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August 25, 2010 / Sarah Moore

highlights from the book “Shed Chic” by Sally Coulthard

My obsession with small structures probably started when my grandpa built a miniature house for my sister and I when we were around 6 and 8. Equipped with a tiny front door, a minuscule functional window and all the details of the main house (color and roof), it served all of the functions of a perfect playhouse. Depending on where our imaginations took us, it could be a school, shop, baby nursery or even more fun, a jail! There was something magical about having a separate little “hut” to resort to.

When I saw this book, I immediately thought of the old playhouse which later became a garden shed and then eventually went off with the new owners to their next home. To think, if I had it now, it could be an office or a teeny guest room. As the book “Shed Chic” beautifully illustrates, the possibilities are endless!

I especially love the dining pavilion (with raw wood walls and an ornate chandelier) that closes up like a cute little package.

p.s. click on images to pull up a larger version.

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  1. Patrick / Aug 26 2010 8:33 am

    Eric & I are IN LOVE with this posting! I too fell in love with tiny spaces early on. When I was a kid our family cabin had a neighbor with a play/doll house full of what are now vintage toys.

    Whether it’s a hollow tree in Pooh Corner, a little “retreat” room where you can seal the hatch and get away from everything or making a shed cozy I just love small spaces. They feel human and comforting.

    Maybe it’s a DNA response echoing from our cave-man history? Anyway, feels good.

  2. Mary Raphaely / Aug 26 2010 9:12 am

    Thanks for the inspiration. Next project after the next project (Portugal) “get my shed back!”

  3. Dorth / Aug 26 2010 8:26 pm

    Mary (mom) — I would be totally willing to help you with your shed if you want some!

  4. Dorth / Aug 26 2010 8:27 pm

    Check out this cool video about tiny houses! I will I could downsize like this!

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