|Michelle Blais, in her do-it-herself garden, stands in front of her hand-made garden shed.|
What fun it is to peek into other people’s gardens, and at its best when you see garden solutions that you can actually use. Spying the garage in this garden, I thought “Wow, what a great reno of an old garage!” then, I was bowled over to learn that the gardener, Michelle Blais, had built the whole thing herself, from the ground up. (Dads, be like Michelle’s and teach your girls to use power tools!) Using new and some reclaimed wood, she created this vintage-looking garage that doubles as a garden shed, or a functional outdoor room.
|Here the garage serves as a meet and greet space for witty garden writer Sonia Day to meet and greet her readers taking the Beach Garden Tour.|
What I loved about this garage—although it seems an insult to call it a garage—was the ingenious use of fabric to not only soften the space, but make it bright and cozy. Michelle used cheap, white sheets from a thrift store, together with wires, clothes pegs and a stapler to up the freshness and elegance. Windows in the double doors and wall flood light into the interior, and provide an alternate garden view.
|Yellow striped ceiling fabric warms up the space, the white wall fabric adds light and freshness, hiding the exposed wall studs underneath. 3D art makes the walls lively.|
At the back of the garden, a shady hideaway seat cries out for a cup of tea and a book, all designed and built by Michelle. Inexpensive string lights in a shade adds coziness, and the oval bevelled-glass mirror adds depth and glitter.
|Simple steps solution:You can never go wrong adding a couple of cobalt blue ceramic pots. These glow with butterfly-attracting lantanas in hot pink and orange.|