Design Inspiration: Sheds, Greenhouses & Outside Cooking

I left RHS Tatton this year absolutely inspired by all the beautiful gardens, planting & flowers on show, but also inspired by ideas and products for sale. Some were super affordable and DIY-doable, some were way out of my budget but gave me food for thought on how I’d adapt the ideas and apply them here at home.

Take a look at what I snapped though it was only a teeny fraction of the overall show. Do they appeal to your garden design taste buds too?

IMG_6886Sorry but will another shed even come close to this copper heaven? Seriously, lushtastic shiny copper cladding. On a shed. Shine alight, I’d kill for that. Totally inapprops for a city garden as someone would come along and pinch all the copper but I adored it nonetheless. Maybe imitated using copper paint or spray? Now there’s an idea šŸ˜‰

IMG_6861This lovely little duck egg blue shed was enhanced with vertical timber framing, perfect for small gardens where space is at a premium. Not only is there the practicality of the shed & storage, but also vertical planting with the cute daisies. You could adapt this with edibles or herbs too, adding a foodie dimension to your small space. Brilliant! I liked the curling planter on the left, very innovative and a lovely way of adding varying heights. Might have to pay homage to this somehow…. *puts on the list*.

IMG_6830Just plain old pretty as a picture was this shed painted grey with a display of twine, test tube holders and colourful garden flowers like dahlias, gerberas and cornflowers. Beautifully colourful and elegantly simple, plus very easy to replicate at home. Maybe not good on a windy day but ok if you design the tops to be unhooked and taken down quickly.

I’m adoring shingles at the moment and these cedar specials on a painted garden room were beautifully designed and made. I can’t think where I might have these at Moregeous Mansions, they might have to wait till the next house!IMG_6859IMG_6857There were lots of drop dead gorgeous outside rooms, but here’s one that’s just a tadĀ different: Issy and Annie’s Den!

IMG_6818Made by the super talented Andy Burgess, it’s all hand carved with chainsaws, t’s sturdy, water proof and utterly magical. It has peep holes in the walls, a fabulously scorched exterior, seats inside and a mini carved kids door set into the ‘normal’ sized door. Yes, yes, Andy used the latter, I used the former – how tall is he?! I did a little Vine which doesn’t do it justice at all but gives you a taster:

IMG_6816Anyone in their right mind would have serious greenhouse envy after seeing this at the show – how gorgeous is it? My newĀ pergola is painted in a very similar colour – Drop Cloth by Farrow & Ball. I wonder if they used the same shade? I should have asked! Loved the reclaimed brick base too.

We don’t have the space for a greenhouse unfortunately, which makes me very sad. However even the teeniest gardens could fit this one in and what a oneĀ to have…IMG_6815Very cool. Though hot, obv. Sleek and contemporary, this would give clean lines and add style to the most architectural of spaces – absolutely no excuse not to grow your own! Find it HERE.

Even after the wettest early summer ever, us Brits are still determined to cook outside. External kitchens are now huge news and selling fast, butĀ I’m not talking mini-barbecues here, oh no, insteadĀ large stainless steel, purpose built hobs and ovens designed to stay outside. We’re so optimistic aren’t we, perhaps we’re all waiting for global warming to kick in?! There are two outside cooking areas designed inĀ for events here at Moregeous Mansions, how about that for positive Mancunian thinking šŸ˜‰

IMG_6849This one above was spectacular. The high trees – vines? – were very clever, giving shade and coverage yet allowing light below. Likewise with the glass screening, of which there was quite a bit this year at Tatton. A clever though not inexpensive way of providing wind protection as well as structural design. In grey, of course!

The last word goes to this chunk of deliciousness. You know me, I love a big bit of wood and there’ll be lots of it here at home. Superb to see pieces like this being used as tables and stools on the Brentwood stand šŸ™‚IMG_6851


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