February 26, 2015

The Next Room to Get the Martha Touch

There is one last space in the building we call the Gym Garage that we are finally turning into something useful. It has been used for years as a storage space, but as you know from several earlier blogs, a lot is going on with “storage” at the farm, and as the organizing bug has bitten me badly during this terrible cold, cold spell, so has the “decorating bug.” In the next month or so, you will be seeing some painting refreshing, some new decorations, some newly restored pieces of furniture, and some new spaces created out of older, less useful rooms and places on the property.

Since we have reordered the “headhouse” of the big greenhouse, the place where gardeners traditionally sow seeds, plant seedlings and cuttings, and prepare orders and talk to vendors, we have discovered that there was no longer room to store the growing Gardeners’ Library of research books, no where to store little used tools, seeds, and fine planting pots.

Right across the main driveway from the greenhouse is a long two-story building called the Gym Garage. On the second floor is my wonderful gym, a gift from my daughter Alexis, where I try to work out several times a week. On the ground floor are two bathrooms for visitors, garden guests, and others; a two-car garage; and a very well-organized DIY homekeeping room, stocked with tools, and everything one needs for minor home repairs and picture hanging and packing and shipping. The last available space is also on the ground floor, and once was used to house the goats of Mrs. Sharp, the former owner. It is a perfect heated space for the Garden Office and Library.

Enjoy the "before" photos. More to come as the room is transformed into a much more useful and practical area.