Saturday, January 15, 2011

Outside Sweet Pea's Home


OK, so where was I?


Back to my visit at Sweet Pea Home!

Not only does sweet Shelley decorate the interiors of their lovely home with her distinctive style and wonderful collections...
...but their outdoor spaces are equally as charming and chock a block full of wonderful finds...
...all artfully arranged.


I have several antique wire flower stands but this charming tiered table that sits on the screened patio is fabulous!


...and look at this amazing aviary!



Her backyard consisted of little outdoor rooms...sitting areas with cool old chairs and tables for sharing Mr. Sweet Pea's BBQ...as well as old architectural pieces and lots of container gardens. 


...and many of my favorite flowers...
...here are pansies in old zinc buckets...


...pots of white allysum and bacopa...


...and blue lobelia in this big old zinc sink!


Shelley grows lettuce and herbs in this antique zinc tub
 out in the back yard.

I saw a similar one at Renninger's yesterday...
...alas...Mr. Flea was there to restrain me..  :)

 



She made a delicious salad out of these greens to go along with the hearty soup and crusty bread served for lunch.
 Yum! :)



But the centerpiece of their outdoor living spaces is this little jewel...
...Shelley calls it her playhouse!


Inside it is filled with finds and treasures from
 Shelley's antiquing jaunts,
 all sorts of interesting and artful architectural elements,
 beautiful pillows and gifts of nature.

 Shelley has a knack for bringing the outside in...
...and the inside out!
 It seems the mild Florida climate is perfect
 for this kind of decorating and living!


She has some nifty whisk brooms which I could have easily brought home to add to my own collection.


All this old chippy paint, wire ware, zinc and antique iron is making my head spin! How about you?


Sure, I'll sit here with you a spell....leaf through some decorating magazines...sip some iced tea and chat the afternoon away!



Don't you just love these old tin ceiling tiles?










Everything about our visit to Shelley's Sweet Pea Home was perfect!
From top to bottom...
From inside to out...


...it was a wonderfully inspiring day!
But the best part of all were the new friends I made.
Thank you... Shelley and Rex
 for welcoming us into your beautiful home!


Later on this week, I will share a few of the pictures that I took when we stopped in
 at Susie's home...From My Home to Yours!
You will love it!

And, yes....we had a wonderful time at Renningers!
Lots to tell you about that too!

I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend!
:)

47 comments:

cityfarmer said...

I can only imagine ....

Dar said...

My, oh my! Your friend Shelley certainly has vision. What a charming visit. I gasped at the zinc sink full of blue lobelia. My kind of decorating everywhere. Thanks for sharing and taking me along. I enjoyed the tall iced tea and the lounging and looking.
BlessYourHeart

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Oh Laura
I want want want they playhouse!! so wonderful.. and so beautifully decorated.. I could live there! hehehe...

You know I want that old paling fence too!!! They just installed a colourbond [metal] fence here.. and it is sooooo sterile!! and noisy.. I miss the old broken palings and lattice.. hahaha

Have a lovely weekend.. and thanks for sharing more of these gorgeous shots of Shelley's wonderland.. ciao xxx Julie

A Refocused Life said...

Lovin' that little playhouse. Such a fun collection of unquie items - I love the old zink sink.

Beatnheart said...

Both you fine ladies have the knack for beauty and display. Great finds!

Mariette said...

Dearest Laura,

Lovely idea for the flowers outdoors and several fun pieces. Not the brown old tin ceiling though... I am not in favor of brown anyway!
But it had a lot of charm, aside from that.

Have a great weekend!

Mariette

Love of the Sea said...

Love that little cottage in the back. I would be in there all the time!!

Tricia @ Vintage No. 35 said...

I just love that little getaway. I love the different tin on the ceiling. So many things to look at - chippy paint overload!

Carol said...

Wow. My head is spinning! What a beautiful place Shelley has!

WhiteWhispers2u said...

I think she has great style!Thanks for showing us.~Cheers Kim

Vicki said...

That little cottage...sigh....hope you had fun at Renningers. Can't wait to see your purchases.

High Street Cottage said...

Laura what a wonderful tour. Such details. Her little "play house" is divine. I also love the wasp and bee nest Shelly uses. You really did a fantastic job on the photos. Thank you so much for the inspiration, can't wait to see Susie's. xoxo tami

alwaysrobinseggblue said...

A WONDERFUL POST LAURA! LOVED THAT LITTLE COTTAGE HIDEAWAY IN HER BACK YARD,,,,,I THINK MAYBE I WOULD BE SPENDING A LOT OF TIME CREATING IN THAT LITTLE PLACE! GREAT PHOTOS....LOVED IT ALL.

Andy's Attic said...

