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Shed Decor- Book Review

By Hollie Brooks @MiaFleur_home

Summerhouses, sheds, log cabins – whatever they are called – are all about a retreat. In the good old days every self-respecting husband would have a shed to escape the wife! I think the tables have turned now and many of us want a retreat from the pressure of everyday life and a place to play, read, relax, and a place to beautify, where we can be whimsical with the decor.  Now we are into February and the daylight increases I start to think about my garden and summerhouse and the possibility of spring, and what better way to inspire us than this lovely new book Shed Decor, by Sally Coulthard.

A review of 'Shed Decor' by MiaFleur

The book gives lots of style ideas that are put into six sections – rustic, vintage, plain and simple, recycled, retro and country – and every section has some really inspiring photos to whet your appetite. This fabulous shed was originally a laundry store but now looks like a Victorian snug complete with shelving (viewed in the mirror) making it a working space and a place to retreat to with a cup of tea.

'Shed Decor' by Sally Coulthard

The wonderful array of plants, pots and vintage ephemera make this shed a paradise for the green fingered. Who wouldn’t be tempted to while away an hour or two in here?

'Shed Decor' by Sally Coulthard

Orla Kiely’s shed is a showcase for her signature wallpaper, fabrics and accessories and is a real style statement.

'Shed Decor' by Sally Coulthard

There is lots of practical advice too, from storage to heating.   I do have insulation in my shed and a small electric fire that pretends it’s a log burner, but there is even advice on installing the real thing – now that has to be the ultimate in shed luxury.   And I particularly like this idea of wooden fruit crates stacked up to create a shelving unit – fabulous for a rustic, country shed.

'Shed Decor' by Sally Coulthard

A book that’s packed with ideas and tips if you are thinking of creating your own garden retreat or just to get a glimpse of another world and dream.

Jacqui x

Shed Decor officially releases on 19th February and is published by Jacqui Small. You can pre order the book at the discounted price of £20 including p&p* (RRP: £25), by telephoning 01903 828503 or emailing and quote the offer code APG285.
*UK ONLY – Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.

‘Shed Decor- Book Review’ written by Jacqui Brooks

Image credits: Victoria Harley. Carina Olander. Ros Drinkwater /Alamy. Lucas Allen.

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