Tour of Longwood Drive Studios
Welcome to where the creative magic happens: my home studio. First let me be very clear when I say this is the tidiest it has ever been. I wan't even going to post this photo because of the scuffed wall and the bit of dust on the ground but guess what... that REALLY how it is, guys. I AM NOT A OCD CLEANER! So now that's out of the way.
This space has slowly evolved over the past 5 or 6 years we have had our apartment. I live in a very nice ground floor four bedroom in the amazing neighorhood of Echo Park in LA. Reasons why we have been here so long/are never moving include: real hardwood floors, a fireplace, a built in bar from the 70's that has orange leather... the list could go on. When we scored this spot the 4th bedroom was just going to be used for a guest room. There it sat for many years holding only a lonely futon. As time went on, I started working from home, doing DIYs around the house and as I mentioned before I am not the cleanest so to get my hot glue gun off the kitchen table the house voted this room be my studio.
Now that room was mine, it needed to feel inspiring. It needed furniture. It needed a paint job. Basically, it needed a lot of work. First the walls went from a terrible taupe to fresh white. Then a gallery wall filled with art and treasured pieces I've collected over the years.
The drawing in the gold frame is a castle located in my home town of Beverly on the South Side of Chicago on the actual street Longwood Drive. The story goes, it was brought over brick by brick from Ireland as a wedding gift from husband to wife. It also boast to be the (one of) the most haunted places in all Illinois. The artwork of the couple kissing was a yard sale find over a decade ago. It is my favorite and on the list of 5 things I would take if my house was on fire. No joke. Other items on the wall include a artwork by my grandpa, a door knocker in the shape of a totem and a pegasus plaque.
My beautiful custom table from Boyce Studio really made this place feel complete. The table is 7' long and 3' deep made from hickory. It gives me plenty of room to spread out and I will have it forever!
And that's about it. It's only a 6' x 10' ish room. But it's mine. And I do love it and am thankful to have a place to create and store my prop collection.