Sooo cute! Is probably the first thing that popped into your head when you saw this enchanted looking exterior. But what awaited me inside was no fairy tale. I could hardly get my foot through the door with all the stacked bins of books and junk. Before the project began the client and I established that this will become her outdoor library where she can store all her amazing books and have a little getaway when she needs. This amazing fully finished shed went through a huge transformation by decluttering and organizing the existing items.
We focused on trying to fit all of the books since we did want this to resemble a library. However storage was very limited so we needed to make a quick trip to IKEA and purchase 2 bookcases…it was downhill from there.
We started of by removing everything from the room. Having a clean slate to look at helps to visualize the potential the space has. As soon as the bins were out I knew I wanted the daybed to be the focus of the room. It was perfect for relaxing with a good book and looking on to the yard.
Next, I started separating the books by color and placing them on the new bookcases. according to size. From largest to smallest. Then alternating between propping them vertically and horizontally <—this helps create interest. I placed a few smaller items and sculptures to make an interesting visual as well as give them a new purpose. We were tight on budget so I made sure to utilize as many pieces as possible. Anything we couldn't keep was given away.
With some organization and little decor tricks this drab forgotten shed turned into an enchanted outdoor library sanctuary where you feel like any moment a unicorn might show up. Yeah thats how magical it is.
Ps. Everything was very budget friendly and I ended up decorating with existing items. The only items we have purchased were the bookcases. ($25 each)
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Mary Dampier, Tara Dennison and Paulina Brajczewska.