She Sheds at the Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show on the second floor of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. From left, the Baker's Hut, Organic Garden and Empty Nest.
The Organic Garden She Shed has a greenhouse attached to a potting shed.
A view of the interior of Organic Garden, one of five She Sheds at the Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show.
The Book Club She Shed by Weaver Barns at the Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show.
By Kevin Kirkland / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Yes, she sells She Sheds at the home show. But in Laura Fruehling’s defense, she didn’t come up with the name.
“That name was presented to me. They said what would you do with a shed?” recalled the longtime interior designer from Holmes County, Ohio.
“We came up with the name,” said John DeSantis, director of the Duquesne Light Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show, which opened Friday and continues through March 12 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Downtown.
Inspiration came from past home shows, when women’s reaction to the sports-oriented Fan Cave (rhymes with Man Cave) was: “I want one!”
This 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 Ms. 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 10-day show.
Ms. Fruehling 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.
Tickets: $10 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12 and free for those under 6. Information and discounts on weekday admission at www.pghhome.com. Parking $7 at Heinz Field lots with free shuttle Downtown.
“It could be lived in. It’s a realistic option for a second home,” said Ms. Fruehling, the owner of Acorn Hook.
Her 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 plumbing.
The 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 dining table.
All five She Sheds made their debut last month at Cleveland’s Home Show, but Ms. 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?
Well, yes, but only for a while. It doesn’t have a shower.
Kevin Kirkland: 412-263-1978 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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