Soooo… We have news! After searching high and low for what has felt like years (looking back now, its actually been years!) We have finally found a new space to call our home! Meet our daggy new warehouse space that with a little love, TLC (okay some serious hands on deck and gyprock) is going to transform into my dream studio/ gallery store/ place to hang out, paint, relax and bask in colour. I’m seriously over the moon and cannot wait to watch this unfold!
We had this grand idea to show you before and after photos once all is said and done and we’re were open for bizz, but since the world has been flipped on its head we thought instead… Let’s create a blog with live updates, our mood boards, inspiration, the ups and downs and everything in between! Who knows how this will pan out, we may be put in lockdown, our completion dates may be postponed, our grand ideas may have to be scaled back OR it could be a dream to work on with nothing but successes! Who knows… I guess we’ll find out together!
To our beautiful customers, don’t worry we’re not moving far! In true Adelaide style, it’s about a five minute car journey from our Unley studio to our new space. We’ll release the exact address later on, but for now what we can tell you… We’re located in a residential(ish) kind of commercial area, we’re right opposite a pretty gorgeous Wine Bar, (hello girls days out with wine, friends and shopping) and we have some very gorgeous next door neighbours (a family run business fronted by the loveliest of people).
Follow our warehouse transformation on Pinterest, this is where you’ll find all of our inspiration (other people's spaces) and progress photos (our personal journey). We will also have a highlight on Instagram detailing the behind the scenes!
Sooo… without further to do… Watch the Warehouse To Dreamhouse Transformation begin! xxx
This is the corner I cozied into today (Wednesday the 25th of March) playing around with a feature colour palette (which was possibly one of the hardest things I've had to do)... Choosing a favourite colour combo is like choosing a favourite child... Impossible! Although somewhat impossible, if you have one, I would love to hear it! Leave a comment below - perhaps your fave pantones? After sourcing plenty of visual inspiration and flicking through a bunch of my fave mags and books, I've settled on this subdued yet punchy combo which I hope will stand the test of time... Fingers crossed! These six colours will inform key pieces of furniture, feature walls and signage. But, with that being said tomorrow I might wake up with another idea, so take this with a grain of salt. Haha I guess this is the beauty of a live blog, you'll get to know the real me, the very indecisive me, always pushing, never 100% certain but keen to do something fresh. (I'll keep you in the loop if anything changes). Whilst back at the warehouse, the team (aka DAVE) is getting ready to give the new and improved walls a lick of gleaming white paint... no doubt they wont be white for long once I move in!
So today was one of those days... Laying the foundations, starting the first coats of paint and ensuring everything is flush, so by 5pm you're exhausted but looking back at the progress it feels like nothing has changed! I did get to rip up a bunch of carpet which was equally as satisfying as I'd hoped it would be! Anyway, the main thing is that the ball is still rolling and we're on track to meet our goals (for now!)
April 3rd… Today is about learning to celebrate the small wins! Since we’ve had to scale back our plans to accomodate social distancing and our smaller-than-anticipated budget, things are happening a little slower than expected! Everyday as the list of ‘to-dos’ gets a little longer and the shopping list of essentials continues to grow, it’s difficult to not let the renos become too overwhelming! Although, if there is one lesson I’ve learnt throughout the years it’s… break the job down into nice little manageable bits and slowly but surely make way through the list. And before you know it, Voila! So instead of thinking what could have been, we are learning to celebrate the small wins like a wall that is finally white! As the sun hit my little red fire hydrant yesterday the gorgeous hue just sang and made me realise how beyond happy I am to be making this little dream of mine a reality. So without further ado, here’s some before and after shots of besa block turned qyprock turned white walls! Haha I wish I had more exciting things to share, but for now this is it! Only up from here!
This door (below) will soon be pink with some very fabulous door handles! I'm thinking something like this or this, or maybe this, but then also this. I seem to love everything I find. There are so many amazing brands out their with architectural influences, my faves I think are Buster + Punch, Made Measure, Linear Standard and Lo & Co Interiors. So many ideas, not so many doors that need handles! I would love to hear you thoughts, send them my way! Maybe via Insta DMs. Can't wait to hear from you!
Our bathrooms are also coming along! Okay apologies for these photos, I wasn’t sure whether to share these or not because my god, that before photo is not a pretty sight! Haha the bathrooms were in definite need of a refresh, I mean look at those tiles! My brother who also happens to be a pretty fabulous tiler (and painter!) has been a dream, helping out with everything and anything! Little shout out to you Mark! Thank you, thank you and thank you! He tiled the bathrooms in a flash and will be installing the new basin, toilet and all the unnecessary accessories that I’m sure I’ll find to make the spaces as homely(?) as possible. I had no idea how addicting it would be to search bathroom inspo on Pinterst... Here, give it a go! Terrazzo Heaven! I’m thinking I’ll add a simple mural, pop some plants, candle, cute hand towels and hey presto it will look 100x times better than it did! Again… It’s all about celebrating those small wins!
Okay! So possibly the most exciting day so far! Interior shapes (that’s all I can say for now… more on their purpose, later!) The beauty of doing this project ourselves has meant we’ve taken the design process day by day, changing and altering the shapes, colours and layout of our retail store possibly way too many times… Which I can imagine would become a huge headache for the professionals! Luckily I have my gorgeous Hubby to bare with me and my indecisiveness. The one thing that has remained consistent is my love of cobalt blue, I guess I’ve sort of built the colour palette around this gorgeous, bold blue hue. Check out the photos below taking a plain white wall to a super fun space that I’m totally over the moon with! From sketch.. to Final Product!
For those asking the colours we went with were all wattyl paints. They are Vanuatu+, Egyptian Queen+, Teal Twilight, Tickle Me Pink, Flutterby, Space Odessy, Primrose Petal and Galapagos. I love every colour as they are, but together they are a perfect match in my eyes. They have totally brought our space to life, made it feel all warm and cozy… and fingers crossed, they will be the perfect backdrop for our products. In the end I had a little paint left over, so I went a little rouge and started mixing them, I ended up with a beautiful peachy pink and a more muted mustard which I have used in our bathroom, pick and pack room… and pretty much wherever else I could add colour. The bold shapes have added the fun and some personality to the space……. I am feeling the inclination to take them to the outside walls!
I am a lover of chaos but I love an organised, curated shelf, have done since I was a young teen where my bedroom looked like a shop window! So let me create my perfect work space and the old paint shelf has to become the focus of the workroom. After all its where the magic happens. I pretty much mix paint all day, its been that way for years now and it never gets boring. Having the colours laid out like this makes mixing the right colour much easier. There is a natural flow when you know where things are, and a rainbow filing system is the best! I feel calm and settled when I walk in and see my new work space and this paint shelf makes each day an easy and exciting start.
I know we’re not finished yet… kind of close but still much to do! But, I’ve been thinking… I might keep the rest a secret until our doors are open… I’d love for you to explore this space for the first time in person. Of course for those not in Adelaide, we will do a little official tour on Instagram. We’re hoping (crossing all of our fingers) to have our space opened on Saturday the 13th of June! Pretty please take this with a grain of salt as things around here are subject to change! Only last week we found a single leak and had to subsequently re do all of the sky lights which set our finish date back a little! Oh it's always the way!
For now… Adios and a huge thank you so much for following along! It is so lovely to know you too are watching this space unfold… There will be more to come in the next couple of weeks, be sure to follow along on the socials: Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. We are always sharing behind the scenes of both the painting and product side of the buizz as well as reno updates.
We might not have the launch party I was anticipating, however I’m sure we’ll find a way to celebrate! Keep your eyes peeled!
Lots of love,