February 20, 2013

The New and Improved Studio


Since Maddie moved out and her old room will now hosts guests, the studio has gotten a bit of a makeover. This is the wall where the daybed used to live. And while I think the changes are for the best, I'm pretty sure that some of my friends, who have slept in, or planned to one day sleep in the studio, may not view this change as an improvement.


I will say that I miss having a place where my family can sit and chat with me while I'm in project mode and because of that I will probably end up with a comfy chair in this corner one day soon.


I do love that I now have a proper place to store my ever growing fabric collection. We carried this shelf home from a neighbors garage sale for $2 and I gave it a wash of pink paint. I've told myself that I will only allow myself to buy as much fabric as will fit on these shelves. I like to lie to myself upon occasion.


 I put all of my favorite papers, some vintage, some not in this flea market cart. Another case of trying to contain my collections.


I'm really able to spread out and work now. Plenty of floor space for cutting out fabric.


I pinned up this shabby chic tablecloth to help hide some of my storage. I had no hidden storage before and very much needed some.


My chicken feeder has been relocated below the pink wall shelves to hold some of my books and current projects.


 I'm every bit as in love with this closet as I was the day my Sweetie finished it. Three work tables might seem extravagant but I typically use each one for a different project. One for sewing, the green one for general crafting and this one for journaling.


Much needed storage. With all the storage I have in this room, I still feel like I could use more. I wonder if I'm like one of those goldfish that grows to fit its environment, and no matter how much space I have, I will be sure to fill it.


The space to the left of the closet used to hold metal shelves. Very practical but not a lot of personality. This hutch was one of those 90's pieces that many of us have with wood crown molding at the top and a wood tabletop on the bottom piece. It's served so many purposes in the last 20 years but it has never been happier or prettier than it is right now.


 It's a home for some favorite books, supplies and finished projects.


 Pretty bits and vintage finds against an aqua backdrop. Be still my heart.


 A basket of journals, some used, some waiting to be used.


I love that in the studio, everywhere I look there is a happy memory. There are vintage treasures discovered, gifts and notes from everyday friends and from some of you special blog friends. This space is where I can express myself and where I am most me. It's where I can come for inspiration on those not-so-inspiring days. I'm so grateful to have this spot to call my own.

45 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Such a luxury to have a space just for your creative pursuits:>) It's a gorgeous space!

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  2. I can't get over how lovely and tidy your studio is, mine looks like a hurricane has gone thorough it. You have a beautiful studio.

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  3. Is the back of your hutch a particular color, or did you mix it yourself?

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  4. i love your studio and all it's minty, girly goodness! You do have lots of storage - but it looks like you need it. And you can never have enough storage. I would love to create in a space like that!

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  5. Your studio is a pretty and airy space! Love the colours too. Mine is much smaller and in our spare 4th bedroom upstairs. We have a huge guest bedroom in the basement suite that rarely gets used, and I often consider switching them out, but the basement just seems so removed from the rest of our home. So for now I will continue to find storage solutions in the small bedroom.

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  6. What a lovely studio. How wounderful it must be spending time there creating beautiful things.

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  7. It looks really great! Lots of creativity should be happening in there now. :)

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  8. It's so nice to have your very own place to craft and dream! I love your storage ideas and all the happy colors! When my daughters grew up and moved out I turned their bedroom into my sewing room, too. Whenever I am in this special room, I am filled with wonderful memories of my little girls. I hope you have the same lovely memories and inspiration. xoxo

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  9. Jan- It looks so nice -and clean- and organize- and wonderful! I am in awe and feeling a bit envious- You should see the basement where I work----or maybe you shouldn't!;>) xo Diana

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  10. I love your studio...three workspaces is awesome! The colors are so soft and soothing. My mind would feel so uncluttered and free to create in a space like this. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  11. it looks great!!

    having a dedicated work space that is organized, set up to one's own specific needs and pretty is so important to the creative process. it's also soothing to have a lovely spot to just be and dream. i look forward to all of the cottage nest projects that will be imagined and brought to life in this little dream room!

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  12. this post makes me so happy. and really makes me want to take a road trip! you've made this space so beautiful...and perfectly "you"! thanks for sharing with us! (and i love the little hook detail on the green table!)

