Monday, March 21, 2016

on the side . . .


When you live in a small house, 


on a small lot (3 houses are shown in his picture to give you an idea just how small our lots are),


you make the most of every little space.


Several years ago I bought a 3 tiered wooden cart for $3 at a yard sale.


It sits on the side of the house in a nook between our dining room and the fireplace.


Last week I spent a morning cleaning up the table after a winter of neglect.


The old screen was just sitting in the Garden House


as were all sorts of metal containers - the little wooden lamb is a left over from my days of "Americana" style.


After the cart was cleaned up, 


I had fun playing with pictures,


taking shots for Instagram.


I was pondering the idea of painting the cart, but after seeing all the pictures


I decided that cart is just fine the way it is.


It makes a great backdrop for photos


This is what the cart looked like this morning


as I got ready to plant seeds.


After planting the seeds, I had fun taking photos 


 at different angles - 


zooming in 


and out.


It's a beautiful spring day,  the side yard is organized, my blog post is finished


and I'm going to follow Lulu's lead by spending the rest of the day just lazing around.

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44 comments:

Laurie said...

I love how you use ladders in your garden. And I agree, don't paint the table. It's perfect like it is.

Stacey said...

I love that you've turned the side of your house into a pretty destination spot. We need to do the same. Our lots are small too.

Susie said...

Carol, That little cart table is perfect. I love that weathered look. You house is so sweet in it's garden and beach setting. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love your garden and the little table is wonderful the way it is. I love the seasoned wood look. My potting bench needs a cute makeover soon.
hugs,
Linda

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Very sweet yard with creativity. Love the ivy wall. I hope to have my husband build a potting bench this year.

Connie said...

It is always a pleasure when I take a little time to pop over and see what you are up to. I like your little cart just the way it is, too :)
Happy Spring!
Connie :)

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

I love your little house. I have told Hubby that I would love to have a smaller house when we go looking for one, but I think I would like to have alittle more land. We live too close to our neighbors too.

Terra Hangen said...

I like your walkway with the huge wide slabs of cement, I would like one like it on the side of our house. Instead of the weeds on that side of our house. Your photos are attractive and look like they belong in a magazine.

Kelly said...

You've made good use of that side yard! I'm sure everyone has small lots because that is prime property you're on. It "aint cheap"!!! Ha Ha. Just be glad that you have a slice of it to call your own. Plus it's less to maintain. Who wants to be doing yard work all day in the hot sun anyway?

Rita C. said...

I know neighbors can sometimes be a pain, but I still really, really love your corner of the world, Carol. It truly is my vision of a little slice of heaven. Wonderful pictures of that vision of mine I conjure up - thank you!

ANNE said...

It looks very pretty and peaceful. Enjoy snoozing!

20 North Ora said...

I love your gorgeous and colorful photos. Such an inspiration!

Judy

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Everything looks terrific Carol. Love your table and it fits perfectly in your space. Looks like Lulu has a perfect place to take her nap.

Enjoy your week - looks like some good weather is on the way.

Happy Easter
Mary

Ana said...

Love your home...indide and out! Happy Spring my friend.

Hugs,
❤️Ana

Christine Vandormolen said...

what a dream of a little garden!!! In LUV

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Beautiful yard! I love the cart and the way it has weathered. xoxo Su

Debby said...

Such great pictures. Love your gardens.

Art @ Home said...

What a cute little niche in your side yard! You have the sweetest little vignettes everywhere...inside and outside!

Happy Spring!!!

xo,
RJ

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol,
Living in small places makes one more create in using every square inch and you have mastered it with an amazing flair. I love the patina on the 3 tier wooden cart and great galvanized buckets. Carol you have made your little garden into a paradise of beauty.
xoxo,
Vera

Blondie's Journal said...

I see so many cute touches everywhere that I don't notice any small spaces, Carol. You have a way with collected and cute pieces everywhere---inside and out.

A bad winter? I spent 2 hours outside with my fingers and nose turning numb picking up branches and sticks from the high winds we have had over the winter. The dogs romped and I got a good dose of fresh air. Such is life in the Midwest. Not perfect or envious, but very real and nothing I would trade.

