Welcome to my favorite space in our house! A big selling point of buying this home was that I had a big open space that I could dedicate as my home art studio. However, it wasn’t always an inspiring place to work in especially when it sprung a leak! However that leak/flood became my opportunity to redo the studio space. I wanted to take my studio space from just a place I worked in to the most inspiring and productive space imaginable! We had to replace a giant chunk of drywall, which meant repainting too. Unfortunately, when we bought the house they didn’t leave us any usable paint to match any of the walls in the house! (Note to self, when sellers leave you a can of paint by contractual request, make sure there is actually paint in it and not just smelly goo) So instead of using slightly wrong “color matched” paint like we did in our laundry room, I decided this would be my launching point to creating my dream space and repaint the whole room!
This was actually the first time in my life I picked a paint color for a room, and to top it off I wouldn’t even consider a shade of brown or anything referred to as “neutral.” I went with a bright blue! We had several samples of different blues from all different paint brands, some light and some darker, but this is the one that seemed the most exciting without being overbearing or ugly! I felt confident when I chose the test paint swatch on my wall…. And then we began painting the whole room. About halfway through the room I was getting pretty nervous! It’s a strong blue, anyone afraid of strong colors would have stopped there. However, I love color so much even though I was nervous it would be too much. I pressed on and we repainted my beautiful studio a gorgeous blue. I had already bought a nice set of white Ikea bookshelves and as much white desk space as I could fit in the room. So when we pulled all my furniture back into studio the way the white contrasted against the blue looked SO CUTE! It turned out exactly like how I pictured it. I’m so glad I had the confidence to go with a blue that is bright and bold. It really sets the tone for my studio space. You can’t go in there without feeling it’s positive impact! Color makes a huge impact on visual presence and mood! Especially living in the Pacific Northwest, where we have a lot of grey days, I wanted a color that lifted my mood, brightened the space, and helped reflect light around the room. If I had gone with a dark color my daylight basement studio would have become a cave, which is not the mood I’m going for! Light and bright is the motto in my little studio!
I call my decorating style eclectic chic! I have a lot of art and knick-knacks I’ve collected over time in many shapes, styles, and colors. As much as I love looking at the modern interior decorator magazines I just can’t clear away enough stuff to ever make my home look like that! I love filling my shelves with fun memories, interesting objects, hilarious trinkets and inspiring art! I don’t buy decorations for my home because they look good, I buy them because they make me happy and that thought process has made all the difference in how my home feels! So of course we had to get shelves for me to put all my fun things on and spent a few hours playing curator, pairing objects together and making little vignettes on each shelf. Taking the time to arrange things so that they all look visually pleasing together makes a big difference! We also framed and hung some of my favorite art pieces. I’m really digging the white matting against the white frame. It really keeps the space light and bright while showing off gorgeous art! One of my favorite custom-built pieces in my studio is the life size Pinterest my husband and I built! I haven’t had time to really utilize the pin board yet, but that will be where I keep other bits of art I like, products from inspiring companies, idea board spaces for upcoming projects and of course, my calendar and notes about business.
When I first wrote this post it went on for another long two paragraphs but who wants to read an entire novel in the space of a blog post? NOT ME! So I decided to break this blog post up! Today we had the decisions behind my decorating and next week you will get how I organize things both physically and a little mentally, which will include pictures I didn't plan on sharing... the behind the cupboards kind of shots! OOOooo risque (but not really)!
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