Thursday, November 12, 2009

my creative space ...

The decorating continues in my creative space this week! After fiddling around with colour samples, I finally chose my shade of green for the window wall, and started to prepare for painting by scraping off the flaking old paint and loose render from the last 100 years or so ...



... then I realised I had gotten carried away ...



... and then I realised that to do the whole wall would take hours and hours, so I stopped! But, I'm a bit of a sucker for original charm, so I came up with a way to "preserve" the bare brick look and have a bit of colour on the wall ...



I have some mdf letters that spell "Yardage Design" that I'm going to paint and arrange in the brick circle. I haven't had time to paint the pipe yet (although it looks OK in white now the wall is painted - no?), but I'm still thinking I might paint it bright red like the bargain ebay cane chairs I got a few weeks ago ...



These babies are waiting to show-off some handprinted fabric on the cushions! I'm really looking forward to my screens arriving tomorrow - it will be a big moment for me.

I just thought I'd add that the last remaining studio spaces here at Ironside have just been released, so if you're in Melbourne and looking for a studio, contact Laura at Ironside Studios.

For more creative spaces, or to join in, don't forget to visit Kootoyoo.

33 comments:

CurlyPops said...

Wowee that looks amazing. What a lovely shade of green - I agree with painting the pipe fire engine red to make a feature of it. At least the paint will dry quickly at the moment!

Nikki Cardigan said...

Oh Nic, it's just so exciting. It wont be long before you're all set up and ready to go. Keeping a bit of the bare brick was a great idea and will be the perfect place for your sign.

Tammy James said...

The pipe looks great white against the red! Looking good so far!

Cathy said...

Love the wall - I love original charm too - the circle is fabulous - yes paint the pipe - mmmm red? another shade of green?

Liesl (Hoppo Bumpo) said...

I think that wall is the best - it looks amazing. Your space is going to be fabulous.

midge said...

it's coming together beautifully. love watching your progress. and renovating anything should be a strictly spectator sport i say

yael said...

love what you've done withthe wall and reallly enjoy the bright colors

caramela said...

What a brilliant idea! Love that wall!
Annamaria

m.e (Cathie) said...

Nic, that is amazing, I love the quick fix, looks well designed.
how very exciting, what a great creative space. i like the pipe, red would be fantastic.

Melanie said...

this is looking awesome. I got all excited when you linked the studio info but then I was sad because it was so far away. You are a lucky gal! looking great so far.

Gina said...

Sigh, a studio... Nic I will just have to live vicariously through you as you decorate and do all the rest. Love where you're going. And I love the exposed brick!

beck said...

Great green! Love the look of the chairs. Gee, it's all coming along isn't it? Almost there! xo

rebecca said...

oh, that looks and sounds so exciting! good luck with it all, can't wait to see the screens! :)

Linda said...

I feel soooo excited for you what a wonderful space to have

Michelle said...

Oh my goodness! It's such a fantastic look, that wall! And I love the chairs and how your space is coming together - very inspiring!

Kylie said...

I love the bare brick feature, very inspired. It's like on with the new but don't forget the old. Noticed the book Printing by Hand on your page mine just arrived in the mail yesterday, happy, happy, joy, joy!

Beky said...

It looks amazing Nic. Love the idea of the circle on the wall to expose the brick, exposing the past and enjoying the texture. Good luck, keep those photos coming.

Tracey said...

haha... oops! I like the finished product with the Playschool circlular window type of look :) Liking seeing the progress of your new studio.

Tracey said...

late coming over to check this out, sorry, but I am really loving the old bricks peeking through. What a fab space!

Pippi creates said...

That red brick circle has come up really well. I am sure whatever you decide for the old pipe will look fantastic. It is so exciting watching this space become something fantastic.

amy prior said...

I love it! and the chairs are a lot nice too!

messyfish said...

excellent space! I painted my last space with a black wall...its shows off my art very well. I love your red chairs too. Well done! I think the pipe looks good white...

jeanamarie said...

love the wall, and I can so see the pipe in that red!

Ooty said...

I love this wall!!! Can't wait to see it all done

lisa stubbs said...

wow what a transformation already! I love the circle of bricks great idea, looks more effective than a whole wall of bricks makes it a special feature, and the chairs look ace, show more photo's when they're covered!

Kylie said...

It looks totally amazing! You've done so much and the green is just perfect. Love the exposed circle and really looking forward to seeing the letters up etc. The pipe does look good white... maybe your letters can be the standout colour needed there? Great space :) K

tea with lucy said...

I'm loving followi this space as it develops.

That green wall looks fantastic with the circle.

redorgrayart said...

I...relish...the..bricks!

Barbara said...

Oh I love the circle!!!
It is great to see how works go on!

Amanda said...

I love seeing this come together and the inspiration you find along the way...Can't wait for more!!! It looks fab!!

Michelle said...

How wonderful and exciting for you. A bright red pipe would look great on the green wall.

homehearthappiness said...

It looks just great - always good to see some the history of a room/building come through into the modern day. Me, I would love the pipe white it looks good and it sounds like you lots more to be doing (but then maybe I'm just lazy!) x

suesueb said...

I love the bricks peeking through the green-the red too will really pop out. Fun!!