This year, Decorex is offering women the opportunity to learn how to transform an unused storage or tool shed into a comfortably inviting She Shed.

According to Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio Director: Design, Lifestyle and Retail Exhibitions for Decorex SA, “more and more women are looking for a safe hideaway with the extended comfort of home. This is a unique space dedicated to the individual needs and preferences of each woman, be it for recreation, rest or fun.”

If you have an outdoor shed that is just gathering dust and has become a storage unit for random paraphernalia, these She Shed guidelines will help you transform that space into something useful and cosy.

  1. Decide on the shed’s purpose
    Before tackling this project, it’s important to brainstorm what the purpose of your She Shed will be. If you’re an avid gardener, then consider converting it into a potting shed complete with the necessary tools and plants. For hobbyists, shelves for storage of equipment would be encouraged while those just looking for somewhere to retreat could consider lounge furniture and bookshelves.
  2. Apply a fresh coat of paint
    After the mandatory clean out and wash down, paint the entire shed – including the floors – a bright shade to breathe new life in the space and increase the perceived size. White is always a classic colour choice, but other hues that work well include calming, pale blues or light yellow.
  3. Invite nature inside
    The beauty of the She Shed is its connection with both the home and the natural world. The healing power of nature has inspired the current Urban Jungle trend so try bringing in pot plants, incorporating grassy plants, vines and flowered window boxes or bring floral prints into this sanctuary for a calming ambience.
  4. Seek out some treasures
    Decorating your She Shed is a great excuse to visit local flea markets and antique stalls for interesting and unexpected furnishing finds.
  5. Make yourself comfortable
    Your She Shed needs to be somewhere you want to spend your time so you need to make it as inviting as possible and that means comfort. A daybed topped with fluffy pillows, soft lighting and a stunning rug will make this a really special space.
  6. Don’t forget outside
    Inside and out, the She Shed needs to be a soothing space of serenity so consider decorating the door, hanging attractive curtains and even fairy lights.
  7. It’s all about you
    There is no right or wrong way to decorate your She Shed, as long as it reflects your personality. As your interests and needs change, so should your She Shed. It’s worth taking a step back every year and analysing if the space is still what you want. If not, change it up. The She Shed needs to be user-friendly and should adapt as you do.

To view some great examples of She Shed designs and styles suited to a range of tastes, visit Decorex Joburg at the Gallagher Convention Centre from 9 to 13 August. It is every homeowner’s dream to attend Decorex and be exposed to the latest décor and design trends. With Blaque, it is possible. Stand a chance to win double tickets to the décor, design and lifestyle expo by telling us what you are looking forward to seeing there. Use the hashtag #BLQxDecorex and you could be attending this year’s Decorex.


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