Another rite of spring at the Carriage House is the opening of the summer house. I call it the summer house because it sounds fancy. I base it on this definition:
A summer house or summerhouse has traditionally referred to a building or shelter used for relaxation in warm weather. This would often take the form of a small, roofed building on the grounds of a larger one, but could also be built in a garden or park, often designed to provide cool shady places of relaxation or retreat from the summer heat.
We added the window at the back and a potting bench and originally used this as a potting shed. But, it turned out to be impractical because it was hard to get the dirt out all the time. I am a messy gardener. It’s easier to just pot things up in place in the garden.
So, I decided to turn it into a cute little summer house. It’s very pink and girly. I keep my favorite bird china out there.
But, it needs some freshening up this year. I’m kind of done with pink. And the thing is, I rarely actually take the time to just sit out there. I’m far too busy for that. So I’ve thought about going in a whole new direction.
I feel like the sky is the limit with what I decide to do out there. It’s just a shed. I can go a little crazy if I want to. To be honest, that is almost a problem because I can’t decide what direction to take.
How about a writing shack?
This would look really cool, but I don’t have a laptop so I wouldn’t likely do much writing out there. I’m pretty sure Mr. Q wouldn’t drag his stuff out there either.
Perhaps a comfy spot for napping?
I have taken a nap or two out there though, and in the end it kind of creeps me out. Anyone could just sneak up and scare the crap out of me.
I’ve also thought of a little al fresco dining pavilion.
But it’s a little small. We could probably only fit two diners comfortably. I have a very nice patio dining set already, just steps away. We dine al fresco all summer long. It could make a nice alternative in case of rain, but if it’s raining do we want to dash from house to shed with food?
I could really use another bathroom! Secretly I kind of love the idea of an outdoor bathroom.
In this climate, it would never work. I could only use it 4 months out of the year. The pipes would freeze every winter. And I don’t even have electric out there, let alone water. Obviously this is never going to happen.
After considering all of my options, I think I have come up with a plan. I could paint the walls and floor white, and haul pieces of furniture in there for photo shoots. It will become my tiny little photo studio. One problem is the window in the back, I would need to cover that up to avoid back-lit photos. I could build a backdrop wall with vintage wallpaper like this fabulous example from pinterest.
I’m sure I can come up with some sort of plan for that. I’m not quite sure how difficult it might be to get the furniture in and out of there, but I’m pretty sure Mr. Q and I can handle that.
I wish I could say that I’d spend a lot of time leisurely dining out there, or taking naps, or writing a fabulous novel, but I know myself and it ain’t gonna happen. So, why not turn it into a space that I could really use? I think I’m going to go for it.
What do you think?