Co-author of ‘Scandi Rustic’, an interior exploration into Scandinavian design mixed with rustic natural textures, Rebecca Lawson shares her journey building a light-filled studio at the bottom of her garden.
From its inspired inception during the pandemic to putting in the perfect finishing touches of soft linen, woven jute, and chrome details, discover the award-winning interior blogger’s secret haven.
What inspired you to create a garden studio?
We bought our 1930s home three years ago and decided to do a big renovation project on it to create our dream family home. We had always thought there was the perfect spot for a garden studio nestled at the bottom of the garden and then the pandemic happened… we were both working from home a lot so it sort of accelerated our plans!
Did you take inspiration from your book ‘Scandi Rustic’ when it came to the design?
I love all things Scandinavian but also very influenced by modern Australian design which is simple and pared back with great use of materials. The room definitely follows the Scandi Rustic principles mixing a neutral back drop with textured items such as jute rug, chunky wooden bowls and metallic lighting!
Ultimately, I wanted to it feel as light and bright as possible as it is north facing and the neutral shades I chose really help it feel spacious.
The Isaac beautifully fits in with your design aesthetic! What drew you to the design of the sofa?
I chose the Isaac because of its minimal, relaxed styling – it feels really informal and I loved the fact that it had removable covers that could be easily removed and washed with this being located in a studio people have to walk through the garden to get to! It offered the perfect mix of style and practicality. It has added a dimension to how we use the space so it is not solely an office space – with the sofa it has also become an additional secluded living space that can retreat to for a bit of calm.
How did you create a multifunctional space that you could use as a working environment as well as a place for you to relax and unwind?
What’s your favourite design feature of your garden studio?
I love the parquet flooring – it makes it feel like a proper warm inviting room.
Any advice for someone wanting to undertake a similar project?
Building a studio is a relatively simple process and doing it yourself with a builder can save you so much compared to using garden studio companies! My builder managed to construct mine based on a pencil drawing I did!
- Make sure you check local planning rules when deciding on size and shape. Certain heights/sizes can be done under permitted development which saves time and money on planning process.
- Try and think about choice of materials that will weather well with it being a garden building so, for example, we chose composite cladding as less maintenance and less likely to rot.
- Think how you will use the space and ways that you can create different zones to maximise the use/value you get from the building.