With the dream of building her business on the West Coast, photographer Nicole Mason packed up her car with everything she could fit and made the trek from New York to Portland. After a year and a few months of hard work, travel, and building a portfolio in her new home, Nicole decided to explore the idea of moving her business out of her apartment and into a studio space. “It was always a dream in the back of my mind—seeing images of spaces that other artists worked in and made their own. For a while though, I had just blocked it out as a possibility, because I had enough to pay for between business expenses and rent.” A quick Craigslist search one morning led her to what is now her dreamy, light-filled studio: “I hadn’t been looking at all, but a search for ‘artist studio’ pulled up a listing right away for something that looked both ideal and affordable. It was a mile and a half from where I lived, it had natural light, and it was in a building of other artists—a total dream.”

Check out Nicole’s dream-come-true studio space below:

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Nicole Mason's studio tour | west elm

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Nicole Mason's studio tour | west elm
“The space is a place I was able to completely customize to create in and be inspired to work in. It’s been a place for me to shoot, edit, and do bigger art projects that I’m not able to do at home. ”

Nicole Mason's studio tour | west elm

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Nicole Mason's studio tour | west elm

Nicole Mason's studio tour | west elm

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Nicole Mason's studio tour | west elm

Nicole Mason's studio tour | west elm
“The studio itself is still a work in progress, but I think that’s just how it will always be – it will change and rearrange as my own life and work does.”
Nicole MAson's Portland studio Tour | west elm

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Nicole Mason's studio tour | west elm

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