I’m embarrassed to admit that even though my business has been running for almost two years, I haven’t had a proper work space. I’ve made do with a section of the garage, the rest of which has been chaos, tools, and machinery belonging to my husband. When I first started, I didn’t really need a proper work space; half the garage was big enough for me to make the few bouquets and table canters. But as time has progressed, my business—and my projects!—have grown bigger and more adventurous. First there were some floral chandeliers and installations. And silk flowers for dresses and accessories for my FashFest collaboration with Rockstars ‘n’ Royalty. So the flowers crept from the garage, to the lounge room, and the spare bedroom. Surrounded by flowers and floristry tools, we finally decided enough was enough, and I needed a proper workshop. My husband agreed to give me the rest of the garage on the condition that I move all the flowers out of the house (well, the silk ones at least, which had taken over the spare room)!
While visiting my in-laws for Christmas, my husband asked his dad how to build a wall. And as soon as we got back to Canberra, we got to work. We emptied the garage, swept out one and half decade’s worth of dust, and built an insulated wall behind the roller door. And when my brand new space was ready, we moved all my flowers and tools in.
(I know it looks like Greg did all the work, but hey, these photos don't take themselves! )
And here is the result!
Since I’m going to be spending a lot of time in there, I decided that I wanted the workshop to be visually pleasing. We’ve painted the walls, three white and one pink, to go with Peony N’ Pearl’s theme and to make the room feel a bit more spacious. I’ve hung up some of my favourite floral art by local artists Cheryl Hodges and Carmen Hui.
I’ve put in extra storage for vases, silk flowers, and tools, and my husband has built me a rack to display ribbons. Before this, all my ribbons had been hidden inside a crate, so it’s really nice to be able to see what I have in stock at a glance. We’ve put in a separate bench for silk flowers (which we had to trim to fit in!), and I’ve moved as many of those flowers as I can out of the house and into the workshop (though there are still some in my bedroom).
My new workshop is a huge upgrade—I’m amazed that I managed to accomplish what I did in 2015 in the little area I had before. It’s a great way to start 2016, and I can’t wait to spend time in my new space!