So, since you guys can’t all fit into my teeny tiny 80 square foot she shed so we could hang out, I thought I’d round up some pics and give you a little tour here instead! We’ve made a few changes inside and out, so here she is in all her Cotton Stem Cottage glory! My hubby and father-in-law turned this unused little garden shed into a home office for me last summer, and it is my tiny little happy place….for reals. So thankful to have a space to work, to design for clients, to write and blog, to just be quiet and THINK WHOLE THOUGHTS, HALLELU!! It’s my favorite spot–let me show you around!
The first and biggest change happened OUTside of my she shed in the form of landscaping and the addition of a little sitting area. We added a crushed gravel and stone pathway, some new sod and mulch, and planted some (white!) azaleas around the front of the shed…I can’t wait to see them in bloom! (Please, sweet baby Jesus, don’t let me kill them dead before they get one chance to bloom!!🙏🏼)
I keep moving things around in here (as is my way…😉), but my favorite addition to the space was this oversized, tufted chair….SO COMFY. So comfy, in fact, that I have fallen asleep out here…twice. Ooopsies!! 😬 Depending on the day or project, I’ll cozy up here with my laptop and work on e-design projects, catch up on my one gabillion emails, or I might feel the creative juices and write up a blog post or two. The chair (linked below! 👇🏼) is wide enough that I can use this bed tray from The Gulley Farmhouse as a little lap desk situation….perfect!
One of my favorite parts of the she shed is this metal sign my husband surprised me with when I started Cotton Stem. It was the sweetest gift, he thought of it all on his own, and it really was like the cherry on top of this sundae of a she shed he built for me. What a guy. ❤️
For the shiplap walls and ceiling, we actually used pine underlayment cut into 8in. strips. It’s much cheaper than real deal shiplap, and it’s what we used in the house as well. We had a teeny tiny budget to make over this teeny tiny shed, so this cost-effective alternative to shiplap was a winner! You can get underlayment at Home Depot or Lowes! Topped off the space with a garden chandelier full of fresh greens and some natural linen curtains! (Adorable cow print from Down Shiloh Road!! 🐮)
When I say this thing is tiny, I mean it is TINY. For reference, I had to open the window and stand outside to get this shot above–ha! In order to do a little decorating and have some useable storage, we added this EASY little DIY shelves. These were made with silver L brackets from Home Depot that we sprayed a matte black and some rough cedar boards cut to size and sanded….THE END! I get asked all the time about these little shelves, and they are so darn easy to make yourself!
I am the biggest black thumb in all the land, so I opted for some INdoor window boxes [HERE] filled with faux succulents, all from Hobby Lobby! I love this pop of green above my desk, and I also love to open the windows on pleasant days letting the sunshine and bird songs float inside. This place is so small that it feels like I’m outdoors when I’m in!
My desk was on clearance from Hobby Lobby (along with the baby lamps), and I painted it Alabaster and distressed it, and the desk chair was from Joss and Main (similar style linked below)! The flooring is just some inexpensive vinyl wood-look flooring we found last minute at a second hand home supply store locally, but….it’s about to change soon. Can’t wait to show you!
And that’s it! I love my little office space for so many reasons…but most of all because it was built with love by my husband. He believes in my dreams and big ideas sometimes more than I do, and this is like a solid, sturdy, tangible reminder of just how much. ❤️ I’m a lucky girl, and believe you me….every time I take the 40 steps out to work, I remember. 😊
Well, what do you think, buddies o’ mine?! Want to come hang out? We’d have to all snuggle, because…..tiny. 😂 I hope you enjoyed this little tour, and I’ll keep you updated on the AMAZING flooring update coming soon….! 🙀 I’d love to hear what you think below, and come say hi on Pinterest and Facebook, too!