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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Gypsy Caravans, Shepherd Huts and Tin Tabernacles Oh My!

Welcome to the June Garden Party With Friends.

We have had several weeks of continual thunderstorms in my neck of the woods. It’s a bit frustrating as overcast skies do not make fine friends when trying to shoot design photography. But I don’t want to dwell on the lack of sun.

Recently my good blogging friend Becky recommended a fabulous, new to me, website that has had me dreaming of a summer that does not include building an ark.

It is called Period Living and it covers the homes and gardens of Britain.

A recent article featured outdoor garden rooms. They included so many charming spaces that I just had to share a few.

The article included traditional green house and conservatory type spaces that England is famous for.

John Lewis Crane FSC certified Scandinavian redwood round pavilion summerhouse

But it was the Shepherd’s Huts that really captured my fancy.


In days of old shepherds guarding their flocks designed mobile shelters that could easily be moved to follow the animals.


This hut has a rustic country styled interior.

I adore the bucolic scene painted on the ceiling.

If you desire something a bit more clean what about a Scandinavian styled interior?

Scandinavian hut:

Yes to a Dutch door!

One wagon has even been converted into a mobile picture palace that shows classic films. You can read more about it HERE.

Of course I couldn’t help but be charmed by the tin tabernacles as well.


They are like enchanting playhouses for adults.

Interior of a Love Lane Caravan from

 More charming styles can be seen HERE.

I think perhaps I might need a few acres because I adore the Gypsy Caravans too.


Who else wants one?


Please join us and link up your own glorious garden ideas!


Eilis said...

What absolutely unique and charming little spaces these are! I remember seeing gypsy caravans like the one pictured when my family brought me to visit Ireland as a kid. I was fascinated by them. It was forty years ago and they were in actual use as traveling homes for families.

Burlap Luxe said...

I so want one...i did a post on caravans years ago, and have loved them ever sence.
I have a friend who has one in her yard and it's like a whole garden yard experiance entering this magical place.
Love your post, see you soon.


bobbie said...

I've always wanted a Gypsy Caravan! All of your finds are spectacular!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

I truly do want one, and I would place it in the mountains so I could escape the Texas Summers!

Cecilia Bramhall said...

Me! I want one! How cute would that be as a guest house? Love!

BloggyMom said...

Those are great!! Love the caravans... would make great guest quarters or for glamping.

Carole West said...

How fun and I like the detail that each one offers. I've seen a bunch of she shed's lately that seem to be rather popular. We're actually getting ready to go "Tiny House Living" We're excited about it.

Carole @ Garden Up Green

lynn cockrell said...

Every one of those little outdoor spaces is wonderful. I have to admit the Gypsy Caravan and Shepherd's Hut are my favorites. Both appeal to my nomadic heart. I would love to have one for a craft hideaway!

Art and Sand said...

What a fun post.

I love the caravans and all the fun ways they are decorated.

Pamela Rosenberg said...

What a fantastic post and such beautiful pictures. Who wouldn't want to have a spectacular place like that to go read, create or dream. I would love any one of those charming getaways for a blogging and art studio. Love it. Thanks for hosting.

Sarah said...

Oh, what fun it would be to have one of these. Thanks for sharing!

Stacey said...

Oh my goodness, these are fun! Doesn't every girl dream of another place to play house? I sure do. :)

Laura said...

This is so interesting Laura-i
I had never heard of shepherd's huts.
I think I need one.

Pondside said...

A friend in Wales has just such a shepherd's hut. She has decked it out in the loveliest way and even has a tiny wood-burning stove in it. It is the perfect bolt hole for reading and writing.

Jann Olson said...

Me, me, I want one! Wouldn't hubby and I have fun traveling about in one after he retires next year? Don't think it will happen, but a girl can dream. :) Guess I'll have to settle for the Dutch door that I got on my newly built she shed.

My Painted Garden said...

Thank you for sharing the adorable caravans - I would love to have one in my garden. Have a lovely day. Erin

Lynn Bean said...

What unique spaces! I love them all. thanks so much for sharing and have a beautiful week, Lynn

Manu said...

These caravans are so cute! Thanks for sharing!
Have a nice day

Daniela said...

This post is truly amazing, I do love garden sheds, in every style, but restored caravans are so very charming to me !

I'm very sorry for not to have been able to prepare a post to link up here, at your so lovely garden party of this month ... I'm so very busy and overwhelmed, lately, I must seriously think about an interlude, alas !

That's why, hoping not to bore to you, I thought to share a post which isn't new to you, but that's the only way I have to participate !

Thank you for your patience, and look after your health, dearie, take care !

Sending much, so much love

Xxx Dany

Miz Helen said...

Hi Laura,
I adore your Gypsy Caravans and like you I want one! I am pinning your awesome post to my Tiny House Board. Hope you have a lovely day and thanks so much for sharing!
Miz Helen

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Laura, I sure wish I had room for one of these charming spaces in my yard. Love a dutch door and do have one between my kitchen and store room. Thanks for sharing and all the inspiration these darling spaces give. Have a great week. xo

Leslie Anne Tarabella said...

Oh, to have my childhood playhouse again! Thanks for the pretty photos and link to the blog.

The Charm of Home said...

Laura, I want one. I have loved these for a long time. But, it is a dream, lol.
Thanks for hosting!

Christine said...

Yes! I would love to have a Hut, Caravan, mobile shelter or playhouse!
These are very livable.

How are you feeling? Been praying for you.

bj said...

The very first one is my favorite...

TheSingingBird said...
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TheSingingBird said...

Hello dear Laura, gentle hugs to you as I am just catching up, and prayers for a very healthy back and overall good health! Please take very good care of yourself. xo

Thank you for directing us all to the caravans as well! I love them and had not seen this article yet! :)
Becky xo

Auntie Em said...

They are so charming and pretty to look at but I bet those things are very hot and uncomfortable in the heat of summer. Not an A/C in site! lol
I am just not a camper. I applaud anyone who is brave enough to face the insects and weather (good and bad) and wild critters of the great outdoors...not to mention the lack of civilized facilities with hot and cold running water! (Yes,I am spoiled. hahaha)
Hope you are feeling better and not stuck in bed in pain. Don't overdo by building a caravan in the next few weeks! :)

Simply LKJ said...

What wonderful places! So unique.

GSGreatEscaper said...

Dear Laura, think you would like the blog post above about the kennels of an English Country home which were so large and luxurious that they have been converted into a terribly chi-chi (and expensive) holiday rental. Hope your back is continuing to improve, keep taking it easy.


Creations By Cindy said...

Oh my goodness Laura! I love them all! I would be in hog heaven with any of those! Hugs and blessings, Cindy