I work from home and really wanted to get out of the house and at the same time, our existing garden shed was totally rotten. We decided to get a log cabin in its place which acts as my office as well as an extra sitting space, thanks to a cosy little sofa. It's lovely to feel so connected to the garden, and nature (there are trees directly above the skylights, and I often hear the neighbourhood cats using the roof as a 'walkway'.) Living in the city I think having this little green refuge is extra relevant, and feeling closer to the outside world, along with physically getting out of the house each day, has definitely benefitted my mental health.
We furnished the space almost entirely from vintage furniture - lots of it hand-me-downs from family. I upcycled an old crittal window frame, turning it into a mirror by having mirrorglass cut to size then fixing it in place myself, which makes the space feel like there's a 'secret garden' behind it due to the reflections. We also installed some old wooden panelling from a Victorian railway station along the shorter inside walls, to contrast with the new wood. I loved the idea of a wood burning stove, but it wasn't practical, so instead I bought an electric lookalike and placed down some leftover bathroom tiles to create a hearth. And to make the most of the ceiling beams and bring nature in, I've added lots of hanging plants. I'm an interiors writer so it was important to create a space that's practical yet visually inspiring and nurturing - as well as being my workspace, it's also something of a sanctuary.
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