Springspiration: the “She Shed”

Well, here we are in the beginning of May! I hope you’ve been enjoying lovely spring weather similar to what’s been gracing us in AR lately. I’ve spent a good half of my work days in the outdoor office (aka the front porch) soaking up as much of this delightfullness as I can before it takes a turn for the warm. I’ve rigged an indoor/outdoor solution for my design assistants (Rufus and Nellie) to be able to “join” me at my outdoor desk…

Outdoor Office_Kathryn J LeMaster_1

After the launch of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Designer House a couple of weeks ago (only open for 1 more week!) my friends from Chairish.com reached out asking if I would be interested in creating a concept board for a “She Shed” space with some Shabby Chic inspiration.

You may have heard of this growing trend, but She Sheds are essentially the woman’s answer to the Man Cave concept. It’s most commonly it’s own structure or attached to the exterior of the house and is used to house a specific craft, or many! So you may have an art studio, a potting room, a reading escape, and what have you. I thought, what opportune timing, as my Sitting Room design at the ASO Designer House was inspired by a similar intention: an imaginative, feminine space for ladies to relax, read, write, draw, create, or just be!

So I started exploring more about this She Shed craze that’s taken off and I was just mesmerized by all of the beautiful and creative spaces out there along these lines! So I pulled just a few of my favorite inspiration spaces for the purposes of my own, imaginary She Shed, with more saved on my Shetreat Pintrest board. 😉

First up, The Potting Shed by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Man (bonus points for the clever blog name, I love that band!) Please get a glimpse of this perfect potting oasis.

[nitty gritty dirt man]

Next up, Whitney Leigh Morris’ darling home, The Tiny Canal Cottage! If you’re not following her on Instagram yet, you most definitely should. In this case, it isn’t just a backyard retreat. Her whole life happens in and around this dreamy creative space!

[Whitney Leigh Morris – Tiny Canal Cottage]

Then whilst perusing the interwebs for more inspiration, I came across Katie and Peter’s magical treehouse captured here by the talented Lindsey Appel. Now, I don’t like to pick favorites… but I will say I can completely see this in my backyard as a retreat for all my reading, writing, music and art creating. Please look at all the nature and openness and twinkle lights!



8496219036_569e8396a8_z Fun fact… this particular tree house is actually FOR RENT! On Air BnB! What a dream.

Then of course, I got to thinking about my client’s enclosed sun porch that through last year’s remodel became her cheerful Garden Room in which she enjoys one of her biggest passions. It has definitely become a “She-Shed” for all of her gardening fun. (read the full story by At Home in Arkansas here ;))

[Kathryn J. LeMaster, Baker Residence – photo by Rett Peek]

So! I pulled together a little inspiration board for a dreamy little She Shed indoor/outdoor space with a mix of one-of-a-kind vintage pieces from Chairish.com, as well as some other finds I can totally see in this imaginary shetreat! (Sources below.)

Imagine a tree-house cottage setting, and come on in (our out) for a cup of coffee, curl up with a good book and be refreshed and inspired… 🙂

She Shed Inspiration Collage_Kathryn J LeMaster_May 2016_7

Carved Mediterranean Architectural Doors, ChairishSantana Lace CurtainsAnthropologieVintage Brass Lotus Chandelier, ChairishVintage Japanese Charger, ChairishChinese Plate and Bowl Set, ChairishHomer Laughlin Blue Willow Serving Bowl, Chairish –  Chevron Path Rug, AnthropologieAntique French Pine Table, ChairishWindsor ChairChairish – Magical Thinking Adar Floor Pillow, Urban OutfittersTurquoise Dreamcatcher, TwigandTassel’s Etsy Succulent Spectrum Print, Anthropologie – Feldman Style Brass Lotus Lamp, Chairish – Ektorp Loveseat, Ikea – Grainsack Pillows, WoodsandShore’s Etsy – Hoot Owl Table Lamp, Chairish – Shabby Chic Turquoise Side Table, ChairishSuna Rug, Anthropologie – Reclaimed Wood Chevron Coffee Table, HurdandHoney’s EtsyCanyon Fringe Hammock, AnthropologieCafe String Lights, Anthropologie – Handmade Ceramic Hanging Planter, CeramicbyLeoStudio’s Etsy Shabby Chic Wicker Chair, Chairish – Handmade Ceramic Planter, CeramicsbyLeoStudio’s EtsyJapanese Garden Stool, Chairish – Wren White Sheepskin Rug, ChairishTenzin Tapestry, Urban Outfitters – Pearpod, Ellen Mulcrone’s Etsy

What do you think?! Let me know your favorite ideas from above in the comments below. If you have a She Shed, Man Cave, or creative space of the like, please share!

Thanks for dreaming with us today, and thanks again to my friends at Chairish for spurring the idea for this fun post project.

Stay Inspired!

xo, K


  1. Lynn Baker says:

    What beautiful spaces you selected!

    • Kathryn LeMaster says:

      Why thank you Lynn!! So happy you approve of your own “She Shed” esque Garden Room! 🙂

  2. LOVE this! Thank you so much for mentioning us in your post. It is so much fun to think about doing something like this in my own yard 😉

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