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How To Transform A Simple Shed Into A Lovely Garden Room

04/16/2015 10:16 am ET | Updated Jun 16, 2015

By Kristen Flanagan for Architectural Digest.

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(photos: Lark Crafts)

Want to carve out a space of your own? Author Sally Coulthard suggests heading outside. Shed Decor (Lark Crafts, $25), Coulthard's new book, features hundreds of ideas that will help you turn a garden shed into a well-appointed retreat.
The country shed above offers an indoor space to gather that is surrounded by nature. The wood floors were painted to mimic checkerboard tile.

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This modern, 290-square-foot solid-timber structure is a study in micro-living. The snug space includes a living room, kitchenette, bathroom and bedroom, all flooded with natural light thanks to picture windows and sliding glass doors.

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To make the most of the space in this shed, the owners went vertical, building a loft above the kitchen area that fits a bed.

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When working with minimal square footage, Coulthard recommends maximizing light. One way to accomplish this: white paint and furnishings.

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Shed Decor (Lark Crafts, $25).

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