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After having pumped it up, I hope it isn’t a let-down to those who have been waiting to see it, as promised.
Ir’s certainly not as exciting or whimsical as so many of the studios posted on these pages that have inspired me. But it’s mine. And it does say something about me, I think, being practical, inexpensive, yet filled with color and things I love that inspire me.
My husband made me this long wall-to-wall desk top out of pine planks stained a red oak. It sits on inexpensive Ikea knock-offs, purchased online through Office Depot that are surprisingly solid and well-made.
My studio features two work stations, one for writing and one for painting. I bought inexpensive cubes on Amazon to keep my desktop organized and to keep photos of ;my loved ones near. An odd assortment of cups and jars and baskets keep my paints and brushes tidy and handy.
I re-purposed this portable laptop table as a way to extend my painting work space. It slips under the desk when not in use.
The focal point of the room is this large blue wall hanging featuring two colorful molas from the San Blas islands when we were sailing through the Panama Canal.
The many layers of fabric cut and sewn together with such tiny stitches amazes me.
Another fabric favorite hangs next to this old blue couch that I bought at Pier One Import years ago. It folds out into a single bed, not very comfortable, but well used over the years.
I bought the fabric hanging at a county fair years ago. Again, the tiny details amaze me.
The room also features the flags we saved from our around-the-world sailing adventure. They’ve been stored rolled up in a box till now.
When entering a new port it was protocol to fly the flag of the host county as well as our own. My daughter made several of these on an old portable foot-pumped sewing machine that fellow yachties gave her.
I’d planned on buying a counter-height craft table full of fun cubby holes for storing stuff that I found on Amazon. I wanted a place where I could stand to work when I wanted and extra space to create collage paper and spread out the pages of my novel-in-progess when in the process of reorganizing and revising pages.
But I couldn’t bear parting with the super-handy lateral filing cabinet that had been part of my old office. So my husband used that as base for an island, putting it on wheels and using the old desk-top perched on extenders to create a large island that I could roll out of the way when not in use.
In this photo it’s holding the two thick binders with drafts of the novel I’m currently working on. In the cubbyhole beneath I store old paintings, magazines, etcetera.
When we bought this home in foreclosure all the closet doors were missing for some reason. So I put up a curtain instead and decided that I like it, and so it remains.
There’s my bookcase, of course, one of several throughout our home, more books than I’ll ever finish I’m sure, especially now since my Kindle is put to such good use too.
And then there’s my own artwork, scattered through-out the room. I have to hang it somewhere, and it does inspire me to want to create more.
I hope you enjoyed this little tour. The room is still a work in progress. I need new window coverings and a new desk chair. And I’m eager to shop through some flea markets and antique stores for more fun and inspiring containers and curiosities to add to my shelves and desktop. But essentially it’s done, and I’m happy with it.
Yes your happiness shines through all your photos; the way you organize your space, the colours chosen and the thoughtfulness of the objects you hang on the wall. Thank-you.
Thank you, Anthony, I’m glad that happiness shows through.
After The Party said:
I love it! I need to work on making myself a space to create, as well. You did a great job.
I’m glad you liked it. You will have fun creating your own space. You learn a lot about yourself doing that.
Jane Sturgeon said:
Deborah, I really like the feel of your creative space and you are happy with it, which is all that matters. ❤
I am happy with it, Jane. It does feel good to have room here, side-by-side, to write and paint, whichever I feel inspired to do that day.
Your studio looks great, happy creating!!
Thanks so much, Jeff!
Terrill Welch said:
Your space is so perfectly y Deborah and I wish you success with your many creative endeavours! Just beautiful and inspiring 🙂
i’m glad you think so, Terrill. Your studio was an inspiration to me.
Margaret Parker Brown said:
What a beautiful creative space! Congrats for a job well done! 💖
Thank you, Margaret.
Valorie Grace Hallinan said:
This is so fun and inspiring, thank you for sharing. I love that you have a writing station and an art station. I’m thinking about adding an art station too.
I’m glad you like it. I have to have both spaces and it’s so nice they are side by side. You should add one too.
laura bruno lilly said:
Oh yes, I agree with everyone here, sooooo cool. I especially like the flags that were taken out of storage and now used. The fact that they were created by your daughter during such a seminal and adventurous time in your life just oozes creative energy!
Oh and, don’t think it will stay this way – this is just the base of your space. You’ve yet to break it in and leave your mark from all those projects you’re now able to delve into with delight.
Go forth and create!
I am so glad I got the flags up. They remind me of all the places we went and all the fun we had, and yes, the fact my daughter sewed so many when she was only 9 and 10 make them special too. And you are right, I still have a lot of breaking in to do in this space. we’ll see what comes of it.
Your studio reflects so much of you Deborah – ambition, dreams, accomplishments, family support. What a treat to have this place to go and work on your writing and art. Lucky you!
I’m glad you think so, Susanne. I do feel very fortunate.
I think I mentioned it before but I love studio tours! I love how you’ve organized your space and put in work stations for each thing with plenty of overflow. And it just keeps evolving, I keep shuffling mine around. 😊
Thank you, Susanna. I love the studio tours too. My space is a work in progress. We’ll see how it evolves.
Andrea R Huelsenbeck said:
Absolutely beautiful and colorful, Deborah. Inspiring! I love the molas, the flags, and your artwork.
Thank you, Andrea.
Claudia McGill said:
What a welcoming space. A lot of good things are going to come from here!
I hope so, Claudia. Thank you.
Ginny Sollars said:
Debbie, I love your studio. Extremely creative. What a happy and inspirational room for you to work/play and create. Such a motivating personal space. Great job!
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