Virginia Woolf did much of her writing in a converted shed, situated in her garden at Monk's House in Rodmell, Sussex. If you want to see more of her garden, see Required Reading: Virginia Woolf's Garden. If you want to know how to outfit your own shed in proper English style, see below:
Above: Inspired by Woolf's writing shed, Scotts of Thrapston designed the Reading Room, a summerhouse made from European redwood stained a dark green. The Reading Room is no longer available through Scotts, but the more modern Polebrook Summerhouse offers a similar small space for garden tools or garden contemplators; £7,400. If you opt for a DIY-version of the shed, Thompson's WaterSeal Semi-Transparent Waterproofing Stain in Douglas Fir is a comparable stain; $24 per gallon.
Above: Ikea's Sockerärt enameled steel vase comes in three sizes; $7.99 to $19.99.
Above: The Long Narrow Pole Handle Basket in large is $21.95 from The Basket Lady.
Above: Ikea's Norbo drop-leaf table folds down when not in use; $29.99. Paint it in an eggshell white to re-create the look.
Above: The Oak Counter Stool from Restoration Hardware has a weathered finish; on sale for $79.
N.B. This is an update of a post that originally published on March 27, 2012.
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