Book Review: She Sheds by Erika Kotite

“She Sheds” is a magical book, crammed to the gunnels with tips and inspiration to create your very own garden retreat. They’re sheds but not as we know it! “She Sheds” immediately gets you into the spirit of creating your own outdoor space right from the introduction. Who wouldn’t want their own “refuge of comfort” filled with your most treasured possessions and space for you, and you alone? I’m in! Let’s find out more…

She Sheds by Erika Kotite

She Sheds by Erika Kotite

The She Shed

The “Shed Style” section gives a gentle introduction to some of the styles you may want to consider. This chapter is a little light and only touches on a small handful of syles. Not to worry though as there is plenty of inspiration to follow…

The subsequent chapters show examples of some of the “She Sheds” the author has discovered on her travels around the world. They cover a huge array of styles and purposes – from gardening to art, yoga to floristry, you can use them for pretty much anything you wish.

Our Favourites

Our favourite “She Sheds” include:

But they all have their own inimitable style and are the perfect creations by their owners, all for their own unique use.

Fabulous She Shed creations. Photography by Susan Mintun

Fabulous She Shed creations. Photography by Susan Mintun

Tips for your own she shed

There are so many quirky touches and ideas to discover in this book, you can’t help be inspired, even if you had never considered having a she shed of your own.

Some of our own top tips to consider for your own she shed include:

She Sheds

Amazing interiors. Photography by Cody Ulrich

Did we love it?

Well, yes! There are lots of “Builder’s Notes” in the book which provide great tips on how to create your “she shed”, whether you want to do it from scratch or just know the best way to protect a potting bench. There are also lots of “Owner’s Favourite Things” which gives a lovely insight into the most important elements to them.

“She Sheds” is very empowering with lots of stories of women who had no previous skills, suddenly deciding to build their own “den” and construct walls and much more. Or commission someone else to bring our dreams to life. There isn’t a lot us women can’t do! We found “She Sheds” not only an inspirational read for women, but for anyone interested in creating a haven to get away from the daily grind and create some “me time” in the perfect surroundings.

Vialii star rating:

5 star review

“She Sheds” by Erika Kotite is available in the UK from February 2017, priced £16.99 for hardback, published by Cool Springs Press.

Big Garden Birdwatch 2017

It’s the Big Garden Bird Watch this weekend, 28-30 January, so get your bird feeders filled, find a good window to sit at, a nice cup of cosy milk (or tea if you prefer) and get watching! I love hanging out with my feathered friends. Daddy and I went to Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre recently for their Winter Birds workshop so we have some top tips to share with you on caring for your garden birds…

A robin hanging out on our garden globe

A robin hanging out on our garden globe

Make a bird house

I am very lucky and have a lovely cosy home to live in so I thought it was only fair to make a nice home for my feathered friends…

Get some left over pieces of wood or use an old pallet. Get a grown up to help cut the wood to the right lengths. There are some great tips in this post from the RSPB including different hole sizes for different birds. My favourite part was hammering all the nails in as it makes so much noise!

Birdwatch 2017

Hammering nails into the birdhouse was fun

Once you have completed your birdhouse choose carefully where you want to put it in your garden. You will find some tips on siting bird boxes here.

Make an apple/sunflower feeder

Bird feeder

Push sunflower seeds into an apple for a tasty treat

Make a pine cone feeder

Pine cone feeder

Push the lard into all the bits of the pine cone

If you want to take part in any of the workshops held by Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre, visit their website.

Happy bird spotting everyone.

Lulu xx