A Garden Shed, Maybe?

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits” 
Psalms 103:2

We have been doing more than our share of gardening over the past two weeks, as I am sure many of you have.  And it’s totally worth it! Raise your hand if you have a garden and realize how much work it can be!  Choosing flowers, planting, fertilizing and the list goes on and on!   Well, in the midst of all of the weeding and watering last week, out of the clear blue sky, Butch announced that he was going to build a garden shed!  Oh yes, you can imagine this girl’s excitement!  I have seen so many cute ones that would complete our little haven!  So who will build this garden shed, you might ask?

None other than my husband, also known to me as the “Renaissance man”.  Besides being the best husband I could ever ask for, he is a singer, musician, songwriter, DIY’er…a very smart and creative guy with multiple talents!  You might have noticed the two buildings in my garden posts, he built the Cape-Cod style one.  Many folks think it is a guest house, but it is actually a storage building.  We have often laughed that it looks like we have a compound, two detached buildings, a detached carport, and now a potential garden shed!  What’s one more?!


We are only in the thinking process right now and he probably wouldn’t start until fall, but naturally I started looking for inspiration right away and can’t wait to get your input!  Ours will be rustic, to go along with the fact that we live in the country with several acres behind our garden used as pasture.  If you are wondering about our inside project, it is still on our radar, but nothing has happened so far.  We are waiting on the contractor, because he is the best. Will keep you updated when the work begins.  But for now, let’s look at these sheds that will undoubtedly be so much fun and add a little character to our garden!

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What do I not love about this rustic and quaint garden shed…

…another view.  The antique French doors jostled my memory.  I have a set of antique doors that I purchased at least 38 years ago that I have never used.  I think they will work!


I want a light-filled space!

This is beautiful…I do plan to fit the shed into the left side of the garden and extend the plantings!

Mary from Home Is Where the Boat Is has the most beautiful potting shed.  It is perfect in every season, and she is definitely an inspiration for our shed…

…I recommend if you love potting and puttering to follow her lovely blog!

This one is really just a tool storage, but I love the style!

Climbing roses, clematis, etc. would be the perfect addition!

We think we would enjoy a small porch!

Beautiful, but probably not!

This one is is nestled among beautiful blooms!

Certainly rustic with lots of windows!

Love the path and fence!

Lots of shade trees, which we do not have!

How cute is this!!!

So perfect in the right setting!

Definitely rustic enough!

This looks like the perfect one for an estate, which is obviously not us!

So which would you choose, knowing that we are country dwellers with surrounding pasture land?

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  1. What a fun project that will be and to have your husband as the builder! You will be able to get exactly what you want! The choices are all fabulous…. Too hard to choose one! Can’t wait for y’all to start!

  2. Nancy says:

    Love this post. Would have one if I didn’t live in a townhouse. Bummer.
    Can’t wait to see your vision transpire on your lovely property.

  3. From these photos sounds like your shed will be something wonderful and unique. I really like that first one, seems to tell a story. Establishing a garden is a wonderful thing, it’s just fun to be outdoors.

  4. Can you see me jumping up and down with delight! I am so excited for your new venture Pam! Oh the fun you will have creating your very own “doll house!” Your inspiration photos are all amazing! Of course Mary’s shed will always be the Princess of Potting Sheds, but I must say the first photo in your post really spoke to me…I love the double french doors and the church like side windows, and the metal overhang above the entry. I can’t wait to see what you and Butch come up with!!!

  5. dolores says:

    Well … I see you are flat out with the garden. It’s great !!
    Pam I congratulate you for having a Renaissance husband for me would be a new sensation.
    I account something: When the girls were small we had a villa in the Sierra with its garden and all … My very elated husband was devoted to planting things: potatoes, vegetables and radishes. When he collected the radishes were very thin trickles of red. What he had happened? … That in their ignorance planted very close to each other …
    Well, we never had orchard … it was decided … ha ha ha ….
    A beautiful garden and a wonderful project, I love it.

    • Dolores, la jardinería es un trabajo duro y requiere mucho tiempo. Mi marido le encanta estar al aire libre y siempre está ocupado con un proyecto! No puedo esperar a llegar a la caseta de jardín en marcha! fin de semana y abrazos feliz, Pam

  6. Kim says:

    How exciting, Pam! Like you, I would have lots of examples gathered to help make choices. I can totally see something similar to a chapel for you. :-)

    • Kim, the chapel idea is why I loved the first example the best! Happy weekend! Our beautiful Ella Mae was born May 12, and she is gorgeous! I am waiting on my very private son to give me the ok to share pictures. I am beyond excited!

