She Shed Reveal

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She Shed Ella Claire | cozy cottage retreat

Oh my goodness, I am SO excited to share this post with you today!

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Have you heard the term “She Shed” before? It is something that seems to be trending lately. I know I have been pinning them (and dreaming about one) for a couple years now. I think they are so adorable. If you do a Pinterest search, you will see a bunch of inspiration. It is basically a little outdoor retreat… like a man cave but for us girls, a girl cave I guess! I have noticed a bunch of different kinds of SheSheds, from little cozy living spaces, to offices, to craft rooms and art studios… all in quaintly transformed little sheds.

She Shed Ella Claire | cozy cottage retreatShe Shed Ella Claire | cozy cottage retreat

We have worked SO hard to makeover our beautiful TuffShed (I shared about the installation and shed details HERE) and it has been such a fun, dream project! A couple days ago, my She Shed reveal went up on The Home Depot’s blog HERE. I was so thrilled to partner with The Home Depot on this project! It was lots of hard work and DIY projects, but overall so much fun. I am so thankful for a hubby who is so committed to always bringing my dreams to life.

flower boxes | She ShedShe Shed Ella Claire | deck from a cozy cottage retreat

My sister Devan, Devan Rae Photography, and I had a lot of fun photographing the shed. I actually have a broken hand and she came to my rescue!

To give you an idea of what we were working with, here is a before and after shot of the exterior:

Amazing makeover! DIY She Shed Exterior

We planted a bunch of flowers, shrubs, and a tree. We also built a DIY deck to act as a nice transition from the planters to the shed.

She Shed Ella Claire | cozy cottage retreat

And here is the inside!

She Shed Ella Claire | cozy cottage retreat

You can see how different the before and after look:

So many fun DIY projects packed into this cozy cottage She Shed!

I have a BUNCH of tutorials and details coming up on the blog, so stay tuned! I will also be answering all of the questions I have been getting in another post.

She Shed Ella Claire | cozy cottage retreat

Being a small space, I really wanted every corner to have special elements that were very “me” or “my style.” I had to edit my thoughts down quite a bit to really make the space charming and peaceful without being overwhelming! We started by installing beadboard on the walls, staining the beams, and adding planks to the ceiling. I used a bright white in the space to make everything light and airy.  Tutorials, and before and afters, to come! (To read all about our woodwork, stain and paint colors, click HERE)

She Shed Ella Claire | pillows, sectional

I went with a soft, fairly muted color scheme, with mainly accents of serene dusty blues.

She Shed Ella Claire | Adorable botanical accentShe Shed Ella Claire | pillowsShe Shed Ella Claire | accents

The sectional and striped pillows are from Home Decorators Collection and are so comfy. I love just snuggling up out here.

She Shed Ella Claire | cozy cottage retreatShe Shed Ella Claire | Suitcases and sign

I wanted the room to still have a garden feel, so I added little touches in the sign, bottles, and botanical prints. I will be sharing all of the details on this sign(with a free printable pattern for the sign) and bulletin board in the next week or so.

She Shed Ella Claire | bottles She Shed Ella Claire | suitcases and signShe Shed Ella Claire | cozy cottage retreat

One of my very favorite projects was my little bookshelf in the gable. When I found out that I would be doing this project, it was one of the very first things that I knew I wanted to do in the space. I thought it was a perfect use for an otherwise unusable space. There isn’t electricity out here, so the vintage chandelier isn’t functional… just for being pretty. You should see the “before” on this chandy before I fixed it up! I will show you in another post, so stay tuned.

She Shed Ella Claire | chandelier She Shed Ella Claire | books    She Shed Ella Claire | cozy corner

I stole the antique dresser from my mom (thanks mom!) and added a few of my favorite antiques to dress it up… with a bunch of limelight hydrangeas. I LOVE when the limelights start to bloom!

She Shed Ella Claire | vignette      She Shed Ella Claire | books

I also stole the curtains from my mom. I love how soft and feminine they make everything! I LOVE this view now!

She Shed Ella Claire | beautiful view

The little caned side chair is another one of my thrifted makeovers, and you will laugh pretty hard when you see how gross the “before” is!

She Shed Ella Claire | accents

I have so much more to tell you about this whole space, and I will be sharing even more details and tutorials, so stay tuned!

You can see my other posts on this She Shed here:

She Shed Install

She Shed Woodwork and Paint Colors

She Shed Gable Bookshelf

I have so many other posts and tutorials from my She Shed to share, so stay tuned!

She Shed Ella Claire | suitcases and sign

If anyone needs me, I will be out in my shed ;).

You can see more of my She Shed posts and tutorials here:

She Shed Install

Woodwork and Paint Colors

She Shed Gable Bookshelf

She Shed Window Boxes

DIY Chandelier Makeover

DIY Chair Makeover

Handpainted “Garden Tours” Sign

She Shed Landscaping

She Shed Ella Claire | cozy cottage retreat

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  1. says

    WOW! I love everything about this “she shed”! What a fun little retreat for peace and quiet or hanging out with girlfriends! Gives me hope for an old shed in our yard which I can’t bear to take down :)

  2. Debbie says

    I love your ‘dream escape space’! All the thought, special touches, wonderful help you had from your sis and hubby to make it happen…. it’s wonderful!!! A b!g thank you also to Home Depot for partnering with you.
    Now I can’t wait for all the before and how to’s in the coming weeks, in how you turned the storage shed into ‘magic’!
    Thank you, Debbie from the Northwest

  3. Sarah Phillipps says

    Wow! I think you need to serve hor derves and have a girls night very soon! I’d come invite myself over, but I live too far away.:)

  4. Suzanne says

    Simply lovely… inspire me. I could cozy down with a furry throw and hot cider on a cool fall day…then take a little snooze. I just scored on the very same chandy, sprayed it aqua blue and hung it on my front porch. It had a little brass tag that read ‘made in Spain’

  5. says

    This is the most relaxing and elegant she shed I’ve seen, I would never leave…well, just to use the bathroom, then back inside I’d go! Love that there are no tech-distractions. A true place to go and get away from it all.

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