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Open Studio Tour: Something’s Hiding in Here

Nov 21, 2011

by somethingshidinghere

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In our Open Studio Tour series, we step inside the creative spaces of fellow Etsians to see where their process begins. This is a chance to get to know your fellow makers and perhaps find inspiration for your own studio!

What’s your name and what what do you make?
Hello there, we’re Shauna and Stephen. After meeting in art school, we began collaborating by making gifts for friends. Five years later, our creative partnership has developed into multiple brands, including “Something’s Hiding in Here,” “The Original Mustache on a Stick,” and “Forage Bow Ties.”

Stephen and Shauna.

Where is your studio located?
We live and work in a loft space located in an old tire factory in Philadelphia, PA.

When did you decide that you needed a studio?
Ever since art school, we’ve always had studios in our living space. We tend to work around the clock, so it makes sense for us.

Did you have to make any personal sacrifices to create your studio?
We don’t have a typical apartment — other than a bed and sofa, every part of our loft is working space.

A few years ago we got a small proofing press and started printing our own packaging. Before long, we were addicted to the history and process of letterpress and decided to make space in the studio for our very own print shop.

Which is your favorite tool in your workspace?
Our favorite tool in the print shop is a late 19th century paragon paper cutter. It was a Craigslist find that we rescued from a basement.

How many hours do you normally spend in your studio?
If we’re not sleeping, we’re working! Literally.

Is there anything you would add to your working space?
We’re always looking for new tools. For the print shop, we’d love to add a 8″x 12″ C&P press, Kingsley hot foil stamper, industrial floor model corner rounder….the list goes on and on.

Our next big project is the space above our print shop. We’re planning to turn it into a photography studio with light kits, a copy stand, backdrops, props, and a computer for photo editing.

What object in your studio inspires you the most?
The vintage lead and wood type we’ve collected is a constant source of inspiration. We prefer to hand-set all of our designs using vintage type rather than designing on the computer and having polymer plates made. Reacting to the type in our collection causes us to be thoughtful problem solvers, and I think the designs reflect that.

Is there something in your studio that has a great story?
Everything has a great story! When we started setting up the print shop we committed to searching for antique furniture, equipment and tools. Everything from the pencil sharpener to the desk have a history — bringing these things back to life inspires us!

If you have an interesting studio or workspace, share it with us on the Etsy Open Studio Tour Flickr pool, and you may be next in our Open Studio Tour post!

113 comments

  • PosyPop

    PosyPop said 5 years ago

    What an amazing loft! I really love the look of the dark walls in the studio. Beautiful space and the chandelier is the perfect touch!

  • EggMoneyQuilts

    EggMoneyQuilts said 5 years ago

    Love the wood floors! Nice to see the faces behind the "Mustache on a Stick"!

  • TheStampAct

    TheStampAct said 5 years ago

    Holy guacamole! What a beautiful flip, inspiring post.

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    Wow. Beautiful!!!!

  • FluffyFlowers

    FluffyFlowers said 5 years ago

    freakin' fab studio space. looks supremely inspirational :)

  • whatnomints

    whatnomints said 5 years ago

    So envious! Lovely!

  • studiotuesday

    studiotuesday said 5 years ago

    Fascinating studio! Thanks for sharing.

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 5 years ago

    what an incredible space! i love it!

  • ErinAntiques

    ErinAntiques said 5 years ago

    Love your studio! :)

  • SaraBJewelry

    SaraBJewelry said 5 years ago

    absolutely gorgeous studio and amazing furniture! all the typesetters cases are beautiful and the dark walls are intriguing. love!

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake said 5 years ago

    Amazing use of your space! Beautiful!

  • VintageChildModern

    VintageChildModern said 5 years ago

    So Jealous! What an inspiring space! P.S. - Love your blouse! I have one as well and it is rarely in my closet because I wear it far too often!

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 5 years ago

    I love your loft! All those bookshelves are amazing.

  • littlepancakes

    littlepancakes said 5 years ago

    Great studio. Etsy- It would be great if you featured etsians you have never featured before. It's great to hear from the old/well established ones but a little diversity would be nice.

  • PickUpSticksShop

    PickUpSticksShop said 5 years ago

    You seem to have your life right in your pocket...That's hard to do , but sweet when done. ENJOY!

  • babyjives

    babyjives said 5 years ago

    You guys seriously have the dream space. Drooling with envy here, now I gotta see your place in person!

