September 27, 2007

Displaying the Goods


Yesterday Cammy at Freckled Farm (which just happens to be one of my very favorite blogs) shared pictures of her wonderful creative space which inspired me to get busy organizing my studio so that I could share some new pictures with you.



I found this very versatile shelf at a garage sale last week for $10. Each shelf has a plate groove and is very well made. This piece would work equally well in my family room, kitchen or dining room. I just love pieces like that. Even though I love the black paint, I think I will probably paint it later so that it better fits the decor. I'm waiting until I get all of the pieces for this room before I decide what gets a coat of paint.



I'm enjoying the opportunity to display more of what I have because if I don't see it, I forget I own it.


I had to do some rearranging and hole patching (hate that!) but the space is really coming along. I love the feel of this room because even though the things that are in it are mismatched, it is cozy & completely me. Now I am on the lookout for a large piece of furniture for the wall opposite the work area that will provide a lot of storage. I'm looking for something antique because it better fits in my budget, but finding something old that is at least 12 inches deep and is the right size is proving to be a slow process. Good things come to those who wait.

32 comments:

  1. Jen,

    What a wonderful space! I like your reuse of the Target spice jars for buttons. I have tons of those jars...I just can't recycle them because I know they have some purpose! I was in your neck of the woods earlier today and thought of you. My daughter is taking gymnastics at the Y.

    Marianna

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  2. beautiful creative space you have!

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  3. It looks great. I love the glass jars. I do that too!
    Now you can be even more creative.
    Rosemary

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  4. A beautiful creative space you have there. Isn't it fun to have a special place to work in? I have one too and one of these days I will make it pretty like yours. :) Lynn

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  5. How wonderful everything looks! You are soo organized... I love the glass jars....
    Penny

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  6. What a great studio space you have created Jen. I love the shelf - what a great find, and perfect for displaying all your treasures!

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  7. I love your creative space! I drool over that dress form every time I see it...!!!

    Linda

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  8. Oh dear Jen, your blog is one of my very favorites! It really is too bad we don't live closer to each other.

    You have such a lovely space. Isn't it just the best feeling being organized!? Maybe you will find a storage piece this weekend at the CL Fair. Are you looking for something to store your 12x12 paper?

    BTW, I adore your wire dress form. Have fun this weekend.
    Cammy

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  9. That looks like such a great space, Jen. Love that yardsale find & now you get to look for more. I love to have things to be on the lookout for. Have fun filling it up.

    Rhoda

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  10. Very inspiring! Love the dress form. And I'm dreaming of a project studio of my own. Someday... I'm trying to be patient while we finish up practical things like our kitchen and bedrooms first.

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  11. Great idea Jen! I just bought 3 of those shelves recently...they work everywhere. The most rustic one I just put in my living room with all my silver pieces. Your creating space looks great!

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  12. Very fun! Everything looks so crisp and pulled together... just what I love!

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  13. Your work space is looking lovely. I totally know what you mean about having things on display so you remember you have them. I need to do that as I'm always forgetting things at the moment and either buying more of things I already have, or just not using really great stuff. I've decided to create a little workspace for myself now I'm going to be living alone in my flat and I can't wait to get started on it.

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  14. Wonderful space Jen and so pretty too! I am happy that you are at this stage of your life where you can have a little bit of precious "me" time just for you - to create, to dream, to just reflect. Embrace it - you deserve it!

    xo,
    Kim

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  15. Keep the faith...i know you will find just the right piece of furniture for your cozy space. you never know when something useful will turn up at a flea market or garage sale. in the meantime, you have to feel good about how charming everything looks in its place.

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  16. Neat idea bout the spice jars! Thanks for coming to visit and for leaving such encouraging advice!

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  17. Love your work space...
    The jars are a great way to stay organized for sure!
    Priscilla

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  18. WOW!! Love the SPACE!!! Like photos from a magazine!! Now I feel like organizing mine! FAB inspiration! :0)

    -pamela

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  19. I Love your Space and how neat and Organized it is... I did a blog about my work table a few months ago and it was Comepletly Opposite!! Looks Great.

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  20. I love to see what others do with "regular" items in terms of storage. I have several Ball jars that I inherited from my grandparents, and they usually sit empty. Some have dried rose petals, at Christmastime they hold cranberries floating in water, but I know what to do with them now!!

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  21. I really like the way your space looks. The shelf is great for display space.

    Enjoy!

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  22. so much fun happanning over here ...so gorgeous so glad I stopped in...blessings, Jennifer

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  23. It all looks lovely--clean, spacious, carefully organized! I've been trying for months to organize my own space but can't quite seem to get it together. Your lovely photos and ideas are inspiring me to try again and get it done.

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  24. Hello Jen
    Thanks for visiting my blog and your lovely comments. What a beautiful home you have and I love your storage jar idea. I've been collecting old kilner jars to put all my dried foodstuffs in like rice and pasta but what a better idea. My button collection would look much better in a jar and I could enjoy them rather than them being shut in the cupboard in a box. Looking forward to popping in more.
    Stephx

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  25. What a beautiful creative place to be! I love how you have used the canning jars! I'm sure you spend many hours in this space.

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  26. Jen! Fab as usual! It's coming along! I just wish I could get my space in order!

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  27. I love your new shelf! And everything on it is displayed so beautifully! great find :)
    Kristi

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  28. Yes, very lovely work space and inspiring. :)
    Alexandra

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  29. Jen, what a great space you have...thank you for sharing your pictures!

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