“Everyone seems to want to be a part of this little space in my back yard with beautiful views of our garden,” says Maggie D., proud owner of a custom built shed from She Shed Living. That’s exactly what she hoped for when she first gazed out on the space she had in mind for a she shed.
Maggie, who remarried and moved to her husband’s large home, was eager to tame the weeds and replace the ramshackle deck in the back yard. Deep down, she longed for a private area, in her garden and away from the house, that could replace the small home she left. She even asked her landscaper to create a stepping stone entryway to her future structure.
Three years went by, and the garden matured beautifully. Meanwhile Maggie and her husband continued to search for a she shed that was both pretty and natural looking. “We looked at Pinterest and tiny house blogs … finally I saw a book on Amazon about she sheds and bought it,” Maggie says. “I saw exactly what I wanted in there and it turns out the author was one of the partners who offers them!”
Maggie is one of those women who nurtures her friendships and reaps the rewards. Her girlfriends waited eagerly for updates about the shed design and finally, after its installation, they got to experience the “big reveal.” One of her friends scored a preview when she offered to help Maggie paint the shed in her unique peacock palette. A nearby level space, once occupied by a trampoline pit, was the perfect crafting area. Maggie set her crafting table there for future gatherings.
While it was being built, Maggie thought about what she really wanted to do in her shed. Her many interests include gardening and the outdoors, tea tasting (she is an expert in domestic and exotic teas), interior design and reading. She planned a relaxing, cozy spot to indulge in all of her interests, and for having friends over for wine. With that in mind, Maggie shopped for cozy furniture in deep colors; throws from India, a velvet chair for reading, string lights, and a tea/bar cart were also added. Her friends brought more colorful accents that say hello to her every time she enters the shed.
To launch the Peacock shed, Maggie’s husband hosted a faculty party for his school entitled “Shed Your Cares” which was a hit, especially with the women.
The next day Maggie’s friends came to have cocktails and paint rocks. Instead of taking the rocks home, though, they placed them in the garden. These colorful rocks add a personal touch to the front of the shed.
Says Maggie, “I spend time in my shed every day and have enjoyed rain on the tin roof, hummingbirds, the sound of palm trees, and ocean breezes. This is my happy place.”