Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Boathouse


Hello everyone,
Hope your week is going well. 

I had planned to do this post from down south
        but I had internet issues there.  As you may know
this is the boat house          
 that my husband and son built a little over a
year ago. I have shown
bits and pieces but today I have more photos that I
haven't shown before. There are still some little 
touches to be done but I can show them later.
We used old windows and doors ,spindles and
some old wainscoting as well as a couple of old
barn beams. The posts on the porch were also 

                                                               I love how it reflects in the pond.
                                                 Some of you might remember that I got the old
                                                 door and the old iron bed at the 70 mile yard
                                                 sale last September ~ both for $20,
                                                   The little conservatory on the back faces
                                                    south and we used old french doors in
                                                    here.Although it is small I love it!
                                                    If you would like to see more of
                                                    it  click here.
                                                              A small porch across the front
                                                              to sit and enjoy nature.
                                                          It has already had a few changes
                                                          as this was before the iron bed.
                                                          Andrew's grandfather was a carpenter
                                                          and this was his handmade ladder that
                                                         Andrew treasures.I kind of doubt that
                                                         either of them imagined it with linen
                                                         and lace!
                                                           The little nook is a cozy place
                                                           to enjoy the view or read a book.
                                                     It has an electric fireplace for ambiance.
                                          The loft is a favorite place for our grandchildren.

                                             This was the first year for this flower bed and
                                             it did well for a first season. We used soil
                                            from our own compost pile.

                                               I can't wait until we can sleep out here
                                      is such a peaceful retreat!
                              The view from the side so you can see the tiny
                                         conservatory and the nook for reading etc.

                                        There are still little finishing touches to be
                               know how I love to play house!
                                        Most people love to linger for a spell when
                                        they visit and some want to move right in...
                                       but alas I claim first dibs on it!!!

                                        I am sure you will see lots more photos of
                                        it this summer.
                                            I think Andrew and our son did a great job~
                                           don't you?

                                           I am joining French Country Cottage
                                           for Feathered Nest Friday,
                                           Common Ground for Be Inspired
                                           and My Romantic Home for
                                          Show & Tell.

                                                                       Thank you for visiting,


Janet of Maisonvogue said...

Perfectly Beautiful Carolyn ...You have inspired me again ...
I got the most gorgeous quilt in 1st class condition from the thrift store this week 80% so just 98c...I will treasure it forever ...
I Love to see your posts and the boat house is genius ..Yes your Husband and Son did you proud
I look forward to seeing what other items you add to it over the coming Summer
Kindest Regards Janet

Mari said...

Carolyn how enchanting your little boat house is, I love the iron bed as well as all the pretty items you have incorporated into you space, like how peaceful is that reading nook that would be my fav of all ;-)


Gee Singh Newbanks said...

What a darling little retreat. So sweet and romantic. I can see why you can hardly wait to sleep there. It's the stuff dreams are made of.
Happy today,
Hugs, Gee

mariondee-designs said...

Your husband and son did a wonderful job! I think the boathouse is just adorable and I love how you decorated it! take care, Maryann

Pamela Gordon said...

Oh my. It is just perfect! And it is much larger than it looks from the outside too. I love the decor and think it would be a wonderful spot to sleepover and listen to the pond peepers in the spring, wake up to the sun rising across the pond in the summer or reading a good book and curling up for an afternoon nap. What a beautiful relaxing spot!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Carolyn, This has to be the cutest boat house EVER! I am in love.

Parsimonious Perfection said...

Absolutely enchanting. Every bit!

Bernideen said...

I see the word on this page is ENCHANTING and I think that says it all!

lor4a said...

Carolyn, это просто рай на земле!!!!!! Очень красиво!

Tempus fugit said...

How beautiful is this house ! I'd love to spend time in it !

Alicia said...


flowersandhome said...

What a beautiful boathouse, so lovely and romantic and it really has everything, a nook, a porch, a conservatory, a loft even. I can imagine the grandchildren love it. It really is a dreamhouse. Congrats to you for the decorating and to Andrew and your son for the building. The result is absolutely wonderful! And the surroundings couldn't be better of course, an amazing garden and the pond. The photo of the boathouse and its reflection in the pond is so pretty.

