Monday, May 13, 2013

I spy a studio...in a barn


Calling all creative, clever and artistic types..that means you.
I need those of you who may have an inkling of an idea
of what I could do with the space below. It is the hayloft in our barn. 

I have to admit, when I was first looking at the property,
those few months ago and climbed the staircase from the first floor,
it took me all of two seconds to get excited about this space.





Am I wrong? 





I looked at the door and thought one big window..

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This is what you could potentially be looking at.



If you look the opposite way...more possibilities. 



I see a space..

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where you could spread out 
and let your imagination run wild.


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a place where you could think it out..

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of course..this is Mrs. H thinking.
Mr. H might have ideas of his own.
All I know is...I saw it first!

I am thinking...

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it just might be, that Mr. and Mrs. H retire from this expat life,
live in the barn one day...and are never seen again.
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So what do you think?
What would you do with space?
We have an architect working on this with us...
he would love to know our thoughts.
Virtual penny for yours?



60 comments:

  1. Jeanne, your excitement about the farm and all its possibilities is building. I can see you taking this space, making it your very own, filled with your favorite "stuff" from all the places you have lived. It will be the color of sunshine and have a little kitchenette where you can brew tea or keep a beer cold for those end of the day moments. There will be a big window looking out at all that is around you. There you will be reminded how lucky you are.

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    1. Agree Linda..I am holding onto that thought...thank you! xx

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  2. Hello Jeanne

    You have your own barn, I say give your husband "a shed" and happiness will reign.

    I definitely see what you saw in this barn and with your architect's plans in place, it will be the best little studio in NH

    I am heading to my studio.

    Helen xx

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    1. Helen...you are a woman after my own heart, I am sure I have told you that many times! I spoke this morning to Mr. H about the possibillity of a little camping site in the woods, where he could pitch a tent, sit around a campfire with family and friends..tell tales..while I watch, free of mosquitos, from my studio window. Don't you just love dreams...they can be so much fun! xx

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  3. Fantastic woodwork! It obviously took your breath away. Steel & glass window sound like a wonderful idea of yours, a huge one, repeating the line of the wall but not taking it all away.
    For a studio you might need more light so probably several elongated skylights between planks to accentuate the diagonal beams. Great space!
    http://jewelyettofind.blogspot.ca

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    1. Thank you Natalie...I am in total agreement! :)

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  4. Look! It is me! Sitting in very nice pyjamas having my morning coffee, writing...Well, I think that is proof that the hayloft is meant to be my apartment if ever there was one, non? ;)

    Back to reality...my first thought was: yoga studio!

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    1. Oui! I had that thought in mind...most definetly a writing space Heather...after the yoga session. I am planning towards a retreat, for a few like minded souls...I will hold that space for you. xx

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  5. Just a thought...You may want to keep the side of the barn that faces the house as is (authentic, New England) and let the surprise be the view to the meadows and a peek of Monadnock to the rear.

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    1. My thinking exactly Lisa...no one will be the wiser, until they step into the barn and look due east.. :) xx

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  6. No focused ideas here, but Wow! That's a beautiful, beautiful space, and I hope you'll let us follow the process of transforming it into A Room of Your Own . . .

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    1. I hope to do just that..it will take time, but I will get there, just like you! :)

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  7. Beautiful. I would say studio or yoga loft.

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  8. Jeanne, this space is perfect for a studio retreat! Have you seen the barn conversion that Debra from Aquired Objects did? It is a fabulous studio for her textile business and I think one of the most beautiful spaces I have ever seen. In fact I believe she is looking for another barn and did a post on beautiful barn conversions in her area. I will send you the link.

    I think the steel and glass window is perfect! I agree with the comments above that you need a little kitchenette for a cup of tea or a cold beverage. Perhaps a little day bed to while away a few hours reading or your beautiful chaise!

    I am sure that your architect will come up with some fabulous ideas!

    Have a beautiful day Jeanne!

    xxElizabeth

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth...I have not seen Debra's but we have been in touch and hope to meet this summer. I look forward to seeing it! xx

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  9. Gorgeous... gorgeous... gorgeous...
    A space to call your own... now that would be a luxurious use... and one that it hopefully will be... :)
    I think you are exactly on the right track... xv

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    1. Thank you Vicki...staying focused and moving forward.. xx

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  10. I see an open space for a studio too, but it needs more light and a cozy, confortable corner to reading. It is perfect!

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    1. Agree...I think skylights are in order and you are right..a comfortable corrner to read..by a view. :)

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  11. What a beautiful space for your studio!! I can just envision it with the large windows and lots of light. I am enjoying following your Tahilla Farm progress!

    I hope you had a lovely Mother's Day! xoxo

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    1. Thank you Sandy...it was a quiet Mother's Day with three of the four scattered around the globe. Over the upcoming months we plan to meet again..all in good time, as with this barn. :) xx

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  12. Go for it Jeanne! Dang shame we couldn't get together this trip but we will this summer. You'll have to come see my studio in our carriage barn because it's exactly what you'll be doing and you're going to love it!!!! I'm so excited for you!

    Heavy work is done for me as of last week but dang you're gone...this summer for sure!

