Friday, February 26, 2010

The Reveal...

Hi Everyone...
The new studio is finally complete...I have to get at the closet..but that is another post! This room has been a true labor of love...I learned how to do a few things I hadn't thought I would ever do. I used every muscle..and had pain where I didn't think pain could exist...but I am thrilled that it has turned out as I had envisioned 6 weeks ago...
The pics are going from left to right around the room...

As you can see, I have taken the big cupboards off the wall...I lose storage, but the room opens up.

I have mounted the TV...which saves space. I lose another piece of furniture/storage...

The window wall now has wainscoting, stone tile and wainscoting on the chimney. I have decided that grouting up a wall with sand grout is not my favourite thing to do!! (Before pic of chimney after setting tile...after grout is the inset) This eliminates any further maintenance other than paint. The drapes are longer and I have mounted a second rod to accommodate the lace curtains.

The shelf/lighting was put in when I originally redid the room 7 years ago...and now with the tiling, it is going nowhere.

When you design a room like this, where the desk is in the middle of the room, you must consider your lighting...the wires goes under my chair mat and around to a power plug behind me under the desk. The cords on the floor of the window wall will be covered over the weekend. The white ribbon shelving unit was purchased at Michael's with a 40% off coupon.

My easel isn't always kind of goes where I feel like painting on any given day. The closet is behind the curtain. A few years ago, I took the door off because it got in the way...this is a great way to save space.

I used to have a little collection of Eeyores...I managed to keep one in the room. They have been replaced with the glass jars which used to be on my desk.

The filing cabinets have been separated and now one is under my desk behind the chair and the other in by the chimney on wheels.

These shelving units were specifically bought for this space. The doors were added so that I don't have to spend a lot of time dusting. As you can see, they hold a lot. The pieces are attached to the wall and are only
about 61/2 inches deep. The color is the same as the desk, and all were purchased at Ikea. A lot of the glass, and the drapes in the room were also purchased there.

Hope you are still with me..
The last pic is a collage of detail used in the room for function and effect. The maple leaves were from my childhood home property before my parents sold it several years ago. (We don't have maples out here in Alberta). The pin on the lamp is vintage. The moose, well, I'm Canadian...what can I say! The bookends are very sweet and were purchased at a lovely furniture store. I have several tin cases...they are great for little things & were purchased at Lee Valley. The detail under the window...The cap on the wainscoting came down below the sill and so I used a decorative piece of wood from Home Depot...I painted it the same color as the wainscoting, then painted the leaves the same color as the sill and antiqued it. Art work was done by my little grandson. I really wanted to include family in my creative space..and he is a great little budding artist. And lastly, I decided that when I was finished this room, I was going to put fresh flowers on my desk every week or two...but then decided that would be a royal pain and so went with silk. I will change them with the seasons.

I hope you have enjoyed this little tour..and that maybe I have inspired you to think about making your creative space a happy, pretty place to work.
Have a wonderful weekend.


Sheryl Parsons said...

beautiful Nancy! I can't wait to retire so I can set up my studio for real. Very inspiring and fresh space. You will get a lot done I'm sure.

Carol Ann said...

Nancy all I can say is all your very hard work has been well worth it this kind of space is something I could only ever dream of! Enjoy every moment of the time you spend in this very special work space.

Carol Ann xx

Shiningwoman, freelance artist said...

Wow, looks great. Do you need a nap now. You must have been very motivated and inspired to undertake such a huge task. Best Wishes for a bright future. Casey

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Nancy,

So great to visit you today and what an amazing work room you have.
All the hard work paid off and sorry that you have a few aches and pains but I am sure they will go quickly.
I loved looking around and it must be a pleasure to work there. I can now envisage you sitting there.

I hope that you are having a great weekend

Nancy said...

Thank-you very much Sheryl..I almost don't want to start working and messing up my desk!

Your kind words are very appreciated Carol. Someday you will have a wonderful space too!

Hello Casey...
You are too funny! Yes, I do! I still have a few things to do in closet has to be reorganized...but I have to get the dust out of the house first.
Thank-you for your visit.

Nancy said...

Hi Carolyn...
Thank-you so much for visiting and for your kind words. Nothing a little Aspirin won't cure...just not used to going up and down ladders, although I should get used to it...I have another room to do.

I am enjoying the space now...more open and bright.

Have a wonderful week!
Hugs, Nancy

Christine LeFever said...

An amazing result, Nancy. You have outdone yourself, and I know your creativity will be the expression of sheer and organized joy!


Cheryl @ Bingle Bears said...

FABULOUS! Your studio is absolutely beautiful, inspiring, and serene.
Heaps of Hugs,

Nancy said...

Hi Cheryl...Welcome to my blog!
Thank-you so much for your kind words. I am most grateful...
Hope you can visit again soon.

Hugs, Nancy

Hi Christine...
Thank-you so much. I really have enjoyed the process. I have learned a lot! Organization is something I cannot live without!

Hugs, Nancy

Cheryl Miller Mosaics said...

Wow, Nancy! Nice job! I'm afraid my studio will never be that classy because I have such a "dirty" craft--glass and grout flying everywhere. Or maybe I'm just a slob! :)

Kynthia said...

*clap!* *clap!* *clap!* your new studio is wonderful! i must say i'm amazed at how you managed to organized your room to contain so much things and still manage to look neat. i really like that cabinet behind your chair too. you sure did make full use of whatever space you have. =D

Karen ~ Cider Antiques said...

Wonderful!!! The Reveal and the Comment button :) You have done such a great job Nancy. It looks absolutely gorgeous! Great Job!

I love Spring ~ Always makes me want to start painting :)


By Way of Salem said...

Well you certainly inspired me to do something about my own craft studio. I thought it was just great how it was, but now I see yours and I see things I could do. I think Ikea is a great place for odds bodkin type storage stuff. I was just there a few weeks ago. Maybe I need to go back. Very good ideas you have!!! Love your blog too - really inspiring. How did I miss you?!!! LOL!

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