My Lovely Design Studio!

Back in June we completed the big build, my much longed for studio. We had lots of other work done too (kitchen and bedroom & bathroom extension) but really they pale in significance when faced with my very own studio, my space for my things. No more storing massive stacks of paper under the bed and behind the sofa .... and light, bright natural daylight, what a joy! 

Digging the foundations, my desk was just on the other side of the pation doors. There was a point where I had to go out of the front door to deliver the tea!

Digging the foundations, my desk was just on the other side of the pation doors. There was a point where I had to go out of the front door to deliver the tea!

So work began in earnest at the end of last year, I watched through the patio doors in the dining room where I worked, diggers moving mounds of earth until the back garden resembled something out of the trenches. Working at my standing desk, gradually my singing along to Radio 2 became quieter and my dance moves were relegated to a nod of the head and a tap of the foot as bricks were laid right opposite my desk! 

When they knocked through I moved all my equipment out, just hanging on to my lap top, working from two locations required a lot of planning, and it was blooming cold working here! If you look closely you will see that my desk and table are the most untidy thing in the room, I was put to shame!

When they knocked through I moved all my equipment out, just hanging on to my lap top, working from two locations required a lot of planning, and it was blooming cold working here! If you look closely you will see that my desk and table are the most untidy thing in the room, I was put to shame!

As work began inside the house with walls and ceilings coming down, the builders would be greeted from time to time with a curtain of flowers hanging from the exposed floor joists as I put together decorations for a retail window display, or stacks of wedding invites or valentines cards nestling amongst the devastation.

Oh my god didn't the living room wall used to be there??

Oh my god didn't the living room wall used to be there??

Once the plasterboard goes in the room really starts to take shape.

Once the plasterboard goes in the room really starts to take shape.

The most exciting thing for me was my custom build work bench made to measure with shelves to fit the 100cm x 70cm reams of paper I buy underneath, and my cutter on top. A thing of real beauty that possibly only a fellow designer or crafter will appreciate. Matt our builder coped admirably with my obsessively exacting standards for the studio (yes the desk must be exactly 100cm high, no it cannot be any narrower, yes I really do want that many lights, and yes the doors must open to the left, I am left handed!) and my more laid back approach to other things in the house (just stick the sink wherever, and honestly the cat flap looks fine to me)

Did I mention I LOVE my work bench? Thank you so much Matt & Fred,  you did a great job and the quality of the workmanship is beautiful. As a fellow crafts person I really appreciate the work that went in to it, and it really is my favourite thing in the house.

Did I mention I LOVE my work bench? Thank you so much Matt & Fred,  you did a great job and the quality of the workmanship is beautiful. As a fellow crafts person I really appreciate the work that went in to it, and it really is my favourite thing in the house.

 I have been working in my studio for about 5 months now and have started to put up shelves and really make the space my own and it really works perfectly for me. The glass doors double up as space I use to work out my retail window decorations and the white walls and work bench work perfectly for photography with plenty of light coming in through the velux windows. Not to mention the floor space to practice my dance moves - em cough .. I mean room to do my pilates stretches after being hunched over the Mac all day!

I would like to take this opportunity to extend our thanks to Matt and all his team at Millhouse Construction for all their hard work and dedication in bringing this space to life, you did a great job - the kitchen is not bad either! 

My work bench is now crammed full of paper, ribbon, card and all sorts of other bits and bobs, and all my art books now have a home.

My work bench is now crammed full of paper, ribbon, card and all sorts of other bits and bobs, and all my art books now have a home.

The sides of my standing desk double up as a place to store my orders in progress, I have my card swatches close to hand on my home made ribbon notice board, and the wall decorated with some of Hugh's artwork from when he was in foundation and year 1, I am still waiting for his year 2/3 pieces - Hurry up Hugh!

The sides of my standing desk double up as a place to store my orders in progress, I have my card swatches close to hand on my home made ribbon notice board, and the wall decorated with some of Hugh's artwork from when he was in foundation and year 1, I am still waiting for his year 2/3 pieces - Hurry up Hugh!

All the boys in the street loved the diggers, not least our son who was desperate to sit in the drivers seat!

All the boys in the street loved the diggers, not least our son who was desperate to sit in the drivers seat!

As the walls went up it became darker and darker inside until it felt like I was working in a cave.

As the walls went up it became darker and darker inside until it felt like I was working in a cave.

After the kitchen wall came down I used to thread my garlands by pinning them to the celing joists! Not sure how many buiding sites have such pretty decoration!

After the kitchen wall came down I used to thread my garlands by pinning them to the celing joists! Not sure how many buiding sites have such pretty decoration!

Inviting total strangers to work in your home can be daunting at the best of times, but when you work from home you need to be doubly sure you are not going to be driven crazy by them. We were very lucky to have found neat, tidy, thoughtful builders in Millhouse Construction who happily worked around me even when quite clearly I was in the way! I managed to stay put for most of the disruption, only briefly moving out in to Charlie's office in Witney while they knocked through, which incidentally was far less eventful than I imagined, I came home expecting dust and chaos and was greated with order and clean carpets!. 

Such beautiful light in the studio that I had to nip in once the builders had gone home to photograph my garlands properly.

Such beautiful light in the studio that I had to nip in once the builders had gone home to photograph my garlands properly.

The room looks so dark after the plaster has gone on the walls and the floor screed goes down. If you look closely you can see where Welly Cat padded across the floor before it dried despite my best efforts to keep him out.

The room looks so dark after the plaster has gone on the walls and the floor screed goes down. If you look closely you can see where Welly Cat padded across the floor before it dried despite my best efforts to keep him out.

The glass doors are perfect for planning out my hanging decorations and it is so nice to have space for my wedding fair props. The floor also doubles up as one of my photographic backgrounds.

The glass doors are perfect for planning out my hanging decorations and it is so nice to have space for my wedding fair props. The floor also doubles up as one of my photographic backgrounds.

Left overs from the new kitchen have come in handy, a spare cupboard unit houses  baskets full of my tools of the trade, and some spare bits of floring make a great photographic background.

Left overs from the new kitchen have come in handy, a spare cupboard unit houses  baskets full of my tools of the trade, and some spare bits of floring make a great photographic background.

Mr A kindly put up a shelf over the glass doors to keep all my files on, a great use of dead space and I have my nifty Ikea step chair to reach them!  (yes I was standing on my workbench to take this photo)

Mr A kindly put up a shelf over the glass doors to keep all my files on, a great use of dead space and I have my nifty Ikea step chair to reach them!  (yes I was standing on my workbench to take this photo)