At last! After much help from many friends and family members, we were ready for our grand opening on May 11th, just in time for the Park Street Festival and Mother's day weekend! We had a great time doing demos on the sidewalk in front of Park Street Plaza, handing out loads of postcards to people attending the festival, and introducing people to our new space and workshops! Much thanks to all who stopped by.
For those who are looking for us, we are located inside Park Street Plaza. Some locals will remember when this used to be Pillow Park Plaza - a large furniture store. The space is no longer a furniture store, but has been transformed into a beautiful, European-style plaza with several small stores inside. You will find us at the end of the hallway - straight in front of you when you walk through the entrance from Park Street. Lanvie clothing store is in the front of the plaza, and on June 8th, Aphrodite's Closet will be re-opening in a beautiful new space next door to us! A few other stores will be opening in the future, so stay tuned!
If you're in Alameda, stop by and say hello!
Here are some more pictures from our grand opening...
AT LAST, the 800+ sqft studio floor is painted! We used 5 quarts of Chalk Paint® (a mix of Old Violet and Paris Grey, with a tiny bit of Provence and Old White for the stencils), 3 quarts of lacquer (for those of you who are counting), and one very pretty stencil from Royal Design Studio to complete the task. The look is comfortable, soft and muted, like a worn denim fabric, with a little bit of turquoise fun. See that big scaffold (below)? We dragged it across the floor 20 minutes after it was painted - with out any damage to the paint or the floor. This stuff is amazing! The lacquer went on easily and dried quickly as well.
This is Rachel's blog about our adventures in bringing The Artistic Home Studio & Boutique to life.