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 5 years ago

    incredible

  • LoveandKnit

    LoveandKnit said 5 years ago

    Amazing studio!

  • ItchinStitchin

    ItchinStitchin said 5 years ago

    Wow what a beautiful work space!! Must be very inspiring to just surround yourself with things you love and that has so much history.

  • kellydietrich

    kellydietrich said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work and living space!

  • AlisaDesign

    AlisaDesign said 5 years ago

    WOOOW!!!!! Fantastic studio!

  • AlpineGypsy

    AlpineGypsy said 5 years ago

    My GOD what a fabulous shop! I just *love* getting a peak into creative spaces, and where good things get done. :) Heidi

  • MadeMerriShop

    MadeMerriShop said 5 years ago

    you guys are awesome and I wish you both continued success! pinning the photo with the amazing bookshelves :)

  • paulakitty1

    paulakitty1 said 5 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • SweetMoonlightShop

    SweetMoonlightShop said 5 years ago

    absolutely superb live/work space. i am in love with that desk!

  • vintagejane

    vintagejane said 5 years ago

    I am in LOVE with your space...soooo inspiring!! Thanks for sharing!

  • bigapplevintage

    bigapplevintage said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous space....although I absolutely cannot fathom how anyone manages to work in a space and manage to keep it looking like it's ready for an interior design photoshoot. Most spaces wouldn't look like that even with a major clean up. How do they do it? Elves?

  • AntiNu

    AntiNu said 5 years ago

    TOO COOL!

  • Armalique

    Armalique said 5 years ago

    What I beautiful space, I adore your studio! And I love that blue bookcase : )

  • AprilofMcleod

    AprilofMcleod said 5 years ago

    I love your space! I love the old cabinets/shelving. I am lucky enough to own an oak coats and clark thread cabinet - it has 6 drawers that are only about 3 inches tall because they held thread - it has the original hardware and it was in my grandmother's house when I was growing up. She gave it to me with all the thread, buttons, zippers, and other sewing notions she had filled it with!

  • jamieribisi

    jamieribisi said 5 years ago

    A fourth feature on the same shop??? Come on, Etsy. It's a really beautiful space, though. Truly wonderful.

  • maggiesraggedyinn

    maggiesraggedyinn said 5 years ago

    I want to live there,, your bookshelf is amazing!

  • traceydumont

    traceydumont said 5 years ago

    Yup! **love**

  • HappyBonesArt

    HappyBonesArt said 5 years ago

    I absolutely love your space!!

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig said 5 years ago

    Great studio!

  • SimpleTraditions

    SimpleTraditions said 5 years ago

    What an awesome space! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • RossLab

    RossLab said 5 years ago

    What an amazing place to live in! Congrats!

  • selflesh

    selflesh said 5 years ago

    You two are so inspiring! xo

  • sewlola

    sewlola said 5 years ago

    Beautiful open studio tour! I love the decor.

  • EndQuotes

    EndQuotes said 5 years ago

    Awesome!!

  • funvites

    funvites said 5 years ago

    I cant imagine a more inspiring work/living atmosphere...your studio is amazing. And I personally love you blue library shelves!

  • funvites

    funvites said 5 years ago

    Is that chalkboard walls?! *heart*

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss said 5 years ago

    What a gorgeous space! You guys have excellent brains. :)

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Love your studio and work!

  • mahoganybludesign

    mahoganybludesign said 5 years ago

    Fabulous and inspiring

  • mahoganybludesign

    mahoganybludesign said 5 years ago

    Fabulous. Inspirational, love it.

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 5 years ago

    so fun to see into other people's shops!

  • PaperAndPresent

    PaperAndPresent said 5 years ago

    I think I might love that space more than I love my husband!!

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 5 years ago

    JUST OUT OF CURIOSITY. WHERE DOES ETSY THE COMPANY AND/OR COMMUNITY STAND IN REACTION TO THE 99% MOVEMENT ......?

  • JillianReneDecor

    JillianReneDecor said 5 years ago

    I love that bookcase divider! Thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous home/studio with us!

  • HolyLandSouvenirs

    HolyLandSouvenirs said 5 years ago

    I adore the wood floor, Great studio. Just Awesome!!

  • suziechaney

    suziechaney said 5 years ago

    my dream studio!

