My studio tour {aka craft room}

Well Happy New year!  I hope yours has started out well.  For me, I  celebrated a birthday and am now enjoying a visit from my daughter and grandsons.  They are staying  for a month, woohoo for me and woohoo for her since they are having the coldest winter ever in Wisconsin!  Since it is the start of a New Year, I thought I would start it out right on my blog and stop procrastinating. I’ve had a post to show you of my studio sitting in the draft box since August of last year.  So before I get too busy with my family, I sat down and finished all the details.

My studio is separate from our house, which I love.  It is on the backside of our property and actually was originally a small one car garage we weren’t using.

front of studio

We converted it into a studio for me 4  years ago, I was desperate for a room where I could keep my cre8tive mess in one place. I wish I could show you a good before picture of the garage, but this picture is all I have.  It was taken when I was in the middle of reupholstering a chair. The garage was pretty much a holding place for odds and ends and sometimes I would use what space there was left  to craft.

studio before

And here is the after of the same back wall.  Amazing right? This is what you see when you walk into my studio. The ugly pipes in the ceilings and the boxed fluorescent lights are  two things I could not change. I painted them all white to blend in with the ceiling.

Black chandelier

This is where this post comes in from last year. I gave it a fresh look last August with some new furniture and art.  I didn’t want to spend a lot of money since I can get pretty messy when I am in the cre8ting zone.

My first purchase was a new work table.  I fell in love with this Linnmon/Nipen table at Ikea.  And for $85 I couldn’t pass it up

Ikea linnmon-nipen-tableI also bought the Ikea Stockholm Black and white rug.  I have been dying to find a spot to use this rug and my studio was the perfect spot.  This rug really makes a statement in a room, I just love it!  I have been also wanting a pouf.  They didn’t have any poufs at Ikea, so I bought  a pink pouf  from Joss and Main.  The CB2′s Peek A Boo coffee table was my next purchase.  It’s the perfect height and being that it is acrylic it shows off my new rug perfectly. When I saw the Urban Outfitters Gumball Lamp on sale, I snagged one of those too! Studio Design Board

 

So here is a little tour of my studio, the good the bad and the ugly.

One thing I will never change is my damask foil wallpaper from Designyourwall.com.  It makes such a statement in the room don’t ya think?  The chandelier I purchased from Z-gallerie.  I love bling, and this one doesn’t disappoint.

Damask foil wallpaper

The angled wall to the right of the pink bookcase is a four tiered black eterge from HomeGoods. I keep some treasured pieces on there that I love like my whimsical pink poodle

Foil wallpaper

A vintage box of spools of thread

old vintage spools of thread

and my brush caddy.

spinning paint brush caddy-2

I think that was my first Pinterest craft! I drilled large circles into a thrifted wooden lazy susan and glued on some spray painted tin pails from Michaels.

The bookcase is from Ikea that I painted pink and added silver nail heads. The mirror and lamps are from HomeGoods.

Pink bookcase with nail head trim

Pink bookcase

I have my new Ikea table centered in the room under the chandelier.  I just love the daintiness of my new table, yet how durable it is.  The black chair is from HomeGoods but I had the seat cushion reupholstered in one of the new HGTV fabrics from Joanns.  The acrylic chair is from Ikea.

Ikea table

On the left side of the room is an Ikea closet system.  It fits the space perfectly and has A LOT of storage behind each of the two sliding doors

Black, Pink & White craft room

Here is a peek at how much storage there is on one side of the closet.  It’s almost a curse and a blessing in one.  I love that I can store a lot, but I also notice I might hoard a little more than I need because of the storage.

Ikea Closet system

Next to the closet system we put a door to hid the a bunch of ugly pipes and stuff that couldn’t be moved. The black lacquered cabinet was a thrifting buy for $200, it was a perfect fit in the little nook, with barely an inch to spare.  It  holds my paints and supplies. I love having the glass doors  because it makes it so much easier to see what paints I have.

black white and pink studio-2

To the left of the black cabinet is the sliding glass doors where you enter.   The damask sheers are from Overstock.com.

Studio entrance

I caved and got the popular fiddle leaf fig plant everyone is getting.  I got mine from HomeDepot for $40.  I planted it in a taller container to give the illusion that it is a really taller than it is.  {I was also trying to hide the cord from the in the wall air conditioner in that corner}

I have a small settee in the corner of the sliding glass door wall.  Perfect size to sit and rip out seams {cause I’m not really a seamstress} or use my iPad.

studio-2

As you can see, I haven’t finished the gold highlights on my settee…probably because I don’t know if that is what I want to do or not. {It’s been like that for a year now…guess I’m not in a hurry to make that decision}  I am in love with the gold DAX horse head on my Peek a boo coffee table.  The Ikea rug adds such a fun factor to the vintage settee.

DAX gold horse head

Next to my settee I have a side table with the bubble lamp.

Hot pink velvet settee

The pink pouf sits to the side of the Peek-A-Boo table

Hot pink velvet settee

I have a mirrored cabinet I got from Home Decorators Collection a couple of years ago next to the side table.

White mirrored cabinet

That is where my Fashion Illustration art wall sits, above the mirrored cabinet.

Fashion Illustration Gallery Wall

Now I wouldn’t normally use such bright intense colors for a room that I was going to live in, but when I step into my studio, the colors are really invigorating!  It is eclectic, fun functional and so me!  So now I can check this off my list, I have  FINALLY put this post up!  Great way to start my New Year. Have you checked anything off your list so far this year?

 

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