Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Atelier...




For the past few months I have been considering seriously moving into a little studio space to spread out a little bit.  I would love to have a studio or shop in the front with an office and then a design space in the back for work.  Things around here are very busy and I have not had the time to really think this through.  I am curious to know if you have an office, shop or studio that you rent/own?  If you do how do you like it?  Would you recommend it?  I can use all the input that I can get!

I love this space with the industrial furnishings and the warm feeling of the flooring texture what a great and inspiring workspace.


dreamy shop images via Mires Paris


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13 comments:

Le Style said...

Wonderful atelier with the industrial furnishings and the warm feeling.....

Warm greetings

Kris said...

Beautiful photos! Warm and inviting.

Kris

Tricia Rose said...

I dream too, but there are two things I am wary of: fixed overheads and even worse, interruptions and the need for staff! More space is another thing entirely...

Ann said...

Christina-
Do you work out of your home now?

Hubbie and I each have our own studios.
Things to consider...
-cost of rent, decor, time to get there and return home, utilities
-If you need to then have employees, you are entering into a whole new ball game which is a PIA! And expensive.
-Any possibility of adding to the back of your home or converting rooms for you? Finding a space close by would also help, especially with kids needing you.
-It can be a romantic idea. It is not easy. But, then again, maybe this is the step you need to take. Only you can know.

All the best! -Ann

The Cottage Child said...

I'm just re-upping my business after a two year hiatus, and office space is something I toy with. I had a studio before, and it was nice because it was dedicated space - quiet, purposeful, away - but it wasn't cheap, and it would be easy to get caught up in what I was doing an forget why I was doing it. My work life necessarily included my kids (I don't take them with me on appointments, but we home school and them learning about work is part of the deal) so it makes the most sense for me to work from home. Maybe as the pace picks up I'll reevaluate, but for now, the time and expense wouldn't net much but me missing them.

The Cottage Child said...

I meant to add that where we live there are a couple of shared artists spaces which have a certain appeal. I don't know if this would work for every designer, but it would be inexpensive and has the creative studio vibe which can be motivating.

This site is a ray of sunshine, by the way - thanks for posting such lovely content so diligently.

Acquired Objects said...

I have a studio in an 18th century carriage barn on our property for my business. I have to say there is nothing like having your own space to spread out and work it's actually helped me focus more. If you're interested in seeing my studio:

http://acquiredobjects.blogspot.com/2011/08/studiobarn-reveal-part-1.html

Chantal said...

That is a great space! I have a studio in my house. It is nice to have a separate space for be inspired...almost like a design bubble :) xx

Gwen Buchanan said...

Oh yes... we have a studio in our home and one in a little old garage we did over just down the road a bit.. We could not survive without them!!! Go for it!
I would even live in my studio with all my materials all around me...

Ashley said...

Such cozy, cool studios! I'd love to work away in one of these little rooms!

farmhouseurban.com said...

I just took the leap and actually open my store this Monday. I did a pop-up store last year to test the waters and got a few new design projects from just the short time being open. Plus sold a surprising amount. If there's a cool vacant space in an area you like, a pop-up for a month or two is a great option. That said, it's still scary! My new space is teeny with half dedicated to a design studio and the other half for the shop. You have a great eye, I say go for it! You'll regret it if you don't!

Charlotta Ward said...

Hello!
I love the inspiration pictures in this post. So many treasures to love!

Yes I have experience and I must say that I prefer to have my work space away from a commercial front - be that a gallery, shop or showroom. This because it is hard to focus on work when constantly being distracted by the 'front room'.
That said, if you have the money to hire a staff person to keep the shop going whilst you work then it's a different story.
There is also the issue of loosing focus.. I find that I need solitude and peace when I work.

From a commercial point of view, I can definitely see the benefit with a shop/office set up. Clients LOVE to see work in progress and it makes it a lot easier to consult and brain storm ideas.

Having a shop front is also a great idea to allure / attract new clients and projects. You just need to be clear on the balance of the two sides of your business.
Running a shop is a BIG responsibility - hunting for good stock, attending design expos/fairs, stock taking, inventory, maintenance, book keeping, merchandising etc.
Don't get me wrong it is A LOT OF FUN too but just be aware that you will need to put in a good amount of time that may impact on your design business.

Good luck with it. I know you'll do great if you decide to go ahead. You have impeccable taste and I know that any shop you open will be a wonderful destination!

Warm hugs

xx Charlotta

MJH Design Arts said...

I want to second Charlotta's input. Having had a shop for many years and suffering the vagaries of the economy, it is a huge commitment. But I'm still loving it, the people that I meet, input from others, the never-ending hunt.....I think that a pop-up space to test the waters is a super idea. I love your blog. Mary