NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Men have their "man caves." Now more and more women have or want a "she shed." The custom designed getaways are decorated with creativity and used in so many different ways. East Texas News toured two "she sheds" in Nacogdoches County.
Google "she shed" and you're likely to find Ann Perry's garden house pop up.
Go to Melrose at the Tin Rabbit Antiques to see it in person.
What Ann has to show and tell can inspire many women to create a spot of individuality in their own backyard.
"It's my still place," said Ann Perry, a "she shed" owner. "It' my stress reliever."
Ann's father, husband, and sons built the French Country shed in 2009 as a Mother's Day gift. They used almost exclusively re-purposed items.
"A lot of windows. I found a lot of them in Canton," Perry said. "The flooring bricks that came from my grandparents. It was an old cotton gin. You know everything needs a second chance."
"Was it just as much fun shopping for the pieces parts as it was seeing it go together?"
Perry said it was just as much fun shopping for the pieces and parts as seeing it go together.
"Oh it was," Perry said. "That was probably the most fun."
Ann is pleased to have inspired so many others, including my friend Jenny Johnston of Nacogdoches. Jenny's long awaited "she shed" built by Nacogdoches County's Living Vintage Company is now complete.
"This is a space that is uniquely just mine," Johnston said.
Shabby chic is Johnston's style.
"An old kitchen cupboard that came out of a house in San Augustine," Johnston said.
A 100-year-old Crockett home's weathered wood and tin roof provide the vintage look Jenny is after.
"I decided I needed more wall space, so I can decorate with all my treasures," Johnston said.
It's a little house with sunlight on the floor. Johnston said her daughter calls it a grown up playhouse.
"Absolutely. I come out here play and tinker with things," Johnston said. "I have a picture of my granddaughter here to inspire me. If I'm not out here this is where I want to be."
Sometimes, a woman just has to have her space.
A Facebook closed group of international members called "she sheds" provides a lot of ideas. And then there's Pinterest. The more re-purposed items used, the less it can cost. Some are used for art studios and outdoor dining rooms. There are no rules other than to make it fit your personality.