Have you ever wanted a She Shed? I do!! It’s been a dream of mine for a few years now. It would be so awesome to have a separate space, away from the house where the animals and chores are always competing with writing for my time.
A Woman’s Huts and Hideaways by author, Gill Heriz features more than 40 beautiful spaces that are each unique and inviting. I always pictured a she shed to be a small shed or house-like structure but there are spaces in this book that I would never have been able to dream up. One woman made her personal retreat on a bus, another in an ice cream truck and one space is even in a really cute wagon (picture a wagon that a traveling salesman might have used hundreds of years ago). Though I fancy myself a pretty creative, think-outside-the-box kind of person, some of the spaces shown I could never have dreamed up in a million years!
My own she shed might be a pipe dream for now because my children still live at home and have needs, and as far as I’m concerned, their needs always come first, of course. Our oldest is graduated from high school and still lives at home, so she pretty much pays for all of her own stuff — cell phone, car insurance, gas, clothing, etc. But the younger two are teens, with one currently in braces and the other getting them on very soon. Braces aren’t cheap, by any measure, but I’d rather spend money on that than a she shed for myself. A lot of things the kids need (or want) make me feel that way. I know all you parents out there can understand that.
So, while a she shed isn’t in my immediate future, I can always dream and plan and design, right?
Here are a couple from the book that I think are pretty.
I love the simple, natural design of this she shed interior. I’d love to put a small desk in the corner right under that window so I could gaze out of it while writing for inspiration from the beautiful wooded area on our property where I’d place it. I love nature and this space feels like nature has been drawn inside of it with all the natural wood.
This one is much more elaborate with the stairs, deck and outdoor table. Not sure I love the color of the siding, but that’s what’s great about this book. I like the look and layout and it leaves so much room to dream about what colors or other minor touches I might add to a space like this to make it uniquely my own.
Gill Heriz presents another inspirational collection of women’s sheds and other small spaces. In A Woman’s Huts and Hideaways, each place has its own story, a reason for being, whether it’s somewhere to escape, to create, to work or just a place to “be”. A bespoke shed in an urban backyard, surrounded by pots of plants and flowers, serves as an isle of peace for its owner, Wendy. By the Waterside, Mary has built a beach hut on the coast, perched on stilts with a view out to the sea. Hidden away, in an enchanting wilderness in Norfolk, UK, is Janet and Sue’s Secret Garden. Here, there are three sheds: an old summerhouse full of light; a hide nestled in the bushes for watching the local wildlife; and a renovated wagon used as a base for recording their wildlife observations. In Portland, Oregon, Polly uses her inland boathouse as a Creative space for writing. From yurts to Airstreams, beach huts to mountain huts, these hideaways have one thing in common they are all inspirational spaces created by women, for women. Beautifully illustrated with photography by Nicolette Hallett, A Woman’s Huts and Hideaways takes the “she sheds” movement one step further, into all sorts of outdoor buildings and spaces.
If you are dreaming of your own little she shed space, A Woman’s Huts and Hideaways will be a great source of inspiration to help you to plan one for yourself.
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