New studio space to hold DIY workshops decorating advice please

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I am totally over the moon excited about my new studio space in old historic hotel thats been remodeled into shops and small businesses. It's perfect for my DIY workshops I host, but I am stuck on decorating. I love to make "junque" into treasure; I want a farmhouse feel and splash of industrial; a space my customers feel inspired to create in. I would love your expert advice and ideas, thanks so much. Here are some pics of how the space is today.
q new studio space to hold diy workshops decorating advice please, diy, how to, repurposing upcycling, me in my studio
me in my studio
q new studio space to hold diy workshops decorating advice please, diy, how to, repurposing upcycling, built in shelves I am stumped at how to showcase the supplies we use and decorate sorry for the ladder in pic
built in shelves I am stumped at how to showcase the supplies we use and decorate (sorry for the ladder in pic)
q new studio space to hold diy workshops decorating advice please, diy, how to, repurposing upcycling, a dresser I hand painted and had been sitting in my basement I just wasnt ready to sell it and now I think its perfect for the space
a dresser I hand painted and had been sitting in my basement I just wasnt ready to sell it and now I think its perfect for the space
q new studio space to hold diy workshops decorating advice please, diy, how to, repurposing upcycling, some of the chairs I have now but have been collecting miss matched ones hoping to paint all different colors
some of the chairs I have now but have been collecting miss matched ones , hoping to paint all different colors ?
q new studio space to hold diy workshops decorating advice please, diy, how to, repurposing upcycling, a wresth I made for the studio door
a wresth I made for the studio door
q new studio space to hold diy workshops decorating advice please, diy, how to, repurposing upcycling, my 1 chalk board I made from an old frame
my $1 chalk board I made from an old frame
q new studio space to hold diy workshops decorating advice please, diy, how to, repurposing upcycling, my marquee inspired light I made
my marquee inspired light I made
q new studio space to hold diy workshops decorating advice please, diy, how to, repurposing upcycling, beverage and snacks on a old wooden ironing board I made a shelf but lost at doing the wall behind
beverage and snacks on a old wooden ironing board I made a shelf . but lost at doing the wall behind
q new studio space to hold diy workshops decorating advice please, diy, how to, repurposing upcycling
q new studio space to hold diy workshops decorating advice please, diy, how to, repurposing upcycling, a corner I am stumped on but has some samples of what to make in a workshop
a corner I am stumped on but has some samples of what to make in a workshop
q new studio space to hold diy workshops decorating advice please, diy, how to, repurposing upcycling
q new studio space to hold diy workshops decorating advice please, diy, how to, repurposing upcycling, the new 10 tables we just got done building and now I am staining with milk paint the curtains I made from bleached drop cloths
the new 10' tables we just got done building and now I am "staining" with milk paint. the curtains I made from bleached drop cloths.
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  • Debbie Harris Debbie Harris on May 22, 2014
    Looks like you're on the right tracck with everything that is trending. Industrial = Pipes, lighting, carts etc. Fabrics = Burlap, Linen, cotton, lace etc. Colors = neutrals so that your projects are the stars of the show.

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    • Beckyjunque Beckyjunque on May 14, 2015
      Hi :) thanks so much , I was in this space for. Year and just moved to a new bigger store front , love the ideas and will post new pics soon xoxo

  • Darla Darla on May 22, 2014
    It looks good to me - I'd go easy on the bows or anything too "girly". Why not put some samples of the kind of DIY items you will be teaching about?

    • Beckyjunque Beckyjunque on May 23, 2014
      Thanks @darla I agree , easy on too many bows :) yes I need a way to display more samples xoxo

  • Where can we sign up for classes? It looks like such an inspiring place.

