Editor’s choice front cover photo Move over man-cave, here comes the she-shed

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It’s no sur­prise the lat­est trend for back­yard build­ings are ‘she-sheds’, as Aussies love back­yard DIY and women are no ex­cep­tion.

If men can have their man-caves, there is no rea­son women can’t have their own space to re­lax and un­wind too. Every­one de­serves to have their own oa­sis in which they can es­cape the busy fam­ily life, a pri­vate space to do a lit­tle art or cre­ative writ­ing or em­bark on a hobby.

If you have de­cided you need a she-shed then here are a few styling tips to help turn it into your ul­ti­mate back­yard bliss.

Style with shelves

If you’re a knick-knack lover, or sim­ply need a place to stash your ever-grow­ing book col­lec­tion, let your she-shed be the place to put them on dis­play.

There is some­thing beau­ti­ful about a wall full of mem­o­ries in the form of trin­kets and your favourite sto­ries, not to men­tion, you prob­a­bly haven’t been able to put them all on dis­play be­cause of sticky kid fin­gers or the fact that one swish of your dog’s tail could leave your break­ables in a heap on the floor.

Keep your space open and airy

Nat­u­ral light al­ways seems to pro­vide bursts of in­spi­ra­tion and brings re­newed en­ergy, which is why hav­ing lots of win­dows, or even a set of French doors, let­ting the light stream in can com­pletely trans­form your shed in to an oa­sis.

If you’re plan­ning to use your she-shed as an artist’s stu­dio or a yoga sanc­tu­ary, con­sider util­is­ing sky­lights. By up­grad­ing the stu­dio with sky­lights and adding large open doors and win­dows, it gives all the light needed to cre­ate a mas­ter­piece.

Cre­ate a gar­den oa­sis with win­dow bas­kets

Help your she-shed blend in with your back­yard land­scape with the ad­di­tion of beau­ti­ful flo­ral bas­kets hang­ing in the win­dows. Many women like to use their shesheds as a pot­ting and plant­ing workspace as well as give them­selves a cov­ered space to re­lax in among their cul­ti­vated gar­den.

Whether you add flower bas­kets un­der the win­dows or pot­ted plants along the steps lead­ing to your she-shed’s ve­ran­dah, there are plenty of ways to use beau­ti­ful blooms to style your new space.

Utilise built-in benches

Hav­ing a read­ing nook is by far one of the most pop­u­lar fea­tures women want in their she-shed. Whether it’s a chaise lounge with a lit­tle ta­ble or a big tufted chair with an ot­toman, you can cre­ate a read­ing nook in a num­ber of ways, but we love the idea of mar­ry­ing form and func­tion with built-in benches.

Cre­ate an L-shaped bench that frames a win­dow so you can soak up some sun while you read, and you can use the in­side of the bench for stor­age space.

Add your unique flair

When we are liv­ing in a house with our part­ners, kids and pets there is re­ally not a lot of space left solely for you.

That’s why your she-shed is the place to let loose with your style. Want a full-blown shabby chic cot­tage with frilly cur­tains and a flo­ral rug? Go for it! Want a bright yel­low gar­den­ing room with a big wash basin? It’s yours! Love an ori­en­tal theme? Ex­plore your tastes with the free­dom of hav­ing your own unique space to dec­o­rate ex­actly how you want it.

This is your place to go wild with the decor, make it to­tally your own and don’t worry about it match­ing with the rest of your house or be­ing any­one’s taste but yours.

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