House Tour: House Snooping At Home Is Where The Boat Is


Happy Friday everyone!  I hope you’ve had an awesome week.  We had fun celebrating Pookie’s birthday on Thursday.  Luckily he’s a techy kind of guy, so finding a special gift for him was pretty easy to do.  

Today’s house tour is a little different, but you’re going to love it!  We get to snoop around Mary’s domain where she consistently wows all of us with her amazing talent.

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Hi, I’m Mary at Home is Where the Boat Is.

We live on Lake Norman in North Carolina,

hence the name of my blog 🙂


I’m honored and thrilled to join Suzy and her readers

at Worthing Court for her House Snooping Series

and to snoop around my tiny house. . .my Potting Shed!


Welcome. . .

I’m happy to have you snoop around!


My Potting Shed was years in the planning and procrastinating

stage, but only took about a month, starting and stopping

due to a delay in materials, and a project I was thrilled

to have completed in 2012.

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The exterior was inspired by my 2012

early spring issue of Country Gardens Magazine.


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We didn’t have any plans, just a rough sketch from ideas

and pages saved from magazines.

The exterior is 10 x 16~ the size dictated by the space

we had under the trees and already seems too small.


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A marriage of old and new materials

with a little fun picking a few salvage items~


~Doors, $12 each

~Posts for Front Porch, $15 each

~Rusted Metal for Roof of the Porch, $3 a panel,

Tetanus shot not included 🙂


I splurged on a pair of leaded glass windows,

one hung horizontally and one hung

vertically in the front.


A pair of sash windows on the side were picked for $45,

installed to let light in but not to function,

over with built-in work areas.


Window dressing was one of my first projects to tackle.

Drapery rods supplied by Mother Nature were tied

together with twine and then secured

with twine to shelf brackets.




A roll of landscaping burlap from Lowe’s was ideal

and affordable~ one roll of burlap fabric,

3 feet x 24 feet, was $9.78.




My work areas are 4 feet x 2 feet. I wanted a work

surface that would be functional & economical.

I found a sheet metal shop that does HVAC duct work

to cover my plywood counters with

galvanized sheet metal and attach a back splash.


I found cafe curtains the ideal length & width

for skirting my work benches and storage areas,

good for me since I’d rather pot than sew 🙂


My husband came up with the idea of repurposing

a pair of salvaged heat register covers

to use as gable vents instead

purchasing a new gable vent.


My salvaged back door had a broken window

that I decided to replace with a board

and paint with chalkboard paint~


And provides a place for quotes

and inspiration for projects~

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My grandmother’s neglected and very pink chest

of drawers got a new home and little facelift~




Courtesy of Annie Sloan Chalk paint, now

just a hint of the pink showing through.


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I have to confess I’ve done more

puttering than potting here~




Unless you count

dish gardening 🙂


It has inspired a few projects though~

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Like a Bird Feeder Chandelier,

also with dishes.


And it gives me an opportunity

to celebrate the seasons~


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I have a Potting Shed tab at the top of my home page,

if you’re interested in more information

and to see how she’s grown!



Thanks so much Suzy for inviting

me over to your House Snooping Series

to share my Potting Shed!



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Thank you for letting us snoop around your special spot, Mary.  You are one talented lady!  I think that now all of us will want to have a potting shed to play in!

Feel free to grab the Featured On House Snoopers button for your blog.


There’s a whole lot more where this came from!  Click HERE to snoop around more houses.


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  1. Suzy, Thanks so much for sharing my Potting Shed! i’m honored and thrilled to be part of your House Snoopers Series!

  2. Thanks for the tour Suzy! Mary has definitely created a fairy tale cottage to play in! I can’t wait to snoop around some more!

  3. I loved snooping around Mary’s potting shed, Suzy. She’s an inspiration to all of us and makes us all have potting shed envy!

  4. Thank you Suzy for featuring Mary’s potting shed. It was fun to see the evolution of her shed and how she celebrates the seasons .

  5. Shirley@Housepitality Designs says:

    I so love, love Mary and her blog….is such a extremely talented person….and I am just trying to figure out how to pull up to that gorgeous garden shed with a trailer to bring it to my yard!!!!…Always enjoy reading her posts every day!!!

  6. OMG Suzy, this is unreal!!! This is so beautiful, I just want to live there. A cup of coffee with all that beauty surrounding me is like heaven. I am going to follow her blog. Thanks so much!!!


  7. Suzy, you’ve spotlighted one of my favorite houses! Mary is beyond creative with every thing she styles, be it a tablescape, a picnic, a garden, a potting shed. I go away from her posts filled with inspiration and awe. Thank you for featuring Mary’s potting shed!

  8. franki parde says:

    5 stars
    Home is reading one of my favorite blogs & saying to “no one in general…oh, I remember that one, etc. etc” “LOVELY, JUST LIVELY!” franki

  9. Ethel Rose says:

    I love this website but there are too many pop up ads.