Welcome Part 7: the Studio.

Having enough space for my own studio and office space was one of the things I was most looking forward to when I moved into my house. Before I was forced to store most of my fun crafty things wherever there was room. Now I love having a little sanctuary where I go and release some creative energy.

This desk is another one of my restoration projects from a few years ago. I bought it at a hotel liquidation sale for $15. It was an awful looking cream color with bright blue crackling and a faux marble laminate top that was peeling up at the edges. I (literally) chiseled the laminate off and painted it this beautiful blood red color. We’ve been happily together ever since!

I love, love, love these shelves. I can’t find better words than that to describe how awesome it is to neatly store everything in it’s own designated cubby. A total lifesaver and the boxes and other things within hold some of my favorite supplies.

I definitely need a new desk chair as this one clearly isn’t meant for sitting on hour upon hour. The comfort level just isn’t there. I’ve seen a few I like, but haven’t managed to commit to one just yet.

To the left of the shelves is an empty corner and window. The plan is to get a comfy chair and lamp to occupy it and give myself a little “Inspiration Corner” of sorts.

I try to keep my desk as cleared off as possible, but that generally doesn’t last for long. I like to store the pens and brushes I use most in cups for easy access.

Part of my K collection gets displayed on top of the shelves along with my framed Breakfast at Tiffany’s movie poster. If you didn’t know, I’m a big Audrey fan and this is one of my all time favorite movies!

Deciding on some sort of inspiration board area was one of my main focuses when thinking about how I wanted this space to be set up. I ended up going with individual cork squares set up in a grid for easy separation of thoughts. In retrospect I would have done six – three over three – instead of four squares.

There are two windows in the room that let in really great amounts of sunlight. I want to get a window covering that won’t shut out the light, but diffuse it instead.

My knock-off Rothko painting. Just a little something I did to take up space on an empty wall for the moment. When I lived in an apartment these shelves sat in my kitchen and held food. Now I’ve re-purposed them as a large magazine rack.

You can’t see the ceiling in any of the photos, but if you could you’d see the generic light fixture dead center. Since this is a creative space where magic is supposed to happen I want to find something really fun to replace it with.

  • Kate

    July 2, 2009 at 4:58 pm Reply

    Ohh I love your breakfast at tiffanys poster! I wish I could have a whole room for my studio rather than my desk wedged into my living room, haha.

  • Kelly

    July 2, 2009 at 5:02 pm Reply

    that's how my set-up has ALWAYS been prior to the move. it's so nice not to have to cram two rooms into one now. 🙂


  • oneshotbeyond

    July 2, 2009 at 6:26 pm Reply


  • The Lil Bee

    July 2, 2009 at 6:56 pm Reply

    Love the knockoff Rothko!!

  • Kelly

    July 2, 2009 at 6:57 pm Reply

    well, gee, thanks! i think it kinda looks like el crappo…


  • Whatever Dee-Dee wants

    July 2, 2009 at 7:37 pm Reply

    It looks great! I love the colors!


    July 4, 2009 at 1:36 pm Reply

    I can not believe that desk was $15! It looks like a really expensive piece. Great job!

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