Shed Chic offers inspirational guidance to planning, sourcing and decorating your own individual garden building, from location and utilities to materials, style and furnishings. Sheds are no longer neglected outbuildings or decorative afterthoughts at the bottom of the garden. While the traditional garden shed was once a great place to escape to, order would be at best haphazard; decor and design not a consideration at all. Now the humble garden shed has become the latest area of the home to be discovered by creative designers. As Sally Coulthard makes clear in Shed Chic, the garden should be seen as an extendable space, whether in the heart of the city or in a larger rural setting. Increasingly these micro buildings are being pressed into service as an 'office' now that home working has become a credible alternative to commuting and an economic means of running a business from home. They are equally successful as spaces in which to indulge creative pursuits or to make a well-considered home-from-home away from the outside world. Shed chic is all about making space. Outdoor buildings can double as additional rooms for over-crowded homes; they can be flexible and usable spaces that are as versatile as they are practical. Across the book's lavishly illustrated pages, Sally demonstrates how you can convert your own garden shed into a neat and tidy office, an artist's studio filled with inspirational clutter, a teenage den or a garden room for entertaining. Complete with advice on creating a home office from scratch, including when to use architects, planning requirements, self-build options or off-the-peg solutions, Shed Chic will inspire and instruct in equal measure -an indispensable guide to planning, designing and decorating all forms of outdoor buildings.
Sally Coulthard is author of the bestselling Shed Chic and also blogs as The Garden Decorator. She has written more than eight other books about property, gardens and home life, including The Reclaimers, Restored to Glory: A Guide to Renovating Your Period Home and Pure Living: How to Detox Your Home. After reading Archaeology and Anthropology at Oxford University, Sally channelled her love of old buildings and gardens into restoring, decorating and writing about characterful houses and outdoor spaces. A regular contributor to Country Living magazine and a monthly columnist for the Yorkshire Post, Sally has also written for BBC Homes & Antiques, The Sunday Times, the Guardian and the Independent, as well as appearing on television and radio. Sally also runs 'Huts & Hideaways', a company making miniature shepherds huts for children. Her new book for Jacqui Small, Gardenalia, is to be published in Autumn 2012. http:thegardendecorator.blogspot.com