Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Summer Boathouse Favorites

   Hello everyone,

   I hope your week  is going well.
 We are enjoying beautiful sunny
      days here with some cooler nights.

      I have been asked  some questions
about our little boathouse lately so
I thought it was time to do a post on
some of my favorite photos of it and
give you an overview of it.

Our Boathouse was built by my husband
    and son about 6 years ago and since neither
of them are carpenters ,I for one am pretty
    impressed with how well they did. Over the
years I think most who have seen it have
fallen in love with it too.

This is the view from across our pond.

This is another angle of the Boathouse so you can
see the bumped out  windowseat and the little
conservatory on the back.
We have used recycled materials as much as we could.
The conservatory was built with old wooden french doors
and an old window on this end that opens in for fresh air.
On the roof  there is an old patio door  for a skylight.
I am not sure of the exact measurements of  our Boathouse
but  the  main area is aprox. 13 ft  by  20 ft. and the conservatory
is aprox 10ft by 4 ft. The roof was built with a higher pitch
to allow for the loft.

First we will check out the covered porch.

It is a perfect place for afternoon tea.

I collected some old doors and windows
from the Restore and  Coulson's.
The door was an old church door.

I loved these old windows that I  bought
from the Restore before our Boathouse was
even a dream but I knew we would use them
some day.I love the peak over them .
I have been asked for the plans we used
but we just picked up an idea here and
there and designed it from there.

                                                               As you come inside the conservatory
                                                               is straight ahead. The french doors inside
                                                               were a perfect find as they are smaller and have
                                                               etched glass which you can't see from my photo.
                                                               They were white but I painted them green.

The big  mirrored shelf over the door
was from a local auction sale.
The conservatory has had different looks
depending on the season...... a garden theme

Lunch in the conservatory with a 
victorian theme.

The nook is one of my favorite spots.....
perfect for reading a book and watching
the wildlife around the pond.

There is a little loft  for the grandchildren.
An old ladder  that was my husbands grandfathers
is used to climb up there.

The loft
Another nook view.

I bought this antique iron bed at the 70 mile yardsale
for  $15.......my favorite treasure of the day.
I am looking forward to going  again this September.

Almost everything in the Boathouse
is from yardsales or thrift shops.....
I do love a good treasure hunt!
The wooden bucket got a coat
of soft aqua green paint and some
beautiful garden peonies.
One of my favorite afternoon teas.

The chairs were given to me and I slipcovered them.....the
toile was a thrift store find and the other one I made
from an old bedspread.
The mantel was from a yardsale and the electric fireplace
insert was from the restore.
The mirror, cupboard and tables were also yardsale

     A vintage quilt and linens on the old ladder.

                                         I enjoy changing the look  with different
                                                    quilts, bedspreads from time to time.
                                                    Now, I have this vintage pale pink popcorn
                                                    bedspread on the bed but who knows what
                                                    it will be next week!

                                                              The Boathouse was shingled with cedar shingles
                                                               even the roof. I have no idea how they were
                                                                able to do the little windowed gable on the
                                                                roof but I think it adds a lot of charm.
                                                                   I think that gives a pretty good overview
                                                                of our Boathouse but if there is anything else
                                                                you would like to know just ask and no I do
                                                                not rent out my husband and son! Ha! Ha!

                                                                   To see the Boathouse White Christmas click
                                                                  here. Or for a Cosy English Country Christmas
                                                                  look go here.


                                                                         Enjoy the rest of your week!



The Victorian Girl said...

So dreamy!

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

Such a wonderful space! So charming!

Barbara Windle said...

What a wonderful building this is and a great place for the children to play as well.

World of Animals, Inc said...

I would love to have a picnic by a pond like this... this setup is absolutely adorable! I love the pictures that you took! Thanks for the share, hope you had a fantastic weekend. Keep up the posts.

World of Animals

Marilyn McLeod @ Pink Paper Cottage said...

I'm sure every one of your readers (including me!) would absolutely LOVE to have their own little cottage like this.. just for them alone... a little place to be alone, have quiet time, no interruptions and reflect on the beauties of nature. You picked such a perfect spot for the boathouse.... how wonderful to be able to sit and the window or on the porch, and gaze out at the bond and hear the wildlife. That loft is so precious.. a magical place for kids (and grownups too). I love how you decorate it for the different seasons.. and the soft whites and aquas and pinks.... it's just delicious! I hadn't realized your husband and son built this! What an accomplishment for them! Hugs.... Marilyn

Bernideen said...

That sure is darling! What a delight to just look out and see it so sweet by the pond!

Betty said...

I love seeing and hearing about the boathouse. I have always loved how you decorated it. Sorry to see so many ads on your page popping over the pretty pictures of your posts.

Carolyn said...

Hi Betty,
I didn't know there were ads popping up on my pictures as they are not there when I look at them on my computer. I will have to look into it.....thanks for letting me know.

Thanks everyone for your kind comments.

The Antique Victorian Armoire said...

A wonderful post about your Boathouse today. Loved seeing all the pretty pictures and different settings. What a joy it must be to have this special place to visit, decorate and enjoy family time together.

podso said...

I enjoyed the tour and details of your little boat house!

Marilyn Miller said...

Your boathouse is just amazing! I do love it! I liked seeing the wide angle picture in conjunction with your home to see exactly where it is on your property. The ladder with the vintage things reminds me I need to do something with my old ladder. It is sitting in my dining room, but nothing has been put on it. Must go search my cupboards for some vintage linens. Thanks for inspiring us.

CHERI said...

I AM IN LOVE!!!! I could definitely live in your sweet boathouse with no problem whatsoever:) It is just lovely. I'm sure you spend many happy hours there.

Share my Garden said...

What a delightful building and the lakeside setting is quite magical. I can tell that you have decorated your husband and son's lovely boathouse with much skill and love.

Michele said...


I am so happily jealous of your home, gardens, pond, boathouse and cottage that sometimes I actually squeal out loud when I see them. My word what you have created is just incredible.

My bucket list has visiting you on it. It will happen. It absolutely must.

Thank you for sharing such beauty with us - I am flabbergasted each time I visit how beautiful everything is. Sorry I have been so MIA. Hugs. ♥