Mockingbird Lane Wire Studio/Showroom

by Lady Mockingbird.
(Upstate, New York USA)

View as one enters the combination space from the separate entrance.

View as one enters the combination space from the separate entrance.

Earlier this year, I made the very exciting yet scary leap to self-employment making and selling my jewelry. Also, over the past few years of running my jewelry business alongside of being engaged in a full-time professional career in government service, I’ve had to turn down a number of offers to include my studio on a local artists studio tour for our summer tourists.

Corner Display at the end of my workspace and a view of the new separate entrance  Where the wooden door is now used to be a window into the foyer.

Corner Display at the end of my workspace and a view of the new separate entrance Where the wooden door is now used to be a window into the foyer.

I had to turn them down because my studio occupied about 1/4 of the space in my personal bedroom. Really not the best sort of impression to make if welcoming random strangers into one’s creative workspace. I needed a solution to this conundrum.

View of the bookshelves and the new doorway from my Livingroom into the shop.

View of the bookshelves and the new doorway from my Livingroom into the shop.

Fortunately, my home has sufficient bedrooms that I was able to move my sleeping furniture upstairs and convert my downstairs bedroom into Mockingbird Lane Wire’s combination studio and show room. It has taken a fair amount of time investment, as I’ve had to do most of the work myself. Only paying a contractor to do the framing work I could not do on my own.

The wall of displays with a peek at the French door I mentioned

The wall of displays with a peek at the French door I mentioned

The space which was once my bedroom and before that the second parlor in my 126 year old Victorian home, now has it’s own separate entrance from the main living room entry, and the open archway that opened the room off of the living room has been made smaller by putting built in bookshelves in half of the arch, and a glass paned antiqued French door I found for $10.00 at a yard sale closes off the other half of the arch while still allowing light to pass through both rooms.

The room measures approximately 15 x 11.

Lady Mockingbird
Mockingbird Lane Wire
Mockingbird Lane Wire at Etsy

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Comments

  1. I love your creative way of repurposing the spaces in your home. Shopping in your boutique / studio must be a lovely experience for your customers – yours is sure to be a favorite stops on the artists’ tour. I love your cabinetry and how neatly your displays fit on the shelves – and very nice job of putting additional lighting on your jewelry too. Also neat how your workspace fits in tidily with the showroom. Thank you for inviting us into your charming studio & showroom, Lady Mockingbird! 🙂

  2. Rena,
    The cabinets are shelving units from a Target.com collection and the lighting is simple LED puck style lights I installed myself. I wanted my displays to be professional looking but also accessible without overcrowding so each piece of Jewelry can be seen easily. It means I have more stored in the black & white boxes you can see in the lower shelves. But I’ll be able to bring out pieces from those boxes as others on display sell, or when I want to give the space a fresh look by trading out items.

  3. Nice! I like how you have your display for sales, I unfortunately don’t have that luxury. My studio is in an upstairs bedroom, and I sell at craft fairs, and a store, Stone Soup Artisans in Saco Maine.

  4. WOW! What a transformation from a combination bedroom/workspace! Your display wall is very elegant and I can see in my mind people coming in for a tour and being drawn to that wall……..”oh, may I please make a purchase during the tour?” many will say.

  5. Just beautiful! Love it!

  6. I love the display cabinet. That is what I would like but I only have a two bedroom townhouse. No space. That is my dream to have a studio and work area where I could take clients. I don’t even have a proper way to storage all my bridal headpieces.

  7. Wow, that is gorgeous. Congrats on going full time and on creating a beautiful showroom.

  8. Checked out your Etsy and all I can say is Wow! And on top of your jewelry making talent you love cats—what could make you any more interesting.

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