Thank you so much for all of your enthusiasm over my India Pop-Up Shop– I’m almost sold out, but there are a few goodies left. The shop will stay up until the end of the week- so if you have your eye on anything, jump over and grab it! And now, for a studio tour! This has been a long time coming, but it was hard deciding when things were finished enough to share. There are still a few odds and ends to pull together, but for the most part, I’m thrilled with how my space turned out.
If you can remember, I gave up my old studio space when Vik was born and it was then that I decided to redo the attic. It took a few years, but this past summer, while we were visiting my parents in Northern Michigan, we had the attic painted and the skylights added. It made a huge difference, as you can tell by the before picture. I decided on a bright white, clean look which I love. It acts as a blank canvas which allows me to create and brainstorm without distraction. Above is my Ikea desk, which has room for both my computer/ writing area, and my sewing machine (shown with its cover on- make your own here!).
We replaced this window, which really helps to keep in the heat, and makes the space so much brighter! I love keeping some live plants on the window sill- adds a bit of color and cheer. Above is one of my two vintage Paul McCobb chairs, which I have recovered multiple times. I often keep my quilts and handmade stuffed animals piled here for inspiration! Lots of pink going on!
Next is the sitting area, with my new Ikea chair. It has a nice high back (which is great for tall gals like myself) and is very comfy for knitting and writing! I just need to find an ottoman. I want a cool tufted number that I can reupholster with a vintage quilt.
I love bringing fresh flowers into my space…it makes me so happy to make this one place in the house a total girly getaway. I could never get away with white walls and delicate accessories anywhere else in the house.
If you can image walking up the stairs to an attic space with slanted ceilings and skylights- you turn to the right and there is my desk, window and chair, while right in front of you is my Ikea work table which allows me to work standing, and to the left, a few inspiration boards, my ironing board, and an amazing old chest that my mom gave me which now houses all of my treasured handmade possessions, including sweaters the boys have outgrown, old quilts and pillows, the very first quilt I ever made, and various other odds and ends.
I am totally in love with the Ikea rolling drawer unit that I just purchased. It holds all of my sewing supplies. Seeing that I am organized (some would say to a fault)- this kind of thing just makes me ridiculously happy. Everything in its rightful place!
You can see the beautiful patina of my old chest- on top of which I keep a large, shallow basket. I love to set out beautiful, inspirational vignetes all around my studio- like these block-print, hand-stitched notebooks that I brought back from India, along with a pom-pom scarf and knobs. I’m planning of having a booth at the Squam Art Fair this June where I will be selling an incredible selection of notebooks, blocks and other fun things from India!
I’ve also been ridiculously inspired by this fabric that I brought back from India by the yard. I don’t know yet what it will become, but I am brimming with ideas. I would also be totally happy just wrapping myself in this fabric head-to-toe and taking a nap. I am that in love with it!
You may be wondering where I keep all my STUFF. Fabric, books, supplies, baskets of yarn. I have a little nook behind this curtain where I keep my shelving unit. It holds all of my crafting supplies. I would show you more, but this little nook also houses all our baby clothes, luggage, infant car-seats, bassinet…it is kind of a mess! But it is our only real storage space in the house- and once the curtain drops, you’d never know it was there! And that’s about it- I can’t tell you what it means to have a space of my own again in which to craft, daydream, write and create. I don’t get up here as often as I’d like, but knowing it’s there, just waiting for me, brings me such happiness!