A Room with a View

A Room with a View

A Re-decorated Summerhouse

Every summer I give myself a project to do something that I've wanted to do for a while but never seem to find the time for. This summer I was determined to finish off the Summer House by painting & decorating the inside...

...We were given this summer house a couple of years ago by my nan & grandad who no longer had use for it in their garden. Rob and his brother collected it in pieces and reassembled it in our garden, it was in great condition so the only thing it needed was some new covering on the roof. The children quickly claimed it and last year I painted the outside cream and grey, but I didn't have the heart to carry on and paint the inside so we left it. 

It's been bugging me for a while now as it had started to become a bit of a dumping ground, no one was using it and it was just wasted. So this summer I finally got the courage to start painting the inside, I wanted to create a restful/calm space that we could sit and read, crochet (me) or just watch the garden!

K and I started by masking up the windows, there are loads of them and between the two of us it took a whole day to do this and treat all the knots in the wood! It then had a coat of primer and two further coats of eggshell. I will admit that by the second coat I was telling myself it had looked fine the way it was before and became quite fed up about it - It was then that my brilliant husband stepped in and helped, he also took on painting the floor which needed about four coats of floor paint in total. He even replaced the decking area at the front to make a larger area for deckchairs (what else!)

Anyway, I'm really pleased with the result it has made the room feel bigger and brighter and we've all enjoyed spending time in there. I've tried to keep the decorating simple with just a chair and table but I'm looking forward to selectively adding to it over the months.


I got all excited at the thought of decorating and made this crochet cushion over the weekend to cosy up the chair a bit.


I used this vintage crochet tablecloth as a curtain as this window looks out on to fencing which isn't very pretty but I didn't want to loose any light. This did the job brilliantly.


and I finally found use for the huge crochet cushion I made a year ago as a floor cushion, which I was really happy about as its not had a place of its own for ages!


We found three of these old printers trays in our attic, I was going to paint one but I quite like them as they are so that's how they'll stay - for now. I'm slowly filling them with tiny treasures.





Rope lighting. A perfect place to escape for a snooze...


...or sit in peace to crochet...


...and think of Christmas projects.


Until the sun goes down and it starts to get cold, then I feel thankful that I have a warm bed to retreat to for the night.

Bye for now. Em xx

Posted in Crochet and Crafts, Home and Garden

Comments (15)

  • eskimo*rose


    14 September 2012 at 18:57 |
    I'm jealous!!! Its beeeeautiful, all the finishing touches are perfect - if you weren't so far away, I'd pack my project bag and come over to crochet in there myself!! I love the lacy crochet material hanging up - is this an heirloom or lucky one-off find ... or will I be lucky and find it in a shop?!
    • Lululoves


      14 September 2012 at 19:04 |
      Oh that would be lovely, I'd even let you sit in the chair! ;)) The crochet material hung up is an old oval tablecloth I think (though it could possibly be a top sheet for a single bed?) I found it for cheap at a vintage fair. I think you could probably find something similar on ebay/etsy or even charity shops if you searched. Em xxx
  • knitnrun


    15 September 2012 at 16:18 |
    I am so jealous. It is certainly worth all the hard work!! I love your cushions - they add that bit of a homely, cosy feel to it.Great job!
    • Lululoves


      15 September 2012 at 18:48 |
      Thank you :)) Yes it paid off in the end, though at the time it felt like a never-ending task! I'm confident I won't feel the need to paint anything for a while now ;) Em xx
  • Ana


    17 September 2012 at 11:26 |
    Oh Emma, you won’t believe but I’ve seen this post more than a dozen times! :)) I think is my favourite post ever and I’m so jealous of this little piece of haven! I think my favourite spot is the pink sofa and the crochet cushion is gorgeous (mine are almost finished! Finally!)!! You are really blessed by heaving such a refuge ;)
    • Lululoves


      17 September 2012 at 20:22 |
      Thank you & bless you Ana! I do feel very lucky to finally have a little hideaway ;) Em xx
  • Onihook


    01 October 2012 at 17:12 |
    Just lovely! Any chance that you could post the pattern (or where you got the pattern) for the beautiful granny square pink and white square pillow? I LOVE the cross section on the pillow. Thanks!
    • Lululoves


      02 October 2012 at 08:23 |
      Hello, thanks for your comment. I didn't use a pattern for that cushion Its made by creating 4 granny squares (6 rounds) and joining them in them together in the 7th round. Create two of these and join both pieces using single crochet all around (not forgetting to leave a gap to insert a cushion pad!). Let me know if you need any more help and I could try and write it up. Em xx
      • Eileen F

        Eileen F

        16 October 2012 at 16:59 |
        If you have time a pattern for that pillow would be greatly appreciated! Just let me know if your terms are U.S. or European!
        • Lululoves


          17 October 2012 at 12:00 |
          Hello, which cushion are you referring to? I've already had a request for the pink & white striped one so when I next get a moment I will try & write it out - all patterns on this site are written in UK terms. Thank you for commenting, Em xx
          • Onihook


            18 October 2012 at 14:55 |
            The pattern was the granny square pillow...that was also pink and white
  • éva-mona


    15 October 2012 at 19:49 |
    Your summer house is lovely... I just feel like I want to go on holidays there!
    • Lululoves


      16 October 2012 at 07:33 |
      Thank you - it is a lovely spot, although a bit chilly in there at the moment :)) Em xx
  • carryoncreating


    07 January 2013 at 13:37 |
    Hi Lulu
    I just found your blog after reading your guest post on claireabellemakes' blog! Which I loved btw and need to make!

    I love your summerhouse it looks so cosy and love the colours in your crochet floor cushion.
    • Lululoves


      07 January 2013 at 15:31 |
      Thanks for popping over from Claire's blog - Yes the summer house is lovely and cosy now, although pretty cold at the moment, living in hope of a warm spring :) Em x