Look!: Karen's Country Potting Shed

Look!: Karen's Country Potting Shed

Regina Yunghans
Sep 5, 2007

It cleans up well. On our trip to Kansas over Labor Day weekend (that's where we grew up), we discovered this hobbyist's retreat. When Karen decided to create a potting room near her home, she didn't have to look far. Simply cleaning out a lean-to behind the property's barn opened up a work space for her to pot flowers and herbs, decorate containers, and display antique finds and potting tools.

Antique relics of everyday life were found when cleaning out the barn and are now displayed in neat multiples on the far wall of the shed. Watering cans hang from the rafters on hooks that allow for easy use and display. A giant metal worktable was salvaged from a neighbor, and homemade shelving holds clay pots, potting soil, and other tools used by this hobby gardener.

As for the flooring, Karen went natural with wood mulch. She uses the material in her planting beds and it just seemed like a no-brainer to use it as the flooring material in her potting shed, too. The softness underfoot makes laboring over the work table easy on her feet. She plans to install a decorative woven straw mat over a portion of the mulch in the future, which will give the space an even cozier feel.

We loved how almost everything used to decorate this space is also used as a tool for potting. Nothing was purchased specifically for the potting room. Instead, artifacts were discovered when cleaning out the space for its new use, collected together, and are now lovingly displayed and used. The result is a space that does not look artificial or too precious, but well-used and authentic.

Now that the potting shed is nearing completion, Karen is brainstorming the perfect name for it. She wants to create a sign that will hang over the entrance, between birdhouses and watering cans. Any thoughts? (Thanks for sharing, Karen!)

Her inspiration - the "backyard".
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