What Became of the Garage

August 4th, 2010 comments 20

Continuing with the before and after photos of this little Maison de Village


At the street level entrance to our house we originally had a space that was referred to as a garage. It wasn’t quite big enough for a car and it certainly wasn’t a welcoming entry. “Off with the roof!” we cried, “Let there be light!”

We think it’s much happier as a courtyard.

An old stone puis sat awkwardly in the middle of the vaulted cave; not original to the house, it was a decorative touch the old proprietaire had added. I thought that it could be re-purposed into a lovely fountain and drew a little sketch on the proverbial napkin. Voila! Our skilled stone masons made it so.

New doors crafted by our iron worker enclosed the vaulted stone space.  It’s cool in the summer and warm in the winter. My antique habit claimed this room early on.

From my desk I look back towards the gate. I love this view. See that little bench under the watering can? It covers all of the not so attractive necessities: the water meter, the drip apparatus….My husband and son made it from old ivy vine twists they collected in the forest. Clever non?

Every time I climb the steps to the front door I smile as I look down on the transformation and I think about the many feet that have worn these treads before me. Better to think of that than the snap crackle pop in my right knee….

§ 20 Responses to What Became of the Garage"

  • sharon says:

    Oh Susan, your house looks so beautiful, you and your husband obviously have a great eye for colour and dimensions. What a team!
    Would loved to have seen a close up of the ivy camouflage thing.

  • absolutely beautiful, Susan. The table base made from vines is lovely. What a transformation!

  • This is just gorgeous!… what I wouldn’t do for a stone mason and iron smith with those skills… and the bench by your son and husband is brilliant! ~Terri

  • Cyndia says:

    You are all so creative! What a great use of space!

  • Totally wonderful!! I’m sure you will get great enjoyment from that space for many years. Looks as though it has always been that way too. Beautiful.

  • Donna says:

    Such a beautiful transformation!! You will enjoy your new space!! What a talented family!!

  • Therese Long says:

    C’est magnifique!

  • Greet says:

    Dear Susan,
    I fell in love with your home!!! To die for!! I really would love to have a house as yours! It is just gorgeous!!!
    It really is!!!!

  • Candylei says:

    I’m so glad perfect grey linked us over here. I love the new look of your old garage. Also the boxwood and vines…basically yes, every bit of each picture. The round tailored tablecloth too!

  • Candylei says:

    I look again and it is not a table, it a large stone vault. It would help if I read along instead of devoured the pictures only. But you have gave me a great idea for a carnival like tailored tablecloth. Thank you!

  • Jean says:

    What beauty! and thanks for the link to the color test. It’s rather mind-boggling to do, something about changing the order of the colors to a smooth gradation. (My score: 16. Not bad.) Made me think about color and juxtaposition of shades–gradations or slight contrasts or more strong contrasts.

  • Melissah says:

    I just discovered your great blog & loved it. I’m just new into blogging & have just finished off my own blog on fashion & interior design.
    I had a lot of fun putting it together. I would love your feedback on it if you’ve got a spare minute.

  • Oh Susan…I love these pics! We find ourselves often dreaming of such enchanted spaces and love to blog about them as well as read new material (which makes our heart skip a beat)! Thank you for sharing!

    Renee and Angela

    http://www.UnderSpanishMoss.com come see!

  • This is absolutely stunning … it flows so well with the rest of the home. XO Lisa

    • Susan says:

      Thank you all for the very kind words! I’m so glad you stopped by for a virtual visit and now I’m off to see your lovely blogs… Susan

  • Colette says:

    Hello Susan, gosh this is just gorgeous and perfect! thank you for sharing the transformation with us. I love the “vine” invention, no, love EVERYTHING! xo Colette ~ Afrique du Sud

  • Janet NZ says:

    I’m SO JEALOUS! You have the most beautiful home. Renovations are so hard to live through, but the results you have managed are just GORGEOUS. Congratulations!

  • Susan, This is just incredible. Every little detail is beautiful. This must make your heart sing! Thanks for sharing. Mona

  • click says:

    Im having a tiny problem. I cant get my reader to pick-up your feed, Im using bing reader by the way.

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