Marble Kitchen

{an inspiration photo via Park & Oak}

I have been hinting about this project for months now!

While the date of this post has been pushed back many times, I am SO excited to finally be sharing with you guys, one of my little secrets that I have been (poorly) keeping.

We are building a new studio barn that’s going to be the official Half Baked Harvest office/studio.

For those of you who may be new around here, a few years back I renovated an old horse barn on my family’s property in Colorado. You can read all about that barn and the process here. I’ve been both living and working out of this space now for about 2 1/2 years, and while I love it so much, I have somehow managed to outgrow it.

HBH has grown into a business I never could have dreamed of. It’s something I’m not only so proud of, but love working on so very much. Working to better this space you all visit everyday is what I am most passionate about. And the opportunities that have been brought to me because of this space are ones I will forever be grateful for. As mentioned, I both live and work out of my current home/barn. It’s a pretty tiny surface area, but for a while it was perfect. But then the work load started getting bigger, the projects just a little larger, and the demand for recipe videos kicked into overdrive. My workspace soon began taking over my living space, and for the past year I have been living with my props/surfaces. Around December of last year we finally made the decision to build a bigger space that would act solely as a studio.

One, this will help me to try to separate my work life from my living life. Two (and most importantly), this new barn will give us an opportunity to open new doors and continue to grow HBH. I will be able to work on achieving some of the goals I have, not only for the site, but for HBH as a brand…hello to more cookbooks, plenty of videos, and possibly even some photography and video workshops in the future.

To say that I could not be more excited would be an understatement. I am ecstatic…and feel so blessed to be doing what I love and thankful for all the opportunities that have come my way.

My hope for this space is to continue to create content not only for the blog, but to also develop additional cookbooks (fingers crossed), do plenty of video filming, and eventually host some workshops, as this has been something you readers have been asking about for some time now. And while I am not sure I will be the best teacher, I am excited to pursue this new venture!

OKAY. Now, let’s start to get into the details of this new space. First things first, I plan to document the building and design process pretty heavily here on the blog. You guys loved the first barn, so I’m hoping for the same excitement for the second. The barn is actually well underway, as we have been working on it for months now. Meaning concrete has been poured and soon walls will be going up.

What I am possibly most excited about, is who we’ve teamed up with to help us make this new barn look just the way I have it envisioned in my head. I’m excited to announce our partnership with the beautiful girls over at Park & Oak, Christina Samatas and Renee DiSanto. If you are unfamiliar with their work, please go check them out. Their Instagram is stunning, and their blog is full of useful home and design content.

Below is a little teaser of their work…

French Style Kitchen via @parkandoak

Living Room via @parkandoak

Entry Way via @parkandoak

Living Room via @parkandoak

Dinning Room via @parkandoak

White Kitchen via @parkandoak

Kitchen Sink via @parkandoak

Here are few BEFORE shots of the land where the new barn will sit…

The New HBH Studio Barn | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

The New HBH Studio Barn | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

The New HBH Studio Barn | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

The New HBH Studio Barn | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

The New HBH Studio Barn | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

MOOD BOARDS:

Both Christina and Renee have both been working hard to create mood boards of how we are envisioning the space.

EXTERIOR mood board…

barn exteriorINTERIOR mood board…

barn interior mood

Below is a rough look at the exterior plans created by our project builders, DC Builders

HBH Studio Barn Exterior

THE OUTSIDE…

So pretty, right?!? It’s literally like my dream.

In keeping with my current barn, we chose a monitor style barn…I also just like that style. For those of you who don’t know what a monitor barn is (uh, me), monitor barns have that cute little extended top portion, often with plenty of little windows, like ours will have.

For the outside of the barn, we wanted it to feel very rustic, homey, and classic. We’re planning on going with a darker wood stain with large barn doors at both ends (see pic above). The barn will be filled with large windows, and as mentioned, smaller windows above. Never enough windows, not only for photography purposes, but also to look out at those impressively pretty mountains.

The new barn will be located just a little ways away, about 300 feet or so, from my current house/barn. We will be creating a footpath through the trees for easy access.

THE INSIDE…

Ahh! The inside of the new barn. I am obviously most excited about the inside, It’s going to be stunning.

The entire first floor plan is very open and will include a pantry, prop storage area, and plenty of room to shoot photos using different angles of light. Of course the barn would never be complete without a big beautiful kitchen, which I couldn’t be more excited about. I worked with resident appliance specialists at Roth Living to pick out my Wolf range, and to ensure that it would fit seamlessly into the design of the barn.

The upstairs portion of the barn (called the monitor), is essentially a loft that will run three-quarters of the length of the barn. Part of the loft will be an enclosed office area. The rest of the loft will be an open loft area, with views of the space below. Again, it’s my dream, we have some really fun design elements planned that I cannot wait to show you guys.

As I said, I will be going into much more detail on each room in the new studio barn over the next few months. I want you guys to come along for the process, and even give opinions on design decisions as well! It’s a little different from all my usual recipes, but I think it will be so much fun.

In the meantime, you can read about my current home/barn here.

And don’t forget to check out my sweet interior designers over at Park & Oak.

If you want to share any design inspo with me, leave it all in the comments. I can’t wait to hear what you guys think of this new project!

The New HBH Studio Barn | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

I’ll leave you all with a goat photo…have a great weekend!