In the South London backyard of a grand brick house sits a shingled one-room cottage. It feels like a secret clubhouse, peeping out from behind the flower beds.
The summerhouse, not far from Wandsworth Common, was spotted by Julie via Light Locations a few summers back. It's still one of our all-time favorite outbuildings:
Photography via Light Locations.
Above: Sets of double doors on two walls swing open to help obliterate the boundary between outdoors and in.
Above: Beds of perennials and a potted olive tree bring the garden onto the deck.
Above: Unfitted cabinetry, whitewashed walls, and a glossy painted floor make the kitchen feel as if it's on vacation, too.
Above: Twin skylights keep the inside bright even when it's cloudy outside.
Above: With all the doors thrown wide open, the summerhouse's interior becomes a natural extension of the garden.
Above: Meals are taken on the deck, which means less furniture is needed indoors.
Above: Picnic benches and a slingback chair strike stylishly casual notes.
Above: Tiered flower beds cleverly keep the garden at eye level when you're up on the deck.
Above: At the other end of the lawn is a stately brick house with a Victorian conservatory.
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