Welcome to Adored Vintage HQ

We confess!! We’ve gotten so lazy since Instagram and I-phones. I remember when I use to take pictures with a real camera and edit them and create collages in Photoshop to share on our blog.

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I miss the days of beautiful large photos and story telling through series of images. But today, you ain’t getting that! You’re getting i-phone pics of the Adored Vintage Atelier via our phone cameras and VSCO filters!

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Our studio is in the NW industrial area of Portland and we literally are right next to the St. John’s bridge (which is my favorite bridge possibly in all the world).

The building use to be the Portland Woolen Mills building but has gone through several owners since then and several renovations. LUCKILY, our studio is one of a few units that retains it’s original look and character! Most of the spaces are big blank white boxes.

No French mint green beams! No exposed brick! No 10ft arched windows!

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The studio is a dream to be in. It’s really everything I’ve always dreamt of. Sometimes I have to pinch myself that this is where we get to work!

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Working From Home and The Latest Going Ons

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As slow as August seemed to past (or did it pass quickly? I don’t even know?) September is chugging through like a mad train. This past year that I have reverted back to working from home and running Adored Vintage from my house has given me newfound knowledge that I simply just cannot work from home.

Adored Vintage Atelier InspirationWhile there are perks of working from home (wearing vintage slips as workwear attire), I found there were more cons. Or actually distractions while working at home.

For one I was always reminded of OTHER things I could/should be doing. Dishes in the sink. Laundry. Work in the yard. Sweep the floor. Vacuum. Watch episode of The Bachelorette… (p.s. this moody image  the dress forms literally makes me want to cry, I wish I knew the original source, someone uploaded it on Pinterest)

Work Life and Home Life have been smashed into one messy circle where there was no clear end for one thing and no clear beginning for the other. As you know I had a separate work studio back in California so I’ve had the experience of having work and personal life be separate. The biggest con I can think of for having a separate work/home environment was I barely left my workspace.

When I’m “IN THE ZONE” I am fully entrenched, elbows deep in whatever project I was wanting to do.

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Working from home I’ve gotten a little lazier. My productivity levels plummeted. It is difficult to be motivated to photograph pictures of dresses when it is sunny outside and when you know you could be tending to the rosemary and hydrangea in the backyard. Also my house is a wreck of clothes almost all the time. It’s taking over most of the rooms.

And so the decision has been made that I will be getting a new workspace again soon (which I alluded to in THIS POST). Work and Life will be separate again. I tried working from home for a year and my business barely grew. Instead I feel it became stagnant, stale. And who the heck wants stale vintage?!

Not this gal!

I am looking at a couple of spaces on Tuesday and hopefully a few more the rest of the week. Wish me luck ladies (and gents? Do guys even read my girly vintage blog?) I will be sharing the journey of finding a creative studio/atelier for Adored Vintage in the city that I love, Portland here in this blog!

All images in this post are from Pinterest which I’ve gathered into this board: Adored Vintage Atelier Inspiration (lots more ideas there… which will actually come to fruition?)

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