I know I have said it before, BUT this is my favorite project ever! You may have been following this project journey on Instagram, but if you are joining us for the first time let me catch you up to speed. (You can always watch my Instagram Stories saved to my Florist Studio Highlights as well.)
My Grandma is one of the sweetest souls you will ever meet. She is also one of the most creative people I have ever met. I strongly believe that genetics can play a role in our talents and abilities. She is a very creative woman, as is my Mother, and I believe have them to thank in part for cultivating my love to creatre. Well, recently, my Grandma and I were discussing her florist studio/craft room. We were JUST TALKING about good storage systems and she asked for any recommendations I might have… haha boy did I EVER!
After a few brainstorm sessions, I notified her I would be paying her a visit. 🙂
I was like a dog with a bone when it came to ideas for a space designated to CREATING! Little did she know I had some ideas that I just had to see come to life. The biggest hurdle would be the distance. You see, she lives in Michigan (close to my childhood home), and I have since moved to Florida. But what is a little distance when you have creative juices flowing !
In order to make this work effectively, I decided to build all the pieces in Florida and tow them up to Michigan in an enclosed trailer. Let me show you the major pieces that were designed and built custom just for this “florist shop”!
(I do have build plans for this Ikea Trofast Storage Unit available here. )
I knew she needed as much storage as possible, but she also needed plenty of open workspace. A mobile island was just the ticket. It would allow for flexibility and maximize practicality. The last build was the (in my opinion) the crowning jewel of this install. I mean how on earth do you expect to have a “Florist Studio” without a full-blown flower display ? I insist that you can not!
Building all these pieces was a blast, but the journey had just begun! I had already enlisted the help of one of my MOST FAVORITE humans in the whole world, Jenn (AKA Build-Basic). To make things even better, luck would have it that our close friends Jamie and Jamison from Rogue Engineer live in a neighboring city! We have all known each other for years, and take any chance we have to work together! Can I just say how much I love the maker community and the tribe/family that we have become?
Once we arrived in Michigan, it was all hands on deck! Jamison, Jenn, and I were a blur of power tools, and custom-builds. While I TRIED to come as prepared as possible there were a few details that I plum ran out of time for… enter Grandma. As I stated earlier she is a wonderful artist, and I “NEEDED” some custom botanical prints. I had it in my head. I could see it. So I shamelessly put my Grandma to work. *Spoiler Alert* her work did not disappoint!
With Grandma’s help, I was halfway through accomplishing my wall art…but I also needed some custom frames. So we buttoned up loose ends at my Grandma’s and headed over to Rogue Headquarters for a quick project.
In all of 30 minutes of work we had custom frames that would compliment my Grandma’s handiwork and complete the space.
After a late night of staging, and a quick photo session this space was done. D.O.N.E. Done!
Let’s take a moment to appreciate the beauty in the details. Shall we ?
Okay, okay, without further ado, let me show you what all the fuss was about.
Like I said before , this has been hands-down my favorite project to-date. Creating a space for a “creative” was a BLAST in-and-of-itself. But to be able to do it for someone I love, surrounded with people dear to me was the absolute best!
All-in-all it was such an amazing experience. There were so many people pitching in to make it happen and I can’t thank them all enough! My Mom kicked into full-on “Nana Mode” to help with the tricky logistics of my children, she entertained and logged more hours driving then any Nana ever should for her Grandbabies. We had Aunts, Uncles and Cousins planning activities and entertaining aforementioned kiddos. Friends traveling, brainstorming, and building. Awesome brands like DAP, Purebond that were eager to be apart of such a fun project. (You can see full build plans brought to you by DAP here.) Then of course all of the awesome folks like yourself that have followed along and given encouragement every step of the way. There were so many moving parts to this install and I think that is what made it so special. .
Thanks for following along, and “take luck”!