Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Chinoiserie Blogger's Retreat


Longtime followers of Chinoiserie Chic may recall that last year, inspired in part by Miles Redd's iconic blue door, I painted my shed door in Farrow & Ball Chinese Blue and found a fabulous antique Tibetan dragon door knocker on eBay. I also spruced up the inside of the shed, painting the ceiling, staining the walls and shelves, hanging a chandelier, and organizing my gardening tools and flower arranging supplies. Here was the reveal. I was recently inspired by a gorgeous shed by interior designer Michael Devine to turn my shed into a spot where I can blog as well. Michael Devine was one of five designers involved in a great project at The Berkshire Botanical Garden called Living Stylishly in Nature: Re-Imagining the Humble Garden Shed. He imagined his shed as a spot where a garden blogger would sit and blog. By relocating a few items from my home, I have a great little spot to escape and blog. Stay tuned here over the next week for a series of posts on Chinoiserie ideas for furnishing your garden including more sheds, outdoor fabrics, furniture, and accessories.

My shed door


Mile's Redd's door


Michael Devine's shed





My shed-click on the photos to enlarge





26 comments:

Ruby’s Upcycle Designs™ said...

Wow! Fabulous! What a gorgeous shed...it feels funny to call such a gorgeous spot a shed! ;) I love it, great job! What an inspirational place to work! xoxo Beth

Belle on Heels said...

tres sweet! i love it!

Pigtown-Design said...

Excellent! What a great space.

the gardeners cottage said...

hi beth,

i could live in any of these "sheds." they are all so beautiful.

~janet

ps ~ does the term blanc de Chine refer to any statuary that is shiny white or must it has a asian subject? for instance i have a shiny white artichoke statue, does that qualify?

Cristin said...

what a lovely retreat... too nice to be called a shed!

xo,
cristin

Vanessa said...

You've inspired me to create a little nook of my own! I just love this idea!

xx,
Vanessa

www.vanessaandvalentine.blogspot.com

walrus studio said...

I never imagined a shed could be so lovely!!!

Chic Coles said...

This is too cool! I wish I had a place like this of my own to go and blog for hours on end! Thanks for sharing.

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Oh my! Beautiful! I'm in love with your shed.

We are about to get one for our house, but I need it for furniture storage so I don't think it's going to look as pretty as I want it to.

Marie Arden said...

OMG can I come live in your shed? I love it all especially the door knocker. Lucky you and you deserve it. I know the work you put in on the blog an dhow nice to have a retreat.

La Petite Gallery said...

love that lace work garden stool. Well, I like all your post.

yvonne

Hazel said...

That is a gorgeous spot for blogging! I'm jealous!

:) Hazel

Style Redux 2 said...

Ruby's Upcycle Designs-Thanks-I think it's a great example of upcycling.

Style Redux 2 said...

Belle on Heels-Thanks!

Style Redux 2 said...

Meg-Thanks-I think it turned out great!

Style Redux 2 said...

Janet-A strict definition would be an Asian design even produced in Dehua in China, but definitions have really been relaxed now to describe white glazed decorative objects, so you can call your artichoke blanc de Chine!

Style Redux 2 said...

Cristin-Thanks!

Style Redux 2 said...

Vanessa-Great-please post what you do.

Style Redux 2 said...

Walrus Studio-It was a fun project!

Style Redux 2 said...

CC-A little escape!

Style Redux 2 said...

High-Heeled Foot in the door-Maybe you can customize the exterior.

Style Redux 2 said...

Marie Arden-I rent it out by the night!

Style Redux 2 said...

Yvonne-I love unique garden stools.

Style Redux 2 said...

Hazel-My thanks!

Shannon Fricke said...

That MY kind of shed!

Style Redux 2 said...

Shannon Fricke-Thanks!