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Mini Makeover: Conservatory/Garden Room

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Conservatory/Garden Room mini makeover - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

With the weather warming up, I've been getting in some quality garden time... and not just at weekends.

One of the benefits of being a Virtual Assistant is the ability to work from anywhere, so when the sun recently made a weekday appearance, the garden became my office :-)

SueCo Virtual Assistance - Flexible enough to work from anywhere! www.sueco.biz

Even Beloved has ventured outside. (Translation: he hates being in the garden. OK, perhaps 'hate' is a strong word… intensely dislikes maybe? Erm, no. Definitely hates!)

Sssshhhh! Don't tell anyone, but he was also doing DIY. And not your average, everyday, run-of-the-mill kinda DIY either. Oh no! We're talking DIY of the full-blown, building variety!

No really!

I kid you not!

I know you're dying to see photographic evidence, but that's a story for another day...

Sorry.

During those frustrating months last year when I thought we'd NEVER complete on the purchase of OneandSeventy (click here to read more) it was thoughts of spending sunny days in the garden that kept me going.

And now they're here.

And I am almost beside myself with joy!

But what to do on those days when it's just not warm enough (or dry enough, as is often the case on this fair isle) to sit outside?

Beat a hasty retreat to the conservatory, of course!

Small, but effective, our small glasshouse provides me with a connection to the outdoors; a haven of peace, calm and tranquillity in which to read, relax and contemplate my navel.

Conservatory/Garden Room mini makeover - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Until recently, the space was just a glass box. But when I saw this gorgeous Garden Room project over on Kate's Creative Space, I knew it could be so much more.

Green-Fingers (and the beginnings of a garden room) - www.katescreativespace.com

Creating a Garden Room - www.katescreativespace.com

I adore Kate's little sugar snap wigwams and clearly, both lemon and olive trees are immediate must-haves.

The first residents to move into OneandSeventy's new Garden Room were the Apache Chillies from my outdoor grow house. Finally, after a shaky start, those li'l plugs finally seem to be taking off.

Conservatory/Garden Room mini makeover - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Apache Chilli plant - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

I then re-located the Big Boy Beef Tomatoes, which are already outgrowing their cane.

Big Boy Tomato Plant - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

And one of several Sweet Peppers that I'm growing.

Sweet Pepper Plant - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk  

Finally, I sowed some wild flower seeds, which I've had since last year, just to see what happens!

In addition to tender citrus and olive, which should be right at home in our South-facing conservatory, I'd also really like some succulents. I've seen some great ideas on Pinterest recently and I'm particularly taken with this wonderful succulent birdcage, by Lucy over at Craftberry Bush.

How to plant succulents in a birdcage - www.craftberrybush.com

How to plant succulents in a birdcage - www.craftberrybush.com

All I need are some succulents.

And a birdcage.

And a great chair.

OneandSeventy's new Garden room is still very much a work in progress, but I'm pretty pleased with it so far.

Conservatory/Garden Room mini makeover - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

I feel another garden centre trip coming on.

Oh dear.

A hui hou,

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