
Cheri (www.fabricandmemories.blogspot.com)

My Garden Diaries said...

It is beautiful Carol! I would spend every single second in that space as well! And the heart is just perfect! I really like how your collections are visible on your open shelves! Just adds so much personality to your space! If we had a house like this the beans would surely take it over!! I am so HAPPY for YOU!!!! You deserve this spot!!! I can't wait to see how you change it as the seasons change!! Nicole xoxo

http://deezie-sunshinedeezines.blogspot.com/ said...

Love, Love love it!!! its cozy and full of color and all the things you love. Enjoy your little house in the garden


deezie

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Oh I love it! It looks just perfect to me. You fit so much stuff in there and yet it looks so organized. I love that you have a basket of hands. Love a tin roof in the rain too!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

teeehee....that LULU, she is a pistol! I can see her saying, "OK, MUM! Stop already with the house...what about ME?" teeehehee

OH CAROL! You are making me want to get out to California NOW for my Carmel trip! And what you've done with cette petite maison is gorgeous. What a great place to go pray, hide, read, think....you've got it! You've got it made.

HAVE ANOTHER FUN DAY! Much love, Anita

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

It's a beautiful space Carol! And you have the coolest stuff! I've never seen a basket full of hands before ... LOVE your style! Enjoy your playhouse!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Carol,
Your petite maison is a perfect retreat for you on those gorgeous, heavenly days along the sea...
Jemma

Poppy said...

A little bit of time in your pretty, little house, every morning, sounds like the ideal way to start your day! What a sweetie it is!

Poppy

Jann Olson said...

Oh Carol, it's everything I imagined it would be! Vibrant pops of color that make my heart sing!! Your collections are amazing and your numbers make my heart sing. I always marvel at your hands. Never see anything like them around here. Spending time in there each day would be pure joy. I was going to feature your last post at SYC this week, but I would rather wait and feature this if you plant to link it? Please let me know.
hugs,
Jann

My Painted Garden said...

Oh my goodness Carol - I am giddy with excitement just looking at everything in your adorable cottage and the outside is just as fabulous. It makes my hear sing just seeing all of your primary colors and wonderful collections in their own special places - love - love - love it. The hand collection is amazing.
So happy that you have a little "cottage of your own".
Happy Days, Erin

Helen Philipps said...

I love your little house, Carol, and how adorable you have made it inside! Love the heart sign your hb painted to complete it! I can imagine you spending such happy creative times in your precious little garden house!
Helen xox

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Oh my! You've created the most charming little cottage right in your back yard, Carol! It's packed with things to make your day just a little bit brighter. Enjoy!!!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

That does it. I HAVE to have one of these. God it's cute! So dang cute! !! !! !! !!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I so understand why you are in love with your "Petite Maison"!

Sue said...

Trying to get a comment through again, tried something different. Just the most amazing little shed in a yard that I can think of. Our new foyer/transom window has the beveled glass so I know how hard it is to take a photo.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Carol, What a charming little house and you have filled it beautifully. I love all the treasures displayed. I can see you spending time there each day. Love the sweet little sign, La Petite Maison your hubby created. I would love to have a little house like this in my yard. Looks like your fur baby is waiting patiently.
Thanks for sharing.
Hugs, CM

Connie said...

Hi Carol, Of course you love your little garden house. . . it is perfection. I am amazed at all that you have stored in it and how amazingly organized you are. Not to mention the creativity you put into your storage. It is beautiful . . . every single inch. Steve did a sweet job on the sign, too. I'm so happy for you:)
Connie :)
P.S. Now I am anxious to see how you decorate for a wedding:) I know it will be stunning and unique.

Laurel Stephens said...

Every single inch of your petite maison is perfection!

Renee said...

Your little garden house is perfect. Love it. The colors are great.

Also loving all the sunshine.

cynthia lee designs said...

Love, love, love it!!!
~Cindy

Donna Wilkes said...

A wonderfully creative space - hands down!

Melanie said...

Love every detail of your new little garden house! I really like how you painted the shelves different colors and of course, I love looking at all your collections.

kitty said...

Awwww your little house is wonderful and must bring you so much joy with your collections and the happy colors!
I also read your Valentine post with the loaf of bread and flask of wine. My late beloved and I were engaged on Valentine's Day, in 1970.

Ginny said...

Love your little house, and I love the numbers. Where do you get them? I also read your valentine post and it was so sweet!

Ginny said...

Love your little house, and I love the numbers. Where do you get them? I also read your valentine post and it was so sweet!

Lowcarb team member said...

Your choice of colours work so well in your 'petite maison'

All the best Jan

Little Farmstead said...

Your little house and sign are so charming and lovely!! ~julie

Leslie said...

oh gosh it is so LOVELY!!!!!!!!!! I love your colors but mostly love your very special pieces that are sentimental and come from the heart! just precious! Someday I might have one :) thank you for sharing your very sweet space!
(leslieherbert, IG)

Debra Howard said...

It turned out just beautiful! The details are perfect especially the books!

A Joyful Cottage said...

It's wonderful, Carol. I love how you painted it and the way you furnished it. That door is amazing. Well done! A charming addition to your garden.

Sylvia said...

Carol, Thanks so much for the tour of little house. It is wonderful and bright looking. I think you matched the top and sewing machine base perfectly. I'm always eager to read what is happening in your world. Thanks for sharing. Sylvia

CatieAn said...

Oh Carol. it is just so perfect and so very YOU. I am so happy it is all done and now you have a fun new place to share your collections and spend some special time.

Sarah @ Shanspirations said...

WONDERFUL, especially the door and shelves. Great job!

J said...

I saw your little house at Mrs. Olson's and had to hurry over for more! This is simply adorable! I love the accents of red - and the way your treasures are handy for just enjoying. Perfect little corner of the world!

Julie's Lifestyle said...

What a happy little house for you to enjoy Carol I love it! May your spend many happy hours in there! Congrats on your feature at Jann's party too. Have a wonderful Friday and weekend.
Julie