Tuesday, 17 June 2008

New beginnings

It was a bit more than a year ago that we moved our too small workplace at home to a rented place downtown. Lots of space there and we invested a lot of energy and of course money to make the place nice and adequate to our needs. Unfortunately we got quite nasty neighbours at that place and we didn't feel safe there any more. Rather than expend more effort to make nice again somebody else's place, we decided to move back home.

Easier said than done, of course, because our house, although big enough, is already full to the nook. So a big reorganization was necessary, first moving lots of 'stuff' to the place under the roof. We needed three rooms altogether, or rather four.

For the first room, 'the atelier' (workplace) itself, a tiny guestroom and bathroom had to be joined. Those two rooms were in use as sewing room and garderobe room respectively. Here you can see a glimpse of the old situation, it took a few days to empty it:





And then the demolition fase:


The ceilings had different hights, and so did the floors.



The beginning of the building up, plaster work, tiles:


The 'painters' at work:


The moving in (which took 10 days):


And the results:



Nice, huh?
Coming soon: Fase two : The sewing room
Fase three: The Office
That is, if we survive, of course...

30 comments:

ArtMind said...

Wow, so impressive! When do you have actually time to create? Renovations take so much time and energy! Congrats, well done! :)

M2GDesigns said...

Star it looks fantastic, so tidy and organised. Enjoy your new creative space.

Kreativlink said...

Ahhh... I was so waiting to finally see some pics, thanks! :)

Gosh! What an amount of work! But it really paid of so far. A wonderful workplace, I can imagine the two of you creating beautiful pieces in there! Of course, it will not look THAT organized and clean than. Or does it? :)

Zsuzsi ├ęs Anna said...

Wow! this is beautyful. I am just about to start the same thing!

La Pomme said...

A great big CONGRATULATIONS, daughter and mum Star! Wow, that looks like it took a lot of work. And I like the photo showing the ceiling, it (the ceiling) looks interesting!

kraplap said...

wow that looks great Estella ! I can see from the pictures that it was a lot of work and stress, but the result is stunning. Great place !!

Miss Mish Mish said...

Wow Star! That is a dream workspace!! Congratulations :) You worked so hard, but the result is really stunning!

X by Leina Neima said...

This was a lot of work but looks really really great - wish you lot of creative and happy days in your new studio...

AnnaRuby said...

Wow this studio looks fantastic! You must be so pleased!

Jen said...

Wow! That looks so well-organized. It would have taken me a year to focus enough to get it all finished. Congrats on the "new" space!

glasfaden said...

Such a lovely workplace with lots of natural light! Great job, Stars!

ingermaaike said...

It looks absolutely splendid! An inspiration. May you make many,many more of your wonderful creations in there :-)

karlita said...

It looks absolutely beautiful and so well organised!! Congrats, i know you have worked very hard!!

Heli said...

Looks really good and well organized! Well done Stars :)

Veerle said...

Whaw! Great job! Must clean up my own working place I guess ;-)
Such a nice room can only result in more super creations or yours!

Meghan said...

Wow! That is one transformation! Your new work place looks awesome! I'm so jealous!! No wonder you are able to create such wonderful pieces, you have great inspirational workplace!

*goes to look what can be done in this room*

dinafragola said...

Awesome! I am pea green with envy :)

Meghan said...

Wow! That is one transformation! Your new work place looks awesome! I'm so jealous!! No wonder you are able to create such wonderful pieces, you have great inspirational workplace!

*goes to look what can be done in this room*

Karen Sanders said...

It looks wonderful Star, must be a pleasure to work in! I wish you lots of creativity, fresh ideas and lots of sales comming from this beautiful workspace!

Morrgan said...

That's fantastic, what a difference! Congrats! The new space looks so tidy and organized, while being inviting at the same time. Inspiring! :)

dindi said...

Such a great workplace! I can imagine the two of you creating more beautiful pieces in there!

matilou said...

this is so beautiful !!!
you have done a wondefull job !

Claudia said...

Star, I'm dying of ENVY!!! your new studio is WONDERFUL! it will be my goal having one like this. Claudiabegins

fleurfatale said...

Wow, Star, what a professionnal worksspace, certainly you will make the most gorgeous jewelry here,
It costed blood, sweat and tears, but the result is fabulous!!!!!
congrats with this new place of creation!

jealousydesign said...

can understand that you are happy about this new work space, it looks great :)

High Desert Diva said...

Oh...but it is so marvelous!

Can't wait to see the rest!

DIANA said...

Nice studio! Looks as if you really worked very hard to put it together. So glad that you are in a safe place! Most important !

JK said...

It must have been so much work, but now it looks simply brilliant. Vitual flowers for the opening of your new space, Congrats!

ira said...

yay Star!!!!!
lovely and convenience space you have now:))))

Marie Louise said...

Wow - how great is your new work space!! Congratulations - a lot of hard work but well worth it by the looks of it. No you don't ever have to worry about the neighbors again. I'd love to see the sewing room and office in progress as well. I am sure right now you are taking a well deserved break!