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The Cotton Stem Cottage She Shed Tour!

Hey buddies!
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!!๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ)

I keep moving things around in here (as is my way…๐Ÿ˜‰), 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!! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ  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! ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ) 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. โค๏ธ

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!! ๐Ÿฎ)

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.  โค๏ธ  I’m a lucky girl, and believe you me….every time I take the 40 steps out to work, I remember. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Well, what do you think, buddies o’ mine?!  Want to come hang out?  We’d have to all snuggle, because…..tiny.  ๐Ÿ˜‚  I hope you enjoyed this little tour, and I’ll keep you updated on the AMAZING flooring update coming soon….! ๐Ÿ™€  I’d love to hear what you think below, and come say hi on Pinterest and Facebook, too!


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  1. Jessica says:

    Love it Erin! I am always so inspired by your posts! Thanks for taking the time to share with all of us!โค

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      Well I sure appreciate you checking it out–means a lot that someone wants to see! โค๏ธ

  2. Jodi M says:

    I absolutely love it! It’s the perfect size for ONE! You are such a sweet spirit and I love your style and your blog. You keep it real! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Nancy says:

    Erin, love the remodel ๐Ÿ™‚ The al fresco seating area is adorable, I would love to chat with you out there over a cocktail. I heart you and all your "dorky" ways ๐Ÿ˜‰ You honestly crack me up daily!!!!

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      Ha ha, thank you Nancy! I’m glad my cray hasn’t scared you away…yet. ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜‚

  4. Rebecca Busboom says:

    Such a perfectly sweet little space! ๐Ÿ’•

  5. Carla says:

    Love your blog post… and enjoy a real down to earth person. Have a good week.

  6. Jessica Laforest says:

    Your she shed is adorable… makes me want one too and love the chair I can’t wait to order one now that joss and main ships to Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

  7. Ashley Kay says:

    I love your style! I enjoy your insta stories so much (and your blog, of course!). The fact that you keep things real is very inspiring and refreshing!

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      Hey Ashley, thank you! I’m too tired to be anything else other than my crazy self, so I’m glad you’ve stuck around through it–ha!! ๐Ÿ˜‰โค๏ธ

  8. Breanna says:

    Such a perfect space you have created! How dreamy!!

  9. Leslie says:

    Erin, it’s perfect! The flooring is already so awesome so I can’t even imagine what you are going to do to top it ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      Thanks, Leslie! I do like the floors now, but it was one of those last second, have-to-choose-SOMEthing kind of situations, and I’ve never LOVED it. Fun project coming soon…!

  10. Squirrels says:

    Love the She Shed!! I can definitely see how you fell asleep in there a few times!! ๐Ÿ˜‚

  11. Mae Wood says:

    Erin I just love your style. So real. So practical and yet very gorgeous. You amaze me. I shared some of your ideas with my nieces and they too love your style. Great decorating.

  12. Kimberly says:

    I just love it. Perfectly cozy and snug. Thank you for the inspiration Erin!

  13. Tisha Goble says:

    What’s all this about you not being a photographer. Of course you are! The pictures are gorgeous. And I’ll my goodness, that chair ๐Ÿ˜

  14. Kate says:

    It’s a dream. So feminine, and inviting!!! Thanks for the tour!!

  15. Cheryl says:

    Such a cozy comfy little slice of heaven! Erin I love your little she shed!

  16. Jennifer says:

    Your she-shed is ADORABLE!!!! Every little detail is absolute perfection! That’s one awesome hubby you have to make this little space come to life for you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Lori says:

    Erin- what kind or name of floors in your bedroom?? I love it

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      All the floors in the house are wood look tiles from Lowes–Style Selections in Natural Timber Cinnamon.

  18. Paula says:

    Love the she-she’d! It’s so adorable, and WOW is your hubby thoughtful or what!!?!
    I’ve told my hubby I want a she-shed and he says the whole house is my she-palace!!!! (He’s right) He’s always saying no one would know he lived here, if they didn’t already know….secretly….he loves it?

  19. Wendy says:

    Oh my gosh this is ADORABLE for sure!! You’ve added the Perfect touches, now come do my house!๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜˜ Lol

  20. Nadine Bodnar says:

    I love everything about your She Shed. It really is the best idea ever. I mentioned to hubby I would love one… Building and insulating for Canada winters is gonna be tricky but I have faith in him lol. Tks for the inspiration!!!!

  21. Shelly fonda says:

    I want a she shed!!! Love this Erin!!!๐Ÿ˜

  22. Tina says:

    Ok I love her! But……how do you stay cool in summer and warm in winter

  23. Marie says:

    Love everything about your she-shed! Can’t wait to see the new floors!

  24. Stephanie says:

    Gah๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ oh mylanta so amazing all 80 square feet! I love the succulents I have a ton of them all over our house!!!

  25. Janneth says:

    Hi my first time coming to your blog I needed to see that shed it looks beautiful so cozy I also wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your stories on IG I find you super funny and keeps me entertained thank you

  26. Jeri Porter says:

    Love it!!! So cute and cozy.

  27. Caroline says:

    Erin, does the shed have hair conditioning and electricity? My husband has just been offered a job where he can work from home!!!! It’s great news, but we don’t have an office in our house and with four kids running around I don’t know if he could get much done…. a He shed might be in order!!!