  • ivangovaerts

    ivangovaerts said 5 years ago

    real cosy studio. Love it

  • csandate

    csandate said 5 years ago

    I love the new studio tours. It reminds me of The Selby. So fun to see where others work and imagine. Thanks so much!

  • AdoroMe

    AdoroMe said 5 years ago

    Uterlly gorgeous and inspirational. :0)

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

    wow your home is amazing, such lovely thoughtful spaces. I love the fun your pieces have : )

  • JenMcLamb

    JenMcLamb said 5 years ago

    Inspiring work space! And beautiful art, too. I work from a home studio too, but share my home with too many children and animals to spread out my work into the whole house.

  • mythunderstood

    mythunderstood said 5 years ago

    I love this space - have wanted to live like this for ages yet I keep buying houses to restore! Thank you for sharing and best wishes : )

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 5 years ago

    Faux wish bones! Awesome.

  • TastefulThings

    TastefulThings said 5 years ago

    oh, love the pieces of old machinery and equipment! Great objects!

  • AlainaMarianne

    AlainaMarianne said 5 years ago

    Your house is AMAZING, please can I come and live with you.... :-)

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 5 years ago

    I just love your studio and the entire space.

  • nihanparlak

    nihanparlak said 5 years ago

    LOOVEE your studio!!!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 5 years ago

    Wonderful space. Thanks for the peek. I really need that wonderful black work table with the drawers. Will hop in my truck and be there about 7 to pick it up.

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 5 years ago

    I love your space!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 5 years ago

    i think it's really cool that etsy is showing love to longtime sellers of etsy. this shop have had their work "borrowed" so much by other sellers on and off etsy. love the shop, love the studio.

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 5 years ago

    What a fabulous studio! ~swoons~

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    OnlyOriginalsByAJ said 5 years ago

    What an amazing studio! I bet you get so much work done there! I'm jealous! :D

  • jmayoriginals

    jmayoriginals said 5 years ago

    what an interesting space. thanks for sharing!

  • PruAtelier

    PruAtelier said 5 years ago

    What a FABULOUS studio...I'll take the bookshelves too for my books that live all over the house! I love everything about it from the vintage equipment to the vintage furnishings....yea even the dark walls although for me with my less-than-perfect-vision, I would be walking into them more than I'd care to! LOL! I think that it is fabulous that people are rescuing and resurrecting the old industry equipment such as letterpresses. I love that the 19th and early 20th century machinery have new lives in the 21st century....let's say they are "back to the future"! Good luck to you!

  • OceanSpiritJewelry

    OceanSpiritJewelry said 5 years ago

    Love the color of your bookcases. It gives such a joyful tone to your living room! I bet people love to come to your house parties!

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna said 5 years ago

    So great to see this profile of you guys and your space in my hometown Philadelphia! Your space looks amazing, congratulations on this feature!

  • PerpetualOne

    PerpetualOne said 5 years ago

    an absolutely amazing pair of creatives. best wishes!

  • ChasingtheCrayon

    ChasingtheCrayon said 5 years ago

    Wow! What an amazing space you live in...wish I was you!

  • berrymorin

    berrymorin said 5 years ago

    Very beautiful!

  • BrittneyWest

    BrittneyWest said 5 years ago

    Unbelievably! Everything about this studio and loft is stunning! I am jealous and happy for them! "Let the beauty of what you love be what you do."--Rumi

  • sokiko

    sokiko said 5 years ago

    inspiring integration of life and work... and life partners!

  • janewearjewelry

    janewearjewelry said 5 years ago

    I'm in love! I could get aLOT done in that space! Thinking up re-working my current studio! Thanks for sharing ;) ~Laura

  • CherishedHearts

    CherishedHearts said 5 years ago

    I love the bookshelves!

  • latenightdrawing

    latenightdrawing said 5 years ago

    OH MY! This is so inspiring!

  • gilbug1

    gilbug1 said 5 years ago

    Beautiful workspace! I love that you are bringing old tools back to life!

  • UrbanLotusJewelry

    UrbanLotusJewelry said 5 years ago

    Amazing studio...just looking at it gets my creative juices flowing!

  • PyxusPassionProject

    PyxusPassionProject said 5 years ago

    Oh my goodness - talk about a dream work space.. LOVE it! Congratulations on the feature - well deserved!

