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You don’t need an actual shed to carve out a space of your own. From disused rooms and garages to cupboards and even boats, these women have used imagination and flair to create their own personal sanctuaries
HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN SHE SHED SPACE
“Your heart should sing when you approach. It’s your sanctuary, a little piece of paradise,” says interior therapist Ash Appleton from An African Eye. Here are her top tips for creating your own den of escapism:
Ensure the space meets your needs. This means being very clear on the intended purpose. Will you be concentrating/ relaxing/meditating/ entertaining? Does it need to be multi-purpose? Will it be used all year round?
There should be a relationship to the rest of the house so it doesn’t look and feel awkward, otherwise you won’t be encouraged to use it. Think about either echoing or contrasting the design.
Enhance wellbeing by bringing the outside in. Maximise sunlight and views, use natural textures like wood, bamboo, jute, sisal, wool, cork and stone, as well as lots of plants.
Increase internal space with multi-functional furniture and storage. Cramped, awkward, messy spaces are stressful.
Aim for a lighter footprint. Minimise clutter. Only display beautiful and meaningful objects that you love. If they are useful and ugly, conceal them.
Tell your story. Express yourself. This space should be an opportunity to say something about who you are, your heritage, what you love and where you live, without apology. Display art. Don’t take the space too seriously. Be irreverent.
Aim for longevity. Avoid interior trends that you’re likely to tire of quickly. This takes the pressure off keeping up. Source furniture and fittings sustainably and upcycle. Caring for the environment and using our hands to make and look after has proven mental health benefits.
Focus on designing a space aimed at helping you to consume less and create more. A destination for fostering curiosity, self-discovery and self-care.
Words: Lara Kilner
Additional research: Sandra Walsh