home renovation

2017 Studio Tour

Hi there. How are you?

I'm really lucky. I have a lovely, functional, and spacious home studio. Back in 2013, my very handy husband, set out to turn two basement bedrooms into a dreamy art studio. See the early renovation snaps HERE and the studio in it's final finished form for HERE.

After 3.5 years of heavy use, I thought it would be fun to again photograph my studio, to see how things have held up, and how I'm currently using the space.

The big island is the best.

As you walk into the studio, you are greeted by a 4ft x 6ft island workspace. It's a big, stand-up desk, and I love it!  It hardly ever looks this clean...It's usually a dumping ground of stuff. I spent a couple of hours cleaning everything up for these pictures, and I'm trying hard to keep it in it's current pristine space. It's so much more fun to be in here when it's all picked up and pretty.

Built in Storage

The island has some great built in storage, that's been heavily utilized. My flat file drawers are a little worse for the wear (notice a new bottom drawer and one with a missing face.) I keep all of my most necessary and most used materials on this side of the island, as it's closest to my computer and drawing table. 

 Attaching the power strip to the island was a brilliant Matt move. It gets used all of the time.

Attaching the power strip to the island was a brilliant Matt move. It gets used all of the time.

Attaching the power strip to the island was a brilliant Matt move. It gets used all of the time, especially when I'm charging a dozen iPads for work.

The Command center

I spend the majority of my time in the studio right here. The built in desk is 8.5 feet long, but often feels crowded with those two printers. (One is really just used as a scanner. Hoping to upgrade that soon!)

Over the years, I've decorated the space with interesting things I've collected. As I spend so much time here, I like to have things to look at as I work. Eventually, I'll fill all the space in on that back wall.

 My newest acquisition on the wall is this tiny watercolor that my great grandmother made for my grandmother on her birthday in 1952.

My newest acquisition on the wall is this tiny watercolor that my great grandmother made for my grandmother on her birthday in 1952.

My Newest Acquisition

My newest acquisition on the wall is a tiny watercolor that my great grandmother made for my paternal grandmother on her birthday in 1952. I never met my great-grandmother (she passed long before I was born) and I had no idea she made art. Such a treasure!

Also pictured here is a childhood portrait of my husband Matt and a dino wall hanging I made with teens at the library a while back

 I used to do the majority of my drawing here. Now it's mainly a storage area for my stupid huge pen collection.

I used to do the majority of my drawing here. Now it's mainly a storage area for my stupid huge pen collection.

The Drawing Niche of Yore

I used to spend a lot of my drawing time right here. Honestly, I do most of my drawing upstairs on the couch now, so this spot doesn't get much use. It's just been a storage area for my ridiculously large collection of pens that are tucked away in the bags, boxes and tubes seen here.

 I used to be a painter. It was my first real art love. Now, I'm too impatient for it. Maybe someday I'll go back to it.

I used to be a painter. It was my first real art love. Now, I'm too impatient for it. Maybe someday I'll go back to it.

The Painting Niche of Yore

Matt and I both used to paint and as seen here,  we each have our own easels. The paintings here are both mine, and were done about two summers ago, when I got the itch to paint again. It didn't last long, and they've been sitting there with my dried out palette ever since. Maybe, I'll go back to it again someday. Maybe.

So Much Storage!

The back half of the studio is used for storage. There is open storage for packing supplies, inventory and odds and ends that I like to have quick access to. There's also a lot of old paintings of both mine and Matt's. (His are the huge ones!) In the far back corner of the studio, we have a wall full of storage closets. Not pictured: the mess of stuff that these closets hide!

 I have a thing for chairs. Even broken ones I guess. I can't seem to get rid of these.

I have a thing for chairs. Even broken ones I guess. I can't seem to get rid of these.

My Chair Graveyard

They're both broken and honestly, I don't know why they're still sitting here. I just can't seem to part with them yet.

 Studio mascot that both frightens and delights.

