Fanfare. This poor blog has endured over a year of neglect (largely due to the hacking forces of ne’er do wells. And it’s not like we’re storing secret information that should be in the public arena). So, finally, one of our most anticipated posts to ring in the New Year: The Flower Studio before and after!! You may remember the before pictures. A run down stable/chicken shed, established, probably, to commemorate the Statute of Independence. Renovating the existing structure, and built using as many reclaimed and scavenged materials as humanly possible, horses and chickens are no longer welcome.
The studio remodel took a seemingly eternal 6 months(ish) to complete. A process exacerbated daily by the hunt for materials, time, money, and construction knowledge. Every inch of the studio is proof that with the help of informed friends and father-in-law, determination and imagination, anything is possible – even when you start out knowing nothing. You can’t help but feel supported and inspired when you step inside (or stay outside, no pressure).
Left: The cooler, lacking the right amount of insulation. Right: Somebody enjoys the cool cement floor.
The windows are US army barracks windows from WW1. A sliding barn door constructed from donated 100 year old redwood leads into the office, and another, hermetically sealed and insulated (using an unwanted hot tub lid), heads into the uber-efficient floral cooler.
All the siding was salvaged, mostly from generous and bemused local farmers; And you can find tin lids covering the holes littering the walls, acknowledging the improvisations of the settlers.
Windows. Dogs. Daisy:
The before pictures were snapped by us, while the gorgeous, refined and beautifully thoughtful after shots were taken by Jessamyn Harris Photography. Jessamyn put Daisy so at ease that she forgot she doesn’t like having her picture taken!
Mini flower studio for birds.