Ever since our first basement batch of soap I've been dreaming of a someday studio. I enjoy working from home so I was dreaming of a house in the country with an outbuilding as the soap making workshop. At first I was thinking small ... a shed studio I had seen during a garden tour my mom dragged me on as a girl. It was full of natural light and it was obvious the artist took loads of inspiration from her view of the garden . As the soap and floral businesses GREW and grew and took on employees I realized we would need something larger than a shed. We house hunted for a year and were just becoming discouraged when the perfect 1840s Farmhouse on 2 Acres with 2 story barn became available in Chelsea!! It was snowing the night we toured the house and there was a fire roaring in the wood-burning stove. The 2000 square foot barn was unfinished inside, a suitable blank slate for our studio ambitions. 2 acres was plenty of land for growing lavender and to my delight this home is only 2 minute drive from Downtown Chelsea and 8 minutes from the oh so important post office.
We purchased and moved in May 2016 and now 1 year later the barn has been completely renovated on the inside including plumbing, heating, cooling, insulation, drywall and a septic system all its own (oye!) The fabulous Thomason Brothers Carpentry team took on our project and whipped this 3 car garage into a fabulous upper lower floral design& soap shop.