Sunday, May 9, 2010

A garden writing room of one's own

I like to do my writing out in the garden during the summer break, but it can be a chore picking up and moving all day in search of shade. So when I had to do a makeover of a spot under one of the pecan trees this year, I decided to turn it into an outdoor writing room. Here is the wretched "before," showing the remnants of the piles of dirt that were stored there during last year's driveway construction. You can see that it gets good shade:

Here's the after, from more or less the same angle (shown here watering in the newly transplanted vinca--even in a xeriscape, new plantings need water):


Slightly different angle:

I'm hoping the plumbago in the bottom right will spread into the flagstones a bit and soften the look.

I cobbled up the little table to the side of the adirondack chair this weekend. I knew I would need one for my iced tea and other vital writing accoutrements, but hadn't been able to find anything I liked. They were all either too big or too small, too plain or too frou-frou for my Texas cottage garden, or, frankly, more dinero than I cared to spend ($1500 for a side table that birds are gonna crap on? Really?).

So on Saturday morning, I took down one of the reproduction tin advertising signs I have hanging in my shop:

Constructed a top from some left-over cedar pickets:

Screwed some galvanized plumbing pipe onto the underside for the legs:

And stained the wood to match the chair. Here's a closer look:

That's a portrait of Walu and me in the canoe...

Now, with all-day shade and iced tea at hand, I have no excuses. Pulitzer Prize, here I come.

Edit: Took new pictures to change the white balance for truer colors.

19 comments:

  1. Oooooh.... I'm having garden room envy! Looks fabulous, I expect to see photos of you hard at work soon.

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  2. That is fabulous! I want a spot just like that in my garden, complete with a pitcher of iced tea!

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  3. Just beautiful, Susan -- such a clever gal you are!

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  4. Lovely - though up north I am often picking up and moving my things in search of sun!

    Reporting from the land of measurable snow on May 8th (and 50 degree temps 24 hours later)...

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  5. That's great. What a nice little spot you made for yourself.

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  6. I like that retro green shade on the chair and table, no pun intended. Such an organized back yard. Very nice work, the table is perfectly squared - the sign of a master.

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  7. Love the homemade table! And the seating area is very nice btw.

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  8. Next you'll have to make a writing studio/ greenhouse.

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  9. What a transformation! And what a unique way to personalize that table!

    I have an outdoor writing place myself. Just waiting for the sun to shine and warm it up!

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  10. OOOOH! This is absolutely delightful. Also love that shade of green. You are giving me tons of ideas.

    I'm with Sherrie - pics. of actual use :-D

    Lindy

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  11. Oh, I absolutely *LOVE* This!!! Great Job!

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  12. Fabuloso, Susan! Looks like a great spot to write.

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  13. Your talent for just up and making things always amazes me. And what a wonderful idea to have such a nice writing spot. I suppose that means you write in pen or pencil instead of the old computer??

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  14. Just lovely! I really like the color combo you have with the stain and fabric. This spot should provide lots of inspiration!!

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  15. Innovative Idea! Very nicely done. Thx for sharing.

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  16. Susan- what a great idea for a garden table! And it's virtually weatherproof! Now when you are sitting in your "writing chair" no one cam interrupt or bother you - you'r working.

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  17. I love it! Great desk and limited space for focus...awesome!

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