A Little Potting Shed

A Little Potting Shed

As a little girl, I absolutely loved going to my Grandma’s house. Our favorite movie to watch together was The Secret Garden. The magic in the mystery of the beautiful gardens wowed me. My Grandma had a beautiful little secret garden of her own. Well, it wasn’t really a secret. She had created the most beautiful flower garden in her backyard. My Grandma has such a natural gift of making anything beautiful. Even their backyard shed was just so cute. Truthfully, anything that precious woman touches turns to beauty. She is the most beautiful soul I’ve ever known. Anyway, the garden was so magical to me and I used to pretend I was living in my very own secret garden. It was one of my favorite places to be. I would get lost in my own imagination there.


I so wanted to create something that would give my imagination the freedom to run again……the same way that little garden in my Grandma’s backyard allowed.


We have this adorable little barn in our backyard. It has one little room in it with a couple of windows and a barn door. I came up with the idea of turning that little room into a potting shed. I love to garden and plant flowers. I’m terrible at it and kill pretty much everything, but I love it anyway. This little room will be a perfect oasis for all of my gardening attempts and it is completely 100% inspired by my beautiful Grandmother. She lives across the country now, but I’d like to think if she lived closer, she would come over and we would sit in here together with dirt on our hands, talking about life and all of its beautiful blessings. 🙂



I really wanted this space to just SCREAM gardening. But in a vintage way. So, I incorporated tons of vintage pieces. Everything is used and old – even the terra cotta.  The vintage flag is from a flea market. The newspaper in the frame is from 1918 during WWI – more on that later – all of the jars and bottles are old and used. I used an old door I had and a pair of saw horses for the table. I incorporated lots of little vintage pieces – the top off an old chair. A broken drawer from an antique table. Old spindles in the corner. It’s just a mix match of vintage perfection that will stir lots of creative inspiration.





I love the chaos of all the different colors……which is totally not the norm for me. Typically, I’m easily over stimulated with too much color, but I love all the visual textures combined with the variety of color. There’s just so much to look at it and I love that about it.


This room speaks to me. You may think I’m a total weirdo, and that’s ok. But when I sit in here, all the history of everything around me just talks. It’s so magical to me. The same way playing in the garden was when I was little girl.



I still have some plans for this cute space. The outside of it needs some work, so I’ll reveal that when it’s finished in a few weeks!

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I know my Grandma follows my blog and will probably read this, so I’ll sign off by saying how much I love you Grandma and how forever thankful I am that God allowed me to be so influenced by you and your beautiful love.



6 thoughts on “A Little Potting Shed”

  • 1
    Connie Filippi on April 22, 2015 Reply

    Jen, you amazing , talented grandchild of mine. You bet I follow your blog each night before bed!
    Then afterwards I rest thinking of my young grand daughters playing in our backyard, Jen your sister Amy and cousins Kenzi and Kori, all grown with children of their own. Do you recall the dress up play dresses from Goodwill and dancing around in our yard like movie stars?

    Three hundred thousand times as much is my love for each of you! Grandma Filippi

    • 2
      thewillowfarmhouse on April 23, 2015 Reply

      I definitely remember all of that! 🙂 Those were some of my favorite times!! We have the best memories from your house. Love you so much!

  • 3
    ggjamiller8824 on April 22, 2015 Reply

    By far, my favorite blog. Brought tears to my eyes. I am so happy that gma gave you such great memories. She is a very special lady and I hope i can create special memories with my granddaughters! Love you sweet daughter of mine!

    • 4
      thewillowfarmhouse on April 23, 2015 Reply

      Thanks Mom! She is special indeed! 🙂 And I’m sure the kids will have lots of great memories of being at Mawmaws!

  • 5
    rue on May 20, 2015 Reply

    I absolutely loved this post. I had a similar experience with my grandparents. They had a beautiful garden in the backyard too and I spent many hours there as a child.

    You’re so lucky to have your lovely grandmother still in your life 🙂

  • 6
    rue on May 20, 2015 Reply

    Opps! I was so emotional I forgot to tell you that I love the potting shed. It’s wonderful 🙂

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