WEL­COME TO THE CLUB­HOUSE

A mother and daugh­ter de­sign duo put their spin on the “she shed” and build a cus­tom­ized struc­ture with space to paint, cre­ate, and hang out with friends.

Do It Yourself - - Contents - WORDS BRENDA WEGNER PHO­TO­GRAPHS BRIE WIL­LIAMS STYLING AN­DREA CAUGHEY

A mother-daugh­ter duo pur­chase a pre­built shed and make it their own girl­friend get­away with DIYs and easy up­grades.

A SPOT TO CALL HER OWN QUITE POS­SI­BLY MADE ELISE PERSSON THE HAP­PI­EST PRE­TEEN IN TOWN.

With the base­ment taken over by Elise’s teenage brother (and his video games and friends), a shed in the back­yard be­came the go-to place for Elise’s artis­tic ac­tiv­i­ties and girl­friend gath­er­ings.

In­stead of build­ing the shed them­selves, An­ders and Angie Persson of Char­lotte pur­chased a pre­built shed from Sheds USA through Home De­pot. Af­ter se­lect­ing a model on­line and mak­ing sure it was avail­able in their area, Angie, an in­te­rior de­signer, cus­tom­ized the shed by choos­ing from a va­ri­ety of up­grades, such as the French doors that open out to wel­come fresh air yet al­low plenty of nat­u­ral light when closed.

Angie worked closely with a land­scaper to de­ter­mine how the shed would be in­cor­po­rated within their ex­ist­ing land­scape. The Perssons painted the struc­ture the same color as the house. For the light-filled in­te­rior, Elise and Angie made pur­pose­ful de­sign choices to es­tab­lish a cre­ative “club­house” for Elise and her friends. “I wanted some­thing that could grow with her and grow with us,” Angie says. 1 Angie Persson recommends pa­tience and a will­ing­ness to ex­pend some el­bow grease to any­one tak­ing on a project like this. While pur­chas­ing a shed is faster than build­ing it your­self or hir­ing a builder, it takes time to prep the site where the shed will be lo­cated. When se­lect­ing a site, con­sider what type of sun­light the shed will get, how the shed will af­fect the view from your home, and if the spot has proper drainage. 2 Angie worked closely with a land­scaper to en­sure the shed fits in with the rest of the prop­erty and that the land­scap­ing is low main­te­nance. They planted mondo grass, a mem­ber of the lily fam­ily, be­tween the pavers be­cause it can grow in both shaded and sunny ar­eas and doesn’t need to be cut. In ad­di­tion to be­ing a prac­ti­cal choice, the grass fea­tures pretty pur­ple flow­ers in the sum­mer.

3 While the shed was a gift from her par­ents, it was Elise’s job to fur­nish it. Luck­ily for her, she had ac­cess to items her de­signer mother had in stor­age, such as the vin­tage chairs and cof­fee ta­ble. Elise used birthday money, sold dog treats, and had a lemon­ade stand to pay for the rest of the items. 4 The lay­ered rugs on the floor, one of which Elise found in her par­ents’ garage, add to the cozy vibe and make it a com­fort­able place to sit and com­plete crafts like the yarn-wrapped jew­elry tree.

5 Elise pur­chased the BFF let­ter forms at a crafts store and dec­o­rated them with paints in the pas­tel color palette she chose for her club­house. 6 The hang­ing chairs were an idea of Elise’s made pos­si­ble with help from her grand­fa­ther. Large cara­biner clips, like those used by climbers, hold the swings se­curely but are easy to re­move. An­other space­sav­ing idea is the drop-leaf ta­ble that has built-in draw­ers for stor­age and can fold flat when not in use.

7 A bud­ding artist, Elise loves to craft and cre­ate. The ar­row jew­elry holder is a kit from Craft Crush (an­nwilliams­group.com). 8 When she wants more of a chal­lenge, she paints. Elise loves all an­i­mals, but es­pe­cially dogs, who are of­ten the sub­jects of her art­work. 9 Wally Pock­ets (wal­ly­gro.com) are an eco-friendly al­ter­na­tive to the tra­di­tional win­dow box. Made of re­cy­cled plas­tic, they al­low drainage for drought-lov­ing suc­cu­lents and are easy to at­tach and move.

10 In­sert­ing shelves be­tween wall studs adds dis­play and stor­age ar­eas with­out us­ing any pre­cious floor space. 11 Angie and Elise mounted a white­board with a frame they found at an an­tiques shop. Al­though she can eas­ily change the draw­ings or phrases on the board, Elise likes how the “Wel­come

to the Club­house” let­ter­ing turned out, so it’s re­mained a con­stant while draw­ings and notes are added and erased around it.

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THIS RUS­TIC WOOD STOOL HAS A CREEPYCRAW­LY TOUCH WITH A SPI­DER ETCHED INTO THE TOP WITH A WOOD-BURN­ING TOOL.

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5 6 ELISE AS­SEM­BLED TH­ESE WALL POCK­ETS FROM A CRAFT KIT AND DEC­O­RATED THE PA­PER FRONTS WITH GRAPHIC PAT­TERNS.

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