6/18/10

WHERE BLOGGERS CREATE - COME ON IN.....


For many years my creative time was limited due to life, career and space constraints. I found with a minimum of time to create, I didn't want to waste time hunting for supplies. Organization skills come naturally to me and I hope by sharing my space with you, I'll also provide you with some ideas and perhaps inspire you along the way!!! Come on in for a visit.....
When you look in the doorway, this is what you will see!

The room was our previous rec room and measures 19'x13'. The cabinetry was built to store toys etc. When we bought this house 18 years ago the walls had a puppy themed border print (don't know what I was thinking). I painted the cabinetry and customized it for my purposes with the shelving above the fireplace added last year. The floor is linoleum (looks like cork) for easy clean up. I picked up the center table at a thrift store, added new legs. It is covered with oil cloth which can be wiped down easily.
Now, I did clean up for your visit!! It looks like this when I'm having a class or in between projects but when I'm creating, it gets messy! I will post a photo in the future when I'm in the middle of a project. Currently, I'm doing a lot of digital.
Clean up takes me 15 minutes or less - NO KIDDING because I have a place for everything.... So, let's take a closer look....
I had been looking for a chest of drawers for some time and came across this last year at a liquidation store. You can see the before photo in this post. I removed four of the drawers, added a false base (plywood), painted the entire piece off white, added clock doorknobs (love these) and inserted storage boxes/drawers from Ikea. These are covered with scrapbook papers and spray painted. Metal label holders on the drawers are from Lee Valley Tools.
In order to give the appearance of a sideboard, I added slat wall above this which was trimmed with stock molding. I love the flexibility this wall provides as I can change the contents depending on my interests and needs. Now, I had four extra drawers left over from this project. I'm very lucky to have a retired woodworker across the street who "customizes" things for me. He built a frame for the drawers to create a dresser which I painted. The drawer handles were very ugly so I spray painted these black.
I have one additional cabinet which was built as a work station. I generally create standing up with the exception of sewing. I'll either create at this work station or at the table in the center of the room and quite frequently both. This next photo is of the cupboards and shelving next to the window seat. The stamps I use most frequently are on small shelves with boxes/bins containing various supplies. I find it really convenient to pull down a bin/box when I'm creating (makes for very easy clean up too).
When I took over this space, the window seat had large spaces where bins were stored. When I moved into the room I had these customized with drawers.

Now, I know a tour wouldn't be complete without seeing inside some of these drawers. Have also added a little corner I like.
So, there you have it! I hope you've enjoyed your visit as much as I've enjoyed sharing my space. I spend most days in here, along with my art critic (he doesn't get too excited about much) with the occasional visit from my hubby.
It is a luxury to have my own space and I enjoy and appreciate all the time I spend here. I've come a long way from my first "studio" - a closet! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask and come visit again!
For those of you who follow my blog regularly, I'm going to take a break while I visit all of YOUR studios! I'll be returning to regular posting on July 5th!

63 comments:

  1. Oh, how absolutely wonderful! I'm ready to pop on over and have an art day with you! Very lovely and I also love all the lighting you get. Having that bright glow is so nice! I also love all your storage. I think having it look so organized and inviting inspires creativity! Thank you for sharing! LOVE IT!
    oxoxo
    Zinnia

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  2. Lorraine, thank you, THANK YOU, for opening your studio and letting us peek inside. Your space is AWESOME, and I particularly enjoyed seeing how you store things. You're soooo organized! Enjoy your time away from the matrix. I, too, will be taking a bit of a break soon. Hugs, Terri xoxo

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  3. My goodness! Your space is fantastic! So much storage, room to move, light and inspiration all around!! Wow...

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  4. Wow, and wowwwwww! What a fabulous space to create! I used to think I was organized, now I'm not sure. I need you to come to my studio and HELP me, please. You don't live far from Illinois, do you? lol Sheesh, I might even be willing to pay for plane fare.....

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  5. Oh Lorraine, you have a beautiful space, and a fireplace too! Very organized and I love your art critic...I have a couple myself! Have fun at the blog party! :-) Becca

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  6. Such a spacious space! Very nice!

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  7. It's wonderful, Lorraine. So light and open and spacious! I don't think I've ever seen so many rubber stamps before. :) Thanks for sharing - and your art critic is so very cute. :) Theresa

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  8. Wow! Great space. And it seems all of us who create, have a cat! Mine is a Blue Russian and I should have included his pict. Thanks for visiting my blog! Kit

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  9. Terrific organization. I envy all that space!

