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.
"With the popularity of the man cave, there seems to be this notion that men need their own space so that they can have 'alone time' and totally be themselves," she says. "I believe that women have similar needs. Although I love spending time with my family, it's also great (and often much needed) to have a place that is totally mine, where I can indulge and tap into my own creativity and well-being. Women need a break too."
"What you do in a She Shed has everything to do with what you love to do but never have space for," she says. "Maybe it's yoga, maybe it's reading a book, sharing a glass of prosecco with a girlfriend and catching up, painting, or writing. Maybe you just want a place to watch your 'guilty pleasure' TV shows (Scandal, anyone?). It's about relaxing and having a place to indulge and be totally yourself."
"I think it's always important to think about sustainability, and I know that Santa Margherita feels the same way," she says. "The structure of the shed was built entirely from reclaimed woods, which means that no additional trees were cut down. Yay!"
"Inside the shed, we have lots of plants, which, of course, are the most eco-friendly décor in the world," she said. "We also used a lot of pieces made from natural materials, like the pendant lamp made from jute, and the rattan seats."