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I don’t have the usual bundle of links for you today, because we’ve been moving into our new studio all week, giving me zero time to read.

Instead, I thought I’d share some photos of the new digs. I thought about waiting until everything was set up and looking good, but it’s a lot more interesting to see things in progress, don’t you think?





This move has had me thinking a bit about transitional periods. As fall begins and I start oscillating between sandals and sweaters every day, I realize that there is a certain amount of discomfort that comes in every transition.

You don’t know what to expect next. It feels exciting and new, but it also makes you keenly aware of time passing and the impossibility of ever going backwards.

But mostly, it helps you step out of your head and remember all the possibilities there are in life. And that you have to be ok with uncertainty if you ever want to move forward.

The shots above are mostly before we moved in (obviously!). And below are a few shots from this week, as we get settled in. It’s huge, but we’ll soon be filling the remaining space with inventory and a photo area. I have to say, it feels much more professional and full of possibilities.











Many thanks to the rest of the team (Kenn, Kristen, and Meg) for all their hard work in getting us up and running. They’re the best!

Sarai Mitnick   —   Founder

Sarai started Colette back in 2009. She believes the primary role of a business should be to help people. She loves good books, sewing with wool, her charming cats, working in her garden, and eating salsa.

Comments 41


Congratulations! It looks beautiful! It’s poignant, moving from one place to another; I often feel acutely aware that the external changes reflect internal changes, and you’re going from strength to strength as a company, a team and individuals. As you say, there’s space for new possibilities – and new achievements too. In many ways, I can’t wait to see what happens next!


It’s such a beautiful space!
Lots of inspiration is going to pour in by those stunning windows… I love love love it : )


That looks like a lovely, welcoming & creatively inspiring space. I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with & in it.


So beautiful – so much light! And I love the little reading corner…


Congratulations! I’m happy for you. That looks really wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

Aimee Elise

This looks like a dream!

Lisa G.

So much light – it looks so full of possibilities.


I love your new space! Congratulations–I can’t wait to see it all come together.


OMG Sarai the space looks amazing! I am so happy for you and the Colette team. Enjoy your new space!!! xoxo

A Morris

I love the Shot of the outside view of the Windows, lovely shapes!

amy w

Such a beautiful place! The windows and floors are great!


Loved this post. What an inspirational place to work!


Beautiful. Congratulations! All I can say is one day…
You are an inspiration!


Oh its such a great space. I like how you are decorating. Congrats!


love your new space! i hope it brings great things for the colette team and feels as comfy and efficient and inspiring as it looks.
i love your thoughts on transitions – i’m in that space too and it really struck a chord.

hannah frost

WOW! I want to be there!


What a lovely space! I love the big windows and brick walls! Congrats and wishing you lots of happy moments to come in this space!


So. Much. Space. It’s so beautiful!


A gorgeous space… but I have to say, that floor, that floor, ooooooohhh, that floor!


I totally agree.

Judy Farrell

Colette, Are you in Portland?


Yep! We just moved offices from our old space in SE to this new one in NE.

Laura Lee

It is so inspiring to see your company grow and realize your dreams. Congratulations to everyone on the Colette Patterns team and thank you for the recent Hem Guide that is just fantastic!

gabriel ratchet

my boys are fencing in portland this coming weekend… unfortunately, they’ve outgrown me as a traveling logistical assistant…. wish i could visit… since the pictures just make me happy, i can imagine how great it will be to work in the real space…

Ramona Walter

I just love it. I’m so jealous. Can’t wait to see what’s created in such a wonderful space.


a few weeks or more there was a tip posted; lining a top, is there any where we can look up archived tips…i would like to see that one again and again until I get it right.
thank you


Hi Janice. You can search the blog archive using the form at the top right of any page on this site.

If you’re referring to a Snippets email tip, we don’t have an archive of those available right now but we may have something available in the future. Sorry about that.

Alice Elliot

It looks so welcoming! Wish I cold visit.


Oh, Sarai! It’s so beautiful and welcoming! I look forward to seeing all you do in your new space!


It looks great! And so much floor space… I’m jealous!

miss agnes

Your new space looks wonderful. So much light! Love the layout. Congratulations!

Piper Springs

That exposed brick wall is amazing. Thank you so much for the hem guide. I would consider myself an experienced amateur, but I learned so much!

Kalie Jayne

Looks so beautiful!


Hello to all, how is all, I think every one is getting more from this web site,
and your views are good designed for new people.

triche clash Of Clans

There are games that tell you that with online play it might change the rating.
Walk past the statues of Zeus to turn on the lights. So why don’t you ask them to knock down the price a bit
if you do not have insurance.


“It is so inspiring to see your company grow and realize your dreams. Congratulations to everyone on the Colette Patterns team and thank you for the recent Hem Guide that is just fantastic!” I copied the quote from someone here (sorry, but thank you!) because it says exactly what I feel when I browse your photos. You will make this space yours entirely, and it will fill up, believe you me! Lot of Luck, Annette


Congratulations on your beautiful space. It is awesome to see your company grow right before our eyes. Keep doing what you do, the possibilities are endless! Cheers to new beginnings.


Wow – how exciting! I love what you say about opening up to new possibilities. It’s something we so often lose in the everyday chaos…Wise words indeed. Catherine x

Juanita Douglas

I am so happy for you! I applaud your courage to move forward.


such a beautiful space!!
I wish you have many many success in this new cycle! cheers!

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