From a dusty, dark old garage with an oil-slicked floor to a white, bright, and sun-drenched creative haven…
It’s been years in the making, but we are thrilled with the result! More than 5 years ago, I had a dream for a creative space that would serve as a workshop for others to re-discover their creativity, and a place for me to explore my own. It would have a store… people could drop in for a cuppa, and I would spend time there creating. But where would I find somewhere like this?
Thankfully, I didn’t have to search far or wide – we had a freestanding double garage with its own entrance in our backyard. And I’m not speaking figuratively – I mean literally in our back garden. You see, sometimes we can’t see the forest for the trees… and well I couldn’t see the potential for all the stuff piled high and stored within it – it was just a dim and dirty garage. But not anymore!
Many of you who have followed this journey have been here for a workshop or two, or three or four (thank you for your support over the years!), and have seen some of the transformation. But today, it feels like a completely different space again – and that’s mostly because its main purpose has changed.
“It needed to feel relaxed and comfortable, enough so that creativity could freely flow”
My godson and his brother were over last week, playing with Reuben in the back garden, when one of them pointed out that my studio was a “mini house” – sometimes kids just say it so plainly, because it really is perfect description! Ok, so it doesn’t have a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or laundry… but I did want to create that homely feel. It is a workspace so it couldn’t be too homely, but it needed to feel relaxed and comfortable enough so that creativity could freely flow.
It still is one big open space as I really wanted it to be a bright open space, but now it divided up into 4 different areas:
We positioned my desk in the centre at the rear of the space, with our dark panelled wall as a striking backdrop. Sitting at my desk I overlook the rest of the studio and straight out through the bi-fold doors to our green leafy garden (we are north facing so the sun floods in for most of the day, which has been divine during winter!).
2. LOUNGE AREA
I needed an area where I could meet with clients, or stop for coffee dates when friends drop in for a chat. So, this area was really important in ensuring we created that homely/relaxed vibe. It is positioned right as you walk into the studio, and gets plenty of sunshine. When the bifold doors open up, it has that outdoor room feel – which I really love!
3. WORK BENCH
Some projects are just more ‘hands on’, so I needed an area separate from my desk that can get a little untidy from time to time. Whether I am packaging or framing prints, or working on a job that requires assembly such as folding/cutting/sticking , it’s the perfect space to do so. Oh, and I can use it as a stand up desk every now and then too.
4. GALLERY WALL
Positioned opposite our lounge meeting area, we created a simple gallery wall to showcase all of our Zandelion prints (which are all finally available for purchase at our online boutique here.)
So without further adieu, here are some of our favourite shots of the completed studio…
Photography by the lovely and incredibly talented Ciaran Wilson from Creo.
We hope you love it as much as we do! If you would like to know where everything is from, please see the list and links below.
Plus, stay tuned as we take you through our top 10 projects that really transformed this space…
Desk: Up-cycled old family table. Oz Design have a similar table, although with a stained timber top
Chair: This was a gumtree bargain (like brand new!), however a similar chair is available from Temple & Webster
Drawers: ‘Alex’ drawer unit on castors, from Ikea
Wardrobe: Upcycled pre-owned
Wardrobe Handles: Leather drawer pulls in black, from Interior Motives
Cowhide: A pre-loved Gumtree bargain! Adairs have a small range of hides.
Basket: Waste paper basket in rose gold, from H&M home. (unfortunately out of stock). A similar basket, although bigger is available from Urban Couture.
‘Z’ Marquee Light: DIY from our wedding last year
Lounge: Plush (this was an existing sofa that we had in our home and is unfortunately no longer current stock)
Table: ‘Signature Essentials’ glass round coffee table from Freedom (however I purchased pre-loved on Gumtree – another bargain!)
Table: Side table in natural, from Kmart
Chairs: Black bistro chairs, from Kmart
Throw: White faux fur, from Kmart (unfortunately not available anymore, but the link will take you to their white faux fur cushion)
Jute Rug: Previous season from Adairs. However, a similar the Armadillo & Co ‘Flower Weave Daisy’ round mat is available from The Family Love Tree.
Cushion: ‘Holmen’ quilted cushion in charcoal, from Kmart
Sheepskin: Single sheepskin in grey, from Adairs
Flowers: White roses and magnolia ‘Little Gem’ arrangement by Clementine and Rose
Vase: Glass vase in grey, from Kmart (unfortunately now unavailable, the link is the ‘tall’ version)
Candles: Candles and candle holder in black, from Kmart (unfortunately now unavailable, link is to a similar product)
Mirror: Arched window mirror, was purchased some years ago from a bespoke homewares store that unfortunately no longer exists! However, a similar mirror is available from Temple & Webster
Shelves: ‘Mosslanda’ picture ledge in white, from Ikea
Rug: Small ‘Nordic’ wool rug in charcoal and cream, from Adairs
Picture Frames: ‘Paton’ frames in copper, from Country Road
Picture Frames: Various black frames, from Kmart
Mirror: Two-toned round mirror, from Kmart (unfortunately now unavailable). A similar mirror (all dusk toned with a fine black frame), is available from Life Interiors.
Jute basket: from Adairs, (unfortunately now unavailable, link is to a similar basket)
Plant: ‘Monstera’ potted plant, from Adairs
Hanging Plant: Eucalyptus Vine, from Adairs
Artist Dummy: ‘Gestalta’ atrist dummy in natural, from Ikea (I spray painted him Rose Gold!)
Book: “Love x Style x Life” by Garance Doré, from Dymocks
Letter ‘Z’: Letterpress wooden letter, from Typo
Table Top: ‘Acacia’ solid hardwood bench top, from Bunnings
Stools: ‘Worx’ bar stools in black, from Fantastic Furniture
Stool Cushion: ‘Bertil’ chair pad in charcoal, from Ikea
Pinboard: ‘Gunnersen’ acoustic felt pinboard, from Bunnings
Memo Board: Wire urban memo board in black, from Kmart
Vase: Tall glass vase in grey, from Kmart
Foliage: Magnolia foilage arrangement by Clementine and Rose
Light: ‘Chilli’ café cage pendant lights, from Bunnings
Light: ‘Fuji’ café cage pendant lights, from Bunnings
Light: ‘Kent’ pendant lights in brushed stainless steel with antique bulbs, from Bunnings (Unfortunately no longer available, link is to the white version)
Floor: ‘Winter Mogul’ by Berger
Brick Walls and Ceiling: ‘Easy Coat White’ by Taubmans
Panelled Wall: ‘Ticking’ by Dulux