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This Backyard Trend Is On The Rise...and it's Just for Women

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Home & Design Editor
Updated: 18 August 2017
From artistic retreats to shabby chic, every woman deserves a room of her own.

Enter the rise of the “She Shed.” For overworked and super stressed career women and homemakers, this new backyard movement is the lady equivalent of the “Man Cave.” It’s a private space to unwind, unplug, and escape from it all – and it’s becoming one of this year’s hottest trends for women.

Love she sheds with a welcoming front entrance. #ohiosheds #sheshed

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The She Shed is basically a grown-up version of a doll house, only you get to decide when it’s time to “go back to reality” in the evening. Writer and editor Erika Kotite published a book all about She Sheds earlier this year, complete with décor and color inspirations for ways to create the perfect at-home getaway.

In a recent interview with NBC News, Kotite described a shabby chic shed she customized for her sister-in-law in Santa Cruz, and the growing rise in She Sheds: “This is a place they’ve designed that is just theirs, that they can do with it whatever they want, and I think that really is a modern woman’s prerogative,” Kotite said. “This is a pretty no frills shed,” said Kotite, gesturing to the bright purple accents and windows she found second-hand.

She shed a la francaise! #frenchfarmhouse #sheshed

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The allure of these little sanctuaries is that they are entirely customizable. Want a perfect reading nook with a champagne bar? A garden-inspired zen den? A minimal, tranquil space to meditate? The options are pretty endless when it comes to creating your own She Shed, and even big box companies like Home Depot are jumping in on the trend (they even started a blog about it).

Start with a simple, easy to install shed or storage building. Sheds USA offers several options for personalization, including flooring, window, and roof options. Once it’s installed, you’re free to let your imagination run wild with décor options and interior vibes.

Windows on the world: Tymmera Whitnah's incredible she shed made of glass. Photo by @maisonboheme #oregongardens #sheshed

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So if you’re feeling uninspired as of late, or simply overworked and in desperate need of a staycation, gather some of your girls together this weekend to brainstorm the perfect backyard sanctuary.