Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I've hung up my dress-for-success clothes, and pulled my domestic "genes" out of storage.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

A Secret Garden Nook


A Secret Garden Nook --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Do you have a spot where you can steal away
on a summer's day?

A  secret nook to read a book...
 sip a glass of iced tea...
listen to the birds...
 have a little snooze... 
feel the breeze...
and get away from it all?

A place where you won't hear,
"MOM! WHAT CAN I EAT???"
 
If you do,
I'll be right over.

The idea for my garden nook came about    
when we did some landscaping last summer,
which left a little clearing 
just off the side of the yard.

A Secret Garden Nook --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

My friend's beautiful secret garden
that I posted about last summer
was another source of motivation.

 I was busy pinning inspiration photos all winter long...
daydreaming about the ideal little bistro set,
rusted to perfection...
interesting decorative accents...
lush foliage...
pretty pillows...
I had it all laid out in my mind.

Yeah, well..
it didn't quite work out like that.

 When it came right down to it, 
I couldn't see spending lots of money
on things that no one can really see.

A Secret Garden Nook --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I know, I know...
it's not supposed to be seen...
otherwise, it wouldn't be a "secret," duh.
But when it comes to certain things,
I'm frugal like that.

A Secret Garden Nook --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I decided to work with what I had, for the most part.
It's amazing what you can find
when you shop your own house.

I started with a weathered red bench,
that used to reside on my deck.
I think it came from LL Bean, a few years ago.
It didn't really fit in with the rest of my deck furniture,
so moving it made sense.


I like that you can see the red through the trees from the deck. 

A Secret Garden Nook --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I accessorized with things I had...
Flower pots...

A Secret Garden Nook --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

  Lanterns...

A Secret Garden Nook --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

  A wagon wheel...

A Secret Garden Nook --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

A little table covered with a napkin...

A Secret Garden Nook --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

oh, and watermelon (heh-heh)


A Secret Garden Nook --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


I painted some terra-cotta flower pots,
and stacked them to make a table.

A Secret Garden Nook --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I did purchase a few things...

 The lobster pillow at Home Goods...

A Secret Garden Nook --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

 The sundial from Joss and Main...

A Secret Garden Nook --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

and the bird feeder from Home Goods.  

A Secret Garden Nook --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
 

56 comments:

  1. I love it, especially the red bench - very pretty!

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    1. Thanks so much, Vicki! The red bench worked out better than I thought it would!

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    1. Very hot, LOL, except when the sprinklers go on right near the bench!

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  3. Thanks for hosting! I am looking forward to checking out all the wonderful gardens!
    outstanding-chalet-grande-roche

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  4. I love that red bench. So cute. I have a secret garden. I don't sit there but I could. :0

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    1. It only matters if you have one, not if you sit in it, LOL!

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    1. Yes, nice and shady, and a bonus that a sprinkler head is close by haha!

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  6. I love you garden nook! And especially that idea of painting and stacking terra cotta pots to make a table!!

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    1. I think I will do a post on the pots - they were so easy to do!

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  7. I think your garden nook is very sweet. I do not like to waste those terra cotta pot either....they bring character to the garden. xoxo,Susie

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    1. Thanks, Susie! I love terra cotta pots, even if they are broken!

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    1. Thanks, Carol Jane! I'm happy with how it turned out!

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  9. This looks like such a relaxing nook. It's great that you were able to use so many items you already had on hand. I'm going to be back to my house with a yard and look forward to gardening again once the weather cools down.

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  10. That looks like a great secret spot to get away. Love all of your colorful accessories too.

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  11. I love it!!! Your red accents are perfect and your terra cotta table is brilliant!!! Good job.

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    1. Thank you, Rosella! It was a good start - I'm hoping to do some real planting next year.

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  12. The garden looks so beautiful and relaxing

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  13. Amazing nook to hide away! I love the chair, the table, the cushion... it's all fantastic. Well done xx

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    1. Thanks so much, Chel! It was a good start! Hope to really improve it next year, with some shade plants.

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  14. My blog was in pause for two months but I did not have such a pretty secret nook such as yours in which to relax. It looks quite comfortable and pleasant to the eye.

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  15. What a fabulous little getaway! So charming.

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    1. Thanks, Debbie! It was a good start, and hopefully I'll improve it next year!

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  16. So, so pretty, Amy! Love the use of reds in solids and checks and flowers and lobsters! What an interesting and colourful bird feeder! Your secret garden nook is a fabulous, forested getaway, my friend!

    Poppy

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    1. Thanks, Poppy! It was a pretty good start, but I'd really like to plant some shade plants next year. The ground is just so darn hard in that spot! I'll have to butter up Mr. GS!

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  17. Love your secret nook, especially the red bench. It looks like the perfect spot to escape for a bit.
    Kristi

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    1. Thank you, Kristi! I really had my heart set on a bistro set, but I actually am loving the red bench!

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  18. A wonderful setting and I really love how it's so charmingly set up!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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    1. It was a pretty good start, Susan! I"m hoping that next year, I'll do some shady plants in the ground.

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  19. What a great little secret spot!
    And that red bench is perfect!

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    1. I'm really happy that the bench worked out so well, and that I didn't have to buy a bistro set!

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  20. You have such a creative talent for making beautiful spaces! Looks like the perfect place to enjoy a summer afternoon.

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    1. Thanks, Lana! I think it was pretty good for the first try. Hope to spiff it up a bit next year!

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  21. This is gorgeous! I could totally hide out in a place like what you've created. I love your red bench; it looks so nice and cozy. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  22. What a charming little spot. You've done a lovely job putting it all together and that lobster pillow just makes me smile.

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  23. I think we all need such a lovely spot! I will be featuring your post in this week's A Return to Loveliness,
    Kathy

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  24. It looks so inviting, I would love to join you for a glass of something cold and a chat!

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  25. Love this! You have so many great decorating ideas. Thanks so much for sharing with the Let's Get Real party! Pinning.

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  26. I love your area you made for summer reading and relaxing! You did a wonderful job and it looks so nice. Congrats on the feature at rooted in thyme! Have a nice weekend.
    Julie
    Julie's Lifestyle

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    1. Thanks, Julie, I appreciate that you stopped by and commented! Happy weekend!

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  27. Stunning!! Thank you for sharing at Treasure Box Tuesday- pinned! ♥

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    1. Thank you, Joy! I really appreciate your visit and the pin.

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  28. I LOVE it! So pretty. And, the wagon wheel? I absolutely love it. :)

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    1. Thanks, Sally, I am looking forward to doing it up for fall! I love the wagon wheel, too. I think I got it from Christmas Tree Shops.

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