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Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways: Big Ideas for Small Backyard Destinations Hardcover – April 29, 2008

4.4 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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About the Author

DEBRA PRINZING is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times, Cottage Living, Better Homes and Gardens, Fine Gardening, Sunset, and other magazines. She lectures frequently on garden and design topics. She lives in Los Angeles.

WILLIAM WRIGHT is an architectural and interior design photographer and a regular contributor to many shelter magazines, including Old House Interiors, Romantic Homes, and Sunset. He lives in Seattle.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Style (April 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307352919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307352910
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.6 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #642,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
For anyone who wants to build or create a cool garden shed, art studio, playhouse, writer's retreat, greenhouse dining room.........this is THE book for them! If your style is cozy, crafty, rustic, or contemporary, there is a shed or hideaway, in this book, which will inspire you to start building. I have been saving old windows for years, and now I have the impetus to start to create my own special space using a combination of elements from several of the buildings featured in this book. The photos are wonderful. The writing is approachable and totally inspiring.
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Debra Prinzing's newest book is a wonderful collaboration with William Wright, as photographer. Together, they documented fantastic outbuildings across the United States. These artist's retreats, decorator paradises, and architectural jewelry for the main house can sometimes scarcely be called sheds, but Ms. Prinzing makes all of us feel like friends who have dropped over for a glass of iced tea on a sunny afternoon.

I knew I was in for quality enjoyment when I opened the book, and the first line paraphrased Virginia Woolf's "room of one's own." Hasn't every writer or artist longed for such a place? I know I have, and now I have several templates from which to choose.
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I'm one of the lucky shed owners in this book Stylish Sheds and
Elegant Hideaways. And I'm a lover of modern design. When looking through books and magazines I'm always flipping quickly trying to find the "good stuff". Debra Prinzing found the good stuff for her latest book.

This book has several contemporary designs, but I found the other sheds just as beautiful and interesting. I guess that's the style and elegance. Perfect title for the book.

William Wright's photos are gorgeous. He captures the sheds in their surroundings which makes this book a good tool for designing your own backyard oasis.

I want to use many of the great ideas I got from this book. In the chapter Poetic License the Italian tile is installed upside down and the Nordic pavilion in San Francisco has a grass roof. The glass block ceiling in the Manhattan shed makes a great sky light.
Plenty of planting arrangement ideas in every chapter. I go on garden tours to get ideas. With this book I can visit 28 gardens and their sheds from my easy chair.

I don't think I'm biased because I'm in this book. Just Lucky.
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Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways is full of innovative and creative ideas that I would love to use to liven up my own bland, suburban back garden and create a private space just for me! The book gave me many ideas of using sheds and elegant hideaways for more than just storing garden hoses, pots and a wheel barrow.

Bravo to the home owners for their wonderful "shed" visions and to Debra and William for capturing the essence of these great spaces through the book's words and photos. Each chapter is full of enticing images and words that capture the personality of the shed owners. There isn't a boring picture in the entire book.

I am inspired to even start collecting antique garden tools, bird houses or watering cans to duplicate the decorative displays in some of the garden shed pictures.

Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideways is a classy book that I am sure everyone will find inspiring, no matter how big or small their yard or budget.
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I originally put this text in the comments section by Dennis' review but figured no one would see it there because of his negative attitude.

I beg to differ with Dennis. I am the creator of the "Mod Pod". I was flattered and eager to help contribute to Debra's book. This is not a how-to-build-a-shed book. I have been planning a shed of my own in my very modest East Austin home. Even being the creative person that I am, I took inspiration from several projects presented in this book. I intend to build ponds similar to those in "Texas Tea House" chapter, create an elevated structure as in the same chapter, create a wall similar to the roof in the Manhatten chapter, and create a sun screen like the Soji-like panels located in the San Fransisco chapter. (Sorry Debra, I don't have the book in front of me as I write this, so I don't remember the actual chapter titles.) My point is that I found the book to be exactly what the author intended it to be.

Wikipedia defines a book of this nature as follows:

A coffee table book is a hardcover book that is intended to sit on a coffee table or similar surface in an area where guests sit and are entertained, thus inspiring conversation or alleviating boredom. They tend to be oversized and of heavy construction, since there is no pressing need for portability. Subject matter is generally confined to non-fiction, and is usually visually-oriented. Pages consist mainly of photographs and illustrations, accompanied by captions and small blocks of text, as opposed to long prose. Since they are aimed at anyone who might pick the book up for a light read, the analysis inside is often more basic and with less jargon than other books on the subject. Because of this, the term 'coffee table book' can be used pejoratively to indicate a superficial approach to the subject.

Dennis, I suggest you sell your used copy (here on Amazon.com) to someone who will enjoy it.

Harrison Bates
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