For the Love of Sheds

Posted 1st May 2013

Over the past few weeks I have been giving the shed some well deserved TLC. As I have mentioned in my previous post, it is undergoing an exciting refurb and while it has been a long time in the making, it is a real labour or love!

The vision is a clean, tidy and practical studio with its new desk and worktops and hidden storage. More importantly, it will be a cosy, beautiful and inspiring place to design, create and enjoy working in.

In a few days time the Shed of the Year competition opens again for votes. Feeling particularly proud of the newly refurbished shed (photos to come soon), I will be actively working hard to drum up your support. Having made it to the final before, I would love to get there again and will be needing your votes. Voting starts the 4th May, so I will be back in touch then with more details on how you can help.

Last week I had a great little mention on the Guardian website and whilst being interviewed I was asked whether I would consider moving into commercial premises. In the past it has crossed my mind, and I did look around a few places whilst reviewing the pros and cons of expanding the business. Even looking around some beautiful premises, nothing has ever come close to the character and significance of the shed (to me at least). It is filled with memories, achievements and a proud feeling of ownership as well as blood, sweat and tears and building the shed was literally a dream come true, turning a serious vision for a little studio space of my own into a reality that is so much more than I ever expected.

I often receive emails asking for advice on how to get started in a shed. It is an honour to be asked and to share my experiences of getting started and I am so thrilled when I hear from people who have been inspired to build a shed or set up their own business.

I love hearing about other peoples sheds and always excited to find out what people do with theirs and what they look like. To many, a shed is a wooden structure in the bottom of the garden filled with junk and a lawn mower but to some of us, a shed is so much more.

I have been collecting lots of inspiration for the new look shed on Pinterest recently and one shed that is particularly beautiful is the Shed with the Chandelier. A gorgeous shed that comes with great conversation and support from Tracy on Facebook and Twitter. And yes I would love a chandelier in the shed too!

Tracy’s beautiful Shed with the Chandelier


I am always on the look out for other fab sheds and inspiring sheddies, so I thought I would put a little shout out to you fellow shed lovers to share your stories. Please do leave your comments and photos below and share your love for your shed with us.

What do you do in your shed, what does it look like, what do you love about your shed? And for you new and wannabe sheddies, I am happy to answer questions about my shed, how it was built and share my experiences. So please share your questions and stories below.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon,

Nicola : )