Saturday, August 1, 2009

My little 'tar paper shack'

Do you remember this place that I wrote about in May?

Well this is my little getaway in the woods.
It doesn't look very appealing form the outside...

But when I open the door I feel right at home.
This is what it looks like today.

This bed my husband found at the landfill several years ago.
He knew I would love the color and patina on it.

I think I'm going to be redoing it in a more neutral palette soon.
But it will be hard to let go of the way it is,
because it just feels so calming to me.

My husband calls it my little 'Junie bird's nest'. I think of it as my 'little tar paper shack' because my uncle in Florida who was raised in Picabo, Idaho, said all he needed to be happy in life would be a little tar paper shack in Idaho. Well he's been a long way from Idaho all his life, but I know in his heart he's in Idaho.
My husband needed to do some fencing up here last week so we pulled the camp trailer up for Landon and he fenced while Landon and I enjoyed the smell of the aspens and willows. I cleaned the nest up and perused magazines and just enjoyed the time away from home in these beautiful surroundings. I feel so at peace here. A real spiritual connection to this place that cannot be explained. I have got to make more time to enjoy this place. I have got to slow things down a bit and just be.


Connie said...

Where is your post, sugar?!?! ;-)

Brenda @Just a Bed of Roses said...

Maybe its meant to mean a picture is worth a thousand words?

A Stitch In Thyme said...

No post needed here.... The pictures tell the whole story!! So soft and feminine and pretty. I love it Junebug!! Very nice indeed.

Tamerie Shriver said...

What a sweet little 'tarpaper shack!' I love the green bed frame. Actually, I love it all!

June said...

Sorry everybody! I had to go in and edit because I had the pictures loaded all wonky, and somehow you all came while I was doing that.

Tamerie Shriver said...

It's me again. I just wanted to let you know I left an award for you on my latest post!

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Oh June,
It is such a place to dream in your little tar shack. I love it, you're right, it really is serene looking and a place to "be"... enjoy!

Bernideen said...

I have a feeling this is a work in progress is lovely!

Connie said...

Okay, see it now! Well, when we get over to Sun Valley or Hailey or Bellevue we'll be sure and sit in that little "tar paper shack", won't we?! Just adorable, sugar. I lust!!!!!!

Anne said...

What a wonderful and dreamy place to be. Is this close to your home? It's so lovely. Boy it looks small on the outside but you have a lot of things in there. It's just beautiful.

common ground said...

You have a beautiful place to relax and dream.
How wonderful!

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hi June, I left you the same award on my post yesterday as well as passing it to now you have two of the same! I love your little getaway! And I love the bed you got from the landfill! My sister is renovating a 1940's cottage and just called to tell me they took a truckload of things to our landfill, and brought a truckload of new treasures back! She found cool mirrors, shelves, etc... I am going with her next time! I would love a little getaway like yours... sigh...

blushing rose said...

G'morn, June ~ just short of Heaven. It is warm, elegant, inviting ... you did an exquisite reno on your little 'tarpaper shack'. I'd find myself spending a lot of moments there, also ... Have a beautiful weekend. TTFN ~Marydon

Jodie LeJeune said...

Hey my friend,
I agree that it's time to slow down and just BE. I like that idea. It's amazing when sometimes we feel lost but somehow a special place can find us and remind us of who we are and who we want to be.

Some people don't believe that walls can talk. Maybe they don't. But I beg to differ. I believe that when I'm in a comfortable place, the walls whisper softly to me and remind me that my soul needs peace in order to BE.

I love your space June. I see why you have that special connection to it. You have made it a beautiful reflection of yourself.

listen carefully...I thought I heard a whisper...did you???

everything vintage

Rebecca said...

OK JunieGirl...I'm coming there for my next vacation. Where do you HIDE all this stuff????

I love it...I just love it. I'm in TEARS I love it so much. You think I'm kidding and I'm SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Not!


jojo said...

It looks all dreamy and relaxing..I love it JUne. And I can surely see why you love it too. Is there more to this story you can tell?? Was it just there and you found it? Amazing and beautiful...;p

Marilyn said...

