We are so excited to team up with Joss & Main for their design the outdoors campaign again this year. This year I knew I wanted to do something different but still something special for one of the most important people in our lives – Grandma! These past few months have been especially hard after losing Grandpa so I wanted to add some joy and excitement back to their home even though Papa is not physically here anymore.
Our daughters are extremely close to both sets of grandparents, on my side and my husbands side, and love spending time with them, oh man how I wish Tennessee were closer! But the fact that my mom lives in the area, well an hour away but still driving distance is such a blessing! She lives in the country where yards are large, trees abundant and rosters crow! We love visiting there! Inside, all the grandchildren have a special room but outside, where we tend to spend most all our time in the summer, there wasn’t anything they named their own aside from their ride on John Deer tractor. 😉 So there’s a bit of background about where this idea of Designing Grandma’s Outdoor space stemmed from, the grand kids!
Our girls are really into reading, especially since our soon to be second grader can now read to our youngest, it’s one of their favorite things to do together. And one of my favorite things to witness! In combination with reading they adore playing outside! I think it’s very important to have the kids spend as much time outdoors as possible. So when I was brainstorming ideas for something special for grandma’s house + reading and the outdoors I came across this shed and I knew exactly what I wanted to do!
Create a cozy reading shed!
This shed is not only durable but it’s also vented so if the girls are out there, they are safe. I wouldn’t close the door on them but it’s nice for any parent to know they’re safe. (We put logs in front of ours so the doors remained open at all times). However, it is comforting to know a breeze can circulate through the window and the vented ceiling while they’re being protected from the sun and heat.
As far as decor goes we wanted the design inside to be based around these amazing “jumpy” chairs as my kids would call them. They’re super special since they’re functional, pretty and are technically stuffed bean bags which are a huge hit! Bonus, they are indoor/outdoor so both mama and kids feel in love with them since the minute we saw them. And they are perfect for curling up and reading a good book, like the Goldilocks and the Three Bears. 😉
If your kids aren’t old enough to read yet or they’re not into reading, this will make an awesome playhouse for kids. It can easily fit a play kitchen for example, and since it’s plastic, the structure won’t rot after a couple of years like wood ones do. Plus the shed is large enough to do many things inside so let your imagination run wild! Mom’s, think “she shed!” 😉
The rest of the decor is a collection of items both old and new! Another feature I love is how we added a bistro table to the side so they have somewhere to eat a snack (we’re keeping food, drinks and shoes outside since the rug is so light, however, dirty feet are welcome).
Obviously the shed isn’t wired for electricity so we had to get creative when it came to lighting. To hang the string lights and the hanging pendant we put the cords through vents in the back of the shed and ran extension cord in between the vent’s slats to the garage. There’s plenty of room to do that and then we just pull the cords in at night when they are done playing. Easy peasy!
At the end of the day we can use the shed’s sturdy lock to keep everything safe and sound until the next time the girls and us visit grandma’s. But lets admit it, when the grandkids aren’t visiting I imagine this is a great place for gma to enjoy a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine!) and a good book, too! But shh, don’t tell the girls!
If your kids aren’t old enough to read yet or they’re not into reading, this will make an excellent she-shed for an adult or a playhouse for kids. It can easily fit a play kitchen for example. The shed is large enough to do many things inside so let your imagination run wild!
Now here’s the exciting for you! Joss & Main are hosting a Design The Outdoors Sale! They are inviting followers to share imagery of their own outdoor space and tagging @jossandmain and #DesignTheOutdoors for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card to Joss & Main!!!! So start posting away and make sure to tag @jossandmain for your chance to win. Best of luck I can’t wait to see what you do! 🙂
These chairs are sooo comfy. Click to link!