Author(s): Jane Field-Lewis
Building on the success of My Cool Caravan and My Cool Campervan in 2010 and 2011, this follow-up book celebrates the humble and not so humble shed, from artists' studios to beach huts, and the diverse ways in which owners are styling them. My Cool Shed features 35 sheds, small cabins, garden rooms, beach huts, modern architectural mini masterpieces and other small spaces given purpose by their owners to pursue their hobbies, careers, creative endeavours or just to find some peace and solitude. The book includes high-quality stylish photography to show a wide range of well styled and elegant sheds, cabins, dens and hidewaways in attractive locations. The owners' stories and accompanying style notes offer insight as well as inspiration. This is not a 'how to' book, although a sourcebook will be included, but more of a 'feel good' book and provider of inspiration.
This year I've been obsessed with the idea of extending my living space by building a shed in the garden, and I've found inspiration in two books simply packed with ideas and photographs.
Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter by Lloyd Kahn is the more ambitious one, as it covers very small houses as well as the section on sheds. It has lots of space saving ideas, and wonderful interior photographs.
My Cool Shed: An Inspirational Guide to Stylish Hideaways and Workspaces by Jane Field-Lewis looks at sheds from literally every country in the world. She spends a bit more time describing each shed and the photographs by Tina Hillier are superb. The sheds are, or have been owned by artists, musicians, writers and gardeners. The book then looks at sheds for retreats, workspaces and time out.
I'm so carried away by these books I don't think one shed will be enough for me! - Jan
Jane Field-Lewis is a London-based stylist working in film and photography. She co-owns a 1970s retro-modern styled caravan - a perfect little hideaway where it is easy to be creative.