The best garden shed in the world? Step inside this Hobbit-inspired build

Meet the interior designer who takes her inspiration from nature

Swiss-born interior designer, Lili Giacobino, turns fantasy ideas into real life through her interior design - as you can see by her impressive Hobbit House creation.

hobbit house with stone flooring and potted plants

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'My inspiration is nature; that's where it all starts,' Lili told Housetohome. ‘Growing up in Switzerland, I was always surrounded by trees and so I like to use natural materials for my work. I love how there's no such thing as a straight line in nature and my creations respect the materials they are made from by remaining native in both their look and shape.'

recycled hobbit house

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And what materials she can't find from the outdoors, she recycles from other building projects:

‘The Hobbit House uses recycled floorboards and reclaimed portholes found second hand, which came from a ship that had travelled the world. These additions create a lovely sense of adventure and narrative for the project, much like the novel it was inspired from.'

hobbit house with white wall and farming tools

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After much careful planning and design, the Hobbit House only took four days to make.
And, although it's small, Lili believes that it is not about how much space you have but how it is utilised to the best of its ability.

hobbit house with white wall and farming tool and potted plants

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Used as a garden shed, Lili is really pleased with how it turned out, saying that ‘it was always a childhood dream.'

making design in wooden door

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‘obsession with curves' is clearly shown by the shape of the house and the wooden door, which was made from left over flooring that was used in her house.

hobbit house with white wall and wooden stair and floor

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Some of her other wacky ideas include a giant birds nest for her cats, made out of twigs and branches that she collected from Richmond Park, and a banister that replicates the branches extending from a tree.

Like this? Then you're going to love this Middle Earth hobbit house - on the market for £200,000.


Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.