How to set up an inspiring and creative studio space in a week

When we found we got the studio space on Rochester High Street in the absolutely stunning Halpern Conservancy Board building my friend Rachel from iprintedthat were probably as happy and excited as kids in an ice-cream store.

Finally a beautiful space to be creative in! We had a week to plan before the big opening night. And we had our work cut out for us: we had to paint 12 feet tall dark maroon walls with multiple coats, set up and furnish the space to become an inspiring and creative space that would work for print workshops as well as a painting studio.

So this is what we came up…

We started out by compiling separate detailed lists of what we really wanted from the space to make sure that we’d both be happy with it and remain friends. We also listed what furniture we might have since we were working on a very tight budget and tried to reuse furniture we already had wherever possible.

I used a 3D tool to create a floorplan and came up with a few options on how to best use the space and then we had to roll up our sleeves to get the space ready in time for the opening night.

Thankfully we had some very nice builders and painters on site that gave us a few tips and lent us some ladders to remove some dusty and heavy velvet curtains and after having been in the space for about 6 months we must say: it really works! Rachel and I have become even better friends and every day we come into the studio we still love the space as much as the day we moved in.

I’m so happy we were able to create a creative space that doesn’t just look great but also works on a functional level. We even got featured on a special BBC’s Homes under the Hammer episode where we were interviewed about how much we love working here.

Are you looking to convert your office space and create something that’s inspiring and gets your team excited to come into the office without breaking the bank?

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A modern Victorian terrace home with a twist

I love Victorian architecture. There’s just nothing nicer than high ceilings or cosy fireplaces to inject some character into a home. But as much as we love the quirks of good old Victorian houses (don’t get me started on the plumbing), we think they also deserve a modern twist that brings out their character even more but makes them comfortable for a modern family.

In this end-terraced Victorian home we played with deep marine blue exterior colours to brighten up the street without putting out neighbours and introduced dark oak engineered herringbone parquet flooring, micro cement bench tops offset agains oak and marble and creating a warm and inviting family home.

We’d like to think Prince Albert would have approved.

Have you got a Victorian that you would like to inject some personality into? Contact me for a free no obligation quote or consultation.

A mid-century modern retreat

This stunning cedar home and brick from 1970s features high cathedral ceilings with spectacular views over the Mornington Peninsula.

We gave the kitchen a much needed refresh with new appliances and carefully staged the house to bring out its best features and inject a feeling of a mid-century modern retreat through carefully selected pieces. We used a few industrial materials such concrete and metal to offset the many beautiful heavy woods throughout this stunning home to create a relaxing and modern retreat feeling.

Despite many lower valuations by different real estate agents prior to doing the work the house sold very close to the asking price.

Are you interested in staging or improving your house for sale? Contact me for a no obligation quote or initial consultation.