STYLISH SHEDS AND ELEGANT HIDEAWAYS by Debra Prinzing and with photographs by William Wright is the most treasured book in my garden library. I received the book a few weeks ago and have referred to it every day. With the passing of each page, I see ideas that would be perfect in my new little shed.
About two years ago, a life long dream began to happen and now it’s ready to be finished. Several old windows had been given to me and were piled up everywhere there was a spare place to hide them. Thirty-six windows sat looking lonely for months and months. But along came Stylish Sheds and now I have vision and purpose for the old windows.
It is hard to find multipurpose sheds of the kind I wanted to build. Most people use a shed to store tools and never give a thought to its many other uses. My desire was to have a garden sanctuary where creativity could thrive. I wanted to start a few seedlings, hang a few bird’s nest, display memorabilia important only to me, and stock it full of books about the things I love. The book Stylish Sheds does just that and in so many unique ways.
I searched the Internet and bookstores for inspiration hoping to find colorful pictures and descriptions of how other people had accomplished such a retreat. And then one day, Shirley Bovshow of Edenmakers’ Blog told me to take a look at Debra Prinzing’s Book Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways. There is a website called Shed Style that is Debra Prinzing’s blog and information site for all things sheds.
Southern Comfort is a chapter of Stylish Sheds And Elegant Hideaways filled with ideas on how to give your property a heart and soul. The couple featured in this article have outdoor living spaces and a stand alone area that flow from one to the next. Old jars, birdhouses, antique gates, and a most interesting iron chandelier are part of the Southern Comfort chapter.
Each mini chapter of this book is an adventure telling of the families who desired a retreat of their own and the instructions on how to do it yourself should you wish for one too. You will take something with you from every page.
The following information was taken from the site, Shed Style
Recently transplanted from Seattle to Southern California, Debra Prinzing is a garden and design features writer. For the past year, her “NW Style” column appeared in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. She has recently begun to contribute stories to the Los Angeles Times’ Home section.
She has a background in textiles and journalism, took her Master Gardener training with King County (Wash.), and studied landscape design and horticulture at South Seattle Community College.
Debra is the author of four gardening books, including “The Abundant Garden” (2005) and the “Pacific Northwest Garden Survival Guide” (2004). Her articles have appeared in Fine Gardening, Cottage Living, Sunset, Better Homes & Gardens SIPs, Seattle Homes & Lifestyles, Alaska Airlines magazine and Romantic Homes, among other publications.
Debra Prinzing a site about her work and other publications she has written.