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JUL-AUG 2019

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34 | J U LY/A U G U S T 2 0 1 9 FRESH STYLE I entertain When friends hosted dinner in a rustic potting shed with twilight views of the marsh and an extravagant table, the mood was magic Written and photographed by SUSAN SULLY Island Folly IDSUMMER'S EVE has long been a time for savoring the season's bounty while celebrating the longest day of the year. For St. Simons Island, Georgia, residents Judy and Jack Powell, the date also happened to coincide with the completion of their new guesthouse and potting shed. "I thought it would be fun to mark the occasion by inviting guests over for drinks on the porch and then surprise them by serving dinner in the shed," Judy said. A garden folly as well as a functional structure, the Powells' shed looks inviting from the start. "When you drive up to the property, it resembles a carriage house," says architect John Shackelford, whose inspiration for the design came from early Coastal Georgia architecture. Like a carriage house, the shed has an aligned pair of wide openings equipped with strap-hinge doors and windows with wrought-iron grates. Walls of reclaimed local brick, thickly slathered mortar, and tabby hark back to the handmade materials coastal settlers used for their houses and dependencies. Only the skylight hints of modern design. Neither architect nor client envisioned the shed as an entertaining destination, but its location steps away from the guesthouse kitchen, view of the marsh, and M TOP: For this breezy guesthouse in St. Simons Island, Georgia, architect John Shackelford combined West Indian elements such as a deep veranda with lattice columns and vernacular Coastal Georgia style. BOTTOM: Built of reclaimed brick, the adjoining potting shed resembles the ruins of an antique carriage house.

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