ISSUE 13  |  Rite of Spring

Steal This Look: English Writing Shed

March 27, 2012 8:30 AM

BY Meredith Swinehart

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Virginia Woolf did much of her writing in a converted shed, situated in her garden at Monk's House in Rodmell, Sussex; here's how to outfit your own shed in proper English style.

Above: Inspired by Woolf's writing shed, Scotts of Thrapston, working in collaboration with the UK National Trust, offers the Reading Room, a summerhouse made from European redwood stained a dark green; £7,995. For a similar stain, try Thompson's WaterSeal Semi-Transparent Waterproofing Stain in Douglas Fir; $24 per gallon.

Above: An Antique English D-Handle Garden Fork (L) is on sale at Garret Wade for $75; the antique spade is sold out. The bronze Orion Spade, handmade in Austria and Hungary, is $198 at Harley Farms in Pescadero, CA (R). Another set of options: Target sells Smith & Hawken's Solid-Forged Garden Spade ($79) and Solid-Forged Border Fork ($74).

Above: The Large Plymouth Wood Bracket is $21.05 at Amazon. For the shelving, a 10-inch deep Poplar Board is $3.94 per linear foot at Home Depot.

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 $29.00 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; $80.