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  13. So cute! I made our guest room into a sewing room. Having a space of your own makes a huge difference!

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  14. It's a gorgeous spot and so big!

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  15. So pretty and inspiring! Makes me want to come on over and make something with you! :)

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  16. Love your studio space! It's so bright and cheery. Have fun creating! :-)

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  17. I loved it before but now...I looooooove it! A chair for company or just to read through your collection of magazines is definitely a must. How can you not be inspired in a room like that?

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  19. It's so beautiful but most importantly it's so JEN! I can't wait to come potter around in there tomorrow!!!

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  20. Love your studio. You are blessed girlfriend. I love your taste and the way you decorate!
    xoxo, Cheryl

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  21. Just one word...........GORGEOUS!!

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  22. Every square inch full of eye candy -- where to look first???

    I'm totally with you about needing various work surfaces. I have a desk & a table that holds my sewing machine & I absolutely need another table!

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  23. Hi Jen,

    What a lovely spacious craft room! Love that you have 3 table spaces to craft for different kinds of crafts. Pretty pink paint you used throughout and made the best use of your furniture pieces. It will be a joy for you to work in that spacious area. Congrats on a job well done. Lynnie

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  24. What a great space you have, Jen! I wish I had the space size you have. Mine is quite small but I try to use it smartly. Love how bright it is in here, too. Popped over from the Vintage Farmhouse blog. : )

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  25. You have created a gorgeous, unique, inspirational spot Jen! Love it all ♥

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  26. oh jen. i LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your studio. the colors, the textures...everything. all of your journals look amazing. i am so in love with this room!!!

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  27. Jen, this is so lovely, just like the rest of your home. You should be writing a book Lady.

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  28. beautiful...just beautiful

    xo

    annie at firefly hill

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  29. Gorgeous, Jen! Your home is amazing. I saw your photos over at The Vintage Farmhouse blog and was very confused at first because I KNEW that turquoise door was yours! I figured it all out as I read her post. I have my own favorite "go to" lady and it's fun to show her where her "things" went.
    Fun following you on instagram :)

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  30. Lucky you!- It IS gorgeous. A slice of creating heaven! I completely understand the need for separate work spaces. NEED! I have a sewing desk, a writing desk and a do everything else desk. In a perfect world my 'do it all' desk would be three areas of it's own . . . computer, painting, crafting. Believe me, when my oldest moves out I have dibs on that bedroom- after it's been decontaminated of course. Teenage boy does not give out the wif of creativity. ;)

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  31. agree with hedy king, you really should be doing a book!!

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  32. Love it it is just so cheery I can see why you can create in it just so bright and clean!
    Happy Friday!

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  33. Perfection. Really. I've always had a craft room (more of a crap room since it is always filled with junk) but have never decorated it or taken the time to make it a place to really CREATE. You've provided some really great inspiration for me!

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  34. so many great ideas! the shopping cart is awesome!

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  35. Your workspace is beautiful Jen. I yearn for a space like that. My current space is the dining table(clearing everything away every day!) and storage is various baskets and bags stored all over the house(some even in a drawer in my biggest boy's bedroom that he can't get into yet!- not sure how long I will get away with that one!). I really hope that one day I will have a room of my own to get creative in. You are very lucky. Fiona x

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  36. One word for your studio Jen..... "JOY"
    I can only dream of such a space! Jane x

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  37. Your workspace is amazing. I want to come and take a class in that room.

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  38. my hiding storage process involves shoving stuff in a college :)

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  39. So beautiful....I keep coming back to look. I wrote a bit about you on my most recent blog. You're pretty inspirational, and not just your decor :)

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  40. I love what you did with the closet! What a fantastic use of that space. I bet it doesn't take long to find inspiration in your new workroom :-)
    Karen

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  41. sigh ... beautiful and organized and spacious!!!

    inspired

    xo
    elyse

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  42. I LOVE THIS ROOM!!!! LOVE It! And we are sisters at heart my dear because I was just explaining to John why I needed 3 different tables in my craft room! LOLOL! I love every single detail in here and it makes me happy just looking at it! :)
    xoxo
    Kristi

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  43. Love Love Love your new Room... It give me alots of inspiration. Great Job.
    Nancy

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