Monday, August 24, 2009

Up for a little tour?

Hi - felt like deviating from the norm today, so I thought I would finally do the post that I've been putting off for months now! I hope you don't mind, but I thought I would put up a little peek into my creative space.



This is the entrance to my room. We have a large center hallway on our first floor, and my office is just off of it. It's perfectly located in my house - just across the hall from the kitchen and within hearing range of the family room. It's also nearly directly under my laundry room, so I can usually hear when the laundry ends. See? Perfect location! When we chose this house, my husband's only request for me having this room was keeping it relatively neat, so I initially thought I would put up sheers on the french doors, but I'm finding it keeps me honest to have them open! ;)



Entering the room, you can see that I've left it off-white. I am kind of picky about color in here because I see colors a bit funky if the walls are too full of color. I get a lot of different light in here (my windows face west, so I get afternoon sunlight, but I also get morning light reflected off of my neighbors' house.). The wall colors help me see color a bit more true, I find. I'm really happy to have hard wood floors in here - it makes clean up a lot easier for me! (Plus, as my mom figured out the first time she came here, I can scoot around in my chair at hilarious speeds. What can I say? The woman knows me...)




That's the left side of the room. It has a closet on the left that is small and disasterous, so I will leave it at that. I love the little alcove there - some day I hope to have a beautiful white day bed or floral love seat there, but for now the old wicker sofa adds a touch of charm. I've recovered the cushion since I took this picture, but let's face it, I'm just way too lazy to change out the pic at this point! ;)



This is the left corner of my room. I'm not entirely happy with it, but it works for the time being. I keep most of my paper here, various cardstocks and almost all of my patterned paper (in that large bin in the corner). The smaller bin is full of wonderful matboard scraps that my friend Eileen Hull gave me. (Thanks, Eileen! I LOVE them - such cool material!) The drawers hold various things, loose ribbon, chipboard, envelopes, etc. The big machine on top is my Accucut machine. I love it but I don't use it as much as I should.



Hmm, what can I say about the right side of my room? I have a little tv/dvd player there for when I need a little feminine respite (Pride & Prejudice pretty much resides permanently in there; the Colin Firth/BBC version, just for the record. Don't know who the guy is who plays Mr. Darcy in the Keira Knightly version - don't care to - he's not Colin Firth. There. It's on the record.)



Here's my main desk area. (That's where I am right now.) As you can see, I like having things within reach, so there are lots of neat little storage options. It all appears to go together, but in reality, it doesn't! ;) I just keep my eyes peeled for good storage pieces, preferably those that go vertical with a small footprint so as not to take up too much space on the surface. If it isn't the right color, I usually just paint it!



Here's my second work surface. As you can see, I keep my sewing machine out to use (I found early on that I don't use it if I have to lug it out). Also here, I keep my Copics, my die cuts - basically anything that takes a little extra room but that I use on a regular basis.



In the right-corner shot above, in the corner itself is a set of drawers that I adore. It's from IKEA, and my parents got it for me years ago. It was actually discontinued shortly thereafter (which I know because I had grand visions of a wall of these, only to go and not be able to get them). I use it for wood-mount stamps and it is just perfect. I keep checking IKEA to see if they have decided to come to their senses and put this perfect storage piece back into rotation, but so far, no luck.



Since I color so much, I thought I would show you my Copics and pencils solutions. I've since added another one of these caddies for my Copics, but it gives you an indication of how I use them. I store them ROYGBIV and I keep my color swatch chart right there (under a desk protector) so that I can find the right color a bit faster. As for the caddies, I wish I could give you a source for them. That was one of my SCORE! moments in life; when Ward worked at a retail clothing HQ, they would have these fabulous warehouse sales of fixtures that they no longer used. These caddies were a lot of 10 or 12 that I got for $10. Ward thought I was certifiable at the time, but I've had two published (that I altered with patterned paper, etc.), I've given a few a gifts and I've sent a couple off to people who inquired about them at the magazines. Sadly, I'm at the end of my supply...



This was another SCORE moment - this is a pen display that I now use for my pencils (again, stored in ROYGBIV for ease of use). Our local Aaron Bros. went out of business last year, and they were selling their fixtures and displays. When I asked about the pen display, they asked if I would be willing to pay $1 for it. Hmmm, let me think...how do I contain myself?! While I'm usually not crazy about plastic storage, this cleaned up pretty well once I covered it with some pretty paper!



And a look into my room would not be complete without a look at Bedo. Bedo is my Cardigan Welsh Corgi (who, if you're talking to me on the phone, you will undoubtedly hear at some point). He's my loyal companion, especially when the boys are in school. We hang out together in my room (notice his super cute bed placed under the windows). If you're a fan of Alicia Paulson's , you'll recognize the breed; her sweet corgi hangs out with her a lot, too. Bedo barks, he sheds, but somehow he still manages to be just the sweetest dog ever. When he isn't hanging out on his bed, he's guarding my doorway, never far from the hugs or food:



Thanks for taking the tour with me today - I hope you enjoy the little peek! I'll be back tomorrow with more cards. Be well!

30 comments:

Julie Ann Grakowsky said...

What a gorgeous space you have!!! And soooo neat and organized, too! I just love it! Thanks for sharing :)

Elena said...

What a beautiful creative space! Ahh, to have windows and Colin Firth at arm's length *envy.* Mine is such a hole, but I love it anyway. One day, maybe, it will be a tad bit bigger and brighter. Hope your summer is going well.

Sharon Harnist said...

Oh, girl -- I've lusted over that PB furniture forever ... LOVE it! Thanks for the tour -- lots of creative storage I hadn't thought about! I have a similar wire flowerd pot holder that I will have to dig out and actually use now -- great solution to store your Copics in them. Thanks for the tour of your beautiful room (I had always imagined you in the basement)!

nina said...

Wow - absolutely gorgeous! The opening shot alone is so inspiring - I could easily picture just walking into that room and feeling the creative juices flow. What a marvelous job you have done creating such a wonderful room!

Miki said...

Your room is just beautiful Jenn! What a pretty work space to have. Lots of room to roll around (that cracked me up!) with plenty of work space. LOVE IT!

ScrapbookDBA said...

Jenn -
I love your space ... so open .. and bright ... just wonderful!

Where are all of your creations? Do you keep what you make stored?

My spot is very messy, but I do love it that I have cards and creations that my lovely "art" sisters have sent me over the years ....

Envious ..
Kimberly

creativityinprogress said...

Holy cow~! Could I live here?!!! =)

Ryann said...

What a gorgeous work space you have. Thank you for sharing! :)

Laura said...