It is hard to believe that people really live that way....from day to day....not just in a magazine. It must be that they have a partner who either doesn't mind or likes exactly the same style. I do enjoy how she uses the honey combs/wasp nests. Thanks for the lovely tour. So many beautiful scenes.
Annette

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

Oh what a FUN place to be! Thank You for sharing the fun photos...............Julian

Ainosofia said...

So many lovely things!

Greetings from Finland ღ

AS

Linda said...

This really is the most amazing home...the sink full of lobelia is a stunning visual...thanks for sharing!

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

Simply stunning, Laura!

pamq said...

Yep.

I could certainly go for a playhouse like that.

And the lobelia in that zinc sink!!

Hey! I like how that rhymes....zinc sink....has a nice ring to it....

I think maybe I should go to bed now.....

Bleudelavande said...

Ooohhh Laura such amazing place, I love love all pictures! Tank you for sharing!!! I'm so inspired!!!!
Have a nice sunday.

Andi's English Attic said...

The most amazing thing is, they make it look so wonderful. Yet I know if I tried to copy this style it would look total c**p!
I love the bedsteads as a border and I REALLY, REALLY want a playhouse! Thanks for the very inspirational pics. xx

It's me said...

What a lot off great sruff ! Laura......!!happy sunday darling.......love love love Ria...............xxx........

from me to thee......... said...

THANK YOU for sharing !!!!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this house & garden !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You made my day !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Yes, it's like Shelley's living in a gorgeous magazine, isn't it?!! Your photos have really captured Shelley's amazing home and garden, Laura. Definitely swooning here...

cottageprims said...

Oh I adore her lovely home.Your pics are better than reading a magazine.Thanks for always sharing such inspiration.Warm Blessings!~Amy

LavenderGardenCottage.com said...

Really gorgeous and inspirational! Can't wait for spring to haul out all my old junk into the garden! Thanks for the photos!

A Cottage Muse said...

Wonderful...every little bit!

La Dolfina said...

That was so much fun!!!

Donna said...

So many wonderful old things! And so much inspiration!

Vintage Gal said...

Ahhhhhh! Such wonderful eye candy~I could sit there all day. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing. This post is sooooo inspirational.

Glenda Bradley said...

What Fun!!! I Loved it! My kind of Stuff !!!!

Blondie's Journal said...

Oh...I love every little piece in Shelley's garden! She has an eye for treasures and creates magic with them. The little cottage is darling, a real showcase of her great finds. Thanks so much for the tour, Laura!

XO,
Jane

Patty's Stitches said...

Beautiful...just beautiful!
Patty

Carole said...

Ok I think Shelley's in trouble because we all want to come down and play. Think we can all fit in there??
She's like the Paula of the South!! or is Paula the Shelley of the North...??? they both have so much in common.
Yes my head is spinning...but man it's better then any marguerita I've ever had:)lol

George is in trouble too......he has a lot of work ahead on our shed. haha
xo
Carole

gretchen said...

I do believe I NEED a zinc tub!
what beautiful shots....better than most of the magazines out there right now!

LizlovesVintage said...

Oh my! My List of Faves is toooo long!
Love the old zinc sink especially. Thanks for sharing.xx Liz

Ashley said...

Oh my...there is a ton of inspiration here in these photos...gorgeous!! Xoxoxo 1942charm.blogspot.com

sweetpea said...

my sweet friend, sorry to be so late to the party but i've picked up some stomach thing or my hummus really was past it's prime... your pics are beautiful and i am so flattered by all the sweet comments from your readers. glad you had fun at renningers, i got some fab stuff! i saw that bath tub by the way! hope you scored big! thanks bunches for another sweet post, you are the bomb!

hugs,

shelley

Kelley said...

Oh my goodness - that is all too wonderful to take it. SOOOOOOOooooooooo... stunning!

Evi said...

so much imagination!
I could be very happy there. Thanks for taking us on this beautiful house and gardenhouse tour.
XOXO....miss you,
Evi

Nita Jo said...

So many lovely things... my head is spinning! I'm in love with the playhouse! I live in a subdivision with "rules" and would not be allowed such a dream building... *sigh* to say nothing of that gorgeous tub! The flowers in the outdoor photos transported me away from the Idaho freezing cold for a bit. Thanks for a wonderful getaway!

vicki said...

Why did you ever leave? I would just have moved right in - what a fabulous story and photos dear Laura! Out of this world - I love the vintage inspirations - oh my!

I just bet you did have a wonderful time at Renigers - it is one of my favorites!!

vicki

Thespoena McLaughlin said...

Thanks so much for the eye candy! Love it!

Anonymous said...

love the WHOLE BLOG...great ideas

vikki said...

Love it all so much. Thanks for posting.

Colleen Bloom said...

Another Inspiring post.. Thanks so much for sharing.. Beautiful Photos.. Colleen / The Vintage Room

Tonita said...

OH My,,,, What a beautiful playhouse. Yep..I could live there. LOvE it.