Jeanette Ann O'Donnell said...

They did a perfect job,it's sooooo pretty,I love it.

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Lynne said...

Now I know what Heaven looks like!

podso said...

Oh my. Just beautiful. At first I was thinking it was your garden cottage, but this is different I think. I can imagine what a good night sleep you would have in this sweet little place!

Madonna/aka/Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon said...

You are all so talented and creative. This is just gorgeous.


Debra Oliver said...

oh Carolyn, it's just heavenly, what a fun place to play!



Georgianna said...

Hello, Carolyn,

This has to be one of my favorite of your posts ever! So inspiring – I am really impressed with everything about the boat house design and decor. Congratulations to all of you!

Sassy Countess said...

I have to tell you that this has to be one of the most beautiful tiny houses that I have ever seen, and I've seen a lot. I've shared your post on my Facebook page.

Erin said...

So enchanting!! I love how you decorated it! Your blog is such an inspiration for me!! I look forward to every post!

Fiordelisa said...


I absolutely LOVE the photos of the room with the little sailboat in the window. CAN. I. MOVE. IN???? :-) You have captured the very essence of simple summer country sweetness there. I love it.


Anonymous said...

Hello Carolyn,

what a wonderfull little house, it's so cute, it's a dream for me!
I've taken the second photo to my computer, so, if I'm having a bad day, that I'm able to dream I could be there ...

Please excuse my bad english :-(

Mika from Germany

Fishtail Cottage said...

Carolyn - everything is so charming! love it...especially your outdoor house! Would love to have you join Fishtail Cottage's garden party this Thursday! May 1st is the first party of the season! hope you see you! xoxo, tracie

Victoria Kirton said...

This has got to be the most charming retreat. A cup of tea, a really good book, looking out at the water...feeling the summer, that's the dream.

Suzan Sweatman said...

My eyes aren't even equipped to take in this kind of beauty - I'm keeping this link open so I can back and forth all night to gaze at it!
It's truly magnificent - what a dream come true!
AND I had no idea you were a fellow Canadian - I;ve been to PEI ( stayed in Cavendish ) such a gorgeous part of the world you're in :)
Hugs from Montreal
( where us Anglos are still rejoicing over the last election results LOL )

Suzan Sweatman said...

My eyes aren't even equipped to take in this kind of beauty - I'm keeping this link open so I can back and forth all night to gaze at it!
It's truly magnificent - what a dream come true!
AND I had no idea you were a fellow Canadian - I;ve been to PEI ( stayed in Cavendish ) such a gorgeous part of the world you're in :)
Hugs from Montreal
( where us Anglos are still rejoicing over the last election results LOL )

The Charm of Home said...

Carolyn, That is the sweetest boat house ever! I am in love with it! What a great job they did! Thanks for sharing!

Sette Design said...

It is just dreamy and I love the loft and white wood floors.

Régine R said...

So romantic, like in a dream ♥♥♥

Lady of the Woods said...

I second everyones comments, but Carolyn, what is that color of paint on the outside of the doors seen in the next to last pics? I adore it~!

Rebecca said...

You are an extremely talented woman. I love all your little accessories. I see that you use them and then it looks like you tuck them away for a while and then get them back out and use them once again in a very special place. What do you do with your treasures when they are not in use?

Jonell Harrison said...

It whispers 'hideaway,,maybe sanctuary' for ONE..purrrrrrrrfect!

White Lace and Promises said...

This is my idea of a perfect cottage! Oh my! Can I come vacation there?

Micki Findlay said...

I think I pinned every photo of this GORGEOUS boat house! I could move right in! It is perfection. Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos! They made my Sunday morning very enjoyable.

( on Pinterest)

Dianne said...

What a perfectly lovely and idyllic place you have created. I really envy you, but only in the nicest and warmest way ;) Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Best wishes to you.

Maria Barragan said...

I love your little conservatory in your little pond house. I have one in my home, it is in a corner of my garden. I love to be there and I always have flowering surprises in there!

Maria Barragan said...

I love your little conservatory, Carolyn! I have one in a little corner in my garden. I love to be there and find flowering surprises from time to time!