Organic Garden She Shed has a greenhouse attached
to a potting shed.
— Yes, she sells She Sheds at the home show. But in
Laura Fruehling’s defense, she didn’t come up with
name was presented to me. They said what would you do
with a shed?" recalled the longtime interior
designer from Holmes County, Ohio.
came up with the name," said John DeSantis,
director of the Duquesne Light Pittsburgh Home &
came from past home shows, when women’s reaction to
the sports-oriented Fan Cave (rhymes with Man Cave) was:
"I want one!"
year, they get five, all built by Amish craftsmen from
Ohio and displayed on the second floor of the convention
center. Twin Oaks Barns built Empty Nest, which
Fruehling decorated with custom-made furniture, and
Organic Garden, a potting shed and greenhouse in one.
Weaver Barns built Book Club and Patio Pavilion —
spaces for reading, sipping wine and outdoor
entertaining, respectively. Alpine Structures whipped up
a baby blue Baker’s Hut complete with a working oven
that will turn out cookies and other treats during the
doesn’t see her shed, which was her hideaway when her
grown children came home for Christmas, as just a
feminine version of a Man Cave. She calls it an artistic
take on another hot trend, the tiny house.
could be lived in. It’s a realistic option for a
second home," said Fruehling, the owner of Acorn
22-by-10-foot prototype is shown at the home show with a
wood stove, sink and toilet (but no plumbing). With 200
square feet of living space, its base price would be
$7,000, not including furniture, insulation, electric or
designer is especially proud of the furnishings, which
include old pallets used as a room divider and wine
rack, a table with burled cypress as a base and
marbleized concrete on top, and a glass-topped cypress
log whose artistic, gnarled appearance was created by a
fungus. It is laid on its side and acts as a beautiful
five She Sheds made their debut last month at Cleveland’s
Home Show, but Fruehling promises this version will be
even better. She will be accompanied by her daughter and
son-in-law, Lenzil and Asa Hoaglund of Moon, and her
sons Beriton and Brighton. Were they the reason she
escaped to her She Shed at Christmastime?
yes, but only for a while. It doesn’t have a shower.