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.....
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.....