Day #9: Sagebrush Window Basket

Day #9 in the 31 Days of Thrifty Fall Decor series.

Today’s Topic: Sagebrush Window Baskets

This little playhouse can be a sad little playhouse.

It sits on the side of our yard, and is cast the roll of “storage playhouse”, housing our toys, hoses and sprinklers.

Last summer I gave it a little updating and added some fake flowers…..I know, (gasp)!

Here’s what they are looking like a year and a half later.

Just for the record, I’m not a fake flower fan.

It is just that I live in the desert, and the thought of dragging a hose out to the playhouse to water real flowers everyday sounded overwhelming on top of all the other things I had to do. I figured people really only saw the playhouse at a distance, and the kids that played in it wouldn’t care.

So it sat, and sat with faded, fake flowers for months…..

and now that it’s fall, and we’re selling the house, and I decided to finally “spruce up” that playhouse,

I had to decided what to do with those flower baskets.

I even looked for more “fake-ness” at the Dollar Store….

Maybe some fake leaves, or fake grasses….or something that I wouldn’t have to water and pay much for.

Then it dawned on me.

After collecting some sagebrush for my Sagebrush Basket post on Day #4,

I could add sagebrush to the flower baskets, for free, and it wouldn’t look “fake”!

So, that’s what I did, and I couldn’t be more happy with it.

It’s colorful and fall-ish, dries nicely and didn’t cost me a dime!

Are you doing anything “fall-ish” to your window boxes this year?

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  1. Okay that is the cutest playhouse ever I love how you brought it to life and added a touch of fall to it.

  2. What a perfect little playhouse! I walk past the blooming sage everyday on the way to the boys school now and I may have to pick some. Though it won’t look quite the same stuffed into the pot holes on the front of our Costco playhouse 🙂

  3. Oh my goodness, my daughter would die over that little house! It is precious! I love the sagebrush window boxes, they are perfect! Thanks for sharing with us again this week!

    • Thanks for hosting Jenny! I need to eventually fix up the inside….it’s somewhat of a storage shed at the moment, but has so much potential to be adorable for children.


  4. Hi Katie, oh my goodness! Adorable, sweet shed. I love the look, thank you so much for sharing.

    Have a good day, Nancy

    • Thanks Nancy. I eventually want to fix it up inside, as you probably read, it’s sort of a bunch of storage right now. But I do like fixing up it’s front porch! lol


  5. This is SO cute! I have to pin this:) We love having you at Whimsy Wednesday!
    Smart! School {House}

  6. What an adorable little house!! I always wanted a little place like this when I was a little girl!

  7. What a great idea. I’m going to have to remember this (since I live in the desert too)! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  8. oh – how i dream of owning a little house like this for my garden….it’s fantastic! xoxo

  9. Love using native plants.

  10. Beth Hylton says:

    I love your playhouse. I am looking to put one in my backyard. Did you have this custom made or did it come from a kit?

  11. They look great and that is one amazing playhouse!! I would love to move in there. 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
    Jenn 🙂

  12. Love that cute playhouse!! My grands would sure get a kick out of that. Never mind them, I’d love it for me.

  13. Hi Katie,
    Can I come over and play? Your little blue cottage is adorable. What a sweet retreat!

  14. So lovely! Saw you link up at a bunch of link parties. Would love if you linked up on my blog hop and add mine to your list Also let me know if you’d like to follow each other!

  15. It’s a really cute playhouse. 🙂 Good idea for the window boxes.

  16. It’s a nice play house. My husband has built a slide wooden house but it’s not as nice as this one


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