Generally, I've been a person with vision. Whether it be visualizing a paint colour on the wall or being able to see through clouded thoughts and see the positive outcome. I wouldn't exactly call it a "skill or gift" but it has usually served me well in life.
When my store, Marni LuHu Designs studio & boutique closed at the end of last year, my vision kicked in again. Although muffled with some scary family health issues, I knew where I wanted to end up. My passion for making hand made jewelry was at the forefront and having the flexibility to be with my family and do more of the things I love has never been more important.
The SHE SHED!
Or the Wine Shack. Or the Jewelry Hut. Or the She Shack. Or the Shedio. Whatever the name of it, I knew I wanted to build a workshop of sorts in our backyard that would give all those things back to me and it was't long before my research and planning began. I thought I knew what I wanted until I started looking at what was out there! Holy smokes! People are building some really incredible sheds and tiny homes out there. With only so much space in our backyard, my planning had to be precise and of course fall within the budget I had.
Ever hear of champagne wishes on a beer budget? You get the picture. My budget wasn't huge but my wishes were. Here's a few things that I wanted:
- Shiplap walls. Inspired by Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper
- A place to make jewelry, read, do office work, paint and just relax.
- A wine fridge.
- A hanging chair.
- Aesthetics that matched the feel of our home.
- Proper storage; basically a place for everything.
- A pretty desk.
- Lots of natural light and other pretty ambient lighting.
- To be able to incorporate some of the unique antique pieces that I love.
- A space that I would love to spend a lot of time in because owning your own business is a 24/7 venture.
Ironically, I didn't give a ton of thought to the exterior of the She Shed. How does one plan to build a structure without giving too much thought to the exterior?? So upon further research, we decided on a Gambrel Roof Styled Shed. The Gambrel is just a fancy wood for barn-like. Although not my favourite style, this shed would provide more room inside that would include two lofts that could be used as sleeping quarters or storage.
So? What do you think? I would love to hear your feedback! Comment below and stay tuned for a little contest coming soon!