The Shed

The ShedShall we finally chat sheds? I’ve been too busy sitting all zen and peaceful in the bloody thing to get to writing this before now but I’ve been kicked out of it by a TARANTULA, so… #shedlife

Ever since I was a teeny tiny person, in a time before hygge was a word none of us could get our lips round, I dreamt of a snuggly little corner of the world just for me. A space I could hide away in with a teetering pile of books and my own company to while away the hours. And later to drink wine in, because, wine. I’ve just this second realised that it might be weird to drink wine in a shed in your garden on your own. No YOU have a problem, let’s move on.The Shed

The ShedAfter a small domestic about lawnmower storage and with my childhood dream in mind, I did a tiny excited wee when two Brummies showed up to erect (snort) the Southfork of sheds in the corner of the garden. It was my dream but the husband ordered the shed so it’s stupid big.  The Brummies also sat on the roof for a bit, chain smoking in the pouring rain. They were ace.

The ShedOnce it was up of course we stuck the lawnmower in it. Along with some manky old wellies and the barbecue. Classic shed.

The ShedAnd then.

And then.The ShedWith a week off in August and half a tin of Dulux Gentle Fawn burning a hole in the back of the thing we set about making my dream come true.  I don’t want to be *really* smug but it’s about a gazillion times better than I ever dreamt. It’s like Danish cosiness threw up all over it.

The ShedIt was a bog standard shed off of Ebay so first things first we softened it with some bargain laminate flooring from B&Q and a bit of muslin pinned to the ceiling. Fun story: I wanted to paint the ceiling too but when I went to buy another tin of paint, instead of taking it to the counter and paying for it, I decided to chuck it all over the floor of aisle four of B&Q and have been too scared to go back. I confessed FYI, don’t splatter and run kids. The Shed The rest of the paint went straight onto the wooden walls and looks all kinds of sexy and distressed. Ri’s frankly genius contribution was to cut a leaf print template from a sponge and make a bit of a feature with a couple of grey tester pots. I LOVE IT.The ShedA little sofa, a load of cheap and cheerful throws and an apple crate full of old jumpers, socks and wine make up most of the furniture. We chucked a little IKEA Billy in the corner to stash some of my favourite books and those I haven’t yet got round to reading on, ready for a winter hunker down. The ultimate first world problem was having to choose which books to take to the shed. *Whispers* sorry rejects, I love you all. The ShedThe photo on the wall is of Brixham, a fishing port a couple of towns over, and was gifted to us a long time ago. It was so huge that for the longest time it sat rolled up in a corner whilst we figured out what to do with it. IKEA to the rescue again with a mahoosive frame and now it looks a bit like a window with the best view in town.The ShedAnd that’s the shed. It’s everything child me ever wanted. There’s no TV (THAT was a fun chat) and the wifi doesn’t reach that far but it’s where Pete and I spend half our waking time. Betty’s not quite ok yet with me being at the other end of her kingdom to the husband – she’s a lover not a fighter – so she sits at the back door giving me stink eye. The neighbours probably also think we’re heading for divorce but I don’t think I could be happier. So Insta, very pinterest, much hygge.

The ShedThis feels like my greatest adulting achievement to date and I’ve successfully shepherded two step-teens to adulthood and changed my career at the ripe old age of thirty.

Where Stuff’s From

Laminate – B&Q 

Sofa – IKEA 

Billy Bookcase – IKEA

Dark Grey and White Throws / Light Grey Striped Throw – IKEA

Orange Throw / Apple Crate – The Range, cant find them online so you’ll have to brave the shop. Good luck and god speed.

Faux Hydrangea / Jug  – The Range

Printed Fleece Throw of Dreams – Matalan, try to get under it and NOT fall asleep. Go on, try it.

p.s. sorry for the crappy iPhone photography, the husband broke my camera lens and it turns out we bought insurance for the seventy quid coffee machine but not my super awesome (read: expensive) camera. Lol.

p.p.s. I think it’s done. I might get a kettle in there. And maybe a small fridge for milk *cough* white wine *cough*. Any other suggestions?

The Shed

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The Shed

The Shed

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  • char

    Ahh, it’s fabulous! My allotment shed has some potential, perhaps…

  • Appreciate the Day

    uunnnghhhhhhhh that’s the only sound I can manage I’m afraid. I’m a little in love and massively jealous and think the leaves are a great addition. xx

  • Laura Meredith

    AHH your shed is AMAZING! I love all of the throws and the leaf print and fairy light just finish it off! I need to move house now so I have a garden big enough to fit a shed for me & Willow to spend every day in!
    Laura xx

  • This looks incredible and has just given me so many *ideas*! Hehe Also love the write up – made me laugh out loud as always.
    X
    http://thecornishlife.co.uk

  • I want a shed! I mean I don’t have a house or a garden, and I currently live alone in my flat so don’t really NEED a shed! But I WANT one. My dad also has a shed. Well actually they are multiple sheds he was converted together to make the ultimate long shed, that currently sits along one side of the house, but no doubt one day will engulf the whole garden. At least when I have space for said shed, I know who to call! Stephie xx

    http://www.acupofcreative.co.uk

  • I need a shed! I love it so so much, what a gorgeous space and I love the idea of having somewhere to escape to!

