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Change is all around us by Kathy Hochstetler


Change is all around us

Summer is flying by…it seems like we just celebrated our 5 year anniversary and that was a month ago. I hope you plan on soaking up each moment of summer that we have left, John and I are planning on it.

We are constantly creating and adding new creations to the studio. Here is a glance at what we’ve been up to lately.

Do you know what this flea market find was before we got our hands on it? A warehouse cart. Most of the warehouse carts we find end up becoming a coffee table but I had a different vision for this one. You see, it had those “ladder” sides on it when we found it and that gave me an idea…to transform it into a tv stand. That seemed too permanent so John helped me come up with a better solution. He created adjustable shelves out of locally salvaged chippy barn wood. This way it can be whatever your heart may desire: tv stand, bookshelf, kitchen storage, and the list goes on. When we put our heads together, you never know what will happen.

How cozy is this space? John used one of our reclaimed barn beams as a mantel for this makeshift fireplace. We went round and round with ideas for this space and this is what we came up with. The wall under the mantel was painted with chalkboard paint. Each brick was then chalked in to create the brick pattern. A little time consuming but I love the result.

We have a stock of barn beams to choose from to create a mantel just for your space and if we don’t have what your looking for, we’ll do our best to find it.

Are you a fan of sliding barn doors? This one features local barn wood with a special finish to show all the character. We love to use vintage track and hinges to finish off the look. Why would you want to use mass produced hardware when you can use vintage patina hardware like this? The amazing thing is that this door slides easily on the vintage track.

We would love to help you come up with a custom door design to fit your space and style. And of course, if you want to use reproduction hardware, we have a source for that.

Well, there you have it…a little glimpse into what’s new at Studio 4. Thanks for following along!

Much love,


Cheers to 5 Years! by Kathy Hochstetler


Cheers to 5 Years

Time flies when you’re doing what you LOVE!

It’s amazing to think that John and I do what we love everyday here at Studio 4 Designs! How is it possible that 5 years have passed, just like that? June 3, 2014 was the date that changed our lives as we knew it. That was the very first day that we opened our studio doors to the public. We felt like we were releasing our hearts into the world on that day. We love to create one of a kind furniture and home furnishings, to put our own unique twist on things.

Needless to say, this has us browsing through old photos and reminiscing. Just look at the first photos that I shared on social media on that very first day.

It is funny for me to see how spread out our displays were in those first days. Another thing is the photo quality….or lack there of. Ha! But hey…we were just winging it and getting things done. So much has been learned over the years and I’m grateful that we weren't afraid to go for it.

The studio has definitely evolved and filled up over the years.

Because of this wonderful place, John has had the opportunity to work on so many custom projects. It is a true privilege to make your furniture dreams come true.

Thank you for being a part of our journey! We are thankful for each of you!