  • White Oak Studio Designs White Oak Studio Designs on May 23, 2014
    I built an 950 sq. ft. papermaking studio/gallery in 2001, White Oak Studio & Gallery. I tried to find "research" studio businesses but there was not a lot out there then. My building was horizontal. I created the art gallery along the two outside walls using my Riverrock flooring to delineate what was gallery. I used four antique country store displays in a row to separate the papermaking area from the gallery area. I built an open porch on the back of my building with furniture so that students and customers could sit, enjoy the day, eat a picnic lunch, see the birds in the meadow and so I could have outside classes when the weather was nice. I added lovely garden to stroll through not only for my plant with which I made my handmade papers but to draw customers. Do you know Sommersett Studio's magazine Where Women Work? That is a great printed source for working art studios. I gave papermaking classes to students, created my own art and ran the gallery so I'd recommend you consider the following: 1) Make your own workspace to FACE the front door so you can see customers coming in and personally greet them. I welcomed each and every customer personally. 2) Be prepared to redesign your space on a monthly basis/paint your walls a new color annually. Modern retail shop have conditioned customers to expect "new merchandise" each time they come in. 3) Invest in large worktable with comfortable seating for your students. 4) If students will be painting furniture, build painting stands for each that go around. I took a furniture painting class in tight quarters and the painting stand was the only reason it worked. Go to Shizzle Design to look for photo of this stand. 5) Invest in good lighting; not only work your own work but for your students painting. 6) Think about customers/students comfort; pleasant bathroom, water, kitchenette, patio and nearby gardens etc. 7) If you are selling paint, you'll need an armoire or tall cabinet of some kind to hold paint, paint brushes, sample boards etc. 8) Prepare to spend money on marketing; and I don't mean just Facebook and a blog. I mean real marketing/advertising and public relations. 9) Be prepared to work 70 hours a week if you own the business and not make much in income for about 5 years. I've been self-employed all of my adult life, and more goes out in expenses than comes in most years. 10) Try to have fun and remember why you started your endeavor. Barter/trade/pay professional fee's ($40,00-$120.00 an hour) to purchase help in areas your are weak. Hopefully you have had small business classes and know how to run a small business? 1) Become a LLC as that will protect your personal assets. 2) Get a tax ID Number from your state so that you don't have to pay tax on anything you buy for resale. 3) Keep immaculate financial records for the IRS. 4) File taxes on time. 5) Hire help with your marketing promotions if you don't know how to do that. 6) Expect to spend 40% of your time marketing the business. 7) Be careful what you sign in your rental agreement. Try for a 6 month lease if you can just in case things don't work out as you have hoped. 8) Be sure to have a dedicated landline w/answering machine for your business-this is a marketing tool. Have a professional/personalized message on-in YOUR voice, giving business name/hours/services etc. I am always amazed when new entrepreneaurs try to manage with just a cellphone. It will not work. 9) Offer merchant services (charge card service). Shoppers expect that these days.

  • Melissa Leach Melissa Leach on May 23, 2014
    What about a gallery wall of antique mirrors behind your beverage station. Set your beverage supplies in a wooden tray and on cake stands. Add a fabric runner to the top of the radiator cover. Just sayin'

  • This looks wonderful. I agree with limiting the girly touches and adding more of the industrial/ lofty look to the mix. Where is your studio located?

    • Beckyjunque Beckyjunque on May 23, 2014
      Yes love that , adding more lofty /industrial ... The bows are already off the few chairs I put them on, they didn't fit the mix well xo

  • Deborah Deborah on May 23, 2014
    Hey, Becky. I see you use burlap and tin in your space. How about corrugated metal panels on the walls? Upholster chairs in burlap with nail head trim. Instead of bows try thin strips of burlap tied on only one of the chair's back spindles to create a primitive tassle. Good luck! Deb

  • Beverly Stamp Beverly Stamp on May 24, 2014
    Maybe a little old looking brick on the walls , hanging pendant lighting made from old funnels, etc

  • Kate Chatterton Kate Chatterton on May 26, 2014
    However much storage you think you'll need, you'll need more. Consider storage that can be open or closed so it can be flexible either for less than stunning supplies or to display merchandise. And let your personal aesthetic shine through, you want your shop to have a unique feel so that everyone who shares a similar aesthetic thinks to go there first for items they'll know they are going to love, even before they know that those items or projects are.

  • Beckyjunque Beckyjunque on May 29, 2014
    thanks :) I added a stack of old suitcases for storage and then a totally awesome find on the curb a old trunk, its huge so just added that as well xo

  • Lori Lori on Apr 01, 2015
    Hang some chairs on the wall and use to set things on.

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    • Lori Lori on Apr 01, 2015
      Hi Becky, I did figure that was a definate possibility but had nothing to lose, right? Yes, please post what you've done.

  • Paulette Schmidt Paulette Schmidt on May 13, 2015
    Maybe hang the crib springs from eye hooks and chain link over the bar area and hang wire baskets from the springs to hold supplies in for the snack bar. To soften things up a bit from all the industrial a fabric "person" that has a sign outlining the projects that can be done and display the items around the room. On the board it could outline A. Ruler sign and hang the ruler somewhere else with an A. sign near or attached so crafters can have a visual of the project. Just idea's. Post new pics so we can see your progress.

    • Beckyjunque Beckyjunque on May 13, 2015
      Thank you so much ! I actually have grown in this last year and just moved Into a new space with a store front . Will be posting pics here soon xoxoox