5 Ways to Create the Perfect She-Shed


Transform your backyard into a shabby-chic retreat just for the girls. With cozy, inviting décor and a laidback vibe, you can create the she-shed of your dreams. image 1

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1. Décor that endures

If you’re putting together a fantastic indoor/outdoor space, you want to make sure it can weather the elements of a high-traffic space. Way back when, the limited selection of outdoor and performance fabrics felt rough and tough – not to mention the pattern and color options were limited. Today, fabric brands like Kravet, Schumacher, and Romo offer a variety of beautiful, durable, washable, fade-resistant fabrics in awesome colors, textures and patterns. You can invite the gals over every weekend and spill a little wine here, a little cappuccino there, without worrying too much about it!

Deck the whole space out – from top to bottom – in high-performance products. Invest in a high-quality outdoor rug to ground the space. Check out the fun, graphic and textured styles at Kravet, Surya and Dash and Albert. I suggest a soft, sheer white drapery panel (try Sunbrella) for a free-flowing, effortless look that won’t fade.

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2. Comfy options for seating

Think: chic, plush sofas and lounge chairs with tons of pillows and throws for a cozy, inviting vibe. My favorite luxury outdoor seating that’s high-quality and functional is Janus et Cie. Look for laidback, casual styles with loose, overstuffed seating. Versatile pieces that can do double-duty like ottomans or stools will maximize seating and tabletop options.

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3. Light it up

Lighting is essential in every design. Choose the right light for a quiet night of reading or moody accent lights for a night of drinks with the girls. Loosely hung strands of twinkle lights give a casual and trendy vibe. Candles are a surefire (pun intended) way to get just the right amount of light without being too harsh.

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4. Air on the bright side

Give your home-away-from-home a signature scent with a nod to the tropics. Try aromatic candles like Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin or Capri Blue Volcano from Anthropologie. Both scents bring an air of the tropics and create a true getaway vibe. For fresh, natural scents, flowers and plants like jasmine and lavender are always a lovely touch.

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5. Cheers to that

Last, but certainly not least, include a fantastic spot for drinks. Whether it’s a wet bar, a dry bar with an ice bucket or a stylish bar cart, a place to store refreshing beverages is essential in a she-shed.

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