Moving is the pits, but I actually love that I’ve had to pick up and move my studio every year or two. It’s always refreshing to have a new work space, to be able to rethink some furniture, rethink storage, pare down and throw stuff away. My husband and our photographer friend have been sharing a 400 square foot room for a while and we decided it was time for more square footage and separate offices. So, we’re moving downtown. We’ll miss being in Durham’s “DIY district” (the convenience!) and will especially miss being across the street from one of our favorite coffee shops. And downtown parking, ugh. But I’m overlooking all the down sides and focusing on the fun parts, like picking paint colors and rugs! My office will be tiny, so good storage combined with lots of surface area for invitation suites in progress is key.
I plan to paint one of the walls in the studio a deep green like this photo of Anna Potter’s walls… I’ll test Benjamin Moore’s Crisp Romaine and Garden Cucumber [update: Fiddlehead Fern, 28A-4, was the one for me]. I love the organized shelves in Justine Hugh-Jones’ office. Cord Company sells light kits to put together some inexpensive lighting that will free up desk space, as seen on Nicole Franzen’s flickr feed. All of our plants died within weeks of bringing my daughter home from the hospital. Maybe it’s time to try again? I love this DIY shelf idea found here. Another DIY storage idea for the tissue paper I use to wrap orders. I wish I could afford a beautiful, antique Persian rug and maybe I’ll find just the thing on ebay. The new space has exposed pipes and I love the idea of painting them black and using Cord Company light kits. The 3 walls that aren’t green will be a crisp white and I’ve ordered basic black shelving for all my card samples and envelopes. If only they’ll look as organized as pictured. I’m keeping my Ikea countertop desks with hairpin legs (photo). Nothing to fix there!