Sweet Escape {in your own backyard}

Sweet Escape {in your own backyard}

Love this adorable little garden shed turned sweet escape!


Where are you escaping to this weekend?

Where am I escaping to? Besides having a party at my house tonight and then going to Portland for my middle daughter’s graduation party, I am “escaping” to Home Depot to spend a gift card!  Yippee!!! I’m hoping to get something I need for my backyard. No, it isn’t a garden shed. It isn’t that big of a gift card!

Next week I’ll be sharing what I found, and just so you don’t all get too jealous of my little shopping spree, I’ll be offering YOU the chance to win your own $100 gift card! Stay tuned for that next week.

I have some great summer giveaways planned over the next few months!

And now, to finally announce the winner of the Decorating is Fun book…ta da, Maridith The Procrastinator Crafter! Congratulations Maridith!

Sweet Escape {in your own backyard}

It is time to share our beautiful life posts or comments.
This is our once a week chance to pause and
remember the beauty we found or created this week…
a beautiful life is the one we
create on purpose — it doesn’t just happen.
Create & savor small moments of beauty!

please link directly to your beautiful life post only, no home pages

photo inspiration: House to Home

remember to visit my tumblr pages for my inspiring finds and julia at hooked on houses for more inspiring friday inspiration!


  1. Hi Melissa. My escape for the next 10 days is spending time with family and friends, and more time at home-sweet-home. I’m so looking forward to it! I love the inspirational photo you included today, and congratulations to you on your daughter’s graduation! Have a wonderful weekend. ~Arleen

  2. Melissa, so nice of you to stop and comment on my blog!

    What a great little “get away”… maybe it is the kid in me that always wanted to have a hide away, that I am addicted (or hooked) on cottages. Or maybe its that I no longer have ANY desire to clean a 3000 sq foot home. ;)

    And… Yes…Life is Beautiful (if we choose to see it that way)
    TTFN~~ Claudia

    Claudia@DipityRoads inspiring blog post..Cottage Details

  3. I love your outdoor escape! The little flags have such a festive feel about them.

    I am in search of some fun little details to create an outdoor space on my patio. Last week I found some wonderful chairs at a yardsale as well as some great gold tableclothes that I am going to use to cover the pillows. This saturday I’m hoping to find a few more treasures.

    ImagineCozys inspiring blog post..Room Redesign . . . Without Moving Furniture?

  4. Hi Melissa,

    I love the idea of a little back yard escape. I’m actually in the planning stages of trying to make our covered back deck into something special that we would want to escape to. Love the outdoors. Hope you have fun shopping!!


    Jennifer @ Blogging God And Mes inspiring blog post..Lamp Party At The Nesting Place!!

  5. Have fun at your party tonight and congratulations to your daughter on her graduation!

    Kathys inspiring blog post..Flaunt your reds

  6. Love the shed! I’m escaping by chillin out at home. Grilling out, a plate of warm cookies (that I blogged about today!) and a movie…we were traveling last week so a relaxing few days at home sound like escape to me…Congrats on the graduation~
    All Things Heart and Home

  7. That little shed is a great escape! Hope you have fun at HD.

    Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottages inspiring blog post..Making it mine

  8. i’ll add this to my i want it list as well!

    Mary Jeans inspiring blog post..I Want It!

  9. Yippee!!! I am so excited!! I was hoping I would win this book. I need some help!! Melissa you are the best!!

    I Love the backyard escape picture. I would love to have an escape like that!! My escape this weekend is during naptime!! I will finish painting an old chest and finish a valance for the shower stall! I consider that “me time” and I do what I enjoy!!

    Congratulations on your daughter’s graduation!!

    Maridiths inspiring blog post..Memorial Day Weekend 2009

  10. Every year I attempt to make our deck into a wonderful place to be.
    It is coming…but definitely not where I want it to be.

    Becky K.s inspiring blog post..Our Beautiful Moms!

  11. gail gray of a fresh start professional organizing says

    Who wouldn’t want to slow down from a fast pace life and relax in that room. Thank you for sharing. We have an old garage in our back yard, but it is a man’s room. Sports memorabilia, poker table, bar. Not a large room, but a fun place for my husband and his friends to hang out!