    Suzan

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  10. WOW! What a fabulous space! Great organization!
    Queen Bee Studio

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  11. Your studio is amazing! I love what you have done with the Ikea boxes/drawers, they look fantastic.

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  12. What a gorgeous spacious studio :)

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  13. I love your space, No I really mean it, I love it! What a fabulous place to create.. How cool would it be to have a fireplace in my space!
    I just love all the little niche' you have to put all your goodies. Your bench seat with the drawers under it is amazing.. Love it. I could go on and on, but I must stop now! Thank you for your wonderful tour! I had a great time looking at your space!

    ~Linda

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  14. Wow, you ARE organized. Love your space, one of my many goals next year is to be more organized. Are you for hire....lol So, enjoyed my visit with you. enjoy the rest of the party.
    hugz,
    Zandra

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  15. Lorraine what a marvelous wonderful studio you have! What I wouldn't give to have some of that space. :-) It's all beautiful and the organization...a woman after my own heart. ;-)
    hugs
    Gail

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  16. Hi Lorraine! Thanks for stopping by my Blog and your nice words about my studio. Your space is awesome...love that you have so much room...and don't you love Ikea drawers?? Thanks for the inspiration!

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  17. Wow! i like your creative nest very much!
    so much harmony, beautiful vintage details with light from big window...

    yes, i like it!

    my best regards

    magdalena

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  18. Really like the bench seat with drawers. So many unique ideas on your blog! tfs
    luverlie@gmail.com

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  19. Oh, what a lovely and well organized space you have. My favorite customizing element is the thin drawers underneath the window seat.

    Thank you for visiting with me and strolling through my studio..it's been a labor of love to put together and now after a year in our home I feel like I can "spread my wings" and fly!

    Have a wonderful day,
    Stephanie ♥

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  20. Hurray! The big reveal. I don't think I've ever seen a creative space this organized Lorraine! You are an efficiency expert!!!! Thank you for the tour!

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  21. Neato! I love the Ikea storage boxes .... shall have to find something similar... Wonder if they are still available?

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  22. A place for everything but lovely as well. Love that you can put it all away in under 15 - that's been my goal as well as I reorganized this month. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Wow! What a beautiful...BIG space! Everything is sooooo wonderfully organized and neat!

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  24. Lorraine! You've really created such a fantastic space. Love all of your storage. What a clever idea to remove those four drawers from your sideboard, and how lucky to have that cute dresser built to reuse them in. I'm in lust with the small drawers under the window seat. Thank you for sharing.

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  25. Hubba hubba!! What a great space to create all your dreams and ideas! So light and airy! Bonus having the fireplace and your own personal critic! Thanks for letting us take a peek at your personal space! Drool bibs are in order! hee hee

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  26. I love your studio! I love how organized it all is, and your furniture pieces are fantastic. The drawers under the seat are pure genius!
    Cerri

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  27. I love it...you are right its perfect because everything is just where you can find it!

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  28. Amazing! Organized and beautiful too. What a concept. I love how you can see your stamps at a glance. I need to work on that. Thank you for sharing your creative space. ~Robin~

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  29. Lorraine, thank you so much for joining the party and sharing this wonderful space! I gathered many wonderful ideas from your room. You must spend as much time in there as possible! Have a wonderful time touring all the other spaces!
    xo,
    Karen
    My Desert Cottage

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  30. Truly organized space. I love it that everything has a place. That's the way to go. Looks like a dream to create in.

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  31. What an amazing space you have created! You have inspired me to add to my own crafting area.

    I adore all of your storage solutions.

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  32. Lorraine,
    Such a great and organised studio, I love all your stamps, and colors of fabric,-and all things else.Even compleately opposit, I love seing all in ones own place.
    Thanks, Dorthe

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  33. All I can say is Wow! What a terrific space you have with such incredible organization. Your ideas about storage solutions are wonderful.

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  34. Your space is wonderful and I love it when people rescue and reuse the old pieces. Very well done! Thank you for sharing.

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  35. Awesome, Awesome Studio!!! I love how neat everything is...simply beautiful!

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  36. Wait a minute while I wash the green out of my eyes...do I see a fireplace... a source of heat...ok moving on from that great feature... your art room is totally fantastic! I love it!!!

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  37. what a great, well thought-out space you've created! love it.

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  38. I love your creative space! Organized to the max is always a plus! More time to create and less time hunting down just that one last item you need. It is no wonder your creations are wonderful!!! Of course I am certain that the art critic keeps you from losing sight of "wonderful"

    Thanks for sharing your space!!

    Purrs!

