Retreat in Style With These Lady-Loving She Sheds

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We've all heard of man caves and bachelor pads, but this year -- and EVERY year -- should now be declared the year of the she shed.

Elegant Potting Shed

Elegant Potting Shed

This is a potting shed for the serious gardener and offers workspace galore. Stainless and stone counter surfaces provide ample space for potting plants, and recessed bins provide storage for soil, mulch and other garden products.

Photo by: Jason Kisner ©2014, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Jason Kisner, 2014, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

But what the heck is a she shed?

Basically, it's a small, dedicated space outside your home that's set up for you to work on whatever you want to work on. It's a lady haven. You can decorate the shed however you like and set it up however you like.

We've rounded up a few she shed ideas in case you want to get in on the trend. Spoiler alert: you're going to want to get in on this trend.

Artist Shed

Photo by: Modern-Shed, Inc.

Modern-Shed, Inc.

Think about creating a space where you can go to paint, draw, sculpt or weave. Depending on your art of choice, you can design a space around your needs; include a large easel or two, giant rods for large-scale macrame projects or a small gallery wall to display your art.

Craft Shed

Photo by: Modern-Shed, Inc.

Modern-Shed, Inc.

If you're a scrapbooker, jewelry maker or knitter you could create an ultimate craft shed. Think large worktables, organized shelves for your supplies, bright overhead lighting, comfy work chairs and a big inspiration board.

Reading Shed

Garden Shed Modern Room

Garden Shed Modern Room

Unable to decide between storage configurations and finishes, the interior of this garden shed was left industrial and raw, then furnished with colorful accents and weather-resistant furniture.

If the highlight of your month is your book club meeting, think about designing a reading shed for you and your library-loving pals. You could fill your new space with bookshelves and comfy reading nooks. Bring in a wireless speaker so you can listen to your favorite podcasts or books.

Inspiration Shed

Photo by: Modern-Shed, Inc.

Modern-Shed, Inc.

If you're the type of 'she' who loves a little bit of everything, you might just want to set up a more general space that will let you do it all. Try setting up your she shed like an extension of your living room with a few comfy spots for you to relax, create or simply rest. A nice outdoor space will take your she shed to the next level.

Yoga Shed



Photo by: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Photographer: Christina Wedge

If you're yoga-obsessed, a yoga she shed would be the perfect spot for you to get your "Om" on.  You could easily set this space up with a few yoga mats, a wireless speaker and a basket to keep spare pairs of socks and yoga shoes.

She shed options are practically endless. If you're looking for some more inspiration, here are a few more ideas to consider:

  • flower arranging
  • gaming
  • writing
  • photography
  • potting
  • dining
  • baking
  • woodworking
  • teahouse
  • greenhouse
  • playhouse
  • brewery
  • cooking

Charming Garden Retreats

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Out With the Tools

This beautiful cottage had its start as a storage shed. RMSer shirls "moved the lawn equipment and tools to the garage and converted the space into a relaxing place to listen to music and/or read a good book or write one of my own."

At Home in the Garden

This inviting cottage has become the perfect place to read, nap or contemplate the garden. Posted by RMSer Garden Imp

Reclamation Project

Formerly a chicken coop, this garden retreat is now RMSer gardeningmichelle's sanctuary.

Resting by the Pond

Attached to an existing garden shed, this "porch" serves multiple functions — potting, storing gardening supplies and, most important, relaxing with a view of the pretty pond. Posted by RMSer catnabarn

Cooking Is a Breeze Here

Formerly a shed, this screen house is an outdoor kitchen and a place for relaxing and entertaining. Posted by RMSer soliare

Party Place

Intentions often take detours in DIY projects. "Our backyard pub was created when we decided to build a garden shed," says RMSer 10555404

Crafty Cottage

RMSer monkeyface applied her cottage-chic decorating style to the inside of this shed and made it a perfect place for relaxing and crafting.

Family Retreat

RMSer Suzanne_9862863 says her cottage gets a lot of playtime — for board games with the grandkids, visits with her sister and cozy reading.

200 Square Feet of Fun

RMSer DexFawcett built this combination potting shed/garden retreat from scratch. Surrounded by a mini garden and picket fence, the charming refuge "has given me many hours of enjoyment as well as a tranquil place to spend time in during the warmer weather," he says.

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