Last week when I took you on a tour of my home art studio, I mentioned moving out of it temporarily while I build a new one and on Monday I took you on a tour of our exterior where you may have spotted the site for the next studio.
This space where there is an old rotting shed thats ever so slowly been leaning further to the right as time goes on. Eeek! Before it fell completely I thought we’d better get it down safely and clear the site for the new studio so we can see what footprint we’re looking at. While there is no view at all from this space, its tucked neatly behind the house and the top garden, there is access to a tap and its so close to the house I won’t feel neglectful of my kids if I have a sudden urge to paint in my studio when they’re home.
I’ve been scouring the internet for garden studio inspiration. Having a garden studio; garden room or ‘she shed’ has been a huge trend for a while now and unsurprisingly has really taken off this year, there is a wealth of images to drool over, these are my top 5 that I find myself saving again and again.
I’m swithering between going dark and moody again or going for something lighter. My previous studio was black Tudor oak by Ronseal and the storage sheds around the side are black too. Do I want to stay black, go white to match the house, or go colourful? If I do go for a colour it’ll likely be a neutral like green or blue. I’m worried going white is going to get too muddy quickly and I’ll spend all my time hosing it down, but I am tempted. It is a surprisingly bright corner given its location and keeping in line with that might be okay?
One thing I’m sure of is growing a host of rainforest-esq big leafed plants. The space gets a lot of sun in the morning but then shade for the rest of the day, and its quite damp, (its Scotland!) So I’m thinking hydrangeas, hostas, and some climbing plants like jasmine or clematis thrown in. My thumb is more black than green so I’d love to hear any suggestions for easy to care for shade loving container plants, that don’t need a lot of heat, drop me a message!