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Big News!!! The NEW Studio DIY HQ!!!

1/17/2018

The New Studio DIY HQ!

This post has been over a YEAR in the making! Meet the NEW Studio DIY HQ!!!! Man does it feel good to finally write that.

We’ve been hunting for a new studio space since the fall of 2016. (!!) Not because we necessarily grew out of our current space, but because it just became less and less functional for us. One big loft space seems wonderful until you realize that all the “stuff” that DIY blogging requires you to collect just…. sits there. For everyone to see. At all times. And then once you have a team, it’s harder to take a private phone call in one big space. And then paying a gazillion dollars a month for parking in downtown feels more and more insane.

When Jeff and I moved into our house this summer, my commute got 10 times worse and it really kicked my butt into gear! There’s nothing like spending hours in the car instead of with your baby to really motivate you! After driving by this retail space a few times over the last several months thinking “We can never afford that” and “The light probably isn’t as good as it looks from here.” But it just kept sitting empty and so I finally called. And after seeing it in person, it had almost everything we were looking for on top of a very good commute. So a few stressful weeks of negotiating, contracts, lawyers and all that jazz and here we are!!!

The New Studio DIY HQ!The New Studio DIY HQ!The New Studio DIY HQ!

This space is REALLY different from our current space. First and foremost, it’s a storefront! No, we aren’t opening up a store (I wish!) but it will certainly allow us to host an occasional pop-up which we are SUPER excited about! It also has my ultimate dream… outdoor space!!!!! Being able to shoot outside when needed will be HUGE for us. We are beyond excited about that. It also has several rooms: A shoot space, a storage room, a bathroom, a private conference room, an entry (AKA shipping and receiving) room and a large room that will function as our main work space with a lounge area, kitchen and office area.

The New Studio DIY HQ!

You guys, that’s so many rooms!!!!!!! And now!! Now!! We get to make them ALL over!! Oh man, I’m excited. Since we no longer have to keep the whole thing white and bright because our last space was all one room, we can really play around with color and pattern and all the things! So not only will you see our home makeover this year on Studio DIY, but you’ll see this new studio start to transform too!!!!

The New Studio DIY HQ!The New Studio DIY HQ!

Not gonna lie it was (is) also totally terrifying to sign this lease, but it feels really good to have somewhere fresh to start, with more space and more places for things to hide so we aren’t working on top of piles of THINGS at all times! The ceilings might not be as high as I want them to be and the floors may need some major work (i.e. How quickly can I replace them!? haha!) and leasing a retail space is a whole OTHER animal that I never knew existed but sometimes you gotta take the risk and just go for it. Fight through the fear! That’s the one thing I’ve learned with every decision I’ve made thus far in my business.

Since the Instagram Live walk through of our house was something you guys seemed to really love, we’re going to be doing a full walk through of the new studio tomorrow (Thursday!) at 3:30pm PST!!! Set your alarms and tune in to see the space and our initial plans for it!!!!

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25 comments

  • Michelle

    What a cool space! So excited what you will do with it!
    https://www.makeandmess.com/

  • Kristina B

    YAY!!!!!! OMG!! It’s AMAZING!!!!!! I cannot WAIT to see what you do with this space. Dude you must be in decorator HEAVEN. Or Hell depending how you look at it. HAHA! This is going to be SO awesome.

  • Alexandra

    Congrats!! A long commute is the actual worst and I totally understand how that can transform your life. Can’t wait to see what you do with all of these rooms!

  • Justina

    Congratulations!! The space looks like it has so much potential 🙂 I would be interested in some of the logistics surrounding renovations/updates to a rented space. I’m excited to follow along!

    • Kelly

      Thanks Justina!! Good to know!! I’ll definitely be doing lots of updates on the changes we make!!

  • Angela

    Yay!!! So happy for you and excited to see all the fun stuff! Your stories and everything you share is super inspiring! 🙂

  • Agustina

    So exciting!!!! Congrats! It looks great!!! 🍾🎈🎉

    About the floors, my mom installed what we call “floating floors” generally made of wood (not always, sometimes just simil wood) and they don’t have to be nailed or glued, they can be easily clean, with any wash cloth and generally water resistant too… she’s had them for over 15 yrs, so basically they look as if you had wood floor but without all the hard part. I think it’s a good option for a rental…
    here’s an online description: A floating floor installation is a fast and easy DIY project. No glue-down, stapling or nailing is required because individual boards attach to each other instead of to a subfloor, so the wood floor essentially “floats” over the subfloor
    We has the people from the store installing it didn’t do it ourselves lol. Well, hope to have helped. Can’t wait to follow this deco process as well!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Britta & Carli Garsow

    Congrats! This new space is amazing. And commuting to downtown sounds so exhausting. A storefront like this seems more “Studio DIY” anyways!

  • Lisa

    This is so exciting! Yay for new adventures and new DIY projects! Can’t wait to see what you do with the space. I’m sure it will be amazing.
    Lisa

  • Amanda J.

    OMG! What a fun space! Congratulations!!! Looking forward to seeing the makeovers you all give it!

  • G

    Amazingly Brave! Is so scary to take in something that seems bigger than yourself but it will be amazing and challenging yourself like that is incredible. Congratulations and wonderful job to you both. You are such a good team, is so special to be able to do all this & support one another in being your own bosses!

    Now I need to patiently wait for the pop up stores (great GREAT idea) and the studio sale :)))

    Bravo!

  • Tessa

    So excited to see the end result!!!!

  • Terrie D.

    Congratulations!! I’m so excited to see the makeovers on your new space. Just wish I lived closer to be able to come to a pop-up shop 🙂

  • Michelle

    Congrats !! It looks awesome! By saying yes to a larger space, you are saying yes to more success for your business. Keep dreaming big girl, the universe is listening !!

  • Gabrielle

    I’m so incredibly excited for this!

  • Hannah

    SHUT UP! This looks amazing! I’m so happy to watch your business grow and succeed! Important question: will it have an all pink room?

    Hannah | The Outfit Repeater

  • Indya

    Oh my gosh, you have NO idea how excited I am to see how you decorate all those rooms! Home decor/interior posts are always a favourite of mine. Super happy that you’ll have a much quicker commute as well! I’m sure Arlo will enjoy having you home quicker ☺️

    Indya || The Small Adventurer

  • Morgan

    I am obsessed with your work in your home so I am so so so excited to see what you do with this white shoebox of a space!

  • Monica

    Congratulations!! It’s look very, very good!

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