Monday, 2 April 2012

Book Review: Shed Chic

Hello sunshine,

I do believe that if garden shed makeovers are up your style street, 
then I promised you a cracker today. 

Read on, my friends, read on.....

It's easy to let your dreams stay as dreams
{speaking from experience!}
but if you're looking to turn that ugly old shed 
into a palace fit for a king
{or queen!}
then I've found a great place to start you on the road 
to your very own gorgeous shed...

 

Shed Chic by Sally Coulthard
{published by Jacqui Small}
is an absolute goldmine of incredible inspiration
and extremely practical advice.



I first found this book a few years ago 
and still find its ideas completely current, 
as well as being a total feast for the senses. 



It's divided into three sections.
The first, Shed Design, looks at different shed styles...
from Modern through to Country
via Eco-Chic and Gypsy Caravans, 
teeny-tiny and mansion-like;
there's something for everyone.



The next section, Shed Style, takes the reader through the 
different functions that their dream shed might have:
from a basic but gorgeous potting shed...



to a special retreat for your favourite guests....



And then lastly, the part without photos!!
At first glance, it would be easy to skip over this section 
but it's probably the most useful part of the book.
Shed Chic takes you step by step through the design process
covering not-very-glamorous-but essential-none-the-less issues such as: 
planning permission,
water supplies,
heating,
security...



This is one of my favourite design books of all time...
and I think you'll love it too...
(it's listed on my Amazon widget in the sidebar if you're interested)
from beautiful beginning...



...to sumptuous end...


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17 comments :

Kate said...

Wow looks amazing, I am a little bit obsessed with my new shed these days and have grand plans for a shed makeover. Looks like this could be very useful and inspirational indeed!

Greta said...

alas, we have no shed. but beautiful images...looks like a lovely book! warmly, Greta

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

A garden shed can obviously be so much more than just a shed. :)

loveandlilac said...

I had a look at this at the CL Spring Fair. Lovely book. I'm very proud of my own girl shed!

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Wouldn't that be wonderful? Lovely images!

Anonymous said...

Love love love this book!
My children gave it to me a few years ago for my birthday. I sat in the sun outside our summer house and just immersed myself in it - such amazing pictures and ideas. It is a real 'feel-good book.
It is lovely to look at in the winter too - reminds you that we will have some sun again.

Poppy

Veronica Roth said...

Looks like a great book. I'll be back in Oxford for the summer and will try to track it down. Thanks for the preview.

One bolt short of a toolbox said...

So adorable! I just came across your blog, love it! you def have a new follower!

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ImSoVintage said...

How wonderful. I love that first one.

chris said...

What a fun book. I have a whole barn that will need a makeover!

Cindy said...

That looks like a fabulously fun book to own. I have a little old garage that could be decorated if the hubs would let me.:) Then I would need that book, for sure.
Hugs, Cindy

Mrs H said...

I soooo love this book. My allotment shed is exactly right size and shape for the first one and the home shed ...... I might have to browse longer! Fab book!!!

Louise said...

what is it about horizontal wood siding and sheds? it is so much sweeter than vertical...

Chatelaine said...

My goodness, those sheds are nicer than my condo! How sad for me but the book looks fab!

Raine and Sage said...

Oh to have a shed like one of these. Very impressive!

Shed Designs said...

Nice garden shed! :)

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