welcome to the studio……

I can’t begin to tell you how reluctant I was to do all this.

Joe and I playfully bantered for months on the subject. He wanted the suite. The bathroom. A place to shave in his underwear every morning. As the sole breadwinner, this was getting pretty hard for me to argue with. Especially because he wanted me to take advantage of the space in the apartment as my studio. “It might be the only real studio you ever have,” he kept telling me. I’ve been so attached to the idea of having a guest suite though, I really loved the lavish retreat we had to offer our friends. Joe was not giving up this fight however, and finally he won. After moving the contents of three rooms around to make it all happen, I realize that I won too. Maybe even the most of all.

The studio! It’s amazing. I keep pinching myself. I really am so glad we did it now. We still have a nice guest room upstairs. Joe got his bathroom. And we can fit extra guests or our kids in the studio to make room if need be. It’s pretty nice. But the studio, for real! I still can’t believe it.

So come on in…..

 

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Ahhhhh! Right?  

A few little details….. in case you are wondering. The majority of the project was reusing things we had. However, after perusing the web for studio inspiration…. I knew I wanted some good shelving. With a $500 budget we purchased shelving, baskets, lighting, curtains, casters & hardware from ikea. We also purchased a laminate butcher block style board from home depot. Joe used scrap wood, the butcher block board, and casters to make me a rolling work station. It’s the perfect height for cutting and working. Much like the one he had in his garage back in Louisiana. I absolutely love it! Next he installed two lights above my sewing space. Again, handy man is my hero. Lastly he installed a curtain on the shelf (!!!) I love this. I’m totally smitten with the nature collection feel of the curtains. They protect my fiber from sunshine and help the room feel duo purpose-ish for company if we need to share the space. I’m so smitten with all of it. At some point in the future I plan to paint & hang up some artwork….. but all of that can evolve slowly over time. Likely with a few more gnomes here and there…. because I love gnomes.

My friend Amanda wanted a video of the space, she’s so funny. And while I may be a half decent photographer…. I am no film maker. I did it anyway, so here you go. A video tour. (oh my) don’t laugh too hard…..

xo,

s

http://www.flickr.com/apps/video/stewart.swf?v=137818

 

48 thoughts on “welcome to the studio……

  1. Love it. What a great place you are at! Steve doesn’t get online much, so I was showing him some of your photos last night. We miss you guys but glad you are continuing the adventure!

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  2. Wow, Now that is quite a studio space! I’ve been wanting to finish mine since I moved in almost two years ago. So far, I only have primer on the wall. But I’m thinking this spring is when it’s all getting done. Enjoy your new space!

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  3. It is pure magic. I'm so grateful for it. Do tell Steve hello for us. We think of you all often. Speaking of which, I think we just found affordable (!!) violin lessons for Sophie! What a gift….. it's been a long search. *fingers crossed* it works out well πŸ™‚

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  4. Funny about the primer…. I so wanted to paint. But I knew it would take *forever* to et in there if I did. So it's dirty banged up walls and all. Still in love with every bit of it though πŸ™‚

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  5. Love love LOVE your new space *so* much! I’m so happy for you that you can spread out and have a space all for you. I love looking at your pictures and seeing things even a little familiar to me. Makes me feel not so far away from you guys.

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  6. What a beautiful space πŸ™‚ you are so lucky! I can completely understand that you didn’t want to give up your guest suite, but look what you have now…. well worth it. Thanks for the tour.. Nice to see the snow too, it normally snows here in the UK but it has been quite mild this year (although very wet and windy!), so probably no snow for us this year. Enjoy your new “hideaway” Sue xx

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  7. Crazy Lady – the real question is – why would you ever LEAVE this space? Yes, you ARE the winner of the debate, for sure…!

