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Backyard artist's studio
Jim Henkens

Backyard artist's studio

Looking for a space that would foster her creativity, Seattle artist Kristie Severn decided to build it in her own backyard. Local architects Jim Graham and added a modern, airy art studio onto an existing shed in her yard. Then she hired friend and landscape designer Brandon Peterson to plant a garden full of meadowlike grasses. “It’s a perfect place to relax with friends—or a sketchbook,” Severn says.

More: How to create a backyard artist's studio

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