Your very own garden retreat on a shoestring budget

Lately there's been a surge of interest in the garden shed. But not in it's traditional form. Sheds are being transformed into cosy spaces at the end of the garden to call your own. Somewhere to be creative, work or simply enjoy a cup of tea! Personally this type of garden retreat has always been a bit of a dream of mine, so I'm always inspired by people who have created their own. Jeska Hearne of Lobster & Swan recently collaborated with Waltons to create a a pretty space with a vintage-boho feel.  The summerhouse is full of whimsical florals and cheerful pops of colour and furnished almost entirely with flea market and antique finds as well as recycled / upcycled items.

Source: Lobster & Swan

Oh so lovely!

It would also make a great guest house (in the warmer months of the year), don't you think?

If you already have a garden shed you're in luck. If not, this one is a  contemporary summerhouse with side shed. Pick up vintage crates here.  There's always a great selection of mid-century side-tables to be found here.  Buy classic books in lovely new covers here. I love pretty Liberty print fabric in florals (like the ones Jeska's used for the cushions) - but you can use small samples of fabrics you have lying around at home - or search for vintage fabric online. Pick up a recycled blanket (and other items) at Jeska's beautiful online shop The Future Kept.

You can see more pics of this make-over here

Other inspiring garden retreats include this fab caravan and a dreamy shed conversion.

Could you imagine having a little space like this to call your own?

Have a lovely day!

PS I'm exploring Helsinki today, so exciting (thank you for all your tips over the last few days - I'm actually in Café Succés enjoying 'the best cinnamon bun in town' and I can testify that it is the best one I've ever tasted - with a bowl of café au lait of course!). I'll be walking around with a small skip in my step as I've just received the news that My Scandinavian Home has been nominated for Best European Interior Blog in the Amara #IBA16 - votes can now be placed here - I'd be so happy if you'd like to vote for me!


  1. How lovely that shed is! I live in Helsinki in a smallish flat, and my dream is to have an allotment garden cottage here by the time I'm 50. 15 more years to save - they're not exactly cheap.
    One more tip for your trip: if you have time and the weather allows, visit Cafe Regatta on Merikannontie 8 ( The cafe only has a couple of tables indoors, and usually you have to queue for a rather long time - but there's something essentially Finnish in that place!

    Another tip, though someone surely has given this to you befor: Alvar Aalto's home at Riihitie 8. It's pricey (17 euros, or 30 if you want to visit his nearby studio too) but lovely. Guided tours in English on the hour from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. every day.

    1. What wonderful tips, I simply didn't have time to fit everything in but one things for sure, I'll definitely be back - what an amazing city!! You're so lucky to live there. N x

  2. Thank you for this post! this is also a dream of mine...A place I can go to just sit and ponder out of doors but not so far away!!!-Tracy

  3. I love the rustic feel.

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