Thursday, July 1, 2010

Welcome to my new studio!

Moving my studio space has been my project for the last week or so. If you are interested, you can read/see my previous studio space in this post here. I had to chuckle to myself when I re-read this post, because I wrote about having my studio in our sunroom almost 2 years ago! Now finally seemed like the right time since the studio was already half torn up from the art fair a few weeks ago (I needed to use the table and displays in there).

I had 2 main reasons for wanting to move my studio. Don't get me wrong, I didn't really have any complaints about my studio in the upstairs spare bedroom. I had plenty of room, and I looked out a nice window into our backyard. But one reason is, we hope to have a baby someday, and the spare bedroom would have to be the nursery. The second reason was, I felt so alienated from Jon when I was upstairs and he was downstairs. Since he will be in school for about another year, he does his homework/studies on the couch. Not to mention, any TV/movie watching that I might not be 100% interested in. The dogs would wander upstairs and give me that look, wondering why I wasn't downstairs. So now, I will be right there and we can talk and see each other.

So this is what we call the "sunroom" right off of our living room. I am not sure if that is the right name for it, because it really isn't a patio or porch type room. But I guess since it has 8 windows and we kept plants out there, that is how it got it's name. It used to be carpeted and wallpapered, but within the first year we were here we took all that out. We wanted a bright color out there and ended up with the orange. There are hardwood floors out there, but we found the perfect size natural jute rug. And..... for almost 8 years that's been it. We had a few plants stands out there with plants on them and a small table with 2 chairs. But we NEVER went out there! It was just wasted space. Oh, the Christmas tree is set up out there ever December. That's about it.
Ever since having this idea of a studio in the sunroom, I knew I wanted a really nice wood desk because it would be seen from our living area. So, I set about going to the usual stores I go to for the furniture and decor we like: Pier 1, World Market, and Target. I found a few options, but nothing that I was really sold on. Then, right before Christmas last year, I went to a local independent store in town and discovered the Santa Fe Rusticos line they carried. I saw a desk there that would be perfect, and after looking at their website I liked the fact that all the wood they use is certified by the PEFD (Promotion of Sustainable Forestry Development). So this desk, and the design of the room, has been in my head for about 6 months. Lots of other projects and expenses have come up this year, so I knew that if I did well at the art fair I was going to use some of that money to buy my desk. After sitting on the floor for so many months, it did have a few scratches and such. But I didn't mind because it was going to be a work desk and I was able to get a great discount on it! Not that I plan to bang it up on purpose, but you get what I am saying.
The front of the desk is solid, which I like because this is the side that faces the living room. The other desks I had looked at were open underneath. I knew that I wanted to position the desk in the center of the room so that I could look out into the living area.
The back wall has the white plastic table in my previous studio on it, covered with peacock feather fabric (window treatments from Pier 1). The top has all of my metal/wire displays on it, and the wooden miniature shelf from my childhood - perfect for bead storage!
Underneath the table, the fabric hides a nice sized storage area. It's filled mostly with my scrapbooking stuff.
Here's a better view of my miniature shelf turned bead tray. Most of the sections hold items that I will likely work with very soon.
Here is the backside of the desk. As you can see, it's original purpose was for a computer.
The opening for the computer tower was the perfect size for my stacks of bead organizers (which I still have to label). The top drawer is all tools, the second drawer is all stringing materials, the third drawer is all findings, and the bottom drawer holds 4 bead organizers - all 4 of which hold anything that is metal (chain, components, beads, etc..).
The pullout keyboard tray is the perfect height for working. I like the fact that at any moment, I can tuck away what I am working on and not worry about it laying out. I'll probably get some kind of work mat to lay on the surface of the desk.
Here is my view out into the living room and beyond (dining room) - dog blankets and toys scattered about.
One corner has a table/mannequin, and this is also where I hung the trays where I hang a lot of necklaces. The little table top opens up for some more storage. The other corner has a plant in it. Most of the plants we had out there died off over the years and the others we were able to relocate to other places in the house.
I love how it turned out! It took several days to organize and find a place for everything. Some things I knew exactly where I wanted them, and other things it took a few nights to sleep on, knowing the answer would come. I don't have as much wall space, but I do have 8 windows now so I am happy with the natural light I will get - not only for working but for better photography. My funky chair made it out there - it's so comfy to work on. So that, along with the orange walls and teal fabric makes it a very colorful room. But, isn't that what an artist's studio should look like?
My goal is to keep it looking as nice as it does now. This means putting things away when I am done with them, and probably only working on one project at a time. Believe me, the pics of my original studio show it very organized, but the table quickly got overtaken with tons of stuff! I sometimes felt that is what hindered my creativity at times - I was overwhelmed! I think I will be very happy working here, being closer to the hubby and dogs. I hope you enjoyed this tour of my new studio space!


Silver Parrot said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Wow! NIIIIIIICE!!! I am soooo jealous! What a fantastic space and I love that you have orange walls!

Copper Diem said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love seeing where other people create! Great post!

TesoriTrovati said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I am all a-squeeeeeee over this room! That is dynamite. I love the bright colors and the bright light (I don't have but one tiny window). It looks so nice and neat. I think that you have room to bead with friends in there too. And it would be a great place to bring clients for custom work. My studio space will be great have given me loads of great ideas! Thanks for sharing.
Enjoy the day!

Mari said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Congratulations on your new super duper studio!! Waooooo!! It looks fabulous!!

peacockfairy said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks everyone!

Erin said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh, beautiful, Heather! Love the color on the walls!

Emily Wohlscheid said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

you are going to make even MORE beautiful things now that you have created this amazing space for yourself heather! :D

Moags and Smeet said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

ooohhh jealous!

Doreen said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a beautiful space...and so organized!

Desirée Isphording said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I wish I could have a studio to call my own. Yours is in such a lovely space.

The miniature shelf you mention in your post looks like a vintage letterpress tray to me. I actually bought one to use (slightly converted) into an earring display for an upcoming show.