So, I made it to Texas. Welcome (back) to the Great Place (for those who have never lived here, that's the official greeting of the Fort Hood Military Base). I've made it here, safe and sound, moved in, unpacked, check.
Next on the list was preparing a safe, clean, comfortable space to work from. I'm new at remodeling, but I am pretty proud of the way it turned out. I still have some photos to hang and props to organize, but here's a peek at the process - February thru June. No matter where I have lived since I began this journey, my studio is always my peaceful room. A brand new place, a brand new studio, a brand new start.
"I have no philosophy, my favorite thing is sitting in the studio." - Arne Jacobsen
Here's what I had to start with. Your basic Texas 1990s one-car garage, unfinished, unsealed, on a slightly sloped cement slab. About 170 square feet, and a water heater closet.
After a week of careful planning and budgeting, it was time to buy the supplies. I'm GREAT at shopping, so that part was easy. The hard part was getting the supplies back to my house.... I drive a responsible and economical compact car. I honestly didn't think I would be able to get all the supplies to fit in there, but, the Ford Fiesta didn't let me down- everything fit. And thankfully, so did my daughter, which helped me avoid having to make a very awkward choice ;) . A local handyman installed the flooring, and next up came a good sweep out and about 12 coats of white paint.
So fresh and clean- Now the fun part! Time to decorate!
The hardest part was figuring out what to do about that pesky but permanent garage door. I insulated it myself, packed the edges tight with weather sealing, and covered the entire panel with curtains so nobody has to look at it. Problem solved!
I was inspired in my color palette by my branding and packaging material, seen here. I just love the color palette- it reminds me of my time learning all about newborns in Virginia Beach ( Hampton Roads, VA) It's peaceful and warm, and still fairly gender-neutral. I love how everything came together. Do you?
I think I pulled it off, but I would absolutely love to hear what you think.