When I first began writing this blog, just a few of months ago, I was on a desperate search for a studio, as you may have seen from this post. Not just any studio, mind you, but a space so full of vintage character and industrial charm that simply stepping foot into it would transform me into a state of inspired bliss.
And for a brief second, I actually thought I found it; obviously, the space was being used for storage, but try to imagine it as a blank canvas…
(note the list of dates on the building – these are flood lines! The James River is just a block away…now with a well-built levy, of course.)
Oh, be still my heart! The distressed brick and original wood beamed ceiling (the track lighting is an added bonus!) makes my heart go pitter-patter. The only downfall: location, location, location! While located in the heart of Scottsville (about 20 minutes from Charlottesville), the heart of Scottsville consists of half a block of storefront…and nothing else. Beyond this is farmland, a few gas stations, and a dollar store.
Of course, despite this one, huge downfall, my heart was still set on this little building, but being a bit risk adverse, I decided to test the market with a 12×12 space at an antique mall down the road first. And for once, I can actually say that I made the smart move.
Yep, I sold next to nothing and my little dream of becoming a shop owner went straight to the gutter.
Now, I haven’t fully given up on this dream, but I have become slightly more realistic with it. Rather than jumping headfirst into the unknown, I’m taking baby steps. First things first: find a space to store my pieces!
I’m in the process of closing my little 12×12 nook in Scottsville, which means that all my vintage and furniture items will be finding their way back into my home…
…but have I mentioned to you the lack of storage space in my house? No attic, no basement, no garage, and a shed the size of a hobbit’s home (or a Mattie-Lu size pup…):
It’s cute (the shed and the pup) but the lawnmower and garden tools already fill the shed to the brim!
So, I’ve decided to build a new one. And amazingly, my husband actually agrees with me! We’ll be keeping the shed you see above – possibly converting a portion of it into a chicken coop (more on this later…) – and will build an additional studio shed in the far left corner of the yard. Here are just a few ideas…(click on the below pictures for link to original source)
(I’d build a one level extension to this on the right side, but I love the idea of having a portion of the shed two levels to create a loft space feel.)
We are debating whether to go with the rustic vibe (my husband’s idea) similar to the shed we currently have, or the glam cottage style (my idea…). What do you think?
Lastly, when finished closing up Scottsville shop, I will be reopening my Etsy shop – this is where the shameless plug occurs. Please keep your eyes peeled for the Grand Reopening! Here are just a few items you will be able to find in my shop:
Refinished drum table with matching parfait chairs.
1965 military issued bookshelf (refinished) and misc. vintage items.
Refinished wicker-back French provincial chair.
Cute little copper pot!
Lots and lots of sheet music…
A chippy turquoise chair.
And much, much more. If you are interested in any of the items listed above, feel free to shoot me an email and we can make arrangements.
Oh my! I vote the glam cottage style–picture number two. How adorable! It just oozes inspiration, tranquility and effortless grace. I like what you did with the bookshelf and the refinished chair. Your furniture pieces reminds me of Shabby Chic.
Baby steps are a good thing. In my opinion, they prepare us for the bigger things in life. By the time you finish all your baby steps, you’ll be a shop owner and a successful one at that. 🙂
It would be so nice to have a studio or even a place to store my finished creations/finds. We don’t have any storage places in our home either. no garage, and only a 15/20 ft. backyard plot (townhome). So for now our home is always in varying stages of fullness and currently looks like a furniture store! All your ideas look so nice!