You can find this funny little structure on the south end of downtown New London. Our gorgeous sign was created by Tracy Tebben, the Industrial Technology instructor at NL-S, and we finally figured out how to mount it on the property.
We put new shingles on the chalet this past summer and now this little shop is a shiny new penny!
The chalet is what we call the front–and oldest–part of the building. The front room has a lively view of downtown New London, a vaulted ceiling and furniture that changes constantly. Soon, it will become a showroom and pop-up gallery space, open to the public.
My design office is where I spend my workdays. The view of the street and the Mill Pond from my chair make the stresses of the day tolerable. It has a terrific visitor’s chair that welcomes a wandering pal from time to time.
My wonderful art studio is in the space that used to house a wheel balancer, a healthy inventory of tires, car parts and oil by the quart. What was once a very dark area is now a bright room that captures all the light moods of the day. It has the largest sink in the place, so it has been used as storage and a food prep area for the events we’ve been having. I love it here; easy place to lose myself.
The service bay is where the action is. We have it set up with a conversation area that floats around the room as the event requires. The other three quadrants of the room can be filled with tables & chairs for a meeting, suspended display panels for an exhibit, project tables for a workshop or a carpet & throw pillows for a movie night.
What tour would be complete without seeing the bathrooms? I am quite proud of these, primarily because of what we started with. In an effort to share my love for typography with my visitors, I cut large letterforms out of plywood, painted them solid black and wrangled them behind each toilet. Because of legacy plumbing issues, the stools sit away from the wall a bit too far, so I had to put something back there. Weird, I know, but at least I am honest about it.