Inside Justina Blakeney's Chic Man Cave for the Modern Woman

Sacha Strebe

Our modern lives have us perfecting the juggle of high-flying careers and family commitments, with a social life somewhere in between. And the struggle is real. Often we find ourselves stretched too thin and close to burnout, but our friend Justina Blakeney has found a cure: The She Shed. The New York Times best-selling author of The New Bohemians, artist and founder of design blog The Jungalow, was tapped by Santa Margherita wines to create an elevated, ladies-only, boho-chic shed with a sustainable approach. As huge fans of her colorful work (her L.A. office is a feast for the eyes), we had high expectations for this new project, and she totally exceeded them.

"I hoped to create a space that felt like a vacation, a respite from the chaos of daily life," she told MyDomaine. "I love spaces that have a good indoor/outdoor flow, and that was an important aspect of the design as well. Not sure where the name She Shed came from, but it's fun to say, isn't it?" The She Shed structure is made entirely of reclaimed wood and recycled materials with repurposed décor throughout. But aside from the striking look of the female hub, there are also live in-house performances, DIY terrarium classes, and wine swilling over good conversation. We took five with Blakeney to discover her design process and style notes behind the shed.

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