I know what you mean about slowing down..... I walk in my gardens in the mornings & most of the time I am alone. It isn't that I don't like the walk but I prefer my husband with me. Then there are the weekends when we can walk......
I tell myself to just sit still.... I am a very impatient person. It is hard for me to sit & slow down.
I really loved your post & I love the little "nest"....

Paula said...

Dear sweet June,

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful "little tar paper shack." I love how you have decorated your sweet and charming getaway, it is so lovely and peaceful looking. The perfect retreat! I love the surrounding woods, too. I can see how you and Landon enjoyed the smell of aspens and willows... Anne of Green Gables would certainly approve. Do you remember when Anne walked home from the train station and picked flowers? When she arrived home she said, "Smell them Marilla, drink them in." I just love that!

I love the color you painted your shack and the furniture is fabulous. Is that a Martha Stewart chenille bedspread? I have one exactly like that covering an old couch in our library. I love the big pillow and the mirror, and the floral paintings, well I love it all! The bed your husband rescued for you is so pretty and vintage. I love it and the quilt, and the netting above the bed. You did a wonderful job!

I love how your husband calls it "Junie birds nest." That is so sweet of him, and it is so sweet of you to think of your uncle. I hope you will take time to enjoy it more. On my blog I have a favorite poem I want to share with you.

O gift of God! A perfect day, Whereon shall no man work but play, Whereon it is enough for me not to be doing but to be.~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Isn't that wonderful? A good reminder for us all! Thank you for sharing your special place! I feel blessed to see it!

Love and hugs to you dear friend,

P.S. Thank you for your sweet comments. You are always on time any time you visit! I will see about adding that gadget. Can you believe that vintage photo was marked $2 and it was 20% off that! I was thrilled! I am like you and love to decorate with things that have been loved by others, and wonder about who owned them.

The Feathered Nest said...

Oh June, you have such a way with things...making them so very beautiful, your little "shack" is such a restful looking haven to me ~ I just love it!!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us ~ xxoo, Dawn

Blondie's Journal said...

This little place is just awesome, June! Do you go here and sleep sometimes?? You must if you have a bed. How peaceful this must be. The outside certainly doesn't reflect the beautiful way you have created the inside.

I SO hear you in your feelings. I have a necklace from Brighton (sp?) The outside of the locket says "BE" and when you lift up the first overlay, it says "JUST BE". This locket and these words speak to me on so many levels. I believe we are kindred spirits, my new friend!


The Victorian Parlor said...

It's so lovely and tranquil! I can understand why you love it so much! Everything is lovely and welcoming:). Thanks for sharing!



Denise said...

oh my gosh........this is adorable! I just love how you decorated it. What a wonderful "tar paper shack". I can see why you want to spend more time looks so relaxing and peaceful.

lorhen82 said...

Oh June...what a wonderful little getaway! I would love to have a place like that to escape to. I'm sure you enjoy it so much! ~Lori

Cindy said...

I am soooo envious of your tarpaper shack. Is this your property, you say your husband was going out there to work. I will give you my youngest son if you will let me have or visit your tarpaper shack. How special!

Petit Coterie said...

I can't imagine anything more peaceful then being in your lovely little tar paper shack with Aspens and willows around you. Your pictures are beautiful and thank you so much for sharing them. I would absolutely love your little shack.

Caroline said...

I love it June...every woman needs a place like this!! You are very lucky. It is very calming and relaxing...I could just curl up on that couch...or that pretty green bed with a Romantic Homes magazine.

Sandi said...

Oh June,
What a gorgeous place you have made for a little getaway. I started fixing up my potting shed and have kinda gotten off track. I need to get back out there and NEST some more!!

Cathy said...

Shack on the outside, palace on the inside! What a wonderful and special place to enjoy!

Cathy ♥

Sharing with Sherri said...

Hello June,
I've really missed you! Things are going much better now with my Mom and sister. Whew, what a month!
Your little nest looks like such a neat place to go to reflect and relax.
I can just picture you there enjoying one your many magazines(hee hee) and a glass of ice tea!
I wish I could join you!


