I spent the first half of this week digging through still mostly-packed moving boxes of shop supplies, juggling baskets, bins and lists, fluffing and re-fluffing things, and now? The studio workroom is done! The very first, very, very done room in this whole house.
This small room was a former bedroom of the second floor apartment, and after installing a new window (the previous window had been taped off with plastic for years, and as a result, was foggy, cracked and useless), we had ourselves a blank slate. Fresh paint and baseboards gave this nook a fresh start – in addition to having the contractors square off the doorway last fall – and our goal was to keep it feeling bright, fun. I love it so, so much:
The workroom is, simply, a glorified packing and shipping room. (It’ll also double as a bonus room for wrapping gifts, trimming labels and storing office stock!) Remember our paper pipes? They’re hung within reach of the counter, which’ll allow me to speed up the shop shipping – which, quite honestly, is one of the most daunting tasks of my work week.
And this rug! I have been absolutely obsessed with dark floral prints for some time now, and I’d been lusting after this one for far too long. As much as I wanted it to work, I didn’t want it to overwhelm the room, and none of the sizes available felt like a good fit – both literally and figuratively. With the space being barely a 7′ box, I opted for Lulu & Georgia’s pretty Rosie rug which came in a pint-sized 3′x5′. (While I would’ve loved nothing more than to purchase the 8′x10′ for the main studio space, it wouldn’t have been the best financial move with so many unfinished projects on our plate right now. Boo adulthood.)
You’ve already seen that I layered art along the top of our salvaged wood shelves, but the opposite wall needed something, too. I opted for something larger to avoid clutter (my worst enemy!), going with this bison print from Sandra Dieckmann (which had a former life in the studio of yore). Not wanting to waste one of our favorite prints on a small wall in a small room, Scott and I agreed that catching a glimpse of it coming up the stairs felt right; yup, it draws you in (or so one would say).
The perfectly gaudy gold light fixture was picked up at Rebuilding Exchange, and I waffled for far too long on its wood finish. To paint? Or not to paint? In the end, I figured that my indecisiveness was a sign to let it be, and I’m happy I did! We lengthened the chain with a lamp kit, allowing it to swing into the center of the room off of the very un-centered junction box.
Finalizing this room was such a huge step for us!* Not only will it completely change my workflow for the better, but checking off one entire room gives us that boost that, hey, we’re really getting somewhere! It’s so easy to dwell on the unfinished – the baseboards, the patchy kitchen, the old bathrooms and closet-less bedroom, to, um, name a few – and we often have to remind ourselves how far this home has come since last summer.
The workroom came together in manageable chunks over the course of March (and a baby bit of April), and you can check out each step by clicking on any of the sources below (and if you’re using a Reader, you may need to click over to view):
I consider myself a very lucky girl to have this dedicated space, and yes, it was an absolutely intentional decision to have a ‘bonus’ room during last year’s house hunt. Anyone with an in-home product based business can probably agree that the shipping mess can feel frustrating at best, but can I just say that I’m looking forward to
packing my portraits this week? Ooh
, bold words.
*Okay, if we’re splitting hairs, we still need to pick up a plant caddy to protect the hardwood floor. Thank you to Lyndsey and Nina for that tip! Green thumbs, we are not.
And PS… if anyone in the Chicagoland is interested in the former painting/shipping table, shoot me an email!