Shed Decor: How to decorate and furnish your favourite garden room
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Whenever I'm interviewed by the media about the advantages of shedworking, high up on my list of reasons to invest in a garden office is that it is 'me space', somewhere where you can work but also indulge yourself a little. If you need any inspiration about how to turn your shedlike atmosphere into something really pleasant, then Sally Coulthard 's new book Shed Decor is certainly for you. The book is a follow-up to her also excellent Shed Chic which came out a few years ago. That tome was more about shed design and function, this one focuses on furnishing. The first half concentrates on six basic looks - rustic, vintage (my personal favourite), plain and simple, recycled, retro, and country (also popular among the Shedworking staff). Although it's nicely written as you'd expect from a writer with numerous successful design books under her belt), it's the photographs which really jump out and make the book. Each style is covered in detail with sections on essential elements and case studies, and while there is an obvious emphasis on the back garden shed, there are also beach huts, treehouses and various working spaces included. The second half is a more hands-on section looking at actually how to make it happen, concentrating on subjects such as flooring, wall treatments, lighting, heating, storage, and seating, finishing off with a directory of where to go to find it all. All in all, it's a smashing book and an absolute must for anybody with a shed and it would be hard to imagine how it could be improved upon. On top of which Sally is a nice person so please do buy a copy. Shedworking readers can take advantage of a special discount offer. So to order Shed Decor at the discounted price of £20 including p&p (RRP: £25 - UK only, please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas), telephone 01903 828503 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and quote the offer code APG285.