  • reneejessome

    So awesome!! I want one!

    Renee | Life After Lux

  • Oh wowzer, this is beautful! If I had a garden I would be recreating your shed idea all the way for a sneaky outside office

    Mel ★ http://www.meleaglestone.co.uk

  • I love it! It’s perfect, and what a place to escape and get some you time. Absolutely adore the leaf prints too – what an idea!! One day I dream to have a “She-Shed” as I’ve previously known them as, just like you!

    Suitcase and Sandals Blog XXX

  • Oh my goodness. I want that shed. It’s all kinds of beautiful and cosiness. Can you put a magic duplicate spell on it and ship it to me please? I’ll send wine xx

  • Stephanie Dreams

    Love love love! I just adore this and am rather jealous of this gorgeous space you’ve created #shedenvy

    Love Stephanie Dreams

  • It’s so pretty I want a shed like that now 😀

    franalibi.blogspot.co.uk

  • Sheridan Grady

    omg!! SO jealous, it looks perfect! x

    http://www.shayholly.co.uk

  • amelia may

    It looks wonderful! A real sanctuary! Xx

    Best wishes.

    Keep Calm and start writing –
    http://www.millymayamelia.com
    23millymay25.blogspot.co.uk

  • Elaine Browne

    I have a shed just like this for my craft stuff and somewhere to go when i need space to be on my own8

  • Ami

    I absolutely love it, it’s brilliant! I used to love my Wendy house when I was little. My brother and I had the genius idea of colouring it in with giant chalks but we got bored after the first panel so stopped.

    Really funny post! x

  • It looks so amazing! I can’t wait to get into our home as we have a shed which I have big plans for. I did a little wee of excitement when I found out that it had electricity!! Oh yes! Thanks for all the fab inspiration and a hilarious story about spilling paint on the floor. S xo

  • Oh this is bloody beautiful Michelle! I really want one, right now. I’d turn it into a sewing cave. Ha laughed at the story about the paint. Thanks for sharing!

  • It looks totally brilliant! What an epic idea and it turned out so well. I love the print on the wall!

  • Oh my goodness! What a gorgeous space. Can I move in?! You definitely have all the essentials sorted 😉 xxx

  • Steve Fursland

    Definitely is cool and could be converted to an amazing Man Cave.

  • Oh my I have fallen in love… with a shed! This is the dreamiest scene i have possibly ever seen. AAAH! <3

    Bumble and Be

  • You literally took the words out my mouth!

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  • Bethan

    Wow, this looks amazing! The perfect place to relax and read, you’ve done such a great job decorating it! xx

    http://www.bethanlikes.com

  • Michelle I think I want a shed. No I NEED a shed…Not even joking I actually looked around my living room thinking hmmm could I do a similar thing and make this like a shed?! WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO ME?!

    xx

    24hoursintoday.com

  • That looks so warm and cosy – wish I had space for a shed.

    http://lizziedailyblog.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Oh my, this is the ultimate in goals – like a room of one’s own. Mine would need a prosecco fridge and many many big comfy blankets in it. My only questions is … how do you make it spider proof?

    C xx
    CurvyGirlThin.com

  • Cat

    Oh Michelle, it’s absolutely gorgeous! I saved this post up so that I could enjoy it with a relaxed weekend breakfast rather than reading it in a hurry on the train to work and I am SO pleased that I did! It’s the epitome of all things cosy and perfect timing, with everything getting cooler and the nights drawing in – hygge times ahead. Love it xx

  • Looking good. Like it a lot.

    Maybe a little portable heater for the winter? To keep your toes warm whilst you read? That might come in handy. I’d probably also want somewhere to keep snacks, a biscuit tin maybe?

  • So much shed envy! Love the leaf detail and the muslin. It looks so cosy x

  • Katie

    Ooh it’s adorable… Like an Enid Blyton adventure and a hot water bottle all rolled into one. Three cheers for blankets, wine and hibernating with a good book xxx

  • Amy

    Ooh I’m so jealous, it looks beautiful!

  • Lucy Lees

    Ah wow, I’ve always wanted a cosy little shed also *one day one day*. You’ve done a fab job. I feel inspired, thanks for sharing!
    Life inside the Locket

  • littlemidge83

    One day we will meet Michelle, and I know we’ll get on! “The Brummies also sat on the roof for a bit, chain smoking in the pouring rain. They were ace.” made me chuckle out loud in the office.
    Gorgeous work and very chuffed for you! x x

  • when can I move in? I’ll bring wine, promise.

    K.

  • Oh Michelle. OH MICHELLE. Can I move in please? I’m only small. You won’t even notice I’m there. (Except for the missing wine. Soz.) xxx

  • YAAAYYY! It looks amazing! You might need a sofa bed and bunk beds for all the people planning to move into your cosy shed 😉 I can’t wait to do this one day! xo

    Amber Love Blog

  • Emma Bearman

    Oh my! The shed looks amazing! perfect for those cosy autumn evenings.
    Emma & Alfie xox
    http://www.alfiebear.com