This is Amelie. She's a sweet little trailer made in 1965. I have yet to find out anything more about her (if you recognize the make, please let me know!)
Over the next couple of months I'm going to be totally renovating her and turning her into a jewel box of a flower shop, opening at the beginning of Dec. We'll sell fresh flowers, arrangements and cool live plants for Portlanders who like our style. Amelie will also serve as my studio and office space. I can't wait!
Here are some 'befores' of the interior. As you can see she is very.. green. Very loved by the previous owner and really sweet but not really the pistils & stamen style.
The challenge is going to be making this very small space work three ways: as a shop, a studio and a comfortable place to meet with clients. I'll need plenty of storage but I want to keep it as clean and uncluttered as possible, opening up as much space as I can, both in terms of head space and counter top workspace, so I'm thinking hard at the moment about how to achieve that. I also love the curves in the roof that are currently hidden on one side by cupboards - I'm wondering if I should sacrifice the storage to get the symmetry of those curves back.
In addition, I'll need to build a refrigerated room at one end in which to store the flowers. Luckily, I've found this nifty little gadget that allows you to modify an air conditioner into a refrigerating unit (thank you interwebs). It's plug-and-play so it shouldn't be too hard to sort out. I'll be looking for the smallest and most efficient air conditioner possible; it needs to take up little space, make little noise and use little energy (easy-peasy, right?)
But first, the exterior. You can probably see some water damage in the pictures above. The previous owner told me that it had happened before she got Amelie and there does seem to have been some sealing done on the joints but I am not taking any chances and the first job - before the fall rains set in here - will be to strip the old exterior paint, remove the j-rails, reseal the joints and roof, paint and replace the rails with shiny new ones. I'm anxious to get started!