Monday, September 5, 2011

The odyssey continues…..Barn studio, part II

Now that the mess from Irene is cleaned up for the most part I can get back to showing you more of my studio. Today I’m showing bays 1&2, bay 2 is what I call my workroom or work area since this is where I sew and design. That worktable came from Restoration Hardware and I was a bit concerned when I ordered it since it’s big at nine feet but the barn dwarfs it and it’s a great place to sew. It also has two extensions for the ends should I find I need extra space from time to time.

As you can see I have a window to look out everywhere I sit and there is nothing like natural light when working with fabric to see their true colors.  If you want really well made linen drapes may I suggest RH, yes one of my favorite stores. The drapes are a tad expensive compared too most but if you want quality and they’re lined spend the extra money. I don't need drapes or blinds on the bare windows since sun doesn't come in thanks to the forest.

I have racks for holding pillows in bay 2 and the annex since I like being surrounded by all the color but I don’t like facing all that color when working since it’s a bit distracting. No they aren’t filled at the moment because pillows have sold but I try really hard to keep them filled because well, I hate empty spaces.

I just love this space everywhere I sit I can see my whole studio except for the annex but I can see parts of it.  The wires you see up on the beams is for extra lighting in case I need it and the jury is still out if I need the extra lighting.

If you’re curious about what I have on my worktable it’s a tapestry putti, one of opposing pair and yes will be for sale once finished but at over five feet since they’re large it’s going to take space to hang.

The last bay or first is my office area where I look out over our front lawn and forest and trust me with these views it doesn’t seem like work!  

I have a seating area for clients on 19th century French reproductions and just had them recently covered in really thick linen.

When I first started thinking about a desk I knew I didn’t want something traditional and knew I needed a place to spread since I can have a number of large things on my desk when talking to a client on the phone. What better then a 19th century antique table with a hand forged iron stretchers it’s styled after Spanish 17th century tables but no where near the cost!

I still need to purchase several things like an area rug in the office area and under my worktable. There are still several more things to be moved in but my studio is getting there and I prefer it evolves rather then have things looked forced or contrived. Winter is coming and will tell me if I need to place sheers on the lower wall of windows since there won’t be leaves and I’ll see if sun comes in, I can’t have sun because of the textiles. I think my studio is getting there and I’m really pleased with it and mister man was smart made me promise not to move in here.

One of the things I love best about having my own space to work is being able to dress my studio up without worrying if mister man is going to like it or not I only have to please me. Since this little corner is where my desk is placed I thought I would personalize it with something I collect, antique frames.

Up next is the finial reveal of my studio…. the Annex!


Room Seventeen said...

Stunning ! A room with a view!
Lovely place to work.

Richard Cottrell said...

Your studio is just Divine, love the cherub. OMG. it sure is wonderful. Richard from My Old Historic house.

The enchanted home said...

What a totally dreamy studio! The inspiration and possibilities are endless over there.......just incredible. I hope you are enjoying it, thanks for sharing.
PS The table is PERFECT!!!! (and you know I love those lanterns)

Divine Theatre said...

Stunning in every regard!
What is the length of gold laurel leaves made from? Curious.
You have such exquisite taste. I wish I was your neighbor.
Kiss Dylan and Kitty for me!


Hill Country House Girl said...

Absolutely gorgeous. What a beautiful workspace. I have to go back now and read your past posts about this project. It is fabulous!

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

Debra, I really appreciate every single item in your studio. I drool over your textiles and love that you have have hand picked and collected all of these beautiful things that you are surrounded with. And that view! You are right... It would never seem like work. Happy Labor Day. Mona.

Cindy Albert said...

Loved the tour--very wonderful work space!!

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I would be glad to make suggestions regarding your bathroom lighting.

savvycityfarmer said...

can I please come and just plunk in your white chairs ..

perty perty please?

quintessence said...

It looks beautiful Debra - I especially love your putti!! It's so marvelous how you can sit and see everything yet it is still so light and open. What a beautiful working space!!

Victoria said...

Your studio is lovely. I am envious of all that space. Have a great day. Best...Victoria

Heather Robinson said...

I love seeing where you work and knowing your desk too! With views like that I would find it hard to get much done. :) And of course your pillows have sold--they are gorgeous!

Looking forward to the next installment and I am glad to hear that the post-Irene cleanup is coming along...

La Contessa said...

HOw much for the PUTTI panels?Love them must walk the villa to see if and where I could hang!Not much wall space left to be honest!Love your frame collection too.......good to know!

Atelier de Campagne said...

Could you do a give away where the winner gets to come and visit and stay in your studio for a night? :) SMILE! Lovely post and lovely room. So airy and attractive!


lvroftiques said...

You are so spoiled!! *winks* Gorgeous gorgeous Debra! My goodness I'm getting all swoony from the putti alone! Are you saving the best for last? Because I'm not sure I can handle it!...I'll need smellinng salts near by....Vanna

under spanish moss said...

Debra, what a beautiful space to work in. You are one lucky gal! Putting the work table from RH in the space sure gives you a sense of the size of the space. Lots of wonderful work space.
Angela and Renee

Anonymous said...

Love the white linen seating!
Hope you had a great holiday weekend.
xo E + J

Bohemian said...

Great view and a great space to create in... how fortunate to have such an enormous Studio Space that has such character as well... absolutely PERFECT in every way!

Dawn... The Bohemian

Akissfromthepast said...

I love this old textiles :) i found your blog through the great La Poyette :)

N. Chandeliers said...

What I like about this studio is that it is well lighted. Natural light was maximized through the large windows. Nice place.

LaPouyette said...

A real heaven of a professional work atelier! Could not think about anything better! The lay out - just simply perfect, inviting, inspiring and it must be a pleasure now for you to work! All pieces look authentic as they have to. Very good!


lvroftiques said...

Hi Debra. I used picassa. It's free. Give it a try *winks there's all sorts of fun effects. Vanna

michele said...

wow wow wow! E to the LE to the GANT! this is a studio fit for a queen, and it's gorgeous. i am so glad you mentioned the RH drapes because i'll be needing some. everything you have selected has that RH feel which i love--only you are surrounded by the REAL DEAL not mass produced repro.

congrats on this stunning new space! and thanks for noticing my bella painting...i cannot wait to see it in person. it wasn't commissioned. a gift from the artist!



Acanthus and Acorn said...

It's an unbeleivable space. I so want to come over sit and have coffee and stare at all your beautiful textiles...and shop! I am in love with what you did in the last image!

Maison de lin said...


This simply beautiful, it must have been quite acceptable to work in such a beautiful studio and especially if you're surrounded by all these beautiful things.

Have a nice weekend

Loretta Fontaine (EcoHappy Blog) said...

Debra- What a pleasure to work in that space. The new table looks so solid and ready to handle the job! Just beautiful!

You must be so happy!


Stacey said...

I'm smitten with all of your windows! All that natural light must make it a space that you love to spend time in, plus it probably takes on a different tone and different times of the day. It's quite beautiful and my eyes also kept going to the floors-love them! Congrats to you for such a divine space and also to the fact that you can decorate it however you choose without the mister grumbling about anything!:-). It's nice to be able to visit you too- missed ya:-). Have a great weekend! XX

Lelanie Slater said...

Hi Debra,

Your barn has been wonderfully transformed. It looks beautiful. I love that it is airy and spacious- perfect for a working studio.

I can't wait to see the final product: area rugs and all. ;)

Enjoy it, I am sure it this space will inspire you.

sharon santoni at my french country home said...

I love these pictures of your studio Debra, the overall view is wonderful, and that table! Fantastic

Greet Lefèvre said...

You have a gorgeous sutdio!!

cotedetexas said...

ha! i knew i would find it if i kept looking - this is gorgeous. simply gorgeous. what a workroom!!! wow. you must love working here. i would!

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