Studio mascot that both frightens and delights.

Our Studio Mascot

I have no idea where this lil' devil came from. Matt hung it up on the peg board when we were setting up the studio, and it's been hanging there ever since. A young visitor to our studio told me that this looked like a devilish version of the "Elf on the Shelf."

 Kid art wall of fame.

Kid art wall of fame.

Kid Art Wall of Fame

When the young ones in my life make me art work, I've taken to hanging it on the wall here.

 Interlocking foam tile flooring is an inexpensive and comfortable solution for a studio floor.

Interlocking foam tile flooring is an inexpensive and comfortable solution for a studio floor.

Comfy Foam Flooring

The interlocking foam tile flooring has held up like a champ and is very comfy to stand on. It was a perfect, thrifty solution for our basement studio.

 A collection of things that I've somewhat artfully arranged in my studio.

A collection of things that I've somewhat artfully arranged in my studio.

A Corner Vignette

I've been slowly building this eclectic vignette over time. Some things,  like the The "scandi" style prints, old metal cabinet and scissors I've picked up at yard sales and antique stores. The circus print is Matt's and badly needs to be framed. The owl key hook came from my maternal grandma's house, and the kokopelli pin was my paternal grandmothers. (Both of my grandmas passed last summer at ages 89 and 94. I've got some serious longevity genes folks!) It feels nice to have these little reminders of my beloved grannies nearby.

And there you have it.

I hope you've enjoyed this glimpse into my happy place. Until next time. 

Ciao!

We Bought a Fixer: Studio Renovation Complete!

Hi there. How are you?

We're finally ready to unveil our fully renovated studio space. We were able to turn a tired, water damaged basement den into a large, bright and super functional artist studio. I have to admit, it's pretty freaking cool!!  Click HERE to see the early stages of the studio renovation.

After all of the painting and lighting was done, Matt got to work building these work tables. He even built me some flat files for my immense stock of paper

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  Next, we gave all of the built-ins a coat of paint. 

 Ta-da! White paint is magical! 

Last weekend, we did final touch-ups and started moving stuff in.

This is my realm.  I've got a nice space for drawing and computing.

This is Matt's pad. He really can't wait to paint again!  

The massive work table measures 4' x 6' and has storage galore.

I like that this table was built to stand up at and I can really spread out on in it.

Speaking of storage, we have tons! Between the open shelves here......

....And the closed storage along the back wall, we're set!

We even organized it all to make the most of the storage space.

I've already got a couple of new pieces going in the new space. Stay tuned!

I can't believe we have such an awesome studio space, in our house! I really have to give most of the credit for this amazing transformation to Matt. He is super talented and so motivated when it comes to home renovation. I'm a lucky girl. What fun we will have here! Have a great week friends. Ta-Ta!

We Bought a Fixer: Studio Renovation

Hi there. How are you?

As long time readers know, we bought a fixer-upper home in December of 2012. We've renovated the entire main floor and now have moved on to our basement.

Matt has been itching to make art again, so right before Thanksgiving, we started working on our new studio. 

The space we've decided to use as our studio was actually two connected rooms. It was kind of a bedroom and den thing. The first thing we did was tear out the wall between the two rooms. Now we've got a large "L" shaped space. Sorry, I don't have a good shot of the layout yet.

Matt installed lots of pot lights and track lighting to brighten up the space.

We spent this past weekend painting. It's amazing what a coat of white paint can do to a space! I love how the exposed beam pops against the white.

We're installing interlocking foam tiles on the floor. It feels good under foot, was a breeze to lay down and was very reasonably priced. 

Matt couldn't help but inject a little bit of color and personality in the space right away.  He gave the vent a coat of spray paint before re-installing it. Love it!

Matt is now working on building a large work table and some more built-in storage. It's really going to be a great space for both of us to work in. Can't wait until it's finished!

As we are traveling for the holidays, this will probably be my last post for the year. Wishing you and yours all the best! Ta-Ta!

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