You might remember the renovation we did on our old "garage house" almost two years ago when we updated it into a guest house. Since then, my parents have been living in it as they finish off their new home (Mom's Lake House - read more about that here). This Spring, this mini home is going to be transformed into yet another space... my studio! I'm SO excited to have a space of my very own to do better videography, photography, and DIY projects to share with you. Let me show you the plans!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Brick. As always, all of the opinions here are my own.
This little 880 square foot home converted from a garage was the original residence on our acreage when we bought the place. We gave it a renovation when we first moved here, and you can read about that here. Once we built our new, permanent house, we used this space as storage.
Then in the Spring of 2016, I gave it another update so that we could use it as a guest cottage. I wanted it bright and pretty for my parents to use while they built their lake house.
You can read more about this update here.
Now that my parents will be moving out soon, we've decided to convert it into a space that I can work from. It's so full of natural light that it will be a beautiful location for photos, videos, and working on DIY projects. I also thought that separating my work area from our home would help me a little more with the ever-tricky work/life juggle!
I'm still working on the layout for the studio, but I definitely know that I want the decor to exude my personal style and the style of my blog & YouTube channel. It's going to need a ton of storage and lots of white surfaces to bounce the natural light around. Teals and blush pinks will definitely be present, and I want the space to feel like a modern farmhouse with a colourful twist.
With help from my friends at The Brick, I think this space is going to come together beautifully!
Here's the mood board with the general feel for the studio:
- Boston Bookcase from The Brick
- Paris Loveseat in Ocean from The Brick
- Multi-Pendant Chandelier
- Calistoga Writing Desk from The Brick
- Ahmar Area Rug from The Brick
- Megan Antique White Table Lamp from The Brick
- Woven Felt Storage Basket
- Perfect is Boring Artwork
- Mongolian Sheepskin Pillow in White from The Brick
- Cable Knit Pillow
- Mongolian Sheepskin Pillow in Dip Dye Grey from The Brick
- Talbott Ottoman in Teal from The Brick
- Artificial Plant
- Soft Modern Occasional Chair from The Brick
I've chosen the simple, white Boston Bookcases from The Brick as a practical and clean-lined solution to store all of my photography props and accessories in my new studio. They're inexpensive, so putting a few side-by-side and perhaps adding a bit of trim on them is an affordable and chic storage option. In front of these bookcases, I'm planning to have the Calistoga Writing Desk facing out into the main area of the studio. I've always dreamed of having an outwards-facing desk, and this one has the perfect lines for the job! It has a farmhouse chic appeal, and I love solid pine furniture like this for its ability to last a long time. The final large piece in my studio will be the Paris Loveseat in Ocean. I adore our Paris Sectional in our home with its modern lines, sturdy frame and traditional tufting, so I thought a mini version in my studio would be ideal! Plus, this teal colour is my favourite colour in the world and I'm excited to have it for comfort and as a fun photo and video prop. I'm even thinking of keeping the kitchen cabinets in the studio and painting them a deep shade of teal too. Wouldn't that be fun?!
What do you think of this farmhouse chic feel with a colourful twist?
Stay tuned as I begin work on this exciting space!