Earlier this year, you might remember me sharing the news that my friend Conrad and I got a studio. It was such a big step for my business and completely needed for a secret project I’ve been working on for the past few months (I’m getting SO close to revealing what it is). Now that it’s finally decorated, today is the day I can finally give you guys a tour!
West Elm was kind enough to help furnish some of the space so you can find links for the products below as well as additional photos over on their blog. And if you see something that’s not linked, just leave a comment and I’ll do my best to find the product for you. Now– to the tour!
Our space is located in a old caulk factory in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Splitting the studio has actually worked out great because our schedules are so different from one another. While Conrad’s out photographing street art in the day, I’ll be in the studio throwing confetti and moving furniture around. Typically (and I mean on really good days) by the time he’s back in the space, I will have cleaned up and put things back into place. Some days it doesn’t really work like that, but he doesn’t seem to mind too much.
As for the space, it functions in a lot of different ways. One great thing is that there’s plenty of storage for all my supplies. That was probably the biggest push for me to invest in a space– all the craft clutter in my apartment had to go. After 6 years of running this blog (holy shit I hit 6 years last month!) it was really starting to invade my personal life. Let’s just say there was no escaping glitter if you came into my home.
I primarily use this space for photography and crafting. I still like to edit photos and answer emails in my home office. For the most part the walls, except for the ‘Only’ hanging from Aubrie Costello and custom ‘Do Good’ sign from Ever Laser (both Philly-based artists), are white and blank so that I can easily use them for a photo backdrop. I’m always needing to bring in new props, furniture, art, etc. and plain walls make that process a lot easier (less for me to move every time).
This rainbow pegboard is not only a great pop of color in the white space, but it’s easy to make. Here’s the tutorial in case you missed it last week!
Although things can get a bit messy in the studio, it was important for us to have a meeting area dedicated to entertaining clients and guests who came into the space. It’s the one section paint is not allowed so that we can keep everything nice. Plus it’s nice to have a space in the studio for relaxing (or grabbing a cocktail) on those long days.
We each have desks (I bet you can tell which is mine and which is Conrad’s) and even have a few pop up desks for others that want to come in to work. When not in use, they double as prop tables during shoots.
So that’s it for now! I’m sure the longer we are in the space, the more I will mix things up. Eventually we will have events, DIY workshops, classes and more. We’ve got plans for how to expand, so stay tuned!