    Romeo and "her"

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  39. Hello Lorraine,
    Love your studio. Thanks for sharing. Learning alot in your online soldering class.

    Jenny

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  40. Oh gosh, how cool is your studio! Its exactly what I would create if space allowed. Blessings Eden

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  41. Lorraine your room is just beautiful! I think my favourite is the drawers from Ikea - they look smashing! I love the fireplace too - it makes it so warm and cozy looking even though it's one of the most spacious, light filled studios I've seen so far. I will definitely be back in July!

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  42. Hi Lorraine,
    I have enjoyed my tour of your awesome studio. You are very organized and I love that. Enjoyed peeking in on all your stamps. Thnaks for sharing.
    Debby

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  43. You have made a place where function and beauty collide. The chest of drawers, the shallow drawers under the window seat, and your cupboard you stand at are all great storage spaces and make this room truly beautiful and unique. Like you, I stand when I craft, except when I sew.

    Your studio is so beautiful, so well appointed, so functional, and so full of inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

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  44. Wonderful space! Thanks so much for sharing it with us. Hope you have a great week!

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  45. Wow! Fabulous! Beautiful! Gorgeous! Can you tell I LOVE your room. So well organized, functional and beautiful. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  46. That is just a fabulous studio! So much room and so well organized. I love the centrally located work table and the huge windows and...a fireplace!! Thanks for the tour. Connie

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  47. Great space! I love the dresser you took the drawers out of and then the new one you got to use the drawers in! Very clever ~ two pieces of storage out of basically one. Love all the light you have in here. I tend to stand a lot when I am making things too. Sometimes I have to force myself to sit down!

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  48. Wonderful bright space.. .and so organized too! It's a blessing to have a place to spread out and get messy...and organizaion is key for a quick clean up.. I find I need a mix of both... creating is messy, but tidiness clears my head and prepares me for the next project!
    Thanks for sharing yoru space... Love all your furniture re-purposing and custom shelving too!
    Happy Creating and Dandelion Wishes,
    Deb

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  49. What a wonderful space! So many lovely, creative storage solutions. Makes me want to start reorganizing...again!

    Liz-Anna

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  50. I love the clever custom pieces you had made and so much space to spread out. Your studio is just beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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  51. I'm totally loving those drawers under the window seat! Fabulous! You are an organized gal after my own heart! I love your space! Thanks so much for a fun tour!

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  52. Wow what a lovely large studio. I love your customized draws what awonderful idea. Thanks for the great tour and have a wonderful day. Angela

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  53. Wow! What a creative studio. So many wonderful storage ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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  54. Wow I love the Ikea drawers and your window bench with all the drawers! I can't believe you made it to all the blogs already, I, just got to yours now and working my way down the list, however I did leave a comment on each and everyone and I think that is where some of the time goes but since everyone, my self included tried to clean up and organize for the party I felt everyone deserved a comment as they all are special. Thanks for sharing. XOXO

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  55. Love this organized space!
    -Rochelle

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  56. Your storage solutions are great and I love your fireplace. Your space looks so cozy. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  57. Your studio is fabulous...so organized and tidy! And of course, no studio is complete without a cat.

    Yes, I am still visiting the participants in the 'Where Bloggers Create' event...and having a great time! Thank you for sharing your creative space with us. Have a wonderful weekend. ~Natalie

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  58. What I wouldn't do to have your floor space! Your organization is awe-inspiring, too. Sorry I'm so late to visit, but I'm so glad I stopped by. True creative space inspiration. Thanks for sharing. I'll be visiting again!
    xoxo
    Donna

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  59. Now, I think I have found my dream studio, love all the different starage spaces you have (my favourite is the window seat with the wide drawers), oh lets not forget the fireplace, oh my, I could create by that one for hours during the winter months. So when can I move in : ) LOL!!! You have a ownderful space and very cute kitty.

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  60. So organized! So am I until I craft and then I dont know exactly what happens, but when the magic is over I am left with a mess! I have been a papercrater for over 10 years, however I have been drawn to mixed media more and more lately. I am new to blogging (2 wks!) but hope to participate next year. Thanks for sharing your space, its lovely! ~Sherry F.

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  61. Wow, what a well organized studio you have, and so spacious! I'm still visiting studios and enjoying each one. Thanks for sharing your studio, I love it.

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  62. I enjoyed the little tour of your lovely, organized shop. My main creative space is 6' x 8', and it's also part library for some of our book collection. I'm going to see if I can take over another bookshelf or two to store supplies. :-) First I need to find a place for the books.

    Thank you for sharing your creative space.

    FlowerLady

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