P.S. Thanks for your sweet thoughtful message you left me!
It really meant so much!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi June,

I love your little cottage.
It looks so pretty and comfortable.
Such a great little hideaway to rest and just Be!

Take care and have a good Sunday,

The Shabby Cottage said...

Hi June, what a wonderful little place to escape. Decorated beautifully - I would love to sit and read in there and share magazines with you. Sandy x

Sandra~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

You gotta be kidding me, I can't believe this, this is incredible. I like how it looks like from the outside, but when you step in Wow, you don't expect that! This place is Fantastic! Of girl you have it made!!!

See you around June-

Weißer Vintagezauber said...

what you show to us for a small heavenly paradise. Incredibly what hides behind the door.
Thank you for these insights!!!!
Nice Sunday and lots of love wishes you,

Lori said...

June, what an adorable little "shack" looks so pretty and cozy in there...everything you used to fluff it up is just perfect...the colors are lovely and the pieces of furniture are so sweet!!!

Rebecca said...

Hi June
What a great little get-away, very nice with all your pretty things. I love the bed and the look of the whole place...where is it exactly? Can you walk there from your house? It looks big from the inside...very nice.
Lately I am just being, I am still under the weather and I just had my family here too.
Take care

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

What a delightful getaway!
Thank you for sharing it with us!

Carolyn said...

Hi June,
I love your little hideaway-it is so charming.It would be such a peaceful place in the woods.It reminds me of my little getaway-could we be sisters?

Take care,


Rose Garden Romantic said...

Hi June!! I love it!! I wouldn't change a thing!! I especially love the green bed!!

Mary said...

It's so nice to meet you, June, and thank you so much for leaving a comment on my post today! It's good to meet other moms who share their stories and blessings of their children with disabilities. They are so special, but what I know most is what a powerful instrument they are in God's hands! Through our daughter, we have become and are still becoming more loving, more giving, happier with less, and contented to "be", as you so eloquently put it. To see our kids, just "be" is a wonderment in itself, and they teach us so very much. As for your little tar shack, I agree with the comment before me - I wouldn't change a thing! It's beautiful the way it is. I understand the desire to change things after you've lived with it for awhile - I do it all the time! But think about it before you leap - the decor you have now seems to fit it so perfectly, I can't imagine it any other way - although I know it would be just as beautiful! Take care, June, and God bless you!

Sophee-a Laroo Bijoux and Sheri too said...

I agree with the comment before mine...sometimes we see different styles~like the white on white that is so popular right now.

The mismatched vintage seems to be taking a back seat to the white and cream decor....I am a late bloomer and I love a bit of color and variety. I always said I hated white.... and would never decorate in an all white color scheme"never say never"! I love the all white palette that I am seeing on blogs and in the magazines.

As for my will never be ALL white....maybe when I own a little cottage.

I am being very long winded~sorry. MY point..
your little hide~A~way just seems to be decorated so warm and happy. I love the bed~!
Whatever you will be wonderful but I think it is a little slice of Heaven right now :)

Gayle said...

Hi June,
You are so quick!! I was still cleaning up my post and there was your sweet comment.
You're the best!
Your home and gardens are just absolutely magical! M A G I C A L!
It is always a treat to stop over and look at the beautiful pictures you post.
I am in awe!

Ana~A Petite Cottage said...

Oh June,
How absolutely dreamy! What a wonderful place to get away. I love it!!!


LiLi M. said...

