A Studio Face Lift

I am a Fall Cleaner.  When summer draws to an end I feel the need for that one last garage sale, purging the excess that accumulates and simplifying my homelife before school begins.  My goal was to not buy anything new, but to reinvent, repurpose, and reuse.
I have a lot of studio work with deadlines looming, so the first order of business was to clean out my studio, completely.  Inspired by the latest issue of Where Women Create, I decided to move my packing supplies to the guest bedroom.  I don’t know why I always feel compelled to keep everything ‘art’ in my studio.  I have an empty dresser in the guest bedroom, so all of the packing supplies are stored away, out of sight.  This left room for an office area in my studio which I desperately needed.  I moved my grandmother’s secretary desk up and completely love my cozy little writing station.
I repositioned my art table to the middle of the room.  This opened up the flow and feel of the space.  I also added the black checked border to the table, inspired by Teresa McFayden’s lovely workspace.  This added touch of black worked in the same way I use it on a journal page, tying together the hints of black around the room, giving it visual flow. 
I left my curtain rods up as I love to be able to hang up artwork on the little hooks, changing it out whenever I like.  It is also another black element and the line draws the eye around the room.  The simple cream walls, (the color is called Latte, how can you go wrong with that?) are warm and restful to the eye.  The only thing I bought for the room was this little upholstered chair.  I wanted a little journaling nook, so I moved my bookshelf, added the chair, and filled the little end table with journaling supplies.  On top is a tray filled with altered books I have made in the past.
I so love this little display case for 12×12 papers that I snagged at a going out of business sale some time ago.  The papers are too beautiful to hide away in a drawer.  Along this wall I hung prints of artwork from the Masters that inspire me.  On the stairs I keep rolls of watercolor paper handy as well as some of my finished work.  The frame is one my dad made years ago from barn boards off the farm he lived on as a child.  I have ideas for it later.
Around the door I wrote the title from my first article.  It was a defining moment in my art life and describes to a ‘T’ my creative state of being.  It is how I live.
I feel so much less cramped in my newly arranged space.  The moment I step down those three steps, I feel the outside world slip away and I enter the creative place inside of me that I cannot deny.
All of these pretty depression glass pieces have been hidden away in a cupboard.  Now they are filled with beautiful trinkets that inspire me just by looking at them.  I hope this inspires you to reinvent your space, fill it with things you love that you already have.  I was so encouraged to be able to makeover my space with one gallon of paint and my splurge of the little chair.

28 responses

  1. I am a Fall Cleaner too! I've been getting "itchy" and you have inspired me. Love your ideas and wonderful explanations as you "walked us through". Beautiful! Thank you!

  2. Hi Pam.Love your studio. 🙂 It looks relaxed like a place where you can work hard and take a breather too. I have a Depression glass creamer very similar to the one you have.

  3. What an awesome studio Pam. It reflects peace, and tranquility! That little chair you brought in will also be a great place to read your articles in magazines. Enjoy!!!

  4. what a lovely workspace Pam! Everything is in it's place, and I love all the personal touches, like making good use of the depression glass. I see you collect antique teacups too :-)thanks for sharing

  5. Oh my! It looks too good to be a workspace:) Love the idea of curtain rods to hang artwork!I've been to 2 Michael's looking for Art Journaling and neither had it, guess I'll have to order it!

  6. Pam this is way to pretty for a studio I would need another room for the messy stuff and keep this for display LOL really nice

  7. I love your studio. I too feel the need to rearrange and repurpose at this time of the year – I'm not sure why? Is it somehow that we internalize the impending changing of the seasons? Will we see you in "Where Women Create"? Hugs to you!~Roberta

  8. Your studio looks amazing Pam!! Must be in the air…I recently organized my space as well. Pics on my blog. I had a flood in there and it forced me to clean and organized!!! LOL!Mine isn't as pretty as yours but it sure is functional now.HugsSueAnn

  9. Your studio is just beautiful…I love what you've done with it…it's a work of art…ta for sharing and inspiring….

  10. Hi Pam… your studio looks fabulous! I was amazed tho, when I looked at the first couple of photos and realized that I have a secretary that is EXACTLY like the one you are using from my own Nana!! In fact I recently did a journal spread about it and it's travels from Nana's house to my Mom's and then to my own home. It is one of my biggest treasures – but never even thought about using it in my studio… I will have a new studio space in a few months and am thinking it should be included. Thanks for the inspiration!!!!! And your articles/art in the new Art Journal mag are just gorgeous… well done! xo Deb

  11. Pam, it turned out WONDERFUL!!!! I love it all so much ~ a beautiful studio, surrounded by things that inspire you, feels so amazing….I'm so happy for you sweetie! xxoo, Dawn

  12. Your studio is wonderful!! Looks so cozy and organized! I'm sure that you will spend many many hours in there creating beautiful works! Congrats on a job well done!

  13. Oh Pam your studio is soooo inspiring! Someday when I have more room I am going to enjoy a space like yours. thank you for sharing:)XXXBecky

  14. Hello Pam, it's Dee your friend from Facebook here. I thought I'd come and take a look at your blog as well 🙂 Your newly arranged studio looks amazing – such a lovely space to work in. I've just been decorating my space too – making it nice and cozy for when I come out of hospital so that I have somewhere nice to work and rest in 🙂

  15. what a great space…and so "you"…I can see how wonderful it must feel to walk down those steps into such a creative haven. Good for you !

  16. Fabulous! Thanks soooo much for the studio tour, Pam! What a wonderful environment you've created to nurture your Muse! Hugs, Terri

  17. Pam, it is so inviting. So personal, and lovely! Just like you!!!Isn't it interesting how changing the name of the wall paint changes the feeling of it!! lolLove the touches of black, it does unify it – especially love the checks around your worktable. Wasn't if fun to sit down for the first time in the new arrangement?

  18. everything in your studio looks amazing! i love your words around your door, the little check on the bottom of the table and your buttons in your old glassware. fabulous! i'm a huge button lover myself. no wonder you feel inspired when you go into your studio….i'm not even there and i feel inspired just by seeing your photos!

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