There is this odd little room on my main floor that is just off the piano room. It’s not large at about 10′ by 10′, and it is accessed through an wide arched opening, thus has no door and is open to the rest of the main floor. I don’t know what this room was intended for, but for us it has had a number of different identities. I set it up as a dining room for a while, but we never actually ate in there, so that didn’t really work. For a long time it was simply a room where I displayed my doll house (one of these days, I’ll have to share that with you). But that seemed like an awful waste of space. We considered using it as a small TV room, but that never happened, although I still think it would be perfect for that. So, a while back I decided to turn it into my studio/crafting space. A room of my own.
Part of the reason I’m sharing the room with you now is because I want you to see it before I change it up. I’ve grown tired of the chartreuse walls, and the black and white accents. I’m still formulating my plan, but I’m hoping that if I say it out loud to all of you, I will actually follow through.
But for now, here is the room as is.
This dresser is fantastic because it holds a LOT of supplies. I’ve thought about replacing it, but I would have to find something that holds just as much stuff. The numbered drawers have been very convenient. I can always tell Mr. Q that the paper cutter is in drawer no. 2, or the glue is in drawer no. 5. But I am ready to move on to another look. I’m thinking about just repainting this piece and keeping it, but that remains to be seen. The lamps must go.
The chalkboard door and my manikin, Lula, will stay.
My desk was a craigslist find. I painted it black before I discovered chalk paint or milk paint, so it is just latex. I love it, and it is a good size for the room, so I wouldn’t mind keeping it, but it needs a new look. When sitting at my desk, I like facing out towards the rest of the house, so I like that this style desk can be floated in the room. The chair is quite beat up, and not the most comfortable thing in the world. I have an old wooden desk chair that I might paint as a replacement.
As you can see, I am prepared for blog post writing with my glass of wine at the ready. And here is the window that is behind me …
I made the “Inspire” banner with old pages from an atlas.
The window is also covered simply with a vintage cut work tablecloth that is gathered in the center with my Q typewriter key bracelet.
I do have a few Q’s scattered around the place.
I have an old grocery counter paper dispenser that I keep filled with ribbons. I have an idea for a different use for this though, but I’m going to keep that under wraps for now (ha, pardon the pun!).
My pin board holds pictures and other random bits that I want to hang on to. That is me in the fur hat I bought in Helsinki a few years back. I should get that hat out, we are expecting wind chills of 35 to 40 below zero this morning. Brrrr. Perfect weather for starting an indoor winter project though!
Well, that is my studio … for now. I think it could be so much better, and without spending very much money. It will take a bit of paint and a bunch of time and energy, but I hope I can pull it together before spring gets here. If you have a minute, please provide me with some motivational comments to get me going on this, OK? Go ahead and tell me the chartreuse walls are all wrong, not me, and they need to go! Admit that you wonder how I can even stand to live with this room. It’s OK, I can take it.