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Sigrid Olsen loses 2400 Square Feet

Sigrid Olsen Studio
Fashion designer and mixed-media artist Sigrid Olsen used to work in this airy and bright studio at her suburban home in Hamilton, MA.

Sigrid Olsen
Now she works here. In the kitchen of her cottage at Rocky Neck, a seaside art colony in Gloucester, MA (come tour it @ Completely Coastal).

Sigrid Olsen Rocky Neck Home
View from the Entry Porch

After a double mastectomy and losing her job at Liz Claiborne last year, Olsen decided to go back to her roots as an artist. So she and her husband sold their 3600 square foot home and moved into their quaint 1,200 square foot summer cottage by the harbor inlet, which consists of combined living, work and gallery space all on one floor above the garage. A new beginning at age 54!

Then..., you don't want to miss Rhonda's cookie book giveaway over at Shellbelle's Tiki Hut. You can enter the draw till 10/22. Good Luck!

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  1. Still a nice place to work.

  2. It will be interesting to see how/if her works changes as a result.

  3. Hi Maya, thanks for the shout out on my giveaway!

    I love the work table in the first photo, I'd like to build shelves under mine and this has given me an idea.

  4. Sometimes less really is more:)
    Good for her to make a change!

  5. I remember this article...quite good. Sometimes, having less space is freeing. For me, I have learned to contain my mess...just a little.
    It's another way of being creative.
    Jane (artfully graced)

    ps thanks for your kind comments. We're hopeful that Julie will do well with her store.

  6. You know, that place would be much more inspiring and soothing to go live in. And it's all about location, right across from the lucky!

  7. I always dream about working from my home... its something i am trying to make happen! x

  8. To leave so much light must be difficult but new beginnings are always good..

  9. I'm a small space gal. I wouldn't know what to do with all that room. My house probably has around 2000 square feet, all told, which is far from small. But I spend virtually all my time in a couple of rooms. I could easily live in less than 1000 square feet and be happy! She'll probably get more done. Not as much house to take care of!

  10. Hey Maya
    Well I much prefer to work from home.. sometimes do! but Sigrid is quite inspirational .. to go through so much and still have the courage to reinvent yourself and start fresh... I think she is wonderful.. xx Julie

  11. I read this in the NYT on Sunday- What a life-change... I think for the better, don't you? The next trip to the So. Shore of MA, I'm going to try to stop at her gallery. LOVE this blog-as I am also a lover of all things coastal.