Saturday, September 18, 2021

Zen Cabin Houseplant Studio

RHS Chelsea is going big on houseplants this year as we reported last week. One of the most intriguing elements promises to be the Zen Cabin setup put together by biophilic design studio Ro Co. Here's what they say about it:

 "‘The Zen Cabin’ will help to realise the fantasy of a city dweller who longs for a wild, secret space to retreat to in challenging times. The planting will ignite the senses with colour, texture, sound, taste and nostalgic natural fragrances. We’ll be inviting visitors in one by one to experience an intimate peace and personal connection with houseplants and nature."

Illustration by Rachel Hillis and more information in the video below.


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Friday, September 17, 2021

Stiff Peaks writing studio

A remarkable garden office with a Mediterranean flavour for writer Jane Stephens Rosenthal by Byben and Skeens in Los Angeles. Inspired by primitive stucco huts, it's called Stiff Peaks because the parapet which circles a lovely roof deck looks rather like beaten egg whites. The studio also features a bathroom and impressive arched windows. Marvellous photos by Taiyo Watanabe and Olivia Hemaratanatorn - you can see more at Byben.


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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Cladding your garden office

Once you've bought your garden office, you don't have to live with the exterior finish forever. Decking supplier Cladco offers a range of possibilities for those who want to freshen up their shedworking space with minimal ongoing maintenance. Their boards are made from 60% FSC Certified wood fibres and 40% recycled plastics Above, a building clad in Stone Grey Woodgrain Composite Wall Cladding. Below, the mobile glamping shepherd's hut run by The Hut Life in north Devon, in Ivory Wall Cladding.

And here's another Stone Grey, tongue-and-groove, with matching corner trims around the edges of windows and doors. You can see more examples in the company's gallery here.


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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

How to extend your wifi to your garden office

Every so often the tech media run a piece on how to extend the wifi to your garden office to guarantee a decent speed and stability. But it's also useful to have the advice and experience of shedworkers on the ground and they provided their hive mind support to writer and broadcaster Greg Jenner when he asked for help on Twitter. You can read all the replies here but here is a selection of suggestions:


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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

The first £500,000 beach hut

The ongoing beach hut price saga is about to ratchet up to another level with the arrival onto the property markeet of this hut on the always expensive Mudeford Sand Spit in Christchurch, Dorset, at an asking price of £570,000. It has dual aspect front and back views of the harbour and beach, and features a mezzanine, solar panels to provide electricity, and sleeps six. The kitchen has a stone work top and integrated fridge freezer. On with Denisons Estate Agents where you can find more details and images.


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Monday, September 13, 2021

August Strindberg: shedworker

In the summer of 1882, Swedish writer, playwright and painter August Strindberg built a writing hut or 'Diktarstuga' on Kymmendö. Sometimes known as 'Strindberg's island', this was the island he used as the basis for his novel ‘Hemsöborna’ or Natives of Hemso). Below is the view from his hut, courtesy Stefan Geens.


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Sunday, September 12, 2021

The Office House Plant Studio at RHS Chelsea

RHS Chelsea is back for a one-off September gig in a couple of weeks and over the next few days we'll be looking at some of the best garden office and other shedlike builds on display. First up is The Office House Plant Studio which comes courtesy of RHS Wisley Retail, designed by Thomas Broom Hedges who describes it as "a room in which to escape and focus". 

There's no pictures of it as yet, but one of the elements will be hanging Kokedama (example pictured above) plant installation, and peace lilies for their air purification properties (as well as being fairly easy to keep alive). We are also promised a bistro set, containers of dicksonias (tree ferns), grasses, and terrariums, while "accents of autumn planting suggest the studio is hidden in the shady depths of the garden".


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