My New Cabin Studio Inspiration Board
Last year, my husband and I moved to a beautiful 30-acre farm property. While we downsized our house, we upgraded our amazing views and acreage so we can spend more of our time outdoors. There are several very old tobacco buildings on our property, one that was converted into a small cabin by the previous owner. While it's super cute, it definitely needs plenty of TLC. We thought and thought and thought about what we wanted to do with this cute little cabin (it's literally at the very front of our property, so it's not a space we can just "forget" about!). Should we turn it into a B&B? Nah, not something we're interested in. How about our own little getaway? Nope, it's only about 1/4 mile from our actual house, so we'd never use it for that. We tossed around the idea of turning it into an office, but the idea never really stuck until we began talking it through with other friends and family members (shout out to Heather for helping on this one!). So, it's set. We're turning the sweet little cabin into my very own studio and I could not be more thrilled about it! At first, I was hesitant because I thought I wanted a bright white, open space. But after thinking about it and jotting down ideas, I fell more and more in love with the thought. The cabin space is the perfect size (and is already there so I don't have to add onto our house or get creative with our bedrooms!), it has tons of charm and character, and it's basically a blank slate I can do whatever I want with! Not to mention....are you ready for it?...it also has a mini kitchen and FULL-SIZE BATHROOM already built into it!
So as the weather begins to warm up, I have a feeling we'll be spending many, many hours fixing up my little cabin studio and hopefully have it fully completed sometime over the summer!
To give you an idea of the space, it has a very large, covered front porch (with two huge peony bushes in front!) and you walk into the mini kitchen, with a small bathroom next to it, a large, open space currently used as a living area, and a loft currently used as a small bedroom.
So, here's the plan...
I plan to add more color and cheerfulness to the front porch area with lots of potted plants and some charming outdoor furniture. I'd love to have an outdoor watering area on the side of the cabin for my floral orders as well. When you come down our driveway, the back of the cabin is actually what you see first, so I plan on filling the backside of the cabin with plenty of colorful pots and plants, too.
I really want the interior space to be overflowing with charm and quirkiness! I want to throw all the "normal" studio and office space ideas out the window (READ: file cabinets, traditional desks, storage...), and create my own unique storage space and work area with unique garage sale and vintage finds. In the kitchen/dining area, I plan on creating my "floral" studio - close to the water supply - where I'll process, clean, and design my florals. The space that is currently used as a living space will become my paint and design studio, with a small table for my laptop where I can easily access emails and send proofs. I want the walls to be covered in inspiration! I'll also keep a bed in here for guest overflow if we ever need it (and perhaps a nap or two on long studio days?). The loft area will become storage for all my supplies so it's out of the way, but still easily accessible!
You guys. I am so excited about this project and can't wait to get started so I can share the final outcome with you! I know there is a lot of work to do, but I also know it is going to inspire me, too! And I'm also excited to greet you in this space if you'd ever like to stop on in for a cup of coffee (oh, believe me, there will be plenty of that here)!
Now...spam me with your amazing finds! I want to see it all - light fixtures, unique storage units and countertops, functional wall decor - send it my way!
Oh, and P.S. Just for reference, here's a photo of our little cabin (soon to be studio) in the snow a couple of weeks ago! I mean, can you just imagine the loads of potted plants and sitting areas around there, come this summer?