Etcetera- Knack work space progress

Hello, hello! I know that I am so late getting this up today…..but sometimes you just have to go with the flow and do what you can! I have to admit that when I started photographing the work space for this post, I realized how much I still have to do in this space to get it where I want it…but for now though, I am organized, everything has its place, and I can work smoothly and efficiently on all of the projects I have going on in the studio right now. I had two pieces of furniture leave the studio today to go to their homes……and that just feels so great! Much work and progress has been accomplished in this beautiful new space, and I look forward to looking back at these photos in the months to come just to see how it evolves over time and usage.

Remember where we started?

Well, here we are now! This first photo is of the left side of the work space where I keep all of my paint, stains, glues, rollers, trays, etc. and also my big old filing cabinet that houses catalogs, business cards, stamps, papers and tidbits. The jury is still out as to what to do with the stairs, but if you go out the door there you find yourself on the little brick garden patio….so I would love to do something really inviting and fun on the stairs……but don’t want to rush it. More to come on that!

…..now we are moving around the room to the center {ish} part of the studio where my most valuable resources are. My fabulous utility sink {hallelujah!!} and all of my paintbrushes and tools that I use on an hourly basis. I tried to set everything up just like you would your kitchen at home…..everything easily accessible and the best use of the space as possible. I have to say I am absolutely loving the storage system from IKEA for all of my paintbrushes! Woot! I also painted and installed the shelves {which were left by the previous tenant} to house all of my crazy bits and pieces…..and then on the left you can see some of my projects awaiting their transformations….all neatly stacked and ready.

….last but not least we move into the back corner of the studio. This is the area that will probably evolve the most over time! All of my knobs are here, and I would like to create a “half skirt” of sorts for the table to hide all of the storage underneath but still keep the little mustard chest readily accessible since it houses everything under the sun like tape, rulers, drills, screws, craft knives, you name it…it’s in there! BUT….I love this little area even with it’s utility boxes and craziness because there is a window here as well and I can look out as I work and see the train as it thunders by. I re used the curtains from two studios ago as they fit perfectly for now…..until I decide I want something different! {wink!}

I love this place, and it is definitely starting to feel like home. I cannot get over the natural light in this space from the skylight and the window! All of these photos were shot with all of the lights off and doors closed……too cool! It is the small things my friends!

I hope you all enjoyed this little tour of the work area! Have a great weekend!

xo,

Barb

FYI

There is so much that I want to say, yet at the same time it is very hard to put into words all that has transpired over the past few weeks. I will try to start from the beginning and see what happens.

I think it is safe to say that for the past year I have been thinking about the next step for Knack. Where and how I want to grow my company. How big do I want to get? What really truly brings me joy? What is best for my family? At the same time, preparing for the launch of my first book and along with that, the title of “Published Author”.  So many very exciting things going on and coming up in the very near future for Knack…..things I only once dreamed of happening when I started painting furniture in my garage just a few short years ago now.

I would lay out plans in my head and on paper and made lists of pros and cons……and was very specific about what I wanted in the next step. I have a very close core group of people that I share my dreams and ideas with and I let those people in on what my little secrets were and just kept plodding along. I really, really spent a lot of time honing in on what I truly wanted based on what I enjoy and started moving in that direction. I used to think that I wanted certain things and achievements that I no longer desire….and I am so thankful for the clarity I have been given and for the path that lies ahead. For me it is more about truly loving what you do and not about anything else. I believe when you truly love what you do, you are “successful” on all levels no matter how big or small.

When I planned for Knack’s next step, I wanted a place where I could have a studio/working space in the back and a showroom/store in the front. A place where I could begin to develop my style even more, by carrying unique items for the home that come alongside and compliment my furniture designs. I wanted a place where there would be gorgeous natural light so that I could focus on my photography and styling shoots. I wanted a building with architectural character. I wanted a place that I could hold beautiful events in. I wanted a place that had a loading dock. I know this sounds crazy, but I wanted a bathroom with a shower so that on the days that I have events and don’t have time to run home and shower and change …..no problem! Did I mention that lighting was huge to me? I wanted great light in both the shop and the work space.

I think you will see in these pictures , that I got everything on my wishlist, to a tee…..and more! I got that bathroom with a shower..not only did I get great lighting but I also got a skylight on top of great lighting in the workspace….and as an extra bonus the building comes with a parking lot on one side and a little brick and stone garden on the other side. It is literally the stuff dreams are made of. There is not one thing about this building that is a negative…..it is a Godsend…..it is the only way to describe what has transpired with this space……and how fast it happened.

I am ready to dig in and make the space my own……freshen up the plants and beds on the outside, sweep, dust, and sparkle on the inside….and fill it to the brim with beautiful furniture and found goodness.

I decided to jump…yet again……Thank you for joining me on this journey.

xo,

Barb

 

 

Etcetera

I promise this post is all about the fantastic little white fireplace mantle I purchased out of an old historic house here in Greenville…..and not about the Italian leather fabulousness that was given to me this week….promise. Look away from the leather….

Ha! I hope you all have had a great week…and that the weekend is even better! I have a very fun piece to introduce you to on Monday!

xo,

Barb

Introductions

 It literally pains me to not be able to show you all the studio, and all of the goodness going on in there! It seems like no matter what angle I put on the camera….secrets are in every corner, and they must remain secret for a little while longer……
…..but I captured this shot of  the new red wire chairs available at Knack, and the octagon shaped mirror that is back in stock as well……and that is all I can manage for now.
We are on the last big push for the book deadlines over these next two weeks, and that is why things are a bit different around the blog lately. However, over the weekend I secured some gorgeous pieces to start working on for Knack, and hope to have some new Introductions ready in a couple weeks!
Hope you have had a great Monday so far!
xo,
Barb

FYI

Saw these erasers at Target the other day, and I had to laugh. 
If I was writing my book manuscript on paper, I would have totally purchased them :) I think it would be fun to write something nutty…..just so I would have to erase it with my nifty “argh” eraser!
xo,
Barb

FYI

Just in case you didn’t already know…..I love my studio so much, and do not take it lightly that I have such a beautiful space to create in. I am so thankful for this place, the light, the space, the solitude, and the exciting ventures that take place within these walls.
….and it’s a good thing to, because I spend a lot of time here! I may have to bring a sleeping bag down over the next couple of months as I enter the intense “push for the finish line” phase for the book……..and you think I’m joking! I most certainly am not.
xo,
Barb

Found Goodness

I have been on the hunt for some really awesome, fantastic, and mind blowing stools for my new desk area at the studio. Let’s just say that while doing some ordering for Knack, I came across these babies…..and I think the red will do just fine. Two for me…….and how many for you? hmmm?
xo,
Barb

Etcetera

One of my favorite purchases from the artists at Art Bomb

Speaking of “ripe”, this is my baby sister...just a few weeks away from delivering another sweet nephew. How beautiful is this?

I have a strange love of blurry photos, and this one is no exception. Four pieces of new work looking like sherbet. Good enough to eat I tell you.

Happy end of the week!
xo,
Barb