a little Beach Cottage studio by the sea

Mon 21st, Jul, 2014

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G’day lovely Beach Cottage people…so over the weekend here in Sydney, it’s been very very cold, by that I mean Sydney cold, whereby the sky is logging in for one of its few and far between appearances where it is grey, umm actually make that white grey…and Sydneysiders walk around rugged up, because our houses do not have any heating – if you ever wondered, really, while you sit in your centrally heated house in say Europe or a cold part of the world where you have the joy of warm houses, and if perhaps you thought the Uggs phenomenon was over-rated in your cold country, I am here to tell you, as a former Blighty person, that Uggs are not actually for fashion.  They are to get you through an Australian Winter, it may be short, it may only have 2.67 grey days, it may be hardly worth calling Winter not going much under 10C, but it is short and oh so sharp…

Sooooo, according to instagram I was meant to be gardening over the weekend, trying to get in as much time as possible in the fresh air and fingers in the soil for all of its therapeutic and sleep-inducing properties (don’t want to be a drama queen but the jet lag is lingering)…but because of said weather above it pretty much put paid to that…I have definitely turned into a Sydney-sider, if the sky is much other than blue, the air is cold and heaven forbid the word ‘drizzle’ is mentioned on my iPhone Weather app, then heck I’m closing the doors, turning the heaters to full, getting my vast quantity of quilts out (see cost per wear is not completely useless) and turning on the beeb…

…cold, grey Saturdays though are also good for getting the keys to your new studio and getting going on thinking how to make it look good…I thought you’d like a nosey…these are a few pics I snapped with my iPhone…

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As you know I have  a project in the works (I’m one step closer to it woo) and this hopefully will be my little space to work on it…it’s empty, bare and needing some love for sure…but it has what I was looking for and, well, you know me, I like an old thing to work with ;)

abeachcottage studio floor

It all happened rather strangely really… Mr BC and I had been looking for something for our business for a while and I was looking for somewhere to go to get out of the house and work on a few things…I mean heck I don’t like to leave the house that often, pretty obvious I am a home bird but my stuff does sometimes take over the sitting room…so we’ve been musing a little studio for ages…had a bit of a look around…found nothing…and popped that conversation on the back burner again for a few months…and then one Sunday we were walking around our little beachside town and walked past the window of a real estate agent …now I don’t know about you, but ever since we have been together, wherever we are in the world, whatever part of Australia we visit, we cannot possibly walk past a real estate agent without looking in the window and discussing the ins and outs of the properties, the prices and how we will one day have an empire…sooo we stopped and looked and ….hello…right there was a little studio, just the size we were looking for and good lord, it was not new and modern and full of fandangled art and funky lighting, it was not in a run down old building from the sixties with nylon carpet still wearing grime from that era …it was old with super high ceilings, wooden floors, the walls were white, it had old doors and my fave, a huge old sash window.  Well now.

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The next day we went in and had a look…it ticked lots of boxes and you know when you walk in somewhere and it feels right?  That happened.

And so here we are…my little studio…there are things that aren’t right with it and once I moved stuff in I am thinking this is going to take a little bit of time to get it as I want…

…I think it’s going to need a little bit more magic than I initially thought…but with good bones to work with, I’m so not complaining.



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12 Responses to “a little Beach Cottage studio by the sea”

  1. Oh I love!! And that exposed brick is so pretty!! Can’t wait to hear what your plans are!! Enjoy the ride….xx

  2. merilyn says:

    perfect! … do I dare think that there might be a little shoppe there?!? it’s a good idea hunch! … or perhaps a shoe shop! no! I didn’t say that! good luck hun!
    you deserve it! … lol m:)X

    • Sarah says:

      ahahah yeah a shoe shop lol – no I’m not opening a shop, I don’t think retail is for me, I would not make any money hahhaa cos I would want to keep anything…

  3. Neen says:

    Oh that’s so exciting, I look forward to the journey in this little studio. Luuuurve the sash window…… happy days ahead here me thinks ;) Neen

  4. Alison says:

    Wowee! Can’t wait for your next instalment .


  5. Jody says:

    I love it! First glance at the white brick wall had me! Wood floors, white paint…a fireplace! I could move in asap. I am pretty excited for you. You will be successful where ever you go with your kindness to others, good soul honesty and the great eye you have and not being adverse to a little but if fluffing and painting if need be! Go Sarah! xo jody

  6. Hedy says:

    What a wonderful spot for you! My next trip to OZ, I will travel down to Sydney and check out what you are doing. 2016 is on my schedule. Best wishes on your new business.

  7. oh I love that you’ve found a studio! I would love to have some more space so that I could leave my photography stuff set up. Can’t wait to see what you make of the space x

  8. Ginger says:

    I love the exposed brick and I am really diggin those floors!