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Oh, how I wish there were more to share.

We are at a stage with Amelie where almost every bit of the old interior has been torn out and we've yet to begin building it back in again. And I am SO ready to see some progress there! I've been doing a lot of research, planning and design; I really want this to be a little jewel box of a shop and studio. And as well we need to optimize every inch of space. I very much want to keep the lines clean and the space as uncluttered as possible.

So I've been sourcing and buying all sorts of things that are now starting to arrive. Among other things, she will have a walk in cooler at one end for the flowers, radiant floor heating in the work and seating space, counters made of salvaged wood and two large awnings outside to protect both the flowers and my customers from the elements.

We decided to take out all of the windows as well, partly because some of them weren't sealed properly and it will make our lives easier when we put in the new walls inside if we don't have to work around the fiddly window trim.

This weekend we hope to replace some of the rotten studs on the inside, rewire the whole thing and repaint - after an extremely disappointing result with chalk paint (which looked incredible at first, but then mysteriously streaked in the rain, even though it had two or three coats of clear poly on top). It looks as though we may be blessed with a couple of days of sunshine this weekend, which would help out a lot! We're definitely into Fall now and will need to put up a tent for a while in order to work no matter what the weather is doing.

So here she is at the moment, stripped right down and full of potential. I have two weeks to get as much done as I can before I leave for a trip back home to England to see my family and meet my sister's brand new twins. Hopefully I will soon have much more to share!

All that's left of the original interior now is the base of the cabinets on the left. We can't take those out without damaging the structure of the walls, so have decided to work with what's there. On that side will be a large sink and worktop as well as space underneath for a compost bin and some storage. Another worktop will be on the right and seating at the back is to come.

All that's left of the original interior now is the base of the cabinets on the left. We can't take those out without damaging the structure of the walls, so have decided to work with what's there. On that side will be a large sink and worktop as well as space underneath for a compost bin and some storage. Another worktop will be on the right and seating at the back is to come.

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