CREATING A GARDEN RETREAT FOR ALL SEASONS

Rustic garden retreatI hope you had a marvelous weekend? We did, we were out here glamping with friends in our newly opened garden retreat! When I said Tea Shed – you know I meant G&T shed, right? A couple of dry weeks (weather wise haha) and a break in our schedule has meant I have finally finished our perfect garden retreat. As we work from home it’s nice to be able to sneak down here now, away from the internet and really relax with a book, cuppa or gin and tonic or two.Rustic garden retreatPotted Geraniums I cannot thank Waltons enough for asking me to makeover one of their contemporary Summer Houses for this collaboration, (and their patience as it’s taken us forever to get it finally finished)! It will be somewhere we spend time in every season, I am already looking forward to autumn evenings down here, we absolutely love being inside our mini cabin when it is raining!Rustic garden retreatIt has everything we need in one perfectly sized room for comfort and entertainment. Once some electricity is installed, we might just move down here!Rustic garden retreatA cupboard for storage and a table that is easily moved around, in or out. Potted Geraniums Rustic garden retreatPiles of cushions, blankets and throws all on top of a moveable day bed. Which is made simply from vintage crates and a single mattress.Hand made wall hanging A crazy big pompom wall hanging that I made – after seeing the tutorial by Lisa Tilse over on We are Scout.Potted Geraniums An unloved tea-pot to house one of my geraniums that needed a bit of TLC.Rustic garden retreatA place for keeping my current reads and inspirational books close at hand.Rustic garden retreatAn old fashioned broom for sweeping out bark and debris that blows in through the doors.Tabby CatSummer Drinks Books about making the perfect beverages in all seasons + pretty glasses to drink them from.Potted Geraniums A sunny corner for my collection of geraniums (pelargoniums) I love their cheery blooms and tough nature. With scented varieties and the whole pink colour spectrum, I am in heaven. Tea in the gardenA cupboard for all my favourite teas and extra books and magazines.Rustic garden retreatLiberty prints in my favourite patterns.Fruit teaThe perfect white cup and saucer on a vintage handwoven mat.Rustic garden retreatClassic novels for lazy summer and crisp autumn days.Tabb catOne cat inside and one outside sleeping in the cat mint – a lure that really worked hooray! I love having both my girls so close by. Cat mintRustic garden retreatRusty lanterns for nightlights and wildly planted herbs and flowers.Rustic garden retreatA covered stoop for sitting out near our fire pit and sheltering from the rain.Summer Drinks And of course, all the gin, i need to bring my whole collection down here!Rustic garden retreatI am looking forward to drinking all my favourite styles of tea out here, fresh Moroccan mint, Indian spiced chai, herbal, fruit and of course my morning English Breakfast tea. Although, I am not sure my antique water boiling situation is completely safe? I am working on finding a more efficient (let hazardous) setup! So, how do you like it? I will be back in a day or two with a few closer details and source book of sorts to help you find lots of the things I picked up (or similar) to decorate the place in a thrifty fashion – all for under £250.00. See you soon! xPotted Geraniums This is a happy collaboration between Waltons and Lobster and Swan. They very generously gave us the summer house and we have done the rest. Our garden is 100% more magical now! x

32 Comments
  • begoña
    July 31, 2016

    Es el sitio más maravilloso que he visto!Me encantaría poder estar ahí!Adoro tu trabajo!

  • Maren Ingeborg Gråblomst
    July 31, 2016

    Love it! I want to make a big pompom wall hanging too, really inspiring. The shed is so sweet and cozy, and the cats are lovely :)

    • JeskaHearne
      August 22, 2016

      Thank you so much Maren – those poms took an age! haha :)

  • Eleanor Rae Nickerson-Smith
    July 31, 2016

    It looks wonderful! I especially love the floral planters – where did you find those? x

    • JeskaHearne
      August 22, 2016

      Thanks E, they are from Anthropologie :)

      • Eleanor Rae Nickerson-Smith
        August 23, 2016

        Oh I should have guessed really – the best things always are from there! Hope you’re enjoying your hideaway! x

  • Jesse Lili
    August 1, 2016

    What a lovely space Jeska! I adore everything about it.

    • JeskaHearne
      August 22, 2016

      Hooray, thanks Jesse! I am so glad everyone is as happy about it as me! ;)

  • katyatapartmentapothecary
    August 1, 2016

    Oh my gosh – I’ve been so excited about seeing this after your ‘progress’ posts. It is everything I knew it would be and so much more! It’s amazing what you have achieved on such a small budget and all your creativity makes it look like such a unique space. Love the contrast between the black and white paint ang that reclaimed wood wall is genius. Can’t wait to come round for tea :) xx

    • JeskaHearne
      August 22, 2016

      Thanks Katy, you and baby can come for tea! :)

  • Kirsty Pfeifer
    August 1, 2016

    This is perfection, I think I would nestle in and never leave!!

  • waysideviolet
    August 1, 2016

    what a wonderful space! I love the kitty getting her garden nap in, too!

    • JeskaHearne
      August 22, 2016

      She is so stoned in the cat mint! haha x

  • Julia's Bookbag
    August 2, 2016

    I AM IN UTTER AWE. gorgeous!!

  • Waltons Garden Buildings
    August 2, 2016

    We still can’t believe how you have transformed our building! It looks so cosy, especially on a day like today (grey and rainy!) We hope you enjoy many happy hours in your Tea Shed :)

    • JeskaHearne
      August 22, 2016

      Thanks peeps! So excited to do a mini makeover for Autumn in a week or two – watch this space!

  • Jen Pollard
    August 5, 2016

    Every single photo is so beautiful! What a wonderful retreat to have. I want to curl up and live there! Thanks for sharing

  • Zoë Power
    August 20, 2016

    Oh my goodness, what an amazing space you have created! Love, love, love this! We have an empty concrete base in the garden from an old collapsed shed that is just begging for something like this :)

    • JeskaHearne
      August 22, 2016

      Thanks Zoe! It’s so great! We love to fill ours up with friends at the weekend and a fire outside :)

  • Toyo
    January 5, 2017

    Oh so gorgeous!!! This is exactly what I want!!! I am considering getting a combination summerhouse from Waltons.
    Is your one 10×8 or 12×8?

    • JeskaHearne
      January 5, 2017

      10×8 – I love it – But definitely go bigger if you have room! ;)

      • Toyo
        January 5, 2017

        Thanks Jeska! Our garden is tiny so I’ll probably go for the same size as yours. Thank you for sharing the brilliant ideas, some of which I’m definitely gonna copy!

        • JeskaHearne
          January 6, 2017

          Happy creating! It’s so magical to have somewhere outdoors to relax under cover! :)

  • Lucie
    July 24, 2017

    It’s absolutely beautiful! I love the cushions fabric, the patterns on the pots and vases and how it all combines together in such a peaceful and joyful atmosphere. Great inspiration!!

  • Mark Birbeck
    March 17, 2018

    Hello there. Can I just ask you if you used paint or woodstain to achieve that lovely black colour? And did you need to treat the wood to waterproof the summerhouse first? Thanks

    • JeskaHearne
      March 18, 2018

      It is Bedec Barn Paint – watered down first coat then two more coats of just paint :)

      • Mark Birbeck
        March 27, 2018

        Thank you. It looks great. You have a good eye