In the Potting Shed: A New Pair of Chippy Shutters and Camellias


I found a pair of chippy green shutters at a favorite antique mall a couple of weeks ago, and loved the patina and texture of the old paint when I spied them. I bought them knowing I would use them in my Potting Shed but not exactly sure where.


I decided to hang them to frame the window shelf that provides a little area to play with flowers that changes by the season or with what’s in bloom. . .


Bachelor Buttons






Black-eyed Susan


The green color provides some contrast and texture against the white walls and the shutter slats provide a surface for hanging.


I hung some transferware plates to provide some temporary blooms. . .


A Garden Bouquet from Johnson Brothers and a basket of flowers from Clarice Cliff Charlotte. . .


Camellias have been blooming for a couple of weeks and provide a vibrant pop of pink, filling a transferware pitcher, creamer and watering can.






A salvaged rake head hangs on one shutter, aflutter with butterfly magnets and postcard. . .


And provides a little whimsy blooming with a Camellia.









Hope you’re enjoying some early spring blooms where you are!


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  50 comments for “In the Potting Shed: A New Pair of Chippy Shutters and Camellias

  1. Melinda
    March 6, 2017 at 8:55 am

    This is such a beautiful post! I love all the plates – it takes me back to many memories with my family growing up – Many of the same patterns were used by my mother or aunts! Thank you for all you share.

  2. Jacki Salinas
    March 6, 2017 at 8:57 am

    I think your blog is my favorite – all your great vignettes just make my heart so happy 😊

  3. Karen
    March 6, 2017 at 9:02 am

    You are so darn talented,what vision you have! Your potting shed is beautiful🌺

  4. March 6, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Love the shutters…need to make a trip to the Depot soon!….I think my hubby has an upcoming tournament in Lake Norman…thanks for all of the most beautiful Spring inspiration….breathtaking as always. Have a great day Mary!

  5. Jamie from Kentucky
    March 6, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Your pics are lovely. I so enjoy scrolling though and getting excited about the coming season as well as getting new ideas for my home displays ( I don’t have a potting shed but I pretend….) Your post makes me smile. Have a good day and please keep sharing!!!

  6. March 6, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Beautiful…love, love, love

  7. March 6, 2017 at 9:16 am


  8. Boni
    March 6, 2017 at 9:18 am

    So beautiful ! Loved all of the dishes and flowers. Warms up a cold winters day ! Thank you!

  9. Roxanne
    March 6, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Beautiful, happy vignettes to brighten our gloomy day over in Clemson!

  10. March 6, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Such a feast for the eyes and soul today. I’m loving all the flowers and your collections.

  11. March 6, 2017 at 9:38 am

    What a perfectly fabulous addition to your potting shed Mary! Oh the things you will hang here! The bloom adored rake is the cutest thing, such happiness and fun! Monday smiles 😊

  12. Cyndi Raines
    March 6, 2017 at 9:41 am

    How awesome that the shutters were just the size for the window! Love how you attached the plates and the rake. The little statue is perfect! Very pretty Mary.

  13. Ellen
    March 6, 2017 at 9:44 am

    The shutters are a magnificent addition to the Potting Shed window and the camellias are gorgeous! I can’t believe that you have flowers blooming already. Thank-you for brightening a cold day in New England. Your photos are always beautiful and the Potting Shed is never less than spectacular!!

  14. March 6, 2017 at 9:46 am

    I wish we could grow camelias here, they are SO beautiful. The shutters are perfect. Have a beautiful day, Mary.

  15. Linda L
    March 6, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Well your post certainly helped chase away the “Monday blues.” Just one lovely photo after another. Loving the green shutters. They really add to the space.

  16. Becky
    March 6, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Just gorgeous, as usual. Your posts always make my day.

  17. Peyton
    March 6, 2017 at 9:51 am

    I’ve been following you since we moved to Asheville 2 years ago. A fellow North Carolinian, and so talented you are!
    Where in the world did you find Peonies this time of year? Perhaps a florist? I need some to recreate an arrangement I saw recently in a catalogue. Thanks.

    P. S. Your tablescapes inspire me! :)

    • March 6, 2017 at 11:16 am

      Thank you Peyton, Our peonies bloom around the first of May. All the flowers highlighted in green are links to previous posts :)

  18. Carol
    March 6, 2017 at 9:51 am

    How can anything be more beautiful? This post will keep me smiling all day long and then some.

    What is the name of your favorite antiquing place? ( My son lives in your area and I’m not too far down the road).

