Wednesday, May 9, 2012


Goodmorning! I have certainly been something of a blog slacker this week. We've been busy with about a million things, but most involved has been the progress on my new art/studio space. I've been waiting to spill the beans about this new space until I started making a little progress, but I'm very excited to announce the fact that Little Red Chair is going physical! 

I live in Shelbyville, IL, a small town in central IL surrounded by about 100 other small towns and farming communities. One of the more artful towns is Sullivan, IL where my brother in law, Nick, rents studio space in the historic Brown Shoe Factory. The second floor of the factory has been transformed into an amazing space for artists to rent space to display art, make art, make music, etc. After spending some time working with Nick hanging the Dark Tranquility show last month, I decided it was time to bite the bullet and get an artist space. I will be displaying and selling my photography and finished furniture in the space. I can't wait to get it up and running!

Like all good things, it's a process. The space I rented was framed out with studs, it took me about two weeks to decide what I wanted to use for walls ... I finally settled on drywall because it's just the absolute cheapest way to build a good looking wall. One problem ... I don't know how to install drywall! Brett and I decided we would put our handy skills to work and with a little help from the internet and good words of advice from a few experts, and I'd say we're off to a good start! Let me show you around! 

I think the most frustrating part of the whole process was actually getting the drywall into the elevator ...  this stuff is heavy! We ended up having to stand it up to make it fit. 

Here's what the space looked like when we got there yesterday. It's about 192 square feet. The studs are 8ft. and we drywalled both side walls yesterday which are 16 feet each. 

This is our first piece! Cutting the holes for the electric was not easy... luckily Brett mastered this by the end of the day. These sheets are 4x8 feet. 

Brett, screwing in the final piece of drywall on the first wall. 

Second wall nearly finished 

And here's my awesome door! 

I'm headed back today for some clean up ... I will snap a few more shots then to share the full view. We still have so much to do! 


  1. Chelsea! Congratulations on the space. This is wonderful news. This might be the only reason I wished I lived in Illinois. ;-)

    Shipping fees for furniture are rather high... right?

  2. I am so incredibly happy for you about this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait to see it all put together! You're awesome :o)

  3. How exciting - good for you! Look forward to hearing about your progress, and seeing what I'm sure will be an amazing space!