Wednesday, March 6, 2013

A little tour of the New Studio



Holy Crow guys!  For any of you who have been following since Hurricane Sandy, you know that we here on the Jersey Shore were hit hard. And our little area especially...both where we work and play.   Our home was a mess, but still standing, and thankfully not compromised enough to warrant an official red sticker that says 'uninhabitable'. Our outcome was not the same as many of the homes right near us. They are gone for good...whole neighborhoods waiting for the wrecking ball. So although we lost a bunch of treasures and have lots of home repairs left to do, we are lucky. 
Sandy's ripple effect is long lasting. For months we worked from Aaron's parent's house...our make shift studio was their dining room table and we were crowding their living room with boxes. We had the greatest customers, friends, collectors, and blog readers from all over the country cheering us on the whole time. And these peeps also sent tremendous support to our community by sending boxes and boxes and boxes of the most needed supplies. We couldn't be more thankful for that!
Wow, those months are a blur now. As time progressed families needs changed. The demand for cleaning supplies, hygiene products, and clothing transitioned into the need for building materials. And the same went for us. Floors had to be ripped up and replaced...lots of painting, and plenty of insulating against the harsh winter. We've got a ways to go and we've been checking items off our very long list. The first and most exciting of these is the finishing of our home studio. Without a place to work and create we are nothing. Now I'm thrilled to say that we are back in the studio in a big way...a re-do from top to bottom.







This fantastic piece is exactly what we were looking for. That old general store type of feel. We had seen a few over the years in antique shops and at flea markets but the price tags were always pretty bananas. We were so psyched to find this one at Urban Outfitters! It has a great weathered look that feels authentic...as if it's it's constructed from old pine crates. I've been a huge fan of cubby holes forevs'. 

Oh and you see that little wire rack in the corner of the photo...we found that at the oh so fabulous World Market! Perfect for storing our glitter! 



Bunnies! My prized collection of vintage paper mache rabbit candy containers. I've been collecting them for over 18 yrs or so. And this is not all of them...but it's all I could fit in the space. I always have them close by when creating. Even when they're not finding their way directly into our artwork, you better believe that their magical essence has an influence over everything.


Somebunny thinks he's fancy! ;) 


And you may remember this cupboard from last year! Aaron found it put out to the curb around the block and dragged it home. It had been waiting for a new life...it even survived Sandy! It needed minimal work...we painted it a matte black, distressed it, and added a grey/brown wash over the entire piece to add some age and character. 


And when we stepped back we knew it needed a little something more. The basic black was great but it would pop so much more with a little cream accent on the molding, which then was kicked up by adding a scallop border. We used a bottle cap and traced it over and over, much like a scaled down version of our wall scallops! But instead of paint we used scrapbooking paper!  Et Cetera Symphony from Bo Bunny. And I must admit that the coincidence makes me smile...the stage for my bunnies is accented with Bo Bunny.  


We have had this antique farmhouse table for over 17 years. It was one of the very first antiques we bought as a couple! It's super duper old and has been painted many times. Last week we added a fresh coat of paint to the top. It's the same paint as the trim in the room. Super White from Benjamin Moore.





We had been waiting for this piece in the two pics immediately above to arrive for a while. It had been on back order...from that ole' standby World Market! Yes, my new fave fave fave store. Well actually online shop, being that we do not have a location in the Northeast. Boo Hoo! I first found out about World Market via pinterest, and have been pinning items non stop! You may remember me mentioning a sweet cookie tin from them in a Friday Favorites. And yes, I now own that adorable tin! Cannot wait to display it once we tackle our next big goal. That goal is none other than repairing the kitchen from top to bottom! Floors and walls and even appliances.
But back to the piece above...these weather worn industrial style shelves. It is exactly what we were looking for. I had pinned SOO many like it from so many places, in all different price points. We were lucky enough to find that this also happened to be on sale! Love the mix of industrial and rustic with our sweet vintage treasures. On it we keep some of our mats for prints, and tissue for wrapping orders, and some everyday items...and also our little ipod dock. Couldn't be happier with it! It assembled easily and is sturdy.


Vintage shoe bag with a handful of essentials in the pockets...some paint brushes, a ruler, and where would you be without a naked baby at the ready?!



Sure, a whole bunch of hard work went into this space...but it never felt like a drag...because we knew the reward would be so big. We owe a great deal of thanks to Aaron's dad Skip for helping with a big chunk of the structural stuff. Aaron & Skip ripped out the old baseboard heat, laid down the subfloor, and replaced sheetrock.
Really, I know it's important to have your home comfortable...a place to unwind and recharge. But first you gotta have your workplace in line. The place where you define who you are and establish the worth you bring to the world. We are thrilled to be in here working and making. As with any new space there are def some kinks to work out...further organizing and moving things around so that they're just right. 

