The "Chic Shed" Is the Next Big Thing in Backyard Escapes

If you thought "she-sheds" were cool, wait until you see this woman's space. 

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Last year, the "she-shed" emerged as the female answer to the man cave. Now there's a sophisticated new crop of chic sheds — sunlight-drenched spaces nestled in equally inviting backyard gardens. Here, one lucky owner invites us in.

The name: The Hobby House. 

Owner: Donna Jenkins, stylist and owner of , shares her tiny backyard workshop. 

Location: Sharpsville, IN. 

Size: 61 square feet.




Out here you'll find me: Doing everything I can't do in the house, like spray-painting and flower pressing.

I also love to: Host flower-arranging workshops.

My design inspiration in five words or less: A Colonial saltbox.


Salvaged window count: 34.

I have a serious green thumb when it comes to: Boxwoods. I've learned to propagate them from scratch and couldn't be more proud.

If you look closely you'll notice: The potting bench my husband built me [far right] has running water. All my projects are messy—I need a spot to clean up!


Best junking find: Well, it sort of found me. The green Adirondack chairs [page 54] my son made in his high school shop class look great no matter where they land.

Here, the magic hour is: 3 p.m. in the summer. The front windows sparkle when the sunlight hits.

This space is best enjoyed with: Sun tea made right on site.

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