At long last we had a photo shoot this past weekend to showcase the interior of the art barn, and I am really thrilled to share with you detailed shots of this building that took just about two years to see to fruition.
The front of the barn has three glass garage doors (they are all open in the above shot). I wanted glass garage doors so 1) the view can be enjoyed while working inside, 2) lots of natural light can come in, and 3) the porch can essentially be an extension of the work area. What is lovely about the Bay Area/Napa, is the climate is very mild here (I don’t even own an a/c unit in my house or in the barn). So more often than not, I have those glass garage doors open.
Here’s a shot from the right side of the barn with the closest garage door open. The upstairs leads to my office and sitting area with a sleeper sofa. (I’d share a picture of that area but it is my office space…nothing to see except files of paperwork and a very cluttered desk.)
Detail of the left side of the barn. All of these tables rise and lower for either sewing (sitting) or screen printing (standing). I have 15 of them, and they are so lightweight and easy to move around. (Note: if you are looking for tables that rise and lower, you won’t typically find them in a big box hardware store, you have to order them online. I purchased mine online from Home Depot.)
Panoramic view of the barn from the bar area.
And yet anther angle.
My bins of fabric are about as organized as I will ever have them.
This antique hutch (anchored to the wall in case of an earthquake) houses all of my fabric yardage. I’ll come clean and tell you I took a lot OUT for this photo so it looked organized and neat, and you can’t see what a fabric hoarder I really am.
Above is an old antique workbench I found and where I house my ironing station. You can’t get a sense for how big this table is in this photo but it is enormous and great to put projects-in-progress on. The art quilt above is by Betty Hahn; it reminds me of my beloved city by the bay.
The sitting area for scheming new ideas.
Behind some very tall sliding barn doors is my wet studio with a deep, wide sink for fabric dyeing. To the left of that sink is a stacked washer/dryer and a shelving system where I store all of my printmaking materials.
The Pokey Pour bar area for wine and coffee, with a (smallish) Pokey Pour of a wine from a vineyard up the street.
Thanks for having an initial look! I have a lot more pictures that I’ll mostly be sharing on social media. All of the offsite workshops for Craft Napa 2017 that are taking place here at the barn are sold out, so shortly I will announce some other smaller offerings here and there.
Now I am going to do what I have wanted to do for a LONG TIME, and that is I am going to go turn this place into an arty mess.
*Photo credit for all photographs: Indigo Perez
Everything is perfect and delightful.
Beautiful space, Pokey. Congratulations!
Congratulations Pokey. The barn is just gorgeous. Your hard work has paid off. I hope one day I will be able to visit and take a class.
Absolutely gorgeous! I can’t wait to visit!
I think a Pokey Pour and an arty mess sound divine. I look forward to teaching there in a few short months!!
You did it!!! Way to go!! You must feel wonderful!
What a beautiful, peaceful, creative space Pokey!
Beautiful! You so deserve this placel
Rarely happens but, I am speechless! It is amazing!
It is glorious!!! Congratulations! I am so happy for you. It’s a beautiful dream come true. Everything you deserve.
The time & care you took to get this space ideal truly shows. Would love to experience it in-person sometime. Well done
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So happy for you. You deserve this for changing so many lives for the better, including mine.
It’s absolutely beautiful and utilitarian at the same time. It would be s dream to visit some time.
Congratulations, Pokey. Where did you get that awesome chair inthe sitting area?
What an incredible space to work, play and dream. Congratulations!!
beautiful, hope some day to see it in person.. One suggestion, I found this out later in my studio. I had open shelves stacking my fabric also.. problem, because of the beautiful windows and sun, seeing to the outside etc, my fabric had fade marks where the folds were… So naturally I had to over dye the fabric, but in some cases had to cut out those areas..
Fabulous place! Love your comment about fabric hoarding!
Your barn has turned out wonderful. Way to go Pokey!
From ‘Field of Dreams’…”If you build it, they will come”.
We will come!
Congratulations! What a wonderful smell — the “new”.
Congratulations Pokey. Your vision has materialized. You are an inspiration to so many. God bless you in all your new ventures.
It’s absolutely wonderful, Pokey. Anyone who visits would feel like a queen for a day. Have fun!
It looks fabulous! I now have studio envy.
I love it! You must be so thrilled to see if completed. And you know most of us hoard fabric, or hedging against inflation as,I like to think of it!
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Absolutely beautiful!!!! You are inspiring! Thank you!
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Stunning snd breath taking. I am thrilled for you that you made your dream a reality. Are you planning to
Rent this space to groups in the future? Are there B and B’s nearby? Well done congratulations
I am looking forward…. so much …. to coming to the workshops in January. I am taking the art history and Jane LaFazio’s class. Will either of them be offered in The Art Barn? Mary Ritter http://muniqueblog.wordpress.com
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What a wonderful space you’ve made!!!! Have a wonderful arty mess and post pictures!!!
Absolutely wonderful! Beautifully done…
What an INSPIRATION to keep cleaning my studio! 🙂 I found the link to the adjustable height tables if anyone else is interested. Downsizing and can’t take my huge, heavy table! http://www.homedepot.com/p/Lifetime-6-ft-Almond-Adjustable-Height-Folding-Table-22920/202959444
Pokey, The photos of your art barn are breathtaking! You must be very proud of all the planning and hard work it took to see your vision come to fruition. I hope to see it in person someday!!
It’s wonderful! What a fun place to inspire, invigorate and PLAY! Enjoy girl, FINALLY! 😀
Your beautiful and inviting Art Barn Rocks! The lovely garage doors make my heart go pitter patter! How wonderful to have all that natural light shining upon the creativity that will occur in this very special space. May you have the best of times for decades to come! Hopefully, I can take a class in the future.
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That is just beautiful! Congratulations!I’m so happy that I got signed up for a couple of classes there in January.Best, Kit Lucas
Love it Pokey, miss you on Quilting Arts. I can see you have not been sitting idly by!! I have about the 10th of the room you have, but us quilters love to visit places we dream of!
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Just beautiful! Long time coming, but you hit tho WOW!
1) you’re such a doll!!! Okay,
2) Can I just please move in? I won’t even be noticed probably…
3) Where is the room full of tubas?
4) Wow. If I had 1/50 th of your artistic organizing ability I’d be happy.
5) Wow, it’s completely mind bogglingly gorgeous!
6) see comment #2. 🙂
What a perfect place to be creative. And it is so well thought out for convenience as well as productivity. I thoroughly enjoyed Craft Napa 2017 and can’t wait to come again next year.
Is this space for rent for another retreat?
I have a group that would LOVE to come there……………….
I also put on retreats………..and this looks grand!!!!
Hi Geri, thank you for your interest! It is not for rent actually; what I do here is very controlled as it is on my own property where I live. But please if interested in the small retreats here, I have an e-newsletter through craftnapa.com. My best, Pokey
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