Text by Holly Seng
If you’re dreaming of a secluded sanctuary to create, garden, or entertain in, look no further than your own backyard. In her 10th book, Shed Style: Decorating Cabins, Huts, Pods, Sheds & Other Garden Rooms, Selina Lake shares inspiration for creating your outdoor oasis. The UK-based stylist and author knows the outdoor design process firsthand—she and her husband, Dave, transformed a neglected shed into a potter’s paradise, a journey she shares in more than 150 picture-filled pages. This book captures the allure of a secret hideaway as it takes you through garden rooms across Europe with styles ranging from industrial to rustic while also providing tips on how to create your own ideal garden escape.
In the first few pages of inspiration, you’ll begin to identify your purpose in the garden, whether it’s to satisfy your green thumb, a need for relaxation, or other creative endeavors. Subsequent chapters highlight endless types of shelters as Selina invites you to explore serene garden retreats. Shed Style incorporates Selina’s original designs along with those from other stylists, photographers, and gardeners to bring you the ultimate collaboration of diverse styles and building types such as sheds, cabins, and verandas.
Selecting the appropriate decorative accents to accentuate your space is key, and Selina devotes an entire chapter to identifying accessories to create your dream hideaway. From advice about comfortable and functional furniture to notes on ambient lighting, this book will help you turn any garden dwelling into a sought-after haven.
Selina’s creative and versatile designs, coupled with her easy-to-implement decorative accents, make this inspiring read a necessary first step in your creative process. With each page, you will be longing for the day you can escape to your captivating garden retreat.