These are the first photos I took back in July, when my dear pal Susanna came with me to sign the lease and take some measurements. Although it's only 480 square feet (and almost exactly the same dimensions as the basement where I've been working for 11 years), I took about a month to consider my space planning options...a month when I was on vacation and getting the kids back into the routine of school. Oh, and actually working. (Thank you, Susanna, for getting the ball rolling!)
See that really small archway in the walls & ceiling at this end of the studio? Susanna suggested that would be a great way to divide the space between my work area and the area where I meet with customers.
The yellow wall had about a hundred nail holes and scrapes, so my very first step was to hire Jim to paint those two sections of the wall: blue-green, of course. (It's actually a bit deeper in color than it appears here.)
The next step was to have Jim build me a worktable. After years of coveting a large work surface, I knew exactly what I wanted: something big and sturdy and standing height. In the end, I asked Jim to make two smaller tables that could fit together instead, so that I have a little more flexibility:
Each table is 4' x 5', so that the overall surface right now is 5' x 8'. I love it every time I walk in the door! (Plus it smells like wood.) I picked up a couple of chairs from Ikea, and now we're all set to work at the table, standing or sitting.
Next week I'll share a little more about my progress. Slowly, but surely, I am creating my new home away from home.