Looking to the Past for Inspiration

 

When I lived in Trussville (Alabama), I had an adorable little shop inside Trussville Antiques & Interiors. It was full to the brim with original art pieces by me--everything from painted canvases to bicycle rim sculptures.

When I lived in Trussville (Alabama), I had an adorable little shop inside Trussville Antiques & Interiors. It was full to the brim with original art pieces by the hubby and me–everything from painted canvases to bicycle rim sculptures.

Welcome back to the blog! Today on Sweet Sorghum Living we are throwing it back to Lolly Molly Art studios of the past. I have been looking at old photos of my studios and shops for inspiration for my new studio. One thing I know for sure is that I love my rolling “island”–it was a fabulous deal that I got several years ago, and we have been an inseparable art duo ever since *smile*

This was my studio when I lived in Louisville, Mississippi. We called our home HatRidge, and my studio had this fabulous wall of windows overlooking the backyard and pasture. As y'all can tell, I absolutely love windows!

This was my studio when I lived in Louisville, Mississippi. We called our home HatRidge, and my studio had this fabulous wall of windows overlooking the backyard and pasture. As y’all can tell, I absolutely love windows!

I love color and being organized! I took color inspiration for my new studio from HatRidge because I wanted something bright and cheery. I have most of the organizational pieces, but I haven’t decided exactly how to organize or arrange my new space. It is still a work in progress, but it is coming along nicely *smile*

My HatRidge studio was a shared space--art + home office. The new studio is not a shared space! WHOO HOO!

My HatRidge studio was a shared space–art + home office. The new studio is not a shared space! WHOO HOO!

This is the studio space at Sloss Castle. The Lime Sorbet paint color really brightened the basement room. I am thinking that I will use this room as my color inspiration for my mudroom/utility room.

This is the studio space at Sloss Castle. The Lime Sorbet paint color really brightened the basement cave. I am thinking that I will use this room as my color inspiration for my mudroom/utility room.

I was still sharing with the home office at Sloss Castle--but no more sharing! The hubby snagged up this upcycled table for his office. I will tell y'all about it on another day.

I was still sharing with the hubby and home office at Sloss Castle–but no more sharing! I absolutely love this piece that the hubby built. Sadly, he called dibs on it for his new office–and he snagged up the sign/bicycle rim art piece! I will have to tell y’all that story on another day.

Another look at the Lolly Molly Art Studio inside Trussville Antiques & Interiors. I have to decide what to do now that I am in Johnson City. Open up a little shop of my own, rent space, travel to art fairs, sell on Etsy...it is up in the air for now *smile*

Another look at the Lolly Molly Art Studio inside Trussville Antiques & Interiors. I have to decide what to do now that I am in Johnson City. Open up a little shop of my own, rent space, travel to art fairs, sell on Etsy…it is up in the air for now *smile*

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we looked back at studios of the past. I am feeling really inspired now–so I think I will be off to go work on my new studio space. Stay tuned for an upcoming post that will reveal all of its fabulousness. Hopefully, I have inspired y’all to look at your rooms of the past for ideas on how to decorate, renovate, or rearrange your current spaces.

 

 

 

One Blonde and a Stan: The Genesis of the Basement Renovation

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The basement project is in full swing even though we are short one blonde. Abby has been a bit under the weather and has been really busy being the VIP…so it has just been Stan and myself.

The plan to renovate the basement started innocently. I thought that it would be a simple project.  There was really no other choice because the room was dark, dingy, and scary.  I have shed many a tear walking down the carpeted stairs into the pit of carpeted filth.  Our bad weather safe zone was not really “safe”…it was frightening.  Something had to be done.

I thought, “How hard could it possibly be?”  Get in.  Get out.  Done.  No, I am afraid that is not how it went.

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Apparently, we love living in a mess and on a prayer…thank you, Bon Jovi, for your musical inspiration…

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Now, grab a cup of coffee (iced coffee is pretty delicious), and sit a spell with me, as we take a look at the genesis of the basement transformation…Note:  it is not finished yet…but one blonde and a Stan are getting close!

First, we had to get the disgusting carpet out and the dried glue removed…it was so gross…and that is all I want to say about it.  To read more about this ordeal, check out my article “Sweet Sorghum Living Short Tales:  Thoughts While Scraping Glue” at This is Real Media http://thisisrealmedia.com/2013/05/31/sweet-sorghum-living-short-tales-thoughts-while-scraping-glue/

My plan was to start painting immediately after the last inch of glue was scraped, but that is not what happened.  The original basement renovator did not tape the sheetrock joints…and probably did not use or even own a tape measure.  So…we had to do a little sheetrock repair.  Then we had to do a little “drylocking” on the concrete blocks…

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Carpet gone from the stars, glue removed from the floor, and sheetrock repaired

Carpet gone from the stars, glue removed from the floor, and sheetrock repaired

Stan doing a little sanding...notice that I put a little art on the wall...it was serving as inspiration.

Stan showing off his mad sheetrocking skills…notice the wall art…it was serving as inspiration…and hope….

While we were waiting for the sheetrock mud and drylock paint to dry, we started priming and painting the tribute to Roll Tide doors and trim.  I have never encountered such…but we persevered…and the crimson became Ultra White (Behr–Home Depot).

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We replaced ceiling tiles and the lights.  I am so glad that Stan replaced the original two light kits with four light ones.  The room is so much brighter.

We replaced ceiling tiles and the lights. I am so glad that Stan replaced the original two light kits with four light ones.  Good call, Stan!

IMG_9603My goodness!  I must be getting back to my basement.  There is still work left to be done.  Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me, and be sure to join me next time for all the details about wall colors, floor color, how we hid the plumbing, and much more.

Also, check out my latest article at This Is Real Media, “Sweet Sorghum Living Short Tales:  How to Eat and Paint an Elephant”…guaranteed to make you smile…and it has a few tips about choosing paint sheen http://thisisrealmedia.com/2013/06/07/sweet-sorghum-living-short-tales-how-to-eat-and-paint-an-elephant/

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Big Hugs xx,

Chasidy