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She Sheds Style: a Quarto Publishing Group – Cool Springs Press book review

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She Sheds Style Cover

If you have ever dreamed of having a small, quiet space to call your own, you are going to love She Sheds Style by Erika Kotite. When I first saw this cover, I was hoping for a book that would transport me with some beautiful pictures to look at and imagine. Yes, this book has beautiful photos, but it also contains so much more! This book is full of projects that you can do to and within your she sheds style. These projects are within the grasp of people without a construction background, and they will give you the confidence to keep growing with your dream space.

Who needs a she shed? Honestly I believe all of us do – but they list out ideas for; artists, gardeners, people who need an extra room, home offices, social space, even a writing get away. So now that you know a She Shed is in your future, let’s take a look at these incredible spaces.

You can start with a Kit Shed, think of a shed you would find at a hardware store made for tool storage. Starting with that structure, you can make it into a space for your specific goals. Or maybe starting with a greenhouse structure would fit your goals for light and airy even better. Here are some ideas they suggest for using a preexisting structure.

She Sheds Style Enhancements

  • Change out the windows
  • Invest in a great door
  • Upgrade the trim
  • Install a custom floor
  • Add exciting siding
  • Install built in shelving
  • Add window dressings

That is only the beginning! Knowing that these small homes have a special scale to consider for materials such as trims, this book walks you through ideas to concept all the way through building it yourself. You get pros and cons on materials such as using wood vs metal. Windows are called out for a variety of ideas to make your she sheds style as inviting and airy as your choose.

Plow & Hearth
Next you get into the interior elements of your space and the fun really begins. You will explore walls and dividers, alcoves, built-in shelving, drop down tabletops, lofts, there are so many fun ideas to explore. One of the projects that this book includes is a Drop-Down Bar where a section of wall flips outside to create a new usable space for social gatherings. They provide complete instructions from tools and supplies to how to complete the project yourself.

Concerned that you are not artistic enough to make a beautiful structure, there is even a chapter on understanding color to help you pick out a beautiful palette.  Once you are comfortable with that, you can move on to decorative paint techniques to make your personal masterpiece. There is even a call out box to give you some Feng Shui Tips  which I found very interesting.

Going beyond the shed itself, there are even sections on choosing the right furnishings, whether you want a place to lounge or to be seated. This book will give you ideas, and lots more projects to consider in this section too. Whether you are ready to jump into making your she shed, or if you are just considering the possibility, this book will get you started in the right direction. I hope you have a fun journey!

If you have your own She Shed, we’d love to see pictures of it below in the comments.

Disclosure:  Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group – Cool Springs Press for providing me with a complimentary copy of this e-book for review purposes.  No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.

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