Studio Tour: Before & After

Before

Before

 
After

After

 

When we moved into our house in 2015, the space that is now my studio was a sunroom annex off of what is now our daughter's bedroom. As you can see, it was a tad dingy and VERY yellow. After much consideration, we decided to build a dividing wall, which made the bedroom smaller and created a tiny hallway conduit. Et voila: my studio! It's not huge, and it gets pretty warm sometimes and frigid at other times. But, this small, well-lit, breezy space is all mine! I can even close the door when I leave, so that when I return everything is still in the same place (a key factor when sharing a house with two curious kids under the age of five). It's quiet, bright, and my generous windows face the yard, which someday will be even lovelier and full of shady trees and fragrant blooms, as I like to imagine. Having this space, separate from all the distractions of the rest of my domestic life, has been key to me being able to make art these past two years. I feel so grateful to call it mine.

Take a gander below to see more pictures and details about how I organize my space.

Looking in from the hallway we made when we separated this sun room from the bedroom. I use a lot of hot pink artist's tape. And I use a vintage letterpress tray to keep my paints (semi) organized. We collected the posters from concerts at the Fillmore over the years.

Looking in from the hallway we made when we separated this sun room from the bedroom. I use a lot of hot pink artist's tape. And I use a vintage letterpress tray to keep my paints (semi) organized. We collected the posters from concerts at the Fillmore over the years.

When we moved in, this wall was a wide, shallow closet with a broken sliding door. I took the doors off, and had built-in shelves put in. This is where the bulk of my supplies and flat files are stored. The light fixture is from Schoolhouse Electric.

When we moved in, this wall was a wide, shallow closet with a broken sliding door. I took the doors off, and had built-in shelves put in. This is where the bulk of my supplies and flat files are stored. The light fixture is from Schoolhouse Electric.

BOOKS! Having inspiring books around me is comforting and helpful when I'm distracted or in need of a little oomph. My shelves are filled with books, succulent plants, prints and special photos. The house print on the upper left was a gift from Pamela Baron, and the smaller house print is from Kate Pugsley.

BOOKS! Having inspiring books around me is comforting and helpful when I'm distracted or in need of a little oomph. My shelves are filled with books, succulent plants, prints and special photos. The house print on the upper left was a gift from Pamela Baron, and the smaller house print is from Kate Pugsley.

This window bench doubles as storage. Without it, I'd have no where to put all of my shipping and packing materials. Also, it's awesome for aimlessly staring out the window when I need a break.

This window bench doubles as storage. Without it, I'd have no where to put all of my shipping and packing materials. Also, it's awesome for aimlessly staring out the window when I need a break.

Old-school clipboard solution for tacking up inspiring stuff on the back wall of my studio.

Old-school clipboard solution for tacking up inspiring stuff on the back wall of my studio.

Some of my desktop essentials. Vintage scissors that I inherited from my grandmother. That hot pink tape again. Pretty string. Business cards. Palette, watercolor paper blocks, brushes, water. I collected the small rocks along the window sill with my daughter last summer on the shore of Lake Michigan.

Some of my desktop essentials. Vintage scissors that I inherited from my grandmother. That hot pink tape again. Pretty string. Business cards. Palette, watercolor paper blocks, brushes, water. I collected the small rocks along the window sill with my daughter last summer on the shore of Lake Michigan.

The best seat in the house.

The best seat in the house.