If you have any questions about anything you see that I didn't mention just ask! 

Wall colors are from Benjamin Moore:




And we blogged our "How to paint a scallop border" tutorial here.


Our flooring is from Home Depot:


Armstrong Imperial Texture: Sandrift White Standard Excelon Composition Vinyl Tile


Armstrong Imperial Texture: White Standard Excelon Commercial Tiles


Thanks so very much for popping in for our little tour!
Happy Creating!
xo, Jenny & Aaron

25 comments:

  1. I'm so smitten with what the two of you have accomplished. It's so neat to see both you in the space through the little details.

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  2. This whole space looks amazing! I know what it's like to be without your creative space, as I am currently without mine after moving house six weeks ago. I feel completely lost! Having that beautiful, creative space to work in would be a dream come true! You have done an amazing job and should be really proud of yourselves :)

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  3. I love love love it, it sooo you two...but I also want to see what you have done over in the other corner ;) or are you keeping that space for me to move in too ;)

    Love ya both xx

    Love H x

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  4. Girl it looks so SO fun in there! What a great space. I definitely could get inspired and enjoy working in such a cool environment!

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  5. eeek!! so happy for you guys! it looks amazing & like a fun place to hang out & work. where did you get that long metal thing that has tags hanging on it?? that's pretty rad.
    xo

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  6. you must be so delighted. it looks marvelous! :)

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  7. Your space is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing it with us :)

    Julie

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  8. Jenny! Your new space is just really so fabulous. I never would have thought of gray walls, but wow, they really do make all of your sweet pastel things look even better. If I hadn't JUST redone my studio too, I would really copy this. Ha. :)
    Love the scallop, love all the rustic, meets sweet..and then that little house with that doll. How sweet is that? Was that from a swap? I was thinking someone did a swap like that a while back...?? If not, that would be a fun swap, wouldn't it?
    Ok, just rambling now, but really you y'all outdid yourselves with this studio. It's just gorgeous!

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  9. So gorgeous!It's sweet as candy too. I'm pretty sure I need one of those photo holders for my new little wheelie house. Do you know where you got it?

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  10. jenny and aaron, it looks fantastic! all that hard work paid off in a big creative way. It so fresh and clean.. and organized! looks like a great place to play!
    have fun you cutie pies!
    xoxo
    vivian

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  11. OMG, I am officialy in love with your studiospace. Amazing! And well done to you two (and Skip!). Great work. I will use this post as an inspiration for my home make over.

    hugs
    Susie

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  12. Your new studio space is just magical! Your fabulous collection of bunnies is just the company you need to keep your creative juices flowing.

    Just before we sold our last house, I had the same floor tiles picked out in blue & yellow for the kitchen floor. You are going to love them!

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  13. Love it. Creative and textural deliciousness!

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  14. Your studio is so gorgeous, I can barely stand it! You clearly managed to make something beautiful out of the wreckage, which makes it even more special. This inspires me in my own decorative endeavors!

    www.thesoubrettebrunette.blogspot.com

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  15. It's fabulous!!! I'm so sorry about how you came to be re-doing all of this but it must feel good to have the new, fresh rooms. What a terrible way to have to do it but do it y'all have done and oh so well!!!!

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  16. I love this. That is such an inspiring space. It turned out beautiful.

    Vintagehoneybee.blogspot. com

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  17. This must be so wonderful for you- getting a new space that is all you after everything you've been through.
    Wonderful work and Thank You for sharing your tips and expert knowledge.

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  18. It looks great! So glad you have a studio again.

    Tina
    aurathentic@gmail.com

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  19. I love it Jenny!! The colors are so beautiful and all your bunnies are the sweetest!! Such inspiration and a sweet space to create! xo Heather

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  20. Looks so wonderful, Jenny!! You guys have been through so much-it's good to see that you now have such a beautiful space to be in! I've never decorated for Easter, but your vintage bunnies are really tempting me to start!!

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  21. It's truly amazing and inspirational! You guys did an amazing job!

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  22. You are so creatively amazing!!! So happy I found you through the blog hop and gentri lee :-) I adore every ounce of your space. Just lovely.

    I joined blog lovin so I can keep my favorite blogs close....sad to see that google reader is going away.

    xo Dinah @ sunshine super glam

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  23. Wow I love this :D everything looks so cute and fab! xx

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