    Can’t wait to hear what fun you find at Home Depot!

  12. Wow! I love that little shed. The white and blue makes its so clean and fresh. :) I think Hubby and I are going to escape to a date-night-in…making dinner together and stretching out on the living room floor to watch a movie!

    Hope you have fun at Home Depot. Gift cards are so much fun!

    Kristen @ Beautifully Imperfects inspiring blog post..I’m Still Here

  13. Oh, to have a “garden shed” like this in the backyard! We had a (much humbler) one when we were growing up that my brother and I loved playing in and pretending it was our house. Our neighborhood forbids sheds or outdoor buildings of any kind here, though, which is annoying, because we could use one!

    Can’t wait to see what you get at Home Depot. Have fun spending that gift card! :-)

    Julia @ Hooked on Housess inspiring blog post..Hooked on Old Houses

  14. How Beautiful! My dirty backyard shed is visible in one of my photos, today, on my post. Like night and day.

    TheOldPostRoads inspiring blog post..It is Summer

  15. Debbykay says

    What a lovely place for an afternoon getaway and a cool glass of lemonade!

    Thanks for stopping by Rose Cottage Gardens–I enjoy our little visit!

    Have a beautiful weekend!
    Debbykay at Rose Cottage Gardens and Farm

    Debbykays inspiring blog post..Lovely Lilacs {sweet morning fragrances

  16. Hello Mel,
    You’re right, again for just relaxing in our own backyard. It’s so sweet to gather family & friends, BBQ & some parlour games so, kids enjoy their week-end too.

    Mine, is a bit cool for everyone to enjoy my treat for a happy but simple treat this week-end.


    Chies inspiring blog post..Flag Day on My Freaky Day

  17. I have a cute little stable in my back yard that will probably always remain just that…but I can dream! Your photo is darling!

    Leilas inspiring blog post..The Secret of How to Braid Bread Without Having One End Fat and the Other Thin.

  18. Hubby has invited a whole bunch of friends over to play board games tonight, but I’m thinking I may escape to the living room with a craft project and a Turner Classic Movie. I’m just not feeling the game thing today.

  19. What a lovely idea for a gazebo! Especially if you have a propane firepit that requires a windbreak! Now my thinking cap is REALLY on here!


    Donna at Funky Junk Interiorss inspiring blog post..This week’s finds

  20. I love this idea! I have always tinkered with the idea of making a garden shed a little kid’s house, but I like this more! Beautiful!

    Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parentings inspiring blog post..Paint Today With Love

  21. Man oh man, oh man…I want a garden shed such as that! Second runner up is a pool house. Dream on, I guess!!
    Have a fabulous party & a great graduation celebration. Thanks for hosting another great blog party!

  22. cute shed! I’m escaping to the suburbs for the weekend for a little time to relax!!

    Daly Essentialss inspiring blog post..Malcolm Davis Architecture

  23. LOVE spending hours in the backyard garden reading, relaxing and having parties! Beautiful photo!
    Bon week-end!

    Fifi Flowerss inspiring blog post..Coco Chanel Book Giveaway…

  24. That’s a lovely garden shed — definitely a place I’d like to hang out in :-)

    I was hooked on garden sheds a couple of weeks ago. If you’d like to check out the garden sheds I posted on our blog, you can see them here:


    Have fun partying and shopping this weekend :-) Gift cards are the best — shopping for free is the best kind of shopping!! :-)

    Kelly @ DesignTies

    DesignTiess inspiring blog post..Meet… artist Jill Alexander

  25. What a great idea! We have an old metal shed that we aren’t really using…hmm…. :)

    Lindsay C.s inspiring blog post..Julia’s Hooked on Old Houses today!

  26. I’ll be at Home Depot this weekend spending a gift card as well…but I don’t think we’ll be running into each other and I won’t be getting a fabulous garden shed either but also will be getting some things to spruce up the back of our home. :)

    ::off to read beautiful life posts::

    Enjoy the weekend!

