My Cool Shed: An Inspirational Guide to Stylish Hideaways and Workspaces by Jane Field-Lewis is as stated: a real inspiration.
The author has collated artist and writer workspaces with quiet retreats and gardeners sheds. Who doesn’t yearn for somewhere peaceful to retreat to or to work in? I find it difficult to decide which shed I would most wish for.
There is an Australian mini cabin on a sheep station in New South Wales and an American tree house by environmental advocate, Peter Bahouth. Both of these buildings are pretty spectacular architecturally. They call to that part of me that wants to spend time alone, far from the maddening crowds. But as with most of us, that appeal is more cerebral than real.
I need to do things and so my heart is most captured by the gardening sheds (especially as it is getting to be that time of year). The gardening sheds range from the ramshackle (my actual style) to the perfectly organized (my wonderful neighbor). I found the artist’s sheds to be big for sheds, but great for studios. The writer’s sheds seem a perfect size. Dylan Thomas’ sits on the edge of a cliff in the south of Wales, George Bernard Shaw’s and Virginia Woolf’s nestle at the end of their gardens.
Another intriguing concept explored in this inviting little book is shedworking, a new trend for people working for themselves. Nothing needs to be too big, just big enough for one’s self and your materials and tools. Sigh!