Stolen Salt-Soaked Pine

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Robin Luciano Beaty stole my dream. Every designer and artist (and random person off the street with even a hint of creativity) dreams of having a studio; somewhere to be inspired, create, and pretend that reality television is not a reality. A space flooded with natural light and natural materials. A place to get art supplies under your fingernails and maybe even a slightly luxurious place to lounge and linger. The studio of Robin Luciano Beaty has been plucked from my dreams and delicately dropped in Byfield, Massachusetts.

The custom barn Ms. Beaty built has a significant semblance to the structure that stands in my reveries, including every little detail and all of my favorite elements – antique typewriter, rustic coffee table, tufted upholstery, graphic pillows, exposed beams, a charming corner stove, and a healthy allocation of consideration for our dear Earth. Just like all the spaces that settle in my imagination, she even remembered to include a sprinkle of matter reminiscent of Morocco. (Granted, there were no chickens in my dream, but since they roam free in my neighborhood, they may as well roam free in my studio.)

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Robin Luciano Beaty is a fine artist – her medium of choice is encaustic painting. Intrigued by the notion of encaustic painting? Me too. Immerse yourself in the “sublime and unpredictable” medium utilizing beeswax and pigment on Ms. Beaty’s website. Peruse her portfolio while you’re there – her gorgeous studio is only the beginning of the beauty Robin creates.

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This studio is a combination of beautiful choices including salt soaked pine and cellulose insulation. This structure is not simply a place to paint and create with wax, it houses natural light, a place to slumber, ample office space (with ample Apple products), and casters on all furniture to accommodate change of function and the fickle charisma of artists.

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If you are as smitten with this studio as I am – take a field trip over to the original article on Apartment Therapy. Tanya Lacourse has written informative words about the structure’s green solutions and has generously shared the abundant sources. Oh, and the original slideshow includes 49 pictures. Seriously, 49 photographs to admire. Take another field trip to Robin Luciano Beaty’s blog to see the details of the entire building process.

(Images by Violet Marsh Photography via Apartment Therapy.)