Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Bird's Nest Inn and Beyond

The Bird's Nest Inn is the secluded tiny get away
 behind Paula's little old farmhouse.

In a former life, it housed chickens.

Now, it is a romantic secret bedroom
 with lovely views of Paula's gardens.


Inside is an inviting comfy bed...ready and waiting
 for an afternoon nap,
 a place to sneak away and read a good book... 

...or sit and have a glass of wine in the evening...

...or perhaps a romantic interlude (blush)...
...or a good night's sleep in the cool night air
 after a hot summer day.

Or how about a seat in the rope swing for perfect views
 out the screened windows into the garden.

The witch's hat or sputnik as we refer to it...
...has a romantic story behind it.
 Paula asked her love, Bill...on their very first date...
... to help her drag this rusty relic home.
He did, no questions asked...and she knew she had a keeper! 

An open air dining room...
Paula is going to craft some airy curtains to hang here
 and plans to fill those urns with ivy this year.

The wisteria was glorious in mid May and covered the garage.


It has grown up and through the old shuttered door. 

And...where did that single red tulip come from?
Paula's garden palette may include some pinks and lavenders
 along with her white flowers but this lonely little red tulip
 appeared out of nowhere.
 I guess everybody and every-blossom
wants a chance to be in Paula's gardens! :)

There are several bushes of white bleeding hearts which were luminous and beautiful in the shade.

I hope you have enjoyed this visit
 to my dear friend Paula's gardens.
These photos were taken in mid May and with each day,
 new growth and surprises appear to delight the eye.

Some of you have asked why Paula doesn't have a blog.
 It is because she would rather spend her free time in the gardens, or creating in her cottage and not on the computer.
 She doesn't even own a cell tell me, how much more time would you have if you weren't looking at Instagram or checking Facebook?
I think she has the right idea! 
(But don't try to take my Iphone away from me!)

So, do I have more photos of inside the farmhouse?
Yes, of course.
Also...of some of our favorite shops and Brimfield too.
Coming soon...

Thank you always for your comments...
Paula loves to hear what you think of her home and gardens.
 And I, of course, love to hear from you and appreciate the time it takes to leave a word or two.

Hoping all is well with you...
We are at the lake with family and friends for Memorial Day weekend.
 Lots of rain and cold...but happy to be together!

Take care, Laura


Jacqueline @ HOME said...

The Bird's Nrst Inn is perfect Laura ..... I think that I remember that you slept there on one of your visits didn't you ?
.... and Paula's garden is beautiful and just how I love a garden to be.
Have a lovely weekend at the lake with your family. XXXX

Unknown said...

what a cute place, we bought my inlaws poultry farm and I am using one of the barns as my " party barn" and used it for my sons wedding.. even putting a bridal suite in.. I am now hoping to have BARN SALES in it..the gardens are beautful and the space looks so peaceful.. thanks so much for sharing.
Colleen.. The Vintage Room

Marilyn Miller said...

Wow, Beautiful! How I would love a hide away such as this.

Ivy and Elephants said...

I always love when you share anything about Paula's gorgeous home. She must be just the most amazing person!
The Bird's Nest Inn is fabulous, the vines growing through make it a real fairy tale. I just love it all, inside and out. Thanks for sharing with us.

Nancy said...

Ohhhh, absolutely love everything!!!

Karena said...

Laura how adorable, The Birds Nest Inn! A perfect little spot to hide out for a bit, read, walk enjoy the gardens!

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lynn said...

Thank you for featuring "Paula". When I saw the picture of her dining room & kitchen, it rang a bell and I dug through my file of magazine page tear-outs and sure enough, she was featured in an old Mary Engelbreit (?) magazine where I fell in love with her cottage! Its cool you know her and I can see her place, years later, through your blog - which by the way, is one of my favorites!

Debra Ganas said...

Ohhhhh my goodness gracious!!!! What an absolutely beautiful "Inn"!
*Note to self- get rid of iPhone , iPad , etc.. Lol


Heaven's Walk said...

What a sweet, charming little guest house, Laura! I LOVE it! Paula has created such a cozy and welcoming space....and don't even get me started on that darling swing at the end of the bed!!!! LOVVVVE!! :) Thanks for sharing her beautiful yard with us!

xoxo laurie

oldgreymare said...

Stunning as always. A little piece of heaven..

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

Oh my gosh. You even were there when the Wisteria was in bloom. My goodness, talk about magical!

Every pic had me just sighing and sighing............truly awesome.

