When Catherine Hover, owner of Paint & Sip based in Saratoga Springs, New York, reached out to me she was looking to update the studio space after opening her doors 3 years prior. Â Upon our initial design meeting, there was one clear issue / hurdle that was lacking to make the studio run easier and efficiently.
My one-word answer: ZONES. Â From the get go, I quickly realized that each space (zones: entry, art studio area, bar, and storage area) wasn’t defined and that there was no clear organization or specified purpose for each space. Â My solution was to create defined areas, while still working with one, open concept studio space.
Once we determined the needed zones, I got my design cap on and defined those zones. Â A “foyer” was created using built-ins that on one side were wrapped in vertical reclaimed wood to provide warmth and on the other side were shelves for overflow storage. Â This built-in defined the entry and created the ideal segway to the art studio space. Â Even though the studio is one open room, there was still a need for storage of office equipment, paint supplies, snacks, and liquor (yes, it is a paint & sip place to be creative & DRINK!). Â After much discussion, we established the outcove in the front would be ideal for a built-in desk to hold all the office supplies, printer, etc. Â Then the bar in the back would be for anything pertaining to the beverages and snacks. Â Lastly, we refreshed the space with a new color palette, accessories, and layers.
Once the space was complete, the zones were clearly defined and the overall space was completely organized. Â The revamp was just enough to make the studio feel up to date, but not feel new & different than what was originally created.