Hanging canvas – in which we finally have art on the walls of our studio

When we originally designed the studio, we knew we needed lots of room for art. This is kind of a challenge in a wide open area like a former firetruck garage, so we decided to take advantage of our vertical space. Our original intent was to put a floating gallery between Aaron’s desk platform and the viewing room.


Here’s an incredibly crude Photoshop rendition. The blue lines represent a tension system that would stretch from floor to ceiling and allow us to hang images. Once the platform and room were up we started to realize that things were going to feel really cramped.


We also needed a solution to hide the printer and my desk (Apparently, you can put Heather in a corner.) Ideas abounded, but we were leaning toward some sort of wood screen. Drawn in (very poorly) in the image above. Yep, the brown and white stripes near the back of the room = screen.

After nixing the center gallery we realized that the canvas prints would serve as the perfect screen solution. Aaron got to work installing the system. This involved drilling a hole in the ceiling for a toggle bolt and installing the base plate.



The floor got a similar treatment: hole, screw, plate.





The wire is trimmed to length and tension is added with a spring. Hooks are slipped on to hold the prints.



So this where we landed – prints as the screen and a few bonus prints hung near the stairwell, but I’ll get to that. First let’s drool over the pieces that went up on the wall.



Hello gorgeous images, where have you been hiding all this time? Oh? What’s that? On the computer? That’s right.


Hopefully this gives you a sense of the gallery feel that we’re after. These pictures make it look a touch stark, but it has a nice effect in person.




Here you can see the gallery system at work near the stairwell. We wanted to add one more print to each stack, but we ran out of ink and time… and suddenly this looked like the perfect amount for now.



The gallery system turned screen works perfectly… now if only the DIY elves would come out and paint that furnace room already…



Yay for art! It really pushed the space from “I can see where you’re going, but this is pretty bare” to “Ooooh! It’s a photography studio. I get it.”


  1. Dude! Those pictures DO show how the art/images warm up the space! Not stark in the least! Love this. Clever, floaty, crisp, emotive… well done, you two. Prepare for more business and for more images to vie for attention on the wall.

    1. and, p.s., makes me wish we could get married again to have some of these kinds of pics. So romantic and sincere. xoxo

      1. We do offer family sessions… so it’s not too late!

    2. Thanks! I’m glad it’s coming across in the images 🙂

  2. Looks awesome!! Love how they look like they are floating. Great job!

    1. Thanks!

  3. Please reconsider painting any more of that yummy, original glazed brick.
    That’s the best feature of your fire house!
    Hope this doesn’t come across as bossy foss.

    1. Ha! Not bossy at all. We know people can be very opinionated about style choices. The brick is actually very yellow in person. Aaron called it “jaundice tile” so it’s slated for painting in the rest of the first floor. The texture will still be there and there are a lot of other original aspects we wouldn’t dare change (original doors and hardware, anything in the awesome bathroom, etc).

  4. […] It’s a good reminder of how far the studio has come. Since that “after” shot we hung some canvas prints so there’s a little more life in the space. Now back to our regularly scheduled […]

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