Hello June, Not only is the color scheme of your studio so me, we could easily go to the movies together. Now that I visited every blogger at 'were bloggers create', there is more time for reading, so I took time to read your profile. The green mile is a favorite of mine too, as are all Jane Austens, well read your own list to know my favorites ;-)! I never heard of the Angelman syndrome before, so I googled it. It seems to me that you are such a positive and happy person. I feel a sense of optimistic thinking, of thinking that people who are different are an enrichment, not a problem. I am sure that sometimes you encounter problems. I think we are kindred spirits. My son is autistic (diagnosed pdd-nos) but he doesn't want me to blog about him, so I respect that. He is different than other kids, but he is sweet and can be so funny, he is the light of our lives (don't let my daughter read this! Ok he is one light in one eye and she is the other light in the other eye!). Often I meet people who simply don't understand that, being different is seen as being a problem. Of course we meet problems, but who will not? Seeing other people as problems tells me more about those judges than about the 'different' people.
Your place is simply stunning, I told you that I love your studio already, this shack is gorgeous too! And I took a peek in your garden: it all looks like heaven to me. And I wouldn't change that color of the bed. It is so authentic like this and when I study your photos, it seems to me that it matches that flowered fabric perfectly. Have a great start of the week!

The Pink Birdhouse said...

June, that is absolutely amazing. The place really looks tiny and so simple from the outside, and when you open the door it is like stepping into a true dream world. I LOVE love love what you did with the place. the pastel colors are fantastic, the bed, the sofa, the floral design on the chair, the pale yellow walls, well.... it is just breath-taking. I can see why you love being there so much and that you make such a spiritual connection to it. I could easily do the same!! I will picture you there in my mind when I think of you, it suits you so well!! thinkin' of ya, Debby

Rebecca said... won second place in my drawing. I have another heart I'd love to customize for you. Just let me or cream and just what you want on the front...7 letters!

Hugs to you...congrats, sweetie!


Moments of Grace said...

I am completely won over by your wonderful photos and posts. How lovely to have your own little place in the woods. I could go into your little "house" and never come out again.
I have just discovered you today and will never cease to follow you as you have expressed in photo everything I long for in my heart.
I look forward to your next post. You are truly an inspiration to me.

In Grace,

blushing rose said...

CONGRATS! June ~ What a nice surprise to have won one of Rebecca's wonderful creations, just like you desired. You are very lucky indeed. Be anxious to see where you place it in your home. TTFN~ Marydon

Betsy said...

That is a sweet little cottage and pretty colors you chose for it.
I want one just like it.
I enjoyed seeing your pictures and will visit again.
Best wishes

pamperedgirl38 said...

Wow what a lovely hideaway! I LOVE everything about it! You should rent it out for getaways.Traci

Tracey said...

It just goes to show you, beauty isn't always on the outside! BTW, I want to see that slip covered ottoman when you finish it:)


Connie said...

You are very kind, sweetpea. I love my laundry room also. It's MUCH better in person........

Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

Hi June,
What a charming little cottage you have!!! The beadboard walls are wonderful and your color choices are so lovely. What a great find that bed was!

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

June how blessed to have such a sweet little getaway! You have decorated it to perfection!

Congratulation on winning the giveaway over at A Gathering of Thoughts!! How fun!


Mary H said...

~~June~~I really love it!! It looks so tranquil. I just want to rest and take in the trees and beautiful outdoors. Hope you are enjoying it every chance you get.
Sorry it has been awhile since I've visited. Will drop in again soon and you do the same. I'm working on a new post.
Love & Hugs, Mary H.

Faded Charm said...

Now that's what I call an awesome "Shack". Just beautiful and your yard pics are 2die4. I love them all. Thanks so much for all your lovely comments on my blog. It is much appreciated.


Vicki said...

Hello, June,
Your "Junie Bird's Nest" is enchanting. I love everything about it. Come by and visit with me some time at "Bunny Cottage". Vicki

Connie from Big Bear Lake California said...

What a lovely transformation!!! Connie

My Shabby Roses said...

Oh, I just love your your little "getaway". What a wonderful place to go and relax. I want one of those! It's just beautiful June!

Stephenie said...

What a cozy little place to be..It's the cutest darn thing I have ever seen.. You have it decorated so cute....

kelli said...

Oh June, what can I say, but that it is absolutely beautiful and perfect! What a great spot to just BE!

Piecefulafternoon said...

That is the most charming little place I've ever seen - how so fortunate you are to have a wonderful place like that to enjoy.

Jesse said...

Nice "Shack".

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The Scrappy Cottage said...

Such a place for peace and rest. Love your little nest....