    XXX
    Debra~

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    1. Let's plan on it Debra...and interesting you should mention carriage barn for that is what it is. There has been a bit of confusion on barn terminology around here. I am finally getting with the program! xx

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  13. Oh Jeanne, I am so excited for you. It is lovely. If it were mine, I would turn it into my haven. I am sure you could do that too. It would be your refuge. Your place to write and dream and create, surrounded by books and paintings tha

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  14. ... not sure what happened but I wasn't done with my comment yet. Anyway, surrounded by all the things and colours that you love.

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  15. A coupe of skylights and a big, BIG window and you are set. It definitely has your name on it. Finders, keepers, you know.

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  16. What a wonderful and huge space. You know Jeanne, this could be your Master bedroom with your own sitting room overlooking the great view. I saw a castle published in Architectural Digest many years ago in Belgium designed by Axel Vervoodt (excuse if wrong spelling) where he designed the attic to be the Master bedroom, almost the same space as yours. I will try to find it because I save those magazines. Then I will send you an email copy of it.

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    1. I would love to see it Pamela...thank you! :)

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  17. Just so you know; I have not read one single comment!

    Stain that godawful orange stain away! Stain it "driftwood"!

    I just had a new "small bridge" installed......it is that hideous "orange"!!

    Our darling playhouse came from England in the same "hideous orange"!

    YIKES!!!

    Thanks for asking!

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    1. Penelope...not to worry, that will all go, it will need to be insulated etc... I am envisioning a sunny, bright space..letting the view speak for itself. :)

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  18. A studio, yes please with a little bed tucked into under the rafter so I could escape the world when I needed to and maybe dormer windows also looking out.

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  19. This space would be like paradise to me! I could paint, sew, write, create....magic!
    Lucky you, Jeanne. We actually have an attic space similar to this and your post as got my thoughts flying around all of the possibilities! Please keep us up to date on what you do with this. Love, love the idea of the window with the fabulous view.

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    1. Melissa Lee...we are on the same page! I hope you are able to take your attic space and create a retreat for yourself..we all need our space. :)

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  20. Put in some sky-lights to bring in more natural light and you will have a perfect studio.

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  21. Jeanne, As I walked virtually through the space carrying along your vision board photos of what could be I was transported to a studio with windows bringing in the beauty of the landscape near and far, of the song of bird filling the space as an open window invited the choir to serenade you as the creative muse explores and expresses. This space is magnificent and just right to me worked with to provide you with a studio of perfection. Yes, as others have written I see you here with a cup of tea, ideas flowing forth and perhaps a visitor from time to time to share in the glory of a space that has waited just for you. Kristin

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    1. Thank you Kristin..it would be a space to share, no question about it, that is my motivating drive for a studio..collaborative input. Just like blogging.. xx

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  22. Well, as any creative blogger dying for more studio space might say -- "Studio! Bring it on!"

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  23. Oh, Jeanne, how fabulous that space is! I don't think you have to do much. Maybe create some more light through windows and skylights, but that's about it. What a dreamy barn and potential art studio. Please keep us posted on your progress!
    xx Sunday

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    1. Thank you Sunday..it has been wonderful to receive so many ideas..best of all, we are all thinking alike. Why am I not surprised? xx

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  24. I have never seen a hay loft so clean! I would have to sell my horses to have one at my disposal, so I will live through you:) One thing that I enjoy immensely living in the countryside, is the wide open sky. Night time is breath-taking as we share the constellations and are grounded just the same. In that vein, might I suggest an observatory incorporated into the studio...that way your loft space becomes another land at night fall......very excited for you! xo brenda

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    1. Brenda...I can't tell you how excited I am by that notion..an observatory in a studio..it has to happen! I have the telescope..it will be waiting. xx

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  25. Leslie in Portland, OregonWednesday, May 15, 2013

    Look at those ceiling beams--they are glorious!!! I hope you preserve the beauty of their wood, and the shapes they form, as you otherwise change the loft. You'd never be able to find (or afford) new timber like that now! How old do you think the barn is?

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    1. Leslie...I have come to have a fine appreciation for timber as a result of purchasing this home...a 200 year old home has a way of doing that to you. You will be happy to learn that the big tree is staying..thank you for your input on that one..it helped a lot. xx

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  26. Hi Jeanne,
    You may add tatami and yoga mat and lots of pillow.
    Best regards,
    edgar

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    1. Great idea Edgar...but first I must learn what tatami means..I love a mystery. Thank you!

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  27. I read your original post and had no contributions that others hadn't already offered - but came back to see what other suggestions you'd received. Good stuff! Light, space, and a cozy spot for tea - those are my requirements.

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    1. Simple is best Teri...I am with you all the way! xx

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  28. ABSOLUTELY, do a window..............!!!

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  29. What ever you do with it I am sure it will make a fantastic artist's garret. Maybe some skylights or little windows which open on the hidden side of the roofline: as in summer it looks like it might get 'well cosy'. David.

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    1. Cosy is right David..open windows, a ceiling fan and a good breeze when possible will be a must!

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  30. loving the idea of that giant window! maybe you could hold retreats there and we could all come? :)

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  31. A photography studio for you Jeanne!! I imagine lots of white paint, a big window and a skylight. You will create magic there I am sure!!

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