no i never have, i have always filmed from my home studio space.
i like the quiet. i am more creative at home and i can get more done.
it might go without saying to most of you, but it is important to have a space that inspires and encourages you to create either by function or aesthetics.
for 1 year i have been dreaming (ok obsessing) over designing this new home studio space...one that greets me each day with possibility.
my new space is in what should be the "formal dining room" of the new house
you might be thinking..."odd, where do they gather?"
actually the eat in kitchen is so large it fits my dining room table!
that meant the dining room was up for grabs! :)
so that posed 2 potential problems
- it is the first room you see when you enter through the front door, how do we close it off?
- how do we design it to be an artsy but functional space and furnish it to look...presentable
the first one was easy.
pre-construction we added french doors in what would have been an open doorway and a pocket door in the pass through to the kitchen
the second one took me months to decide on
what i knew for sure was i wanted a large work surface, concealed storage and bold pops of color
easy right? my god i deliberated...i more knew what i didnt want than what i did.
i wanted restoration hardware, but not the price tag, lol!
Robby Gunter, a good friend and coach of McKenna's softball team, is a master cabinet maker and custom made this incredible table. i sketched up what i wanted and it is exactly as i dreamed, right down to the custom color stain.
the table is 5' x 8', it is a monster! it stands at counter height because i am a stander and has a row of 3 drawers on each side with a 20" shelf that runs along the bottom for storage
i wanted a table that i could SPREAD out my stuff on while i am working (making a mess) as well as a space that allowed my children to join me for a chat or for play!
next i bought this amazing poppy rug! i mean its perfect, hello!
liz, the shipping manager at my STUDIO gave me a Grandin Road catalog and i fell head over heals for this rug. had to have it. kept me up at night for a week. finally bill told me if i didnt just buy it he would kill me, lol! that set the design in motion.
next on my list, the perfect chair.
my previous space was quite small and i had always wanted a chair to journal, gather my thoughts, think, whatever. i looked for months and finally a good friend said why dont you just get one made?
holy hell, you can get chairs custom made!!!!!
i found Heather Helseth on etsy and based off the photo i sent her of the poppy carpet we came up with this beautiful chair design. i love the fact that this was once an old chair that no one loved anymore and it is now redesigned and brings so much joy!!
this incredible chest of drawers we found by chance at of all places a lighting store...and better yet it was 45% off! however they didn't deliver and they would only hold it for 10 days after purchase (stupid right?). for 6 weeks i waited praying nobody would buy it.
i literally fit almost my entire studio in this piece
wanna see what's in my drawers? watch this all 12 drawers in order
one of the most important purchases in my room is my tabletop cutting mat. i have always used one from this company and they will custom cut your mat to any size you need. i got lucky and they sell a 5'x8' mat
it not only protects my tabletop, but also when i switch from sewing to other projects it is the perfect work surface and is pretty indestructible.
i am still decorating. i want to add bold beautiful colors with meaningful pieces and of course art (literally and figuratively, lol)
this is the first piece of art produced in my new space...i love it!
i love the height of the moldings in this room, but not perfect for hanging all sizes of art, however a 30x30" canvas fits perfectly!
and its new sister
and the last and perhaps the happiest space is my easel in the bank of windows.
(insert one long sigh of pure contentment)
personal creative/artist spaces are something i love to see.
i hope you enjoyed this look into mine as much as much as i loved sharing it.