So exciting! Today we will have a little peek into my workspace, or let’s call it for now – a desk corner because it’s only one part of it. I know, it’s been a long time since I promised to show you the ‘after’ results of the Garden studio I’ve been working on last year, but there was so much going on (including major heating problems!) that I never got to fully finish it. In fact, I still want to add a lot of objects, and change things up but I already reached the point when I feel good around here, so I took a few snaps to share with you.
Of course, there is no ‘after’ photos without the ‘before’ ones so get ready for the dirty part too!
You might remember a few ‘in progress’ pictures I have shared with you during the jobs, and the gallery wall above the seating area (here). Funny thing is, before I got to photograph the space to make a little studio tour, the gallery wall has changed 3 times. Seriously, I’ve been bad (I know!), I should be documenting each step, even though the place wasn’t ready. Note taken, for the next time.
I have to say, the garden studio is slowly becoming not only my work place but also a second home – VERY little home, as the total area is only 30m2, but it will have to do for now. From time to time, I find myself looking at the walls, hoping they may magically expand but no changes so far. Who knows, maybe one day they will.
As you can probably imagine, the studio is my blog’s headquarter, a place where I work on new projects, take most of the DIY pictures but also hang out when I want to stay a bit quiet. As the studio used to be a former (never finished) garage-to-be (more photos here) it is located in a garden, so unless there is a cat walking on the roof, you get an absolute silence inside!
The aim of the project was to make this place bright and white, with soft colors and wooden elements – a good base to take pictures (yes) but also this is my all-time favourite combination, so I am very happy with the result. It needed to be functional and ready to move when required hence, most of the props are still stored in my basement, as I try to keep this area uncluttered. If you follow me on Snapchat (passionshake) you know that keeping it organized, is more of a dream than the reality, but at least I TRY!
After moving to Italy, when I quit my job and started a freelance adventure, I’ve been struggling to find a place / a room I could work in – bedroom corner wasn’t good enough anymore (you can read a whole story here.) I needed something for myself but close to home so I could adjust my hours and work in the evenings. Then one day, this brilliant opportunity of turning a stand-alone, garage into my workplace appeared! It seemed just perfect and was meant to be ready in ‘a moment’ (1,5 month) , but as we all know…things tend to take a LITTLE longer (5 months). After many weeks of dust and hard work, we made it and I’m very happy and grateful to call it MY STUDIO. (MY STUDIO! First! Ever!) Even if it’s not perfect, I love it!
I have used some furniture that I already had and mixed them with Ikea pieces. The desk is incredibly functional for me, as it doesn’t have to be ‘hooked’ together. When I need to replace it, I can do it on my own, simply by removing piece by piece. It was meant to be a temporary solution but I find it too handy to change for now.
The most costly part of the project was getting a glass wall, with a glass door opening into a garden but, it is what makes this place so special! Plenty of natural light inside and I just can’t wait for the warmer days to open the door, smell the flowers and work with a sound of the birds in a background!
So again, this is how the workspace looks for now, maybe it’s not visible, but it took a lot of work and effort (and a lot of unexpected problems on the way) to turn it into a cosy little spot like this. I hope you like it as much as I do, and I promise to be back with some more ‘insights’ soon. This time, I will make sure to keep my word!
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts! What do you guys think?
If you have any questions, ask me in a comment section below.
More studio pictures here.
Pictures: Agata Dimmich / Passion Shake