Archive for April, 2010

I Saw The Sign

April 28, 2010

Or rather… I saw it go away! This morning we arrived at the shop to see that our sign company had come and removed the existing bridal boutique sign, preparing for the future installation of our new awning and hanging sign.

This is the last signifier of the old business, and we’ve been very anxious to have it removed. Now when people pass by there will (hopefully) be less confusion about what’s going on in the space.

Later, sign.


Door Number Two

April 19, 2010

The shop has a side door… convenient for custom clients, but fairly useless otherwise. Until yesterday it was a boring, dingy old white door.

We’ve got a few colors in store for the space, and it should come as no surprise that orange is one of them!

Now it’s nice!

The World According To GORM

April 19, 2010

Last time we talked about our checkout counter, and how one of the remaining items was installing the white acrylic facing for the sides and front. Well.. that didn’t work out like we had planned

Our counters are 30″ high, with 8″ legs. When we ordered the facing, we were getting two side panels, 24×30, and one back panel, 96×30. Unfortunately, when we started installing said panels, we found that the large one was actually 96×36. This would not work.

We called IKEA and they informed us that the 96-inch-long panel ONLY comes in a 36-inch height. Our receipt specifically didn’t mention that dimension, conveniently. So… they don’t sell smaller panels, they don’t cut panels down, and they produce these panels in a material that should never be cut by a consumer. We’re fans of IKEA, but this is the dumbest thing we’ve ever heard.

We returned all of the white panels. This saved us about $150 on our counter set up, but left us without a finished counter. Some brainstorming was needed.

Before we had initially settled on the IKEA kitchen materials for our counter, we had entertained the notion of building the entire thing out of our old GORM fixtures.

This is GORM, also from IKEA. It’s a simple shelving system that is very versatile. We used it in our old space to store envelopes, ovestock, and shipping supplies. We aren’t using it in the new space, but we had kept all the panels. Just in case.

We had a ton of these, and magically they are exactly the right height! So, we started thinking about how they could become the face of our countertop.

They would work nicely, but the counter still needed a bit of boldness…

OrangeBeautiful loves paper, so what better material to be the backing for our new counter faces?

The GORM shelves come in two sizes, and the smaller size fit perfectly onto the cabinet side.

We affixed each panel by screwing through the counter’s pressboard from inside the cabinet and a plate support to the bottom.

All finished! Well… almost. The spaces between the slats called for something more…

In the end, IKEA’s blunder in designing panels for their own kitchen system was our gain! We were able to create something that re-used our old shelving and is unique to our space.

Working For the Cash Machine

April 14, 2010

One of the big decisions we’ve made is what our checkout counter will look like, and how we’ll go about constructing it. We initially had looked to hire a few different artist/designer friends to construct a custom counter for us, but everyone was too busy. We thought of building one ourselves, but we’re not exactly master craftsmen.

Ultimately it was our interior design consultants kelly + olive that came up with the idea of using the IKEA kitchen cabinet system.

We had considered doing an ‘L’ shaped counter, but it seemed too bulky for the space, so we settled on an island setup. IKEA ended up being less expensive than we thought, and putting the cabinets together was as easy as any of their other furniture. Sure, we needed a few more tools than the good ol’ allen wrench, but it was a snap.

The counter measures about 27×96 inches. The base is comprised of two 30″ cabinets and one 36″ cabinet. Once they were bolted together we were able to put the legs on…

But then we realized we needed a hand putting this thing right-side-up. Luckily our friends Matt and Kat swung by and helped us get the counter on its feet.

With the wood countertop, our sales counter stands at about 40″ high. It’s the perfect size for the space… plenty of room to work on it for gift wrapping or display, but not too huge.

Inside we’ll be able to store our bags, tissue paper and other cash-wrap items.

Still to come: The facing on the sides and front of the counter (a sleek white acrylic), installing the computer, shelves, and a small height extension where the computer monitor will be.

Getting There

April 5, 2010

We’ve spend a good amount of time on our new shop space, and it’s definitely showing, but there’s a lot more to go.

The storage wall is going to work out great… it really brings to attention how tall the space is.

One of the things we’ve been thinking about is the office desk space. In our old studio we had a large, angled computer desk, but it didn’t make sense for the shop.

The “design office” area will be in the back of the space. When we decided that the desk would be adjacent to the EXPEDIT shelves, the solution was obvious:

An EXPEDIT desk extension. They were made for each other… literally.