My (future) Secret Garden

We're really getting into things at our new place!!  One of the biggest changes is the full wall of glass sliding doors in our new bedroom.  Here's the bedroom before we bought the house:
 

We planned to replace the closet seen (above) with a small master bathroom and to open up the bedroom to the small courtyard just outside. 

So...  the door arrived and here's what it's looking like right now:


I'm soooooo excited!!!  All weekend, we kept going in to stare at it.    The courtyard's between our bedroom & the garage and once we put in our patio & plantings in, we'll wall it in.  Here's the view from the outside right now...

 
A little maple tree is centered in the garden...  I'm going to trim it slightly & can't wait to watch it change throughout the seasons from my bed...
 
We're adding an outdoor shower in the right corner and I almost don't believe it!!  When I was a little girl, planning my dream house, it always included an outdoor shower.  When we found the house and I saw that we had a spot for it, I was so excited!!!!
 
 
I'll share more details on the shower itself as soon as I get to planning it. 

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I'm planning on growing vines all over the future wall - which will be metal....   I'm going with Virginia Creeper...  Again, because of the way it changes throughout the seasons...
 
 
{Image from here}

I'll probably grow a less invasive evergreen vine on a trellis on the garage so that in the winter I'm not looking at a little barren place & then also try to add in dwarf hollies or boxwood for more winter greens.  I can't wait to dig in!!

And on another note- The hardwood floors from Mountain Lumber (more on them later = AMAZING!!)  are going in today!!! wahoooo  I'll keep you posted with pics!!



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31 comments:

Laurel-Dawn McBurney said...

This. Is. Amazing. I mean, that door is a dream, you must be SO excited! I can't wait to see more updates, thanks for sharing!

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Kare said...

Love every bit of it!! That is a huge glass door, what a big difference!

Barbie said...

Stunning, Lauren. This is so fun to live vicariously through your blog. Keep up the awesome updates!

Kris Vogelsang said...

We have the same dream...except you'll have it now! Good for you! Thanks for showing us, and I can't wait to see it completed!

The Tucker Troops said...

I've been following you for quite sometime. With our move this past summer I have been away from blogging...what a surprise to see a beautiful addition to your family (congratulations) and a new home you are renovating. It will be fabulous. I'm eager to follow along and to get inspired!--Beth

sylviefoxbooks said...

I'd love to know how you like this long term. We have this in our current bedroom, and I have mixed feelings about it. It lets in a lot more air than just cracking a window, rain is a challenge (though I live in LA - so), and my two year old can open it - and does constantly. Did you also remove a bathroom in the corner?

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

I am so excited for you!! What an amazing retreat for you and the hubs. Outdoor shower! Wow. So fantastic.

Tiffany Leigh Interior Design said...

This house will truly be like a little resort year round! So excited for you and your family.

Dawn said...

I've visited your blog for years now, but have yet to comment....the plans for your new house are so exciting....I can't wait to see it all come together! I check for updates all the time. The new windows are great, and I LOVE the outdoor shower idea!

Brooke said...

Oh my gosh, that is just to die for!!! That will be amazing to have that private little outdoor space, and the view from your bedroom through all that glass is going to be gorgeous!! Sooo excited for you!

pve design said...

Our home is over 70% glass and to witness the seasons is something very special. I'd love an outdoor shower....I have one on my pinterest page...I think I need to make an entire board dedicated to showering outside.
pve

A Perfect Gray said...

so stinkin' excited for you it's not funny. well, and a little jealous....thanks for taking us along. donna

Dana Frieling said...

Wow! Is there even anything else to say?

BaileyWife said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the wall of windows! When you are done with the home, can I move in with you?? :) ~Kim

kayce hughes said...

Looking good!

Miss Iris said...

Wow wow wow....I just can't get enough...please show us more every day. I can't wait to see that outdoor shower, what a dream. Xo

Holly said...

Those sneak peek photos on Instagram were awesome - what a great spot for you guys to enjoy and to be able to enjoy the garden too - w/ outdoor shower!! Looking forward to seeing more progress.

Holly Irwin Fine Art said...

Lauren, This is going to be fantastic! You have such vision!!

xo

Holly

www.hollyirwin.com

Nancy said...

Lauren, this is spectacular! I love your plans and bringing in the outdoors! It will be so beautiful to wake up to. Im so happy for you all.
Nancy
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Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES) said...

Lauren - WOW! I can see why this place captured your and your family's heart - so much potential and you guys are bringing it OUT!

How nice to have this secret garden - what a wonderful space this will be - can't wait to watch those vines grow!

Loretta

Betsy said...

Can I ask where you got the door? We're wanting to put in something similar in our dining room. Thanks!!!

Anna said...

Hi Lauren: I love your blog and read it all the time. I wrote my very first blog post today if you have any time to check it out. It is called truthgraceandlife.blogspot.com.

I prayed for a good nanny for you and shall continue to keep that in my prayers.

Anna

Ryan and Sylvia Mack said...

loving seeing your house updates! you are doing a great job!

My Little Bungalow said...

Fantastic! An outdoor shower would be wonderful. Your garden will be beautiful and I can't wait to see photos.
Claudia

Acquired Objects said...

I can almost feel your excitment from here Lauren. Your bedroom sliders are wonderful and I think I'm a tad jealous of your outside space off your bedroom. It all looks so wonderful!

XXX
Debra~

Laura Trevey said...

Wow!! It's truly amazing what those sliding glass doors do for the room. It's a completely different place.

I bet you are excited!!

xoxo

Sanity Fair said...

What a great idea - that opened up courtyard view is going to bring the outdoors in!
-SF

EDYTA & CO. INTERIOR DESIGN said...

So fantastic, The door and the wall already makes the space look so much better!! The shower sounds magical!! Cant wait to see more :))

Meg {henninglove} said...

wow gorgeous absolutely love the photos and the outdoor shower is a great idea!

Unknown said...

Hello Lauren, I am a fan of your blog. You are so talented and yet real and easy to relate to. How exciting for you with the new house! I'm sure it's going to be fabulous and I'm eagerly following your updates. Where did you get your sliding doors? Love this idea and thinking maybe we can do something similar in our dining room.

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