Ragmaw Studio Reveal

Sep 13, 2015

Today I'm sharing a recent decorating experience with you: a DIY studio makeover. My dear friend Megan, the creative and brilliant talent behind Ragmaw, has opened her own studio in downtown St. John's! Together we collaborated to transform the studio from a blank and lack-luster space to the perfect place for Megan to create her beautiful designs while also providing a place for clients to view her unique, hand-crafted purses and bags. For a bit of backstory on Megan's journey to her new studio, check out her blog. For before & after photos, keep reading!

I was so honored when Megan reached out to me for some assistance with this re-decorating project. This is the first work space/studio design that I have worked on so I was actually a little hesitant to say yes, but in the end, how could I say no?!
DIY studio makeover
During our fist meeting in Megan's new studio, we set out to identify the key purposes and functions of the space. We decided her new studio had to have these main features:

  1. A designated shop space for showcasing Ragmaw's products and hosting clients.
  2. Functional and organized working space.
  3. Bright, flattering lighting in both the work space and shop area.
  4. Area for storage.
  5. A place for sales transactions and wrapping..
Next - it was time to get to work! Here's an idea of how the studio looked at our first meeting. The space would work functionally because there was ample shelves along one wall for storage, and a separate room at the front which would be perfect as the designated shop area. Megan's main concern was figuring out how to make this new space work best for her and the Ragmaw brand. The decor, display and overall atmosphere was very important.

We immediately identified a few small, but significant changes that would have a drastic effect on transforming the space. 

 - Cover the built-in storage behind curtains. (Megan actually ended up creating her own!)
 - Switch out the florescent light in the store space for track lighting or something similar.
 - Use a section of the built-in shelving for a checkout/wrapping station.
 - Add more display options in the shop space.

Megan had a few ideas of her own, including re-arranging her work space to create better flow between the studio and the shop sections; and create better product display by dismantling one of the shelving units and hanging a rod in its place. 

After about 3 weeks of sharing ideas and making changes, the new studio is complete. I'm so pleased with how the studio turned out. Megan now has a practical working environment as well as the perfect place to showcase her products to clients. Come on in and take a look! 
The creator behind Ragmaw, Megan, in her newly redecorated studio
It was so fun working with Megan on this project. I really enjoyed creating this space and sharing the before & after with you. Be sure to stop in to the studio to check out the makeover and Ragmaw's beautiful designs.

Contact Megan to set up your viewing appointment and be sure to follow her on social media!

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