    Roeshels inspiring blog post..A blog is born!

  27. Isn’t that just the cutest little getaway in the yard? I would love to have that. And the furnishings are ultra sweet.

  28. What a beautiful escape shed, it looks so cheerful and welcoming.
    Me, I’m hoping to have some escape time on our deck, maybe with some napping involved. ;)

    Strugglers inspiring blog post..Trees and leaves

  29. Oh my goodness that shed is a dream- I think I need to talk to HD about a project- just kidding- he’s got his hands full of projects right now-
    I’m having a gathering in the garden tonight- {with about 30 women}
    Then tomorrow it’s all about the Hamlet and going to a wedding.
    Have a great weekend.

    teresas inspiring blog post..Mission update #2

  30. Beautiful shed-I could escape there anytime! I think we’ll just be escaping to our new fire this weekend-that’s good enough for me.

    Thanks for the tumblr too!

    Ginas inspiring blog post..A Little Lamp in the Bathroom

  31. My escape is my yard! I have discovered that I find weeding very fulfilling. :)

    Shannans inspiring blog post..Garden View

  32. Yeah, Melissa! I finally finished the chair and it turned out great. I thought I’d add it to Mr. Linky today.

    Karen Bs inspiring blog post..One Down Three to Go

  33. Yep, I am escaping this weekend. Escaping from helping the men dig fencepost holes. I am going on a long scenic drive to pick up some old free 1930s bricks to use for landscaping in my backyard. I’m taking my mom and toddler along for company.

    Jo – To a Pretty Lifes inspiring blog post..First Garden Pictures of the Year

  34. I saw a cute little made over shed in the Country Living magazine.

    SoBella Creationss inspiring blog post..Welcome & Giveaways

  35. Ok I just added myself for Mr. Linky..thought the blogging friends would like to see my client kitchen re-do:)

    But tomorrow I am celebrating Pinkness with sweet Beverly..hope it’s ok?

    Have a wonderful weekend! So you have graduate too? High school senior? My son is coming up and my niece …Heather Bullard’s daughter…

    Time is flying!!


    kayellens inspiring blog post..Finishing Touches

  36. I love that beautiful shed/vacation spot :) Sigh!

    Tamaras inspiring blog post..Hooked on Travelling

  37. My escape, is hopefully doing a little gardening, if the rain stops. It has been here for 4 days, good for green!

    Suzy Homemakers inspiring blog post..Hooked on Perennial Gardens…

  38. What a cute transformation! I would love to do something like that in my backyard for my girls. *sigh* My sweet escape this weekend is to my little home here by the beach. With the hustle and bustle of our last week of school and all the to/from school activities, I am looking forward to just being here all cozy.

  39. We could all do with a little quite space outdoors to unwind and connect with nature. Still working on mines, taking another trailer of prunings out to carve out a little space between the shubbery.

    Pearl Maples inspiring blog post..Sky Watch Friday

  40. This post is like a breath of fresh spring air!

    Laura Ingalls Gunns inspiring blog post..Bohemian bungalow part one

  41. Guess what?! There is a surprise waiting for you … you’re a winner!
    Please visit my blog for the announcement! :)

    Roeshels inspiring blog post..Knock Knock! Who’s there?

  42. Love that little escape house! … how cute!
    Our escape this weekend was today’s trip to eastern Long Island, to check on the family beach house and make a list of “to-do” things, to get it ready for the season. Luckily it doesn’t need much! Wonderful getaway, but much too short!

    Cass @ That Old Houses inspiring blog post..True Confessions: Hooked On Dishes and A Food Post-Mortem

  43. The little outdoor room is perfect. What a wonderful looking escape.

  44. What a beautiful and creative use for a garden shed!

    You have a wonderful blog! I enjoy my visits here.
    ~Warmly, Melissa :)

    Melissa Millers inspiring blog post..~*~It’s The Flaunt Your Red Event!~*~ ~New Red Niche & Strawberry Jello~

  45. My great outdoor escape is the garden. You can find me out there all day long! LOL

    mrs darlings inspiring blog post..Evening in my Spring Garden

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