My Cool Shed


Building on the success of my cool caravan and my cool campervan in 2010 and 2011, this follow-up book celebrates the humble and not so humble shed, from artists’ studios to beach huts, and the diverse ways in which owners are styling them.

my cool shed features 35 sheds, small cabins, garden rooms, beach huts, modern architectural mini masterpieces and other small spaces given purpose by their owners to pursue their hobbies, careers, creative endeavours or just to find some peace and solitude. The book includes high-quality stylish photography to show a wide range of well styled and elegant sheds, cabins, dens and hidewaways in attractive locations. The owners’ stories and accompanying style notes offer insight as well as inspiration. This is not a ‘how to’ book, although a sourcebook will be included, but more of a ‘feel good’ book and provider of inspiration.

Purchase: via Amazon


Treehugger, July 2012

“This book will make you want a shed: deeply, madly and immediately. My cool shed is written as a celebration of sheds from the modest to the lavish.”

The Australian, June 2012

“A loving homage to the creative possibilities of the every day shed.”



Times2, June 2012, Damian Whitworth

“The most thumbed-over book in the Times2 office at the moment is My Cool Shed, a truly filthy work of property porn so addictive it is hard to stop reading it long enough to actually write this piece. The writer, Jane Field-Lewis, and photographer, Tina Hillier, toured Britain and beyond in search of the most envy-inducing huts and sheds.”

The Mail, May 2012

“My Cool Shed features a wealth of pint-sized havens from a covetable tree house to bijou beach huts for those in search of escape and inspiration.”

The Sun, May 2012

“Once upon a time, the garden shed was the refuge of middle-aged men getting up to goodness knows what. But the humble shed has had a makeover and many people are using theirs as an extension of their home for work or pleasure. My Cool Shed by Jane Field-Lewis, celebrates the “stylish hideaways”. It features 35 sheds, cabins, beach huts and other small spaces.”

The Simple Things, 2012

“Apparently, sheds can be much more than hidey-holes for lawn mowers and cracked plant pots, as Jane Field-Lewis proves in her new book. Following on from the success of My Cool Caravan and My Cool Campervan, this latest offering delves into the nation’s hippest sheds, cabins and beach huts, and invites you to meet their creative / reclusive / crafty owners.”

Weekend Australian

my cool shed featured in a lovely article in Weekend Australian:

‘Imagine reinventing your humble backyard garden shed as a live performance venue and recording studio. Or transforming an old shipping container into a whimsical, portable palace of books. How about turning a World War II air-raid shelter into a modern artist’s studio, or running your shoemaking business out of a self-designed shed in your garden…’

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