Just wow. SO CHARMING!!

jffollies said...

This is beautiful. So inspiring as usual. One of my favorite blogs.

Junkchiccottage said...

I want to be Paula's friend too!!! What a beautiful place to visit. I love when you post the pictures of her beautiful place. I get so much inspiration from her home. I actually fell in love with her angel last Christmas and had to have one so my hubby surprised me and contacted Cathy to make one for me. I love all the inspiration. Keep the pics coming. I can't wait to see the shops.

Victoria said...

Ohhhhh my goodness...swoon!!! That is so gorgeous! Are we allowed to Pin these pics?

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I'm almost speechless! Amazing! And so enchanting...

Unknown said...

This has to be the most beautiful romantic garden room I have ever seen! It is exquisite! Your friend has a beautiful garden, but I'm still in awe of that lovely sweet room.

Sammy Girl said...

Mmmm! Loved every minute (but especially the story of her sweetie hauling rusty junk and knowing he was a "keeper". :)

WinnibriggsHouse said...

Just fabulous, I could curl up in that bed now! In fact a camp bed in the garden would do.

flowers on my table said...

What a romantic little hideaway, and gorgeous gardens. you do have such creative friends! Love Linda x

Denise @ secondtimearoundfinds said...

Your friend has a lovely place I can see why she doesn't spend time on Computer.

Shahrul Niza said...

Intelligent lady, Paula. Imagine how great it is to see & hear our beautiful Earth just by living unplugged :). I enjoy your post about Paula's little haven today, makes my heart sings. Thank you for sharing some bliss!. HUGS.

Ariadne said...

Paula has the right attitude. I do so much more when I am off the computer for a while. Bytheway that must be the smallest most beautiful inn in the world!AriadnefromGreece!

Tina said...

What a wonderful home and garden your friend have Laura. I loved seing all your photos. That little chicken bedroom house is awesome.
Thank you so much for sharing.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

That looks like a little piece of heaven on earth!!

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Laurie said...

Oh, that was a swoon-worthy tour. One of your best posts, Laura! I'm daydreaming about a place (and a friend!) like that!

Leslie said...

Laura your photos are spectacular of this heavenly retreat! You both inspired me yesterday to go put some energy into my own home and garden. Thank you both. So inspiring!

Unknown said...

I'd love to do this to the shed behind my house, but how does she keep out unwanted guests? Racoons, squirrels, armadillos, snakes etc?

Boxwood Cottage said...

Paula's garden is as beautiful and whimsical as her home and the bird nest inn is absolutely fantastic! I SO LOVE ALL THE GORGEOUS DETAILS TO DROLL OVER!
Thank you once again for sharing pictures from your amazing friends dear Laura!
xoxo~ Carola

Shari said...

What a terrific find today! Good inspiration to spruce up my own house - mn summer is coming very very slowly this year :-)

Wonderful post, especially as I now cannot eject the phrase 'gettin' frisky in the chicken coop' from my head - my sunday morning brain is apparently charmed AND twisted!

Your friend Paula invests beauty and grace into her home - well done, and so kind of you to share this.


Cottage and Broome said...

That little space is just lovely! I'd love to take a nap there. Thanks for sharing, Laura

sharon santoni at my french country home said...

Paula's house and garden is beautiful, but what I love is the way your friendship shines through this post


Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Sooooo cute. That little guest house is over the top cool.

Dixie said...

I think I'm in love... With Paula's little house. How beautiful, and your photos, breathtaking. Thanks so much for sharing the beauty! Dixie said...

Hi Laura,
Her home and your photography just gets better and better. Love them both!!!!!!! Have fun at the lake:)
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Bohemian said...

What a Sweet Retreat this is! I could Imagine coming here for a Sabbatical and Communing with Nature in this Beautiful Environment!

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I love the Sunflower Room....It is going on my interest Board! Love your blog BTW...I'm your newest follower!

cunitia said...

Oh..this is adorable! I wish I had a place like this! Thank you for showing us those pictures of utter peace and harmony!!
Have a wonderful Sunday!

Tonita said...

Paula's cottage is ADORABLE. I love cottages and tiny spaces. I have a tiny girl cave (tiny house) that is my little itsy bitsy retreat. Like Paula, I have no cell phone and I rarely even blog. I am considering dumping my computer to spend more time with other things that I like to do. I think Paula has it right to not be bothered with technology. I am thankful she has you to bring her darling cottage to the world. Thanks.