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      Yes! It has electricity and we installed a small wall unit AC. It’s so small that a quality space heater did the trick during the super cold winter months, too!

  28. Deb says:

    This is adorable! What a perfect little spot to escape!

  29. Carmen Wah says:

    Love it.

  30. Suze says:

    So inspiring, thank you! ๐Ÿค“

  31. marisa felton says:

    so cozy & amazing!!!! love love love๐Ÿ’š

  32. Melissa says:

    Adore this space and am adding it to my soon-to-be-dream-farmhouse-space. โ˜บ๏ธ Silly questjon, but what is under the succulents in your indoor box? Is it burlap? Thank you oodles!

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      Hey Melissa, yes! Just some burlap so the stems of the succulents wouldn’t slip through the spaces in the basket!

  33. Chelon says:

    this is the most beautiful space!! I want one at my house!

  34. Lisa says:

    Hi Erin, may I ask where your natural linen curtains are from please? Thanks……Lisa

  35. Just in love with everything you share. I followed your IG stories this morning in hopes of finding out what type of planner you use?! I always see your gorgeous pink and gold planner and I’d love if you didn’t mind sharing! Thanks so much for all your inspiration โค๏ธ

  36. Piper says:

    That is the cutest little she shed ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•thanks for taking us on that sweet tour. It’s like little slice of heaven for you and the fact that it was all done with love makes me heart it even more. Loved the tile you picked out and can’t wait to see you install it!! If we lived closer, I would come over with a big ole basket of muffins to celebrate the new flooring๐Ÿ˜

  37. Carla says:

    Love your She Shed! It’s absolutely adorable and you decorated it amazingly wonderful ๐Ÿ’• I love the fact you give credit to your husband when due. Shows the true love you two share. You are such a positive and inspiring person. Thank you for sharing your life with all of us โค๏ธ

  38. Kim says:

    I love your she shed! It’s just perfect! I love everything about it. You and your husband did an amazing job! What a wonderful place to escape to!

  39. Janna says:

    Erin, thank you for sharing. I just recently found you on Instagram .
    I am loving how real you are with your followers. I can so relate about going to your special place, so you can have a “clear” thought. ๐Ÿ˜œ
    Thanks again for sharing!

  40. Ingrid Dโ€™ornellas says:

    Amazing Erin๐Ÿ™I want to move right in๐Ÿ˜œ

  41. Heather says:

    Absolutely perfect!!! Your yard is GORGEOUS also!!! Love your she shed!!!โค

  42. Jennifer says:

    I LOVE your she shed! Where did you get your curtains? I remember you did an IG story on it and then didnโ€™t write it down. ๐Ÿ˜” I wanna day you mentioned wither Home Depot or Loweโ€™s? Thank You for sharing your stories with us! I enjoy them all ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. Marilyn Harper says:

    I absolutely love the ” SHE SHED ”
    I need to show this space to my Hubbie. Let him know that I need a space like this for myself, to destress !! Thanks for sharing. By the way I think your little ones are just adorable

  44. Nelly says:


    OMG your she shed office is a dream! I love it so much and your style is AMAZING! Thanks for sharing your beautiful space with us. I absolutely LOVE your blog and IG.


  45. Kim says:

    Love, LOVE this itty bitty beauty SO much, Erin! Your style is exquisite ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป

  46. Amanda says:

    Love, love it! Perfect small space to dream and create๐Ÿ˜˜

  47. Sarah says:

    Your posts continue to inspire, Erin! What a gorgeous work space. You deserve a nap or two out there as a busy working multitasking mom! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸผI love that your husband built you this space, what a lovely tangible reminder that he believes in you. Keep up the lovely work in that lovely space! โค๏ธ

  48. This would be my dream come true also! I absolutely love it! So happy for you

  49. Mary Helen Berg says:

    Hi Erin.

    I’m writing an article on she sheds for USA Today HOME Magazine and wondered if you’d be available for a chat! Please email me if you can/and are interested. Thanks!

  50. Hello! Have you and your Hubs released the building plans for this? I would love to have mine look into making me my own little space! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you!

  51. Jennie Posada says:

    Thank you for the inspiration! My tiny office is at the back of my home and seems to be the catch all room. I also sent this link to my sister. Shes an amazing photographer that would love a quiet place to work. So simple and sweet.


  52. Lisa says:

    Can you link your curtains please?

  53. Annie Sears says:

    This is so cute! I cannot wait to see what you do next! My daughter has always wanted her own โ€œshe shed.โ€ When she buys her first house that is what Iโ€™m buying her.

  54. Courtney says:

    Where is that awesome tuftes chair from? The linked picture just brings me to Pinterest ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

  55. Erika Kotite says:

    Erin I just got back from your she shed tour and feel all peaceful and pretty! My shed is 6 x 6 and so I am one of your small sisters! Currently looking for a scaled-down upholstered chair to fit me and my books.

  56. Vickie says:

    I love your tiny space . Iโ€™m in the process of doing my 5โ€™4โ€x9โ€™4โ€ space!Seeing yours gives me inspiration that I can achieve my goal . It will be my escape from the house and my creative place. I love your little office.

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