  19. Linda
    March 6, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Monday morning natural vitamins…..❤️❤️

  20. Melodie Strickland
    March 6, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Love your potting shed–especially the wisteria! My husband was the gardener and his legacy to me are the roses, peonies, daffodils, and hyacinths he had planted. Unfortunately the cold weather has hurt the hyacinths and daffodils.

  21. Linda Kemp
    March 6, 2017 at 11:11 am

    I love starting my day with you. It won’t be long before the wisteria is blooming :-)

  22. Sandi Allen
    March 6, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Love the chippy green shutters and your flowers are breath taking! The plates are Beautiful.

  23. franki
    March 6, 2017 at 11:35 am

    I had to smile…I have “chippy green shutters” with plates displayed on them as well…right next to the very same color camellias as you do…however..WHERE IS MY potting shed???!!?? franki

  24. March 6, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Your beautiful pictures in the Potting Shed has me wanting to redecorate my She Shed….lovely! Those chippy shutters fits the window with beauty! You are talented with an eye for decor!!

  25. Susie
    March 6, 2017 at 11:46 am

    The shutters are great, but I am in love with that beautiful, simple leaded glass window. I look for it as the backdrop in all your posts! Where did you find it?

  26. Jacqueline
    March 6, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Mary thank you so much for your beautiful cheerful photos today. We have gone from Spring like weather to waking up to snow and cold. My soul needed a lift andt there you are sending camellias. We can’t grow them in our Northern climate. Love the shutters another dimension of pretty interest for sure. I wait in great anticipation for your posts and you continually brighten my day Blessings.

  27. March 6, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Those shutters had your name and the potting shed written on them. No decision what so ever, lol. This is the time of year I am so jealous (green-aptly) of you wonderful Southern Folk, with everything blooming. Sigh, and we have another month of yugh! Sometimes, two. Love all the plates in this post, Sandi

  28. Ellen Stillabower
    March 6, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    This certainly brightened my day…rainy, icky day..but just looking at all the florals is uplifting…love, love the shutters and the dishes!!! Thanks for sharing..🌷❤💐🌿🦋🐝🌻🌺🌼🌸🌹

  29. March 6, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Ooooh, – your pics are so lovely – each and every single one is spring-deprived eye candy!

    Your shutters are perfect in that space by your awesome window.

    Well done, love love love all your color themed groupings – just gorgeous!!!

  30. Sue Bingeman
    March 6, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    I so enjoy your collections of vintage plates. The post was beautiful!

  31. March 6, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Don’t your new shutters fit and frame your window perfectly, Mary? All your blooming photos are so beautiful, but the camellias’ color is so vibrant and gorgeous. Thank you for the inspiration that you share.

  32. March 6, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    The shutters are perfect Mary! Love the little bunny that’s looking up…. and how often do you hear me say that about rabbits??? :@)

  33. March 6, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Truly lovely! I always eagerly await each new inspiration.

  34. Marion
    March 6, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Beautiful as usual.

  35. Joan
    March 6, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Everything is lovely.

  36. Marilyn
    March 6, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    You sure know how o display everything to perfection. Lovely to look at.

  37. Donna Rowe
    March 7, 2017 at 3:21 am

    Gorgeous, simply gorgeous

  38. March 7, 2017 at 7:04 am

    Love that shed, shutters, the dishes and flowers! I always pick up old shutters when I find them. I’ve never kept any of them, but they always sell well. Definitely some blooms here, but last weekend’s cold snap made my daffs fall over. I have the King Alfred variety – tall – still pretty, but the tulip magnolias in the neighborhood are toast. :/

  39. March 7, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Mary, the shutters were meant to be in your potting shed! I can imagine all of the beauty that will be showcased on them! Your camellias are stunning along with all of your beautiful transferware!

  40. March 7, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Such gorgeousness!! Love all the photos of the window displays. You do such a lovely job creating these wonderful vignettes!! One of my favorite blogs!!

  41. Lisa Ronan
    March 7, 2017 at 11:27 am

    I have gotta ask, where on Earth do you keep all your dishes??? That should be a post! Love it all-if you ever open a B&B sign me up!

  42. March 8, 2017 at 8:28 am

    These photos are so pretty, I had to scroll through them twice! Have a wonderful week, Mary.

  43. Peggy Bryant
    March 9, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Always enjoy your garden shed vignettes. I live in Maryland, so come on spring! Enjoy your day. Peggy

  44. March 9, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Whimsical and pretty, joy at every turn. The chippy shutters have found the most loving, magical home. The butterfly magnets are beyond cute.

  45. March 15, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    How pretty is all of your flower arrangements! Such a nice job you did with the styling. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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