Monday, October 13, 2014

The New Jungle Hut

Enough of reminiscing, here it is, the new Jungle Hut!

Jungle Hut at Alternative Eden

Time flies so fast and it doesn't feel such a long time ago when we had to do these chores first, last May to be specific...

The sides have to blend in with the garden
Barenaked wood but not looking too bad as is. Twinkles inspecting the work
Clear lacquer on to the ceiling as we like the bare wood look here
But not on this one
It was surprisingly difficult to find a lime green paint for use on external wood, from memory I think we spent an entire day looking for it but we finally managed to. Also we had some hesitations at first if lime green would look good against different shades of brown the rest of the woodwork will be so.

Think tropical colours I was saying (lime green against dark wood, or a coconut shell)? And then I remembered the Coconut song...


She put de lime in de coconut, she drank them bot up...

Yep, I think it will work so lime green it was! After several coats of paint, positioning the furniture, and putting on the accessories later here it is now:

Jungle Hut at Alternative Eden

Jungle Hut at Alternative Eden


Tropical Mondial - we decided to continue with the tropical theme as it was before but instead of imbibing a look pertaining to a particular part of the world we decided to go non specific this time. Afterall the tropics does circle the globe. So no African masks, Buddha heads, Australian lizards, or other items  that are specific to a continent or country this time.

We reinforced the tropical theme by using bright tropical colours against dark brown ones.


I thought it was a bit ironic at first to put candles in here but they are great to use when it starts to get dark and we're still hanging around in here.




Sorry Twinkles, not real I'm afraid





It's a great place to relax and unwind, especially at the end of a gardening day. The views from here aren't too bad either.




The new jungle hut has a deeper veranda compared to the old one hence the arrangement of the chairs is much better. Also the feel is much improved as there's more space to play with. The old jungle hut had bamboo balustrading which made it look quite unique and it was carried over to this new one. Fortunately we still had loads of spare bamboo poles left and they were used together with most of the old ones. And it's nice to know too that bits of the old jungle hut lives on with the new one.




Really pleased with the end result and looking forward to years and years of relaxing in it during the warmer months!

Mark :-)

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  1. It looks fab! It also looked like it took a lot of work, but it was really worth it. A holiday destination in your garden. Perfect!

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    1. Thanks Sarah! It took lots of painting again but was well worth the effort in the end :)

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  2. It's so tropical you could almost forget where you are. The lime green works great in the setting.
    Nice work on making it even better than before.

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    1. Thanks Shirley! Even on rainy days it's a nice place to hang out and we're really pleased with the result.

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  3. Gary and Mark you've done it again absolutely fabulous all the colours are great it loks stunning well done

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    1. That's lovely to hear Carol, thank you :)

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  4. One word: PERFECTION. If I could clone it right here in my backyard, I would--without making a single change. You've really outdone yourself!

    I'd love to see what's inside though. Can we have a peek?

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    1. Thanks Gerhard :) a jungle hut or something similar would look great in your garden, and decorated with lots of spikies too!

      Sure you can have a peek :) will post pics of it soon but theres not much in it really as its used mainly for storage.

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  5. The lime green is divine! I'm betting there will be a lot of copy cat usage of this color in the near future. Perhaps Pantone should come to you for color predictions.

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    1. Thanks Ricki, that'll be fun if they did! :)

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  6. Looks ab fab. One of the many good things as a result of that horrid fire.

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  7. It's beautiful and is so nicely decorated! I loved the old Jungle Hut but this is also wonderful but so different!

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    1. Thanks Peter! Really pleased with what we have now. A lot different from before so there's variety there but the bamboo balustrades are nice tie in to its past :)

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  8. I absolutely adore your new jungle hut! All those bright colors with the natural wood work fabulously together.

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  9. It's wonderful. I love the colour scheme. Also couldn't help but notice the candles. They are great décor but would also make it such a magical place on a warm summer evening.

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    1. Thanks Missy! Love the candles, so atmospheric and relaxing lit up whilst we're still hanging out in there and it starts to get dark already. Helps extends the time we get to spend in the veranda.

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  10. At last, the reveal! It's wonderful. I love the lime green color and your accents are perfect. At what time do you serve the margaritas?

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    1. Thanks Kris :) in the early evening just before dinner!

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  11. Yellow green and dark brown are a winning combination in my book! I love it. The fabric on the doors kicks things up a notch too. I have to admit the candles kind of sent a shiver up my spine but you guys know what you're doing. Like Gerhard I wanted to see inside, glad to know well get a peek soon.

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    1. Thanks Loree, and I'm glad you noticed the fabric! They are actually four panels, all different but same material within the colour scheme :) They're only there for the summer but as soon as we start shifting plants back in we'll take them off to let more light in during the winter.

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  12. What an amazing job you guys have done. It looks so inviting and relaxing. The colours all work really well. I think I will have that song in my head for the rest of the afternoon now (but I don't know any more lyrics so that one line will be repeating) and wishing I was kicking back with a drink in hand :)

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    1. Thanks Amy! It's such a fun song and even better with a drink in hand :))

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  13. Wow! What a great place to chillax! I love your paint colors, especially the lime green. And the little decorating touches, the fabric, vases and candles tying it all together...just perfect!

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    1. That's lovely Laurin, thank you :) we're really pleased with the result

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  14. It´s great!!!!! bravo!!! I love how it looks! well...the good thing about losing something is to replace it with something better! (although the old jungle hut was difficult to improve ;)

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    1. Thanks Lisa, and that's true :) although we're really pleased with the replacement as well

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  15. Now that is what I call a well dressed hut! Love the colour pops from the lime green wall and all this cushions and mosaic vases. It really does look like the perfect place to sit and have a drink of an evening, admiring the surrounding jungle. Fabulous!

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    1. Great to hear Janet, many thanks :) have find memories of spending early evenings relaxing there already

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  16. Stunning, absolutely stunning! Have you thought about a 2nd career in interior design? I love the jars and the wire candle holders, can I ask where you got them from please?

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    1. Thanks Libby :) interior design sounds, just not sure yet if taking the plunge to be in it is good at the moment. The wire candle holders we got from Camden market

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  17. It looks great and I see you've made good out of a bad situation by taking the opportunity to improve on the old jungle hut :)

    I love the shot of lime you've used throughout - those dashes of lime are one of my great memories from visiting Loree's garden.

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    1. Thanks Michelle! That was it, out of the bad situation something good came out of it and we took the chance to improve from the old one :) lime green - such a cheerful colour that should be used more often

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  18. Hot, hot, hot! It looks brilliant guys and how lovely that you could incorporate some of the old into the new hut. Wishing you many happy hours of relaxation.

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    1. Thank you Anna, and so looking forward to hours of relaxation in it over the coming years :)

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  19. Hello, thank you sharing your yard with is, it has been cool to watch it grow over the last few years. What is the name of the plant in photo #20 with the large, dark green leaves (the one under the Firmiana)?

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    1. Thank you! I think that one is Viburnum cylindricum :)

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  20. Wonderful! I love the tropical colors and lime green/dark brown combination. I particularly like the mosaic jars and the carved thingies (not sure what to call them) that includes the snake! Your hut looks like a great place to spend a vacation or to dream of one.

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    1. Thanks Debs :) We do get a sense of escapism when we hang out in there

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  21. Oh my gosh you should call this the Heaven Hut! Because that is what it is. Pure heaven. I love it of course. The colors are intense and beautiful and go together so well. Even the adornments are wonderful! Great job!

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    1. That's lovely to hear Candice, thank you! :)

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  22. It looks great guys. Enjoy it. Well done!

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