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Welcome to my studio.
Let me show you around.

Welcome to my studio

I don’t know about you, but I love peeking inside the studio space of other creators and makers. I’m curious about how they support their practice and what inspires them. Often I come away with ideas for my own creative retreat. 

A little background

Built in 1893, our home is known locally as The Periwinkle, the restaurant that was here a few years back. Originally however, it was the general store for this area for almost 80 years. That  means wide open spaces, big rooms and loads of personality.

The upstairs (a full 3 bedroom apartment plus) was to be our daughter’s space so we bought it to serve as two homes. However, plans change, something came up for our daughter and suddenly all that space became one home again.

The truth is we wouldn’t have considered a house this big if we’d thought it was just the two of us but intuition and serendipity has never led me astray. I now have the studio and office space I’ve always dreamed of complete with inspiring views to feed my creative heart. In addition we even have private guest space for visitors!

Talk about feeling blessed!

Come in and let me show you around

Welcome to my creative space. We haven’t painted or changed much yet, except for the heating system and some of the lights,which means you’re seeing the “Before” view. My plan is to share the progress as I put my own touch on the place.

My Office

Climb the stairs and you’re immediately in my office where I run my business and write this blog.

This is the only room in the house that’s carpeted. Not sure why that is but it sure cuts down on noise and echoes, which will be handy when I start podcasting again. My gramma’s platform rocker sits in the corner, waiting for visitors and the shelves are filled with some my favorite books.

Looking back into the office from the other side, you’re standing in the studio doorway. You’re only seeing about half of the window in this picture. It’s a big window looking over the village and lighthouse. Also, lots of light! The sill is wide and right now I have two big bowls filled with stones I’ve collected on my walks along the shore. As you can see I’m still looking for places to hang pictures and such. With such big windows and tall furniture, wall space is at a premium.

Also, my planning calendar takes up a lot of room. You can’t read it from here but there are some pretty juicy ideas written there. Fun plans to help us both dive deeper into our creative practice, so stay tuned!

This space seems very ‘business’ at the moment so I want to jazz it up over the coming months to reflect a more creative state of mind. I’m thinking a chalkboard wall right were the calendar is. Victoria Lynn Hall has one in her studio and I covet it!

My Fiber Studio

This is where I quilt, sew, knit and eventually, will dye my own yarns and fabric.  It even came with a sink area so it’s perfect!

The Studio Cat
Mr. Fuzz, Self-appointed studio mascot

When you come into the space there’s an area with a chaise lounge, my journal materials, music and of course, the cat. It’s where I like to start my day. At some point, this may move into one of the bedrooms because I’d like this space for worktables but for now, it’s just right.

I keep my yarn stash in the old bookcase which makes it easy for me to see. I pared this down a lot when we moved but as anyone who works with yarn knows, the stash has a will of its own and tends to grow when you’re not looking.

On the other side of the room is my quilting/sewing area. I originally wanted this space for painting because the view out that window is spectacular, looking across the Bay to the cliffs. But faces east and the morning light is just to bright to get a good read on my colours. In the end, however, I feel this setup is way better.

I love solving a problem by repurposing something

Before we moved, I did all my cutting on a kitchen island, far removed from my sewing machine. One of the first things I wanted when we got settled again was a cutting table.

After (most of) the boxes were emptied and the dust cleared, Heber found this old counter/table in the basement. We figure it’s left from when this building was a restaurant.

We dragged it out into the yard (Literally. It’s very heavy), gave it a thorough cleaning and moved it upstairs, where he painted it. Turns out the weight is a bonus. It doesn’t have to be bolted down but it doesn’t move. However, I can still slide it out of the way when necessary.

A simple organizing idea

My ruler collection had outgrown the holder I originally bought to corral them. I added 3M Command hooks to the sides of the cutting table.

Now they’re always within easy reach when I need them. Once Heber gets a few other things done around here (like building a laundry room) he plans to add a shelf underneath to store interfacings and battings.

The Odd Corner

My sewing table and the alcove.

I have this alcove area which isn’t being used for much right now. I can see a design wall here but I’m keeping my options open at the moment.

