Tuesday, October 23, 2012


The art loft was created for one reason and one reason only
and you might find this hard to believe, but art was only the afterthought

The old garage apartment was about 15 feet away from the house
and it needed to be connected if that old garage apartment was to become the master bed/bath

so...we built a space
a space to connect the original house to the old efficiency apartment
and because of the roof line, it had to be two story
(actually it is 3 stories...we will complete the 3rd bonus room someday?)

an office (man cave) downstairs and an art loft upstairs
perfect plan!

I painted this for my grandmother when I was about 8
it became my inspiration for the loft

a wall of flowers
all of these paintings are from local artists...long gone (except me)
bouquets of flowers
in pretty colors

on the street side..there are double stain glass windows
to act as "curtains"
these windows fill the room with the most beautiful light and it's just as pretty on the outside

I will also move my "HPO OFFICE" up here
I'm thinking this will be my view out of this window

or this...it's like a tree house
not quite ready to move the computer upstairs as we still have to trim out windows and floors
I might move the HPO OFFICE around from time to time

maybe into the turret?  except those beveled windows might be hard on the eyes!
but change stimulates the brain!

stuck in the tower
typing the news in the wee morning hours

I have lots of art and garden books

my latest read

this old buffet will be my sink and I think it will be painted 
raspberry..so all this will be put somewhere else

lots of great light for plants

still some things to tweak but getting closer all the time
I told cute carpenter Chad last night
"I remember sitting up here this summer when all it was was an open space...watching the summer storms approach and the cool breeze blowing through...I will never forget that...I must be more of a tree house kind of girl..because I liked it better that way."


Bonnie Hitchcock said...

What a great place to pause, reflect, and create!

Glad you kept your art from your childhood. That is perfect. My son doesn't draw anymore, but he was quite an artist at 8. I have all of his drawings. One day he will want to show my litte Connor, his son. BTW, it is beautiful!

Love the chandelier.

Rustic Vintage Country said...

Your space is beautiful! x

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

It is a beautiful room! From the architecture to the windows to the wall of still life paintings....I love it. You painted that at 8? Wow!! It's been so fun and exciting following the progress of this space and others in your home.
Hope you are enjoying it all ~

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Gina:
What a wonderful space you have created here. To use it as a sometime office and place for displaying Art seems like a very good use of it. The light looks delightful and this makes so much difference when one is using anywhere for work or to escape. We look forward to seeing the finished result.

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Gina:
What a wonderful space you have created here. To use it as a sometime office and place for displaying Art seems like a very good use of it. The light looks delightful and this makes so much difference when one is using anywhere for work or to escape. We look forward to seeing the finished result.

It's All Connected said...

You've done such a wonderful job on creating the new space! The height makes it really magical. But then, anyone who can paint like that at 8 has the eye and vision for creating beauty! ~ Maureen

Anonymous said...

I'm sitting here sighing,,,,,,,,,,,
its beautiful, of course you already know how I feel about your house, its just more magical with each addition.I love that the inspiration was the painting from your childhood, those are the touches that make a home "home".
I have started a new blog, just yesterday, if you click on my face at this comment it shows you where I am, I missed everyone so much, mine was hacked google account and all.I have had to start right from step one again, I have joined again as a follower of yours, I have missed everyone,

Marina Pérez said...

Hello Gina, your house is growing and growing. Don't stop sharing it with us. ;)

Annmarie Pipa said...

oh you must be so happy there!! your place is just beautiful...i can sense the peace. lucky lucky you!! enjoy!

Leslie said...

You've done a wonderful job Gina and I like your floral art work, particularly the piece you panted when you were eight! So fun to watch your progress .)


La Brocanteuse said...

one tower I would not mind being stuck in at all! Colette xx

Burlap Luxe said...

A tower of beauty my fair maiden!

The the art loft, wish I had one so I could collect and gather all the art that inspires my soul.

Can I come live in the appartment :) I am sure it will be a cozy place to dream :)

keep inspiring your dream.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh my goodness...I wish you could see how thrilled I am to see these latest developments on your DREAM HOME! What a great amount of fun space you have and again, your home is similar to mine. Chandeliers, leaded windows and lofts are what I have as well and I so enjoy the mood these spaces evoke. YOUR PAINTING THAT YOU DID..how GORGEOUS! And thank you kindly for your amazing comments; I am truly honored. AND I just found out minutes ago that I was awarded a scholarship from my local literary center to take a class on writing....MY DREAM!!

Have a magnificent evening my friend! Anita

Stacy Curran said...

What a GREAT space. And I'm blown away that you painted those flowers when you were 8!! That proves to me that you're born with it or you're not - amazing!

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

It turned out beautifully. I love the ferns in the sunlight and your raspberry buffet will be perfect.
I think I'm a tree house girl, too...but if you must be locked up in a tower, this one is pretty sweet!

heather @ new house, new home, new life said...

I'm a tree house girl too. One of the things that was on the "must have" list for this house was a site-line of trees in every window. Your art loft looks like the ideal place to sit and create. Love it, Gina. You've done a great job creating this space.

Geneva said...

It looks wonderful...just as I knew it would. It was wonderful seeing all of the little nooks and crannies you've created. Beautiful!

The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

Its a fantastic room Gina with so many great viewpoints, my favourite being the tree, where you can sit and watch all the local wildlife like birds, squirrels and the odd freesian cow maybe!


My dear what an amazing space!!!And your painting ...lovely!! And i don't think that you are a tree house kind of girl..because you wouldn't build this HOUSE!!!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous paintings and beautiful space. Love those windows and the tower is magic.
Thanks for stopping by the shop.

Nancy said...

Your space makes me weak in the knees it is so beautiful. I can't believe I know someone who lives in that house..w o w.. Im so happy for you.
xo Nancy

Nancy said...

wonderful stories.
xo Nancy