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  8. beautiful!!!! I am so happy for you. and especially because we all know you will u.s.e. that space! making all of your beautiful handmades!!!
    the light, the views, the gnomes, your beautiful supplies! love your new table + the pendants! and a place for your loved ones to hang out + sing you sweet songs!!! it’s soooo perfect!
    you deserve that space! congratulations!
    the video was awesome!
    comment with most exclamation points: check!!!
    xoxo

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  9. New to your blog – LOVE your beautiful studio space. I have my first “office/yarn storage” space in our new house and it is so nice to have a yummy place to call my own! Congrats on the space and enjoy — and thanks for the post and video!

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  10. Aww, the video won’t work for me for some reason. Bummer. But, I LOVE it!! What a beautiful stash of everything!! So gorgeous. I totally agree that you should use the rooms you have and just shuffle room for guests, because they aren’t there 24/7, just occasionally, but you will use this space every day! Fun!

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  11. Thank you….. it's really an amazing space. And the video might seem small, but I felt sort of brave putting that out there. It's good to let you all know I'm a real (and kind of goofy) person behind the photos and words πŸ™‚

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  12. Those curtains are so swoon-worthy right? I just totally adore that fabric. I had to cut some off to hem them….. must make something lovely with those bits. Maybe a pillow for our sunroom? Glad you enjoyed the tour πŸ™‚

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  13. Darn 😦 I know it gave my friend some trouble when she tried looking at it on her phone. She had to look on the computer. I'm sorry you can't see it…. 
    You are so right in using the most of the space day to day….. that was exactly my husband's argument πŸ™‚ I'm so glad we did it….. even though it was a huge undertaking swapping everything around. The wall of shop supplies just make me smile so much!

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  14. Yes!! This is so amazing! It was so fun to watch a video of this. It makes you such a real person, to hear you talk. Seriously, I am so inspired when I come to your blog. Can I just move in next door and learn from you? I have been trying to set up a sewing studio in our house, but I just lost the room I was working on. No matter, I was inspired by your past studio spaces and I set up shop in my walk in closet. Love it! Congrats on a new studio!!

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  15. There is something so tangible in a voice…. I completely agree. I should really share a video more often. Maybe next time I'll take you to meet the ladies (aka chickens) that would be something silly for sure! So happy you carved out a little space of your own….. even when it is small, it still something special. Very needed for a creative soul, I think. xo~
    ps ~ I could totally use a kindred neighbor in my life right about now πŸ™‚

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  16. Years of collecting. And then her fabric basically went viral so I was afraid to cut into it. Silly, I know. I did put several pieces of the mermaids into my big girl's quilt. Still a WIP. Speaking of HR, my friend gifted me to a day retreat in NYC this June to meet her and sew with her. I am going to be so starry eyed. I can't even believe it…..

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  17. Love your new studio space. It’s wonderfully put together. Where did you get the “Beards” poster? My husband would love that! ~Michelle

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  18. Hi Michelle…… you must have visited though my pinterest board πŸ™‚ That's a mix of my actual studio and inspiration. I pinned that bear poster over a year ago, and it is linked to a tumblr photo. Sadly, I have not been able to find the artist! I would certainly love to buy it if I could.

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  19. Looks awesome. I am so excited for you. You so deserve it.Love the curtains over the shelves.There is nothing like your own studio. Getting ready to spend the summer in Wy. and Dennis said I had to have a studio even if the house is not built yet. He is headed there the end of the month to get studio set up for me. Its a 12 X 20 building and all he has to do is finish the inside and build a covered porch for me. He said I had to have an outside place to do hand work and have flower pots. I do have to share it with the washer and dryer till the new house is built, which is no problem with this girl. He thinks he is going to turn it into a guest house once the house is built but I think not.

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  20. It is so amazing. If I had a coffee pot over there, I might not ever leave. You told Uncle Dennis it can only be a guest house if he builds you a new studio, right?? And the washer just makes it easier to prewash all that fabric. When I set everything up in mine, Joe asked me "if you sold all your fabric, could we buy a camp?"
    I didn't answer….. lol.

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