10 Inspiring Garden Rooms

I’ve always wanted a garden room. Somewhere where I can hang out with my cats on weekends, pretend I’m a good gardener and tend to my plants, and just basically put my feet up.

So over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been redecorating my lanai again. And slowly, it’s being transformed into a proper garden room.  Will post the pics soon.

Meanwhile, I’ve been looking at a few inspirations. Here are ten of my favorite garden rooms, greenhouses, and garden sheds.  Do you like my choices?


A_Dose_of_Simple_greenhouse_1//Isn’t this such a peaceful retreat?  Source.


A_Dose_of_Simple_greenhouse_3// If this was my atrium, I would throw dinner parties here every night!  Source.


A_Dose_of_Simple_greenhouse_4//That day bed?  Brilliant! Just looking at this picture makes me want to take a nap. Source.


A_Dose_of_Simple_greenhouse_2//Ahhh… to nibble on tapas here… Source.


A_Dose_of_Simple_greenhouse_5//This Scandinavian green house is charmingly rustic.  Source.


A_Dose_of_Simple_greenhouse_6//This greenhouse reminds me of treehouses. So adorable!  Source.


A_Dose_of_Simple_greenhouse_9//This garden room is perfectly put together using MY favorite things! Haha. Source.


A_Dose_of_Simple_greenhouse_10//The sheer amount of plants here is making me green with envy. Get it? Green? With envy? Never mind! Source.


A_Dose_of_Simple_greenhouse_8//A shabby chic green house.  Simple but elegant. Source.


A_Dose_of_Simple_greenhouse_7//Finally , this little shed is so cute it has its own name. It’s the perfect place for creativity, don’t you think?  Source.


Food for Thought:

“I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.”

(Audrey Hepburn: Many-Sided Charmer, LIFE Magazine, December 7, 1953)”

Weekend DIY Project: How to Stain a Table

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I’ve been quite busy doing some home improvement work over the past week.  As you may have noticed in my past posts, our dining room and kitchen were painted in shades of terracotta.  Needless to day, I wanted some big changes around the house. So I’ve had both areas painted white and it has made such a big difference! Nothing relaxes me more than a white space. (I will post the pics once everything’s done.)

But what I really want to show you now is our upcycled dining table. Originally a conference table from the office, I snagged it for 500 pesos (about $11!) at an office auction last year. Although its formica tabletop was already damaged, I bought it mainly for its solid steel legs.  Last week, Hubby bought old hard wood floor planks  salvaged from a demolished house. We then had our carpenter make a table top out of the planks.

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I only wanted a simple, stained finish for the table. So, to prepare the wood for staining, the carpenter sanded  away  the original finish of the floor planks using an electric sander. If you don’t have a sander,  you can use sand paper.

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For stain color, I chose a tint closest to the color of the untreated wood. But if you prefer a darker color for your project, that’s good, too. You can also use either a brush or a rag to apply stain. Make sure though that you use use rubber or plastic gloves to keep your hands from getting stained.

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I applied two coats of stain on my table to make sure the wood absorbs the reddish tint. But if you want a lighter stain, just apply one coat. Allow the stain to penetrate the wood for about 5-10 minutes before wiping it down with a rag.

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Once dry, you can then apply a flat or glossy sanding sealer to protect the wood.  (I personally prefer a matte finish.) And that’s it!

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The stain may look blotchy or uneven in some areas.  That’s due to the uneven application of the stain.  But I don’t really mind.  I kinda like my rustic, imperfect table.

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Now, the table looks like it truly belongs in our home.

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Food for Thought:

Trust yourself.  Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.

-Golda Meir

Painted Walls by Leanne Shapton

I’m not a big fan of wallpapers. But these ones by Canadian artist and graphic novelist Leanne Shapton look really pretty.  These designs have graced the walls of famous museums and national trust houses in the UK including the EDWARD III TOILET of the Newstead Abbey in Nottingham and the SITTING ROOMS of  the Carlyle’s House and the Charles Dickens Museum, both in London.  I personally love the red floral print below. 🙂



See the rest of the collection here.

Food for Thought:

“Sometimes the beauty is easy. Sometimes you don’t have to try at all. Sometimes you can hear the wind blow in a handshake. Sometimes there’s poetry written right on the bathroom wall.”

-Ani DiFranco

All I Own House

ALL I OWN HOUSE by PKMN Architectures from PKMN [pac-man] on Vimeo.

What if you have to put everything you own in a 15-square meter space? Would you be able to do it? Well, Yolanda did just that, but with the help of the talented architects of PKMN Architures in Madrid.

They say of Yolanda’s space:

“All I Own House materialises the interior of Yolanda’s house through her personal belongings. But these objects, such as Yolanda, would never stand still, they move around with her, accompanying her way through the day.”

Well, I suppose it’s possible. After all, it’s high time I do a lot of decluttering myself!

Food for Thought:

“The relationships we establish with the objects we own happen on a very special manner at the interior of our houses, we assume spaces we inhabit by surrounding ourselves with our belongings, thus the way in which we accumulate and display our stuff through the space ends up reflecting our personality.”

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