It was a lovely morning on the coast of Santa Marinella in late September. The brilliant turquoise water of the Tyrrhenian Sea crashed softly onto the black rocks along the coastline, and the sun began to cut through the morning clouds and usher them away. We walked along the water, listening to our children laugh and watching them chase one another as we made our way to the sandy portion of the coast. We had no agenda, no plans for the day, other than to put our feet into the beautiful, cool blue water, relax on the sparkling sand, and find some delicious food to eat. Later, we would would enjoy chilled red wine and apperitivi while the sea breeze cooled us and the sun retreated for the evening. If you ask me to describe what I think Heaven looks like, I’ll tell you this: Santa Marinella in late September.
May has arrived, and so has the move-in date for the new studio!
Here’s a quick tour for all those who haven’t been able to see it in person:
(a close-up shot of the rear brick wall)
Thank you so much to everyone who braved the pouring rain and very un-May-like temperatures for our opening party yesterday: you truly helped make the day special!
Snow, wind, and freezing temperatures haven’t kept us from working on the studio interior, because we finally have electricity and heat.
This little thing does a remarkable job keeping 140 square feet of space nice and toasty (pay no attention to the mess all around it…)
Until we install the ceiling fixtures, we have these glamorous clamp lights as we install the insulation and sheetrock (which, by the way, takes FOREVER because we have to carefully cut out all the details for the outlets, the windows, the heater, the breaker box, the A/C unit…the list goes on).
Even though the dormer window and the resulting pitch of the roofline have been complex to work with, I’m so glad I designed the studio to have as much natural light as possible: I already love working out here, and I’m not even working out here yet.
We also now have an outdoor light (and soffit vents: always incredibly important to allow air circulation in an insulated attic space).
Spencer keeps trying to join us as we work. We keep saying no.
Finally, here’s the (very dusty) insulated subfloor. And my lovely work sneakers.
Thanks for following along, and I’m looking forward to sharing the next stage of the mkc photography studio with you!
There’s something wonderful about simultaneously loving the city in which you live, and yet also happily going beyond those familiar borders to seek out new adventures. I’d like to think every time we traveling souls set off for new places, we bring a little joy and love to share with the new friends we make along the way.
Whatever adventures you have planned, wherever you think you’ll settle next, just be sure to leave only goodness and kindness as you travel though that wide, beautiful sky.
“Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventures”
~ Lovelle Drachman