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Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways

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It’s possible that everyone is born with some idea of sanctuary. My friend, the writer Maryann Macdonald, has eight siblings. As a young child, she sought a few moments of peace in the kitchen broom closet. She now lives in the Upper East Side of Manhattan on a busy and noisy intersection. She catches her solitude where she can (she’s fond of a quiet subscription-only library), but I suspect if she had a scrap of yard, she’d be tearing through Debra Prinzing’s new book from Clarkson Potter, Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways (handsomely photographed by William Wright), and ringing up contractors.

The twenty-eight sheds and hideaways in this book will induce shack-envy in anyone without one—and it might be difficult to find people who don’t dream about one. Tucked away in yards from Washington through California, into Texas, across to Georgia and up through Long Island, Manhattan, and Connecticut, these intimate structures are inventive, if diminutive, acts of architecture. Re-imagined garages, potting sheds, tool huts, even a 1930s log cabin, a makeshift boathouse, and a barn have been transformed into sanctuaries for writing, designing, painting, gardening, dining, napping—and...

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