Studio Inspiration

Studio Inspiration   |  The Fresh Exchange

Image via: Bash Please Studio

Since starting a business I have desired a space. As an introvert a space is extremely important to me. It is where all the dreams and ideas come to life and where I can truly let my ideas run wild. The last year has felt unbelievably transitional to someone who needs a certain amount of space in order to let out all ideas. I have felt a little creatively stifled in this transitional time because it hasn’t always felt right to me, which is part of my ISFP personality type as an artist. We are hard on ourselves when it comes to what we create. That being said I felt when we looked for homes we wouldn’t be able to get that studio space we wanted especially where we were looking in Raleigh. We felt it was something we would have to invest in by building it years down the road, but as of this week we are 100% certain that we will land a property that has a 600 sq foot outbuilding that is brand new and ready for us to finish for our Wild Measure studio. We have been dreaming of this for nearly 5 years.

Studio Inspiration   |  The Fresh Exchange

Image via: Nicole Franzen Photography

Thus, my head has been dreaming. As hard as it is to not emotionally move in somewhere (as we have learned far too many times in this process) this time it all feels alot more real and firm. So, today if all goes smoothly (after this week we will be through inspection and appraisal) than we will be in the downhill cruise into ownership of not only a home but a studio as well. I am working hard to stay level headed about what is coming next month, though. Years of working hard to save for this makes this whole thing so special and fulfilling. This year has been a lot of big steps as business owners and goodness it is scary at times, but right now thinking of physically building our dream for the first time couldn’t feel more exciting.

Studio Inspiration   |  The Fresh Exchange

Images via (clockwise from top left corner): Sea Chant Studio, Open ShelvesDesk with Lamp, Furry Reading Corner ,and Chair and Desk

We have been dreaming of what our space will look like one day, what we will offer to not only ourselves but to our employees and clients, and more importantly to the community we live in. My dream has always been to do more than just work for clients, but also to teach, to collaborate, and to create without bounds. This space for me opens the doors to many of these things. I am dreaming of neighborhood dinners with chefs who live around the corner, workshops for brands, hours of photographing content for TFE with other creatives, and truly exemplifying what living a wild measure feels like.

Having a home is exciting as well, but right now the only thing I can think about is this space and all of the potential it holds and all of the dreams that will come to life.

Studio Inspiration   |  The Fresh Exchange

Image Via: Stil Inspiration

Personally I have been scared to share about this space and what has been happening in the home search as it has been extremely heart breaking and involved a lot of dashed dreams and too much negotiation for my non-negotiating soul. Once we close next month I will share it all with you unfiltered as I wish I had known more about this process going into it. There are so many decision, so many things to weigh, sleepless nights, tears, hours of paperwork, and “scared-shit-less” times. Maybe this has felt so hard to us because of owning a business together and trying to weigh what we really need and what doesn’t make sense for us.

For now this is some of the inspiration we have had for studio, which will be our #1 priority once we move in. To see more, check out our shared Pinterest board.

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  1. ahhhh that 600 sq ft studio space is almost the size of my house. i hate living in LA. i can’t wait to see the finished product! i’m sure you’ll create an amazing space!

    1. If it makes you feel better our first place was smaller than this work space. I know the feeling! Our last house was only 200 sqft more than this. I hear ya lady. Move east and to the South 🙂

  2. I’m so happy that you might have found the one. It had sounded like there were many bumps in the road before getting here, so I hope it all works out and you close on it! Also can’t wait to see what you do with the space, since I know it will be amazing.

  3. My grandma works in real estate, so I’ve definitely seen how stressful and crazy home buying can get. So happy that you guys have finally found a place and can get excited about it! Can’t wait to see how you shape your space, I’m sure it will be amazing!

  4. I feel you with the decision weighing and ‘scared-shit-less’ times – I’m in the process of buying a home with my boyfriend/creative business partner as well! Planning our workspace is definitely the most exciting part for sure. Good luck and I look forward to seeing the outcome! I’m sure I’ll be nodding my head often in understanding when reading about your home buying process.

  5. I’m currently going through the downhill slide into owning a home, so I completely relate with all these mixed emotions you’ve been feeling. It’s definitely a roller coaster ride & a lesson to not “move in too early,” as you perfectly put it. But I think in the end, I’m going to be grateful for the experience (and hopefully you guys as well!). Best of luck with all the nitty gritty details!

  6. Good luck with it all! Exciting times – I feel your pain as a fellow introvert-accidental-wanderer – after years of globetrotting the most exciting (and frightening) thing was buying a home that had a space for my home office. I finally felt like I had MY space, the space I needed to really create. Now if only I had the budget to do it up the way I want it – ah, the joys of home ownership and your own business 🙂