7 Backyard Ideas to Steal From This Charming "She Shed"

This colorful space will make you want to trade storage for a grown-up clubhouse.

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If there's one summer trend that's on its way to becoming a backyard classic, it's the "she shed." These hideaways give man caves a serious run for their money as the perfect place to getaway from it all right at home.

That's why we were so impressed with this adorable shed, owned and designed by Denise Sabia, the blogger behind . Denise decided to think of her garage as an extra room, and completely transformed it by first cleaning out old junk. To complete the look, she used decor that she already had on hand — which makes this space easy to recreate. 

Here's how you can take Denise's ideas, and make a shed that you'll never want to leave:

1. Allow yourself to fully reconsider your storage space.

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The hardest part of creating one of these spaces can be changing how you see your garage or shed. "I love this trend because it forces people to think outside the box, and maybe even their comfort zone," Denise said. "I understand hanging out in a shed or garage is not for everyone, but everyone appreciates having a friend who has a she shed or man cave."

2. Plant flowers in repurposed finds.

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Creating an interesting entryway is an easy way to set a whimsical mood — and can take minimal effort. Denise chose upcycled planters, like a  and an old watering can. 

3. Find new uses for what you already own.

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"The she shed is decorated with everything I had on hand," Denise said. "That's what makes it so charming and actually doable for the average Joe."

Denise's shed only took two days to create: One day was spent moving everything out of the old garage, and the next involved moving the furniture in.

4. Make it a kid-friendly space. 

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Denise has a small home and three young kids, so she says she's always trying to find extra space wherever it exists. She moved an old bed into the shed, creating a large enough spot for guests to relax. In fact, the cozy she shed has become a neighborhood hangout. 

5. Get creative when it comes to wall decor. 

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Perhaps our favorite find within this tiny hideaway? Denise turned an old dresser drawer into the perfect shelf for a bouquet — which is in a Mason jar, of course.

6. Upgrade thrift store finds with paint.

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When Denise found this cute  shelving unit at a thrift store, she wanted to preserve its vintage style. However, she chose to add interest by using scalloped painter's tape to create a chevron design on the inside.

7. Don't forget the details. 

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Small details help really help pull this decor together. We love this old bucket, for example, that was transformed into a tabletop, perfect for playing games.

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