      • Kim says:

        Hurray! I thought the time should have arrived by now. Congratulations, and have fun with that sweet bundle of blessings! :-)

  7. Oh gosh, Pam, now comes the hard part. These kinds of decisions seem to be the hardest for me…choosing fine details. I love Mary’s shed, and also Kim’s from Living Vintage. I would feel the need to coordinate with existing structures. For me, that probably means a little more formal than what I would really want – at least on the outside appearance – just because my house looks that way. But having the inside function well is even more important for a gardener.I love the one with the shade trees (which we don’t have either!) and pergola attached. I’m sure this will be a fun project for you. Lucky you to have Renaissance Man be able to custom build for you!

  8. Mary says:

    Pam, I love all your inspiration photos and my little shed is honored to be included among them! What fun…so many choices, materials and designs to choose from and a talented hubby to implement them! I was looking at some salvage porch columns today with a pretty green chippy paint finish and wondering how I could incorporate them. We have been working on some landscaping and I’ve planting containers for the last couple of weeks…oh my aching back :) Happy planning and planting to you!

    • Mary, I could not think of a potting shed post without including yours! You have such a gift that I always look forward to seeing your tablescapes and all your potting shed putterings. I know the time and hard work invested to share such beautiful images! Have a beauty-filled weekend, Pam

  9. Lea says:

    Oh, my, how can I pick just one when I like all of them. What a nice addition this is going to be. You will have fun just anticipating it. Happy weekend!

  10. Oh my, you will love your potting shed no matter which choice you build!! My husband’s brother built me a shed because I absolutely Love being outside. I have always loved gardening and the shed just makes it more enjoyable. I love Mary’s Potting Shed. I think we need to form a Potting Shed Club????
    You know swap plants and talk about God’s great creatures. Looking forward to see your shed.

  11. Kelly says:

    Wow, how do you ever choose. Every single one of those sheds is adorable! My preference would be number 1. You’re so lucky to have a wonderful husband that can do so much. i look forward to seeing the finished product.

  12. Oh you lucky girl! I couldn’t choose, there are so many wonderful choices. But I am sure, which ever one you choose, will be beautiful. I can narrow it down tho, I am loving the ones with metal roofing and skylights. Putting electricity in buildings that are far away, I’m guessing may up the cost. So for me? I’d use as much natural light instead.

  13. How wonderful that you will be planning and building a wonderful garden shed…and yes, Mary’s potting shed is the best. Looking forward to what you decide to do…love the antique doors on one of them!…One day I would love to have a greenhouse…but would have to move as the HOA here would not allow it…ugh!

  14. Leslie Anne Tarabella says:

    I love that one, no that one, no wait . . . that one! I think I need to start a Pinterest board like this!!!

  15. bj says:

    Oh, I have an obsession with potting sheds..green houses…potting benches…I think one reason I love them so is that you can put your whole personality into one and they seem to come out looking fabulous.
    Your garden is sooo pretty; I’m too old to want to work hard in one and right now, we have one raised veggie bed that is awesome…son built it and am hoping he’ll build one more for flowers…right now, we are in the middle of adding a small pergola out by the greenhouse…I love them, too. :)

  16. Michelle says:

    The ones that you picked to inspire you – I’d want to live in them! Seriously. Everyone is gorgeous. You have wonderful taste. Yours no doubt will be just as lovely.

  17. Oh I have received so much glorious inspiration Pam! I’m in pinning heaven. We so appreciate you joining the Thoughts of Home on Thursday gathering. May you have a delightfully lovely weekend.

  18. Rhonda says:

    Your “compound” :) is a delight and such a joy to see! Beautiful! All of the garden sheds are pretty, but the first one is my fav! Can’t wait to see what you come up with! ~Rhonda

  19. Oh my, you garden looks like it is a wonderful place to grow fresh veggies and flowers. I love the idea of a garden shed, it is a perfect place to store all of the equipment you need for gardening out of sight. A stylish shed like those you have featured can also make such a statement as a centerpiece to a garden, too. thank you so much for sharing over at the Celebrate Your Story! link party!

  20. I love this post! I am into sheds myself. I have plans that we have never built. We have 2 that are really just storage for tools that are in the yard and similar to some in your photos. We call them a Kiosk. Your property looks so charming. I love it!

  21. Jann Olson says:

    It’s really a hard decision Pam. Believe me I know! We are building ours right now and the roof is going on this weekend. I had a hard time choosing. I love rustic, but yet I love cottage as well. Mine will be somewhere in between. :) I showed many of the same ones you have in my post about it as well. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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