Still, when can I visit?

Jane

Pondside said...

I think you're right to have left the little piece in its natural state - so much more versatile.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I don't have to tell you how much that sunshine of yours transmits memories to me...oh how fabulous is your small space, Carol. I know you enjoy it every second of the day, and SO DOES LULU!!!!!!!!

Have another fun and peaceful day in that sweet little paradise.

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

It might be a small yard but you've made it quite a cozy and attractive space. I like the cart the way it is and I enjoyed the various ways you set it up for pictures. Your LuLu has the right idea- lay back and enjoy!

handmade by amalia said...

I so like what you've done with this corner, Carol. It has such a natural, rustic, pretty look to it. Well done.
Amalia
xo

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I am so glad you didn't paint that fabulous bench!! It looks so good as a backdrop for all your goodies! I recognize that lamb from my days of Americana!!

The French Hutch said...

Your space may be small but it is stunning! I love how you've planted the paths and I agree, you should not paint the cart! It is gorgeous and your photos look professional. I can't believe how little you paid for it. I love your home and garden space……..Happy Spring.

bj said...

Little lambs never go out of style...he looks cute there.
A nice little spot you've fixed up on the side. All your photos are adorable...
I have my little potting bench (it's actually a metal cart Mr. Sweet bought for me) ready to get a new paint job for spring and summer...bright red....we've had so much wind, and I'm using spray paint, so I'm waiting for just the right day.....plants and flowers are going crazy in our greenhouse...

Feral Turtle said...

I have to say for a small yard it has big impact. Love all of you areas you have created. It's a breath of fresh air!

Anonymous said...

wow, you have created a lovely oasis!! I have a small space, too, and love the challenge. Look at darling Lulu lounging....haha. she totally completes the picture! have a wonderful Easter weekend!
Rae Lange

Kim said...

My first home sat on a 40x100 lot. I get it!! Great cart!!

Pamela Gordon said...

A very sweet spot hidden in your yard. And a great place to get creative. Lovely! Have a beautiful week Carol.

Blondie's Journal said...

It's settled. I need a real life walk through tour of your home and garden. And I'll be taking notes.

I like the cart as is. You can always paint later but you'll never be able to have this again. I love that screen, too.

Jane

Melanie said...

That cart has turned out to be more useful than you probably thought! We have a very small lot, too, but you are very talented in finding space and giving everything that perfect Art and Sand touch.

cynthia lee designs said...

Love your little special place outside...very pretty!
~Cindy

chateau chic said...

What a perfect little spot for a potting table, and I love the addition of the screen.
Mary Alice

NanaDiana said...

I love that piece for a backdrop. It is perfect. You have a small yard and we have so much yard that it is much more than I want. It takes me at least 2 hours to mow once or twice a week depending on how much rain we have. I love those little nooks and corners that are created by a small lot.You always do such a good job with your pictures and presentation. Have a wonderful Easter week-xo Diana

Kathy said...

Your little cart is perfect in that spot and I ADORE that your garden is a size you can manage and have fun with. I used to love having a very big yard but it is too much for me now and smaller would be a lot more fun!

Jann Olson said...

Love both the cart and the screen Carol! It's the perfect nook for taking your lovely photos. I see you are having lots of fun with that new camera!
hugs,
Jann

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

you always use your spaces in an amazing and lovely way :)

podso said...

It looks great natural as you have it. It's nice you can do so much living outdoors--it must expand your space.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

When I lived in Brooklyn, NY my house and yard were also very small. Like you, I made the best of it and actualy grew anamzing amount of veggies and berries in large flowers pots I even had a fig tree in a big pot that was on a platform with wheels. We would wheel it around to get the most sun during the day and would get over 100 figs every summer. In winter I wheeled it into the garage--lol and covered it with a quilt to keep warm.
We ahd a blizzard in Colorado today so spring seems far away. I enjoyed seeing your flowers!

Anonymous said...

Good decision to leave the bench unpainted. The rough natural weathered wood makes a nice contrast against the white doily. Have a blessed day.

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Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

The side of your house is just as charming as the rest of your garden!