For some, location is the key to finding homehappiness. For others, it’s three bedrooms, two bathrooms. For me, having a personal escape—a small space all to myself—brings me joy. As a little girl, you could often find me in the treehouse in the woods next to my childhood home, and as an adult, the same can be said for the shed in my backyard. My need for an area to express myself in is a must-have, and my shed and the furniture within it play supporting roles to that dream—offering me the comfort, storage and function I need to truly unleash my creativity. In the shed, I let my imagination run wild and give myself permission to dream, write, draw and sing. On the coffee table, I confuse paint water for tea, and on the side chair, I take the opportunity to sit back and watch paint dry—which is quite enjoyable when it’s on canvas. The perfect accompaniment to hot summer days, these pieces also become host to late-night campouts with my niece Ellia under the stars. For such a tiny space, it’s incredible how many memories already fill it.
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