Escape to a cabin in the woods

When you need peace and solitude, a ‘she shed’ seems to be the place to go. But imagine if that shed was tucked away in the forest, surrounded by nature.


A place to retreat to, somewhere to sit and read, craft or even nap – and on your own… doesn’t that sound bliss? ‘She sheds’ are unsurprisingly on the rise, with over 154,000 tagged on Instagram. The humble garden shed, once belonging to the alpha male, the lawnmower and other unwanted junk, is becoming stylish and cosy in its own right.

Think of a place where sheepskins add warmth, candles cast a soft glow, mugs of coffee and sweet treats are in abundance, and crisp, white snow is all around.

Now imagine a ‘she shed’ in the woods… how dreamy would a Scandi ‘she cabin’ be?  Of course, such a cabin in the woods would be cold, so we’d need a wood-burning stove to keep us warm. The cabin in the photograph is on the Finnish side of Haparanda, and has been in the same family for generations. But as the photographer behind this stunning shot, @Revolt explains, ‘There’s no electricity or toilet, just an Aga in the middle of the room to heat it. It gets so cold there, that in the winter, you need to wake up every two-three hours to just keep the fire going.’

Perhaps our new-look garden sheds, where we can pop back home for a quick warm, aren’t so bad after all. Maybe we just need to add an extra sheepskin or two… 

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