I thought it was time to do a White Oak Studio Tour update.
If you’ve been following my blog for long, you realize that I’ve written before about how fortunate I feel to have been able to design and build my studio building in 2001 when we moved to our current home. While I was obviously on a budget, I chose to create a 950 sq. ft. building to house my art studio and a gallery.
Welcome to White Oak Studio Design!
I elected to create the interior to hold an art gallery on the outside of the space and to place my work area on the inside of the rectangular space. It is imperative to have eye contact with customers as they walk through the front door.
In any workspace lighting is an issue which I solved using track lighting with daylight bulbs to give directed light in the gallery space and fluorescent in the ceiling lighting over my papermaking studio area.
I was creating handmade paper from plants that I grew here on White Oak Acres then so I planned a sealed cement floor with a floor drain to capture any major water splashes. I chose a poured gray river rock flooring (made using real pebbles) for the outside gallery space and bathroom.
Being a commercial building I met code with a 8 ft. X 5 ft. barrier free bathroom space too. I carved out a tiny “kitchenette” as well.
Today this building houses my studio. The former gallery space is now a showroom where my furniture and paper canvas’ reside.
Here are some photographs to take you on a virtual tour of my rural studio space;
The south wall display includes a hand-painted sideboard with end tables, a globe and others repurposed items – all for sale.
A hand-painted three-drawer dresser painted in chalk paint.
An outside view of White Oak Studio Designs. I love my open porch!
Front view of the studio in the spring months when shrubs are blooming.
A vignette of vintage game pieces in vintage glass containers that are for sale.
The command center and workspace of the studio.
A vintage dress form, treadle sewing machines and painted stools.
Two-tone ochre painted table with a walnut top.
Looking along a side wall towards the “Power Room Gallery.”
A painted bookcase.
South Wall display of handmade paper canvas’ and other items.
I’m always open by appointment. Thanks for stopping by!
Small House / Big Sky Donna