Last summer, Stacia Deutsch contacted us. She was looking for a shed design that reflected her colorful, bohemian sensibilities. As a busy children’s author, Stacia was also looking for a little peace and quiet.
“We have a property in Temecula, where we raise horses,” Stacia says. “Our home attracts a lot of other horse people, who come over and hang out. I love it, but knew I needed to find a space I could escape to, for my writing.”
Thanks to a Google search, Stacia found She Shed Living and we were delighted to help her design a 144-square-foot writer’s studio. Some of Stacia’s special requests, such as insulated walls and using a stained-glass door from the pantry in her former house, were granted. We also designed the interior of her studio, locating a chaise lounge in a warm mustard upholstery, a custom-made L-shaped desk, tall narrow bookshelf for all her children’s books, a velvet teal chair, art-glass lamp and petal-covered pendant light among other items. It was a lot of fun and everything came together just right at the end.
The shed is made by hand and wall by wall, using natural wood siding that comes from urban forested lumber. All of the windows are salvaged and restored; we used our She Shades exterior chalk-based paint in Evening Eucalyptus and Farmhouse Linens on the trim. The rest of the siding was left natural or painted in Queen Anne’s Lace.
The installation took place in late October 2019 and last week (January 2020) we took a trip out to Stacia’s home to see the final result. We almost tripped walking inside this amazing place; it came to life right in front of our eyes. It was just as we pictured it, and even better. Stacia’s contractor Chris Rowe and his wife added the colorful painted tile floor and helped make everything watertight and comfortable.
Take a look at the way Stacia’s shed came about. She is already busy using it to write sample chapters and develop book pitches for her agent. If you are looking for a private place to pursue your own creative dreams, we can help.
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