June 20, 2012

the shop!

{new acquisitions, creations, and scenes of slow progress, but progress all the same}



























So here's the problem: when you're trying to get a functioning woodshop going but you care about aesthetics, the days just aren't long enough. I've got piles of work to do, but the designer in me won't let me start working until things are at least semi in order. Is that new little seven-watt desk lamp I made crucial to me beginning a headboard or two? No. But it absolutely has to be there. Once it was in my head, how can I live without it there on my wall? Impossible! It's the little things that make you feel settled and at home. Details. Oh, how important they are. My chisels happily sitting on their new tool magnet make me feel capable, ready, but I wouldn't feel that way if they were still in a box on the floor. It's ridiculous, I know, but 'tis what it 'tis! 

And on a less dignified note, let me just say that.... 

OMG I LOVE MY NEW STUDIO!!!

 




































{p.s. Have you ever seen more crooked doors? Most people tear those things out but, you know.. I put them IN! Bwahahah!}


30 comments:

  1. have you ever read this book? the piece, Up in the Old Hotel, by the late New Yorker mag writer, may be the best piece about NYC or any city i've ever read.
    your doors evoke the memory of that piece. it's a good thing.
    http://www.amazon.com/Up-Old-Hotel-Joseph-Mitchell/dp/0679746315

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  2. it looks like it's really coming along. and i happen to like your crooked doors.

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  3. I love it sooooo much!!

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  4. I absolutely love those doors & that chair - how exciting, it's looking great!

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  5. I love your studio too! You have a beautiful aesthetic, the antler image is wonderful

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  6. LOVEE that armchair so frigging much!!

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  7. Love the doors, love the windows, love the dust-covered be-ringed hand. It all looks great.

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  8. i love it. very love it!

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  9. AnonymousJune 21, 2012

    Congratulations!
    Must be chuffed, it´s lovely! ^-^

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  10. Lovely photography and everything will be as it should.

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  11. you're remarkable. i love your studio too!

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  12. I found your blog via the Makers, and have been following along for a little bit. Congratulations on your new space! Your work is beautiful and your story is inspiring. I can relate to everything you feel- my partner in crime and I finally found our dream space for our vintage shop in January.. it's awesome and terrifying all at once.

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  13. i found your blog a little while ago and am so totally inspired by you, (wish you could come do my mini studio in france.)
    i can't wait to live vicariously through you in your beautiful new studio!

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  14. yup. love those doors. one of the first things i noticed. and painting black black black while wearing white... nice one. if i didn't already have a studio i would be super jealous right now, but mine is SO in need of some windows!

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  15. THAT CHAIR! You must tell us about the chair. Did you make it? Where did it come from?

    The new studio is so beautiful!

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    1. THAT CHAIR! I know! Isn't it just exquisite? I spotted it at a junk store the other day but didn't buy it {I was like, do I really need more chairs?} but then it absolutely PLAGUED me all night long. I was terrified it wouldn't be there the next day -- what a terrible night! Luckily it was, as I've never seen a chair like it before. Rips and all, I love it.

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  16. Your doors are so ace, and I love that you put them in :) Hope you are enjoying your space full of zen and character! Katie. xxx

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  17. those crooked doors are my favorite detail here. You have a real knack for creating beautiful spaces!

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  18. As always, inspired by your photography and writer's voice -- it's always such a pleasure to read your blog.

    The new studio is fabulous. Prosper there!

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  19. That beautiful chair photo...is being pinned all over pinterest with credit going to someone else. I only noticed because the chair (& photo) is so stunning, unforgettable.

    You may want to head over and see if anything can be done. You deserve credit for rescuing that beauty.

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  20. I think you and your blog is just fantastic!

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  21. What a beautiful chair. I happened to try out a similar material on an old chair of mine. I blogged about it and put a picture of your chair and a link to your blog. http://siebensachen.twoday.net/stories/129658283/
    I hope that is ok with you, otherwise I take the picture down.
    Your blog is just wonderful and what you do is simply great.

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  22. I am so in love with that chair. I just pinned that chair and so happy that a blog (One Eleven Studio) properly linked up to you so that I could come on over here and link up accordingly. I have the fabric. I have the chair. Now I know if I pair the two together, magic can happen.

    New reader coming back for more.

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  23. Love that chair - not only are the details of the chair special but the material on it looks like fabric from Africa - either kuba or mudcloth. Preserve as much of that as you can. Can't tell from the picture but it might even be handwoven.

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  24. Love love love your work and all the things in your studio. I'm trying to get into woodworking simply because I don't find anything anywhere that is inspiring to me. My first adventure will be some table/counters for my freestanding kitchen. What tools should I invest in? I look forward to following your blog :)

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  25. Wow your work is stunning. Where in Brooklyn are you? Been looking for a decent studio space myself...

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  26. Is there a particular "name" for the style fabric that's on that antique chair? I'm in love with it and would very much like to hunt down something similar. Thanks!

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