by Michel Van Devender

Ahhhh…. a creative space… it has been top of mind for me, especially since COVID. Short of moving to my own apartment, which I have threatened to do by the way… #momoftheyear, it seems like a more realistic and economical option. I imagine this magical, mystical place where I’m all alone, can hear my thoughts and feel inspired to make and create. In this place that only exists in my mind, there are no dirty dishes, no empty food wrappers, no soiled, smelly shoes, no worn clothes scattered on the floor. Absolutely none of this. Only beautiful, collected and created things.

For the past seven years, we’ve lived in modern homes with open floor plans and multi-functional, efficient spaces. We’ve intentionally designed our new homes with the goal of using the square footage, with very little wasted space. And in case you didn’t know, that’s code for nowhere to go to get away from everyone! It seemed like a great idea until the pandemic, and I’m sure when life is back to all the people leaving for work and school, it will be fine again. But for now, I cannot stop dreaming of my very own DETACHED studio space. 

As if I’m destined for torture, I’m scrolling on the Domino website and find a recent feature where Leanne Ford shares the process of converting her Pennsylvania henhouse shed into a dreamy rustic pottery studio and creative space. I. Am. In. Love! I would actually live in your shed Leanne and am available to move in right away. Just add a cute little vintage daybed with a French mattress. I think it would fit the decor nicely, don’t you? The gorgeous images have me transported, in fairy-tale fashion, to a studio paradise. As I read through the story, it just got better. Much of the materials used for the rehab project were found in the home’s basement and shed – french doors, terracotta tiles, a bar cart, vintage art, etc. I mean, what the luck! In the older, historic homes I’ve owned, there was nothing so cool and usable left behind. 

Leanne goes on to say, you can convert a shed used for storage into a place you’d want to hang in a matter of a weekend. Hmmmm… I’m not so sure about that, but I guess she hasn’t seen our container shed or have the dilemma of figuring out where to then store all of the necessary and practical items in said shed. Albeit, her shed looked to be chock-full of actual junk and required a big clean out and extensive clean-up. I’m sure she also has other storage options. 

I do love the Fords, their enviable style and how they make everything DIY look so chic. Who else, but Leanne Ford, can clean a filthy shed in a top to bottom all white outfit? For more details on the renovation process, check out Domino’s full story and the Ford’s video. Endless and lovely Leanne Ford inspiration can be found on her Instagram account – @leannefordinteriors and her website – leanneford.com.


•All photography by Erin Kelly for Domino.

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