  • sunshineindustries

    sunshineindustries said 5 years ago

    I'm sooooooo inspired by your studio space! I also have many antiques and vintage tools in my studio, but your's is AMAZING!!! Things with a story/history can't help but inspire. You are both lucky to have a partner who loves to live where you work/work where you live. Enjoy! Dawn

  • NancyCreations

    NancyCreations said 5 years ago

    Oh I love it especially the bookshelve wall , as a book colletor I think it frames everything wonderfully , it's so inspirational makes me want to move it have you got room for a metalsmithing studio?

  • icing101

    icing101 said 5 years ago

    SO in love...this is my dream work/home environment. Amazing!!!!!

  • thedancingwren

    thedancingwren said 5 years ago

    love this. can i move in? :)

  • babylou65

    babylou65 said 5 years ago

    I love that desk so much I want to have sex with it.

  • kiranofindaly

    kiranofindaly said 5 years ago

    That is one tidy studio!! Living area is gorgeous.Wish my home/studio looked so cool. Thanks for sharing.

  • Namoo

    Namoo said 5 years ago

    Love this post! Also very pleasant to find that I just met you in Philly this past weekend!

  • iris756

    iris756 said 5 years ago

    What a beautiful studio. The place itself looks like a designer's dream. It looks like a place I always wanted.

  • Platinat

    Platinat said 5 years ago

    It's lovely seeing your beautiful studio. Congratulations for your space!

  • feltstories

    feltstories said 5 years ago

    your studio is fantastic !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • MakeDoMidwest

    MakeDoMidwest said 5 years ago

    I remember this studio from an issue of Ready Made a few years ago! I find it just as beautiful & inspiring now as I did then. And those bookshelves: wow.

  • HanHeld

    HanHeld said 5 years ago

    WOW!! How fun to be living your true dream....I often wake in the morning to a kitchen table full of beads and coffee with very limited time wishing I could sitt there all day rather than hope in the shower to get ready for my real paying job...good for you!! The pictures look fantastic!

  • LittleMissCards

    LittleMissCards said 5 years ago

    Amazing and beautiful sudio

  • iheartice

    iheartice said 5 years ago

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Soo inspring! You guys are awesome!! ^^

  • Thepeanutbutterfiend

    Thepeanutbutterfiend said 5 years ago

    that is my dream bookshelf! SO beautiful :D . Love the studio, pretty interesting way they live.

  • TreasuryShop

    TreasuryShop said 5 years ago

    Great Studio

  • sevenvsxiao

    sevenvsxiao said 5 years ago

    wow...

  • Mattie714

    Mattie714 said 5 years ago

    Your loft is amazing! It made me drool with envy... :)

  • BingoBox

    BingoBox said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous space - beautiful shop - cheers !

  • stonemage

    stonemage said 5 years ago

    What an incredible loft, you've done an incredible job decorating it, I love the bookshelves leading into the printing area, it is a perfect compare/contrast image. Very nicely done. Although there are always good and bad about everything and working at home does have it's down sides as you mentioned, every inch is work. There is no separation between the work/home mind-set. Or at least after 10+ years, I've never been able to really develop one, But my work is mostly computerized, so if a phone, or computer is on, (which they always are) then I'm working. You have an incredible space, wonderful lighting. How Nice that must be to work in!! :) Stay Safe, ~e

  • jealousmoon

    jealousmoon said 5 years ago

    Thank you for saving pieces of our creative past. Beautiful loft.

  • gkdecorate

    gkdecorate said 5 years ago

    That's an amazing loft, I love the use of space!

  • cottoncandyprinters

    cottoncandyprinters said 5 years ago

    lovely studio!

  • marieowltoinette

    marieowltoinette said 5 years ago

    What an amazing studio! Everything goes together so perfectly! Your home is also lovely, i love how your bookshelf is the entrance to your studio! Fantastic!

  • Briole

    Briole said 5 years ago

    Wow, love your space!

  • michellearnold

    michellearnold said 5 years ago

    Beautiful space - Beautiful work! Your studio is like going back in time!

  • gardenmis

    gardenmis said 5 years ago

    I love your space ~ gorgeous!!

  • nearmoderndisaster

    nearmoderndisaster said 5 years ago

    my dream couple, my dream space. every feature on s&s inspires me to curate my own space more thoughtfully.

  • churchwick

    churchwick said 4 years ago

    I love that the mood of the studio is so different from the airy feel of the rest of the loft. Great chalk-board effect on the studio walls!

  • LilyThings

    LilyThings said 4 years ago

    The texture on the walls is amazing!!!

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