my creative studio

I've gotten a few requests over the last couple years to show my creative space.
What does it look like?  do you have one? where is it?

Like most of our house, it's been a long journey with some of our makeovers.  
I've been tweaking and decorating my room since we moved into our house in 2008.


I feel kinda bad when I hear friends or other bloggers say, 
whew! it's been forever (3 months) but I'm FINALLY done decorating this room!!...
um.
ok.
It's been 6 years and I'm mostly?
done?

We all have our own pace, don't we?
And my pace is on Slow.

I wanted a space that made me feel good when I'm in it.  

Organized, girly, fun.
I'm still working on some of the fun aspect, but one way I added it was with my new chandelier.

Imagine me jumping up and down clapping my hands when Jon finished putting it up and asked, 
Is this what you wanted?
YES.

I could've gone all out and spent lots of money on bins and cute things to organize this room, but I really wanted to stick to a budget and not use all my money on this space.
I still have to buy inventory to sell.
;)


I did a room tour a few years ago on this space when I first completed it, but shortly after that it just wasn't functioning the way I needed it to.

I had a HUGE drafting table that I thought would be great for cutting yardage, working on crafty projects, etc, but it ended up being a catch-all for unfinished projects, fabric scraps and vintage pieces that needed to be tagged and stored. 
Not useable, not helpful to my process.

The floor was a literal dumping ground and it looked very much like a hoarder space.


It was also being used as storage for Hannah's school papers and baby memorabilia and all our wrapping paper.

 I ditched the table (actually, I recycled it at a scrap metal site)
and realized what I mostly needed from this room is storage.

A place to organize all my supplies and work on small projects.
A table to sew at.
A spot to package up online sales.


And that's about it.
Creative studio with lots of storage.

So here's the details on this room:
I papered the ceiling with old book pages and Mod Podge.
It took me an entire weekend to do, and it wasn't too bad on my neck.


I color coordinated all my ribbons into pretty jars so that I can go for what I need easily.
Before, I had all my ribbon scraps stuffed into a plastic storage bin, and it wasn't pretty or easy to sort through.


I decided that I wanted organized and pretty for all my storage.

Whether it's glitter in pretty shaker jars, 
or wood bowls to hold extra crystals for projects, I want everything to feel beautiful.




It makes me happy.
I'll add more to that aspect when I find pieces that work.

I am using an old vanity for my sewing table now.




Before, I had a small plastic folding table that I added a skirt to.  
It was cute, and it worked for me at the time, but what wasn't working was how bouncy that table would get when I went into high gear on my sewing machine!

This is much sturdier, and I love the chippy look.  
I bought it from a vendor at Aunt Bee's House, and the look and colors of the vanity were just perfect for what I wanted.
I love being able to hang fun mementos and special notes on it.
I also have a few of my grandmother's sewing items.
She is the one who got me started sewing, and it's nice to look around as I'm working and feel her influence here.

The minty green desk was a recent addition - mostly as an extra table top and additional storage.
I made it into a central work station for the types of projects I do.
It allows a lot more room- even with it being an island- than the oversized drafting table.


I know this is totally nerdy, but can I tell you how excited I was to find this old school paper cutter?!
It is so much nicer and quicker than hand cutting with scissors for projects.


The crates are from my father in law's farm.  
They stand in for a former set of (not cute) plastic bins.
I like the rustic touch they add to the space, as well as the sentimental aspect.


Speaking of wood crates, I added in a little spot for Bella to hang out with me in here.
She follows me wherever I go.  It's a nice soft, fluffy bed for her while I work.


I was going to try and make a little four poster bed out of a bench, but I found this crate at an antique sale and had to get it.
Hunt is my maiden name.
:)
I wasn't planning on making it into a dog bed when I bought it, but it all came together, and it's perfect.  
She really does like it, although sometimes it's still so new to her, that she has to be reminded she can use it.
I just stuffed some old pillow forms into the inside and wrapped a piece of Minky fabric over it.


My fabric stash has all been reorganized by color and is staying neat so far.


I went through and got rid of 5 bags of fabric that I had been holding on to for too long, or just wasn't part of my look anymore.  
A friend of mine was happy to take it off my hands!

My mail packaging station is just a simple table with wrapping paper, a postal scale, and all my little supplies I use.



Recycled packing materials are underneath and ready for me to grab and stuff as needed.

The closet in this room is really deep- it's great, but it was such wasted space with extra mish mash of stuff that was hard to get to.
Now it holds seasonal decor, Etsy products, and storage bins.

Other than the organizational aspect of this room, I wanted the decor to be items that make me smile and feel great.
Vintage paper lanterns.


Sparkly banners that remind me of when I started.
Fabrics that are sentimental and pretty.

Little pieces of my family that make my heart melt.


There's always going to be parts of this space that will have a wish list...

Wood floors.
Cool character pieces that are functional.
But it's definitely working more for me now than it was.

I learned a lot from working in and developing this space over time.  
I think that's the best advice I can give on creating your own personal creative space.

How you use it.

Where you use it and what times of day you work in it.
What you need from it.
What kinds of creative projects you use it for.
Paper crafting?
Sewing?
Painting?
Sculpting?

Make it work for you!

xo Denise

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6 comments

  1. What a fabulous space you've created Denise! I think we need to live in our creative spaces awhile before we know just what we need. I love everything you've done especially the work island in the center of the room. My Buddy has a bed in my room too! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  2. That's such a fun, colorful, creative space. I'm not a terribly creative person but would imagine that a room like that would never stop changing. :)

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  3. I adore your room -- so fun and so very charming! It's wonderful to have a dedicated room. I do, too!

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  4. What a beautiful space! So many cleaver and creative ideas! My sewing/craft room is my "happy space"...I can really relate to this room and all of your personal touches!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Holly

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  5. What a lovely space! I'm jealous, my sewing/craft room is a two steps forward, one step back sort of progress. I'd love for it to be super organized like yours! And Bella looks great in that crate bed! Clever! --Fran :)

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