What an exciting moment this must be: to take a photograph of your new retail space and have ideas for the interior design buzzing in your head. You know from Grace’s post this morning that she’s successfully secured an office space for next year (yay!), so I have some idea of what that feels like. I hope that when we move into the new D*S digs, we can make our space as welcoming and beautiful as Angela Liguori’s Studio Carta. The color scheme, the mix of materials, the minimalist layout, the homey touches like the rug and arc lamp — I love it all! From the moment you see the new chic exterior, you know you’re in for a visual treat. The next time I’m back home in New England, I am definitely going to check it out in person. Wonderful work, Angela! — Kate
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Time: 1 year
Basic Steps: This is the first time that my studio, after many years, moved from one small room in my house to an open and more public space. Here I can finally work, meet with clients, display products and ship my orders. But it was a big transition! The new space happened to be a storefront on a very busy street. I thought it was important that the studio was visually divided between my working area, with two large desks, and the rest of the space, which displays my products.
I purchased the large glass shelves from CB2. They take up the entire wall and are visible from the street. But I also needed some practical shelves for my books, my supplies, tools and materials that I use every day and that won’t take up too much room. I brought my blue wood table from home, where I take most of my product pictures and where I occasionally drink my tea in front of the window.
I was also looking for contemporary furniture and accessories that would make me feel comfortable and at home but that would also look organized and appealing for people who casually peek in the windows, wondering what this space is all about. I thought that the tabletop press, sitting on an old rescued piece of furniture, would made the perfect contrast with the rest of the glass and metal furniture. I also thought it deserved to be in front of the window, where the most light comes in, and I like how it defines the entire look of the studio.
In the first few months, I completely focused on the interiors by moving tables, bookcases and lamps very often. But something also needed to be done to the front entrance to complete the project. The old green and light blue paint needed to change, and I was looking for some colors that would brighten up the entrance but that would also hide dust and traffic pollution. Now the light gray and white ceiling and chalk-gray door give a clean and more modern look to the early nineteenth-century wood house. The outdoor painting was done in only a few days, but it took me the whole year — from the first day of renting until now — to get the studio how I envisioned. My advice is not to hurry. It truly takes time to work and live in your space, and to realize what it is missing. The metal door numbers and the George Nelson Bubble Lamp are the final touches that were nailed down only a few weeks ago! — Angela