 

The Painting Studio

Finally, here’s the smaller room just off the fiber studio where I paint.

It faces north and the light is perfect for painting. Heber also installed an overhead LED light that lets me work long after the sun sets.

I like being surrounded by my art, so I’ve displayed some of my work on narrow Ikea shelves. That has to change and soon. They’re developing ‘swayback’ leaning against the wall. Last time I was in Ikea I purchased their wire hanging system for curtains (Dignitet) and once we get it up, I’ll clip them to the wire until I scan them for printing. (An Etsy store is in the works.)

Right now, all I’ve really done with this area is set it up to paint. I haven’t made a lot of decisions about what’s needed beyond a table and some shelving. Plus I’ve got my eye on those banker bookcases for displaying quilts which means I’ll need a better system for my painting supplies and sketchbooks.

 The Views

Finally, I can’t let you leave without sharing the views. They’re almost the best part!

18 thoughts on “Welcome to my studio.
Let me show you around.

  1. Amazing how it all came together for you Aprille. Such a perfect spot for the two of you! Aaaah the views… and the spaciousness, providing areas for all of your many facets of expression! What a mighty woman you are!!! Big HUGS! Can’t wait to see the dyed materials you will create… and more of your paintings!
    Ali

    1. Thanks so much, Ali. I hope one day soon you can make across the Bay and drop in for a real life visit so we can play in the studio!

  2. Wow, what a dream space! And those views! Thanks so much for the link to my studio tour. I do love my chalkboard wall and think one would be fabulous in your space as well. I have done a lot of chalkboard paint projects so let me know if you would like some tips when the time comes. Happy creating!

    1. Thanks Victoria! It is a dream come true. And I’d love to connect for some tips as well as the chance to talk more about art and life in general!

  3. hi Aprille

    what propelled you to move to NS? it seems very peaceful…enjoy

    1. Hi Riyad. It was a lot of reasons. We wanted a new adventure in our lives, Ontario was becoming too expensive (especially the hydro) and we both grew up on the East Coast. We had a hankering for the ocean again. We love it here and yes, it is very peaceful.

  4. It looks so serene Aprille, just beautiful!! Merry Christmas to you, Heber and your family!!

    1. Thanks, Heather. We’re loving Nova Scotia as I’m sure you understand. Merry Christmas to you and your family, as well!

  5. Wow! Thank you for sharing all your different studio and office spaces AND your views! Spectacular! From one artist to another, I am in awe. With the extra apartment space and the magnificent location you could offer week long creative get-aways…how much fun would that be…and relaxing too. Congrats, you landed right where you are suppose to be.

    1. Thanks, Shirley. I do feel like I’ve landed exactly where I need to be. Ain’t life fun?
      I’m definitely thinking about creative retreats, just like you mentioned. It would be amazing to share this inspiring area with other creators and makers.

  6. It’s great to see your space set up with all your creative materials. How wonderful for you to be able to spread out and leave your works-in-progress where they are, ready to get back at them when you have time. Love the views too. Looking forward to seeing you and Heber next spring. Merry Christmas and all the best for 2017.

    1. Merry Christmas to you and John as well. Looking forward to having you here in real life later this year.
      Being able to set up and leave everything is a real motivation boost!

  7. Beautiful! I’m such a visual person and I’m so thankful I got the tour. It’s gorgeous and I will make it out there someday!
    I love how happy you are and your creative space is stunning. Love to you all❤️

    1. Thanks,Paula being a visual person myself I totally get it! And we’d love to have you all out for a visit. Maybe for an anniversary celebration by the (big) water?

  8. WOW!! Looks amazing Aprille! So much space for so much creativity! Wonderful 🙂

    xo Jenny

    1. Hey Jenny. Thanks for dropping by. Wouldn’t it be fun to do Vision Boards together here?

  9. […] new home provides plenty of room for a studio but it wasn’t always that […]

  10. […] Some days we can even hear the cobblestones rolling against each other on the beach below. We’ve spotted seals watching us watching them and if we’re really lucky the eagle who makes our shoreline part of his daily rounds swings by. On our way home, we pay a visit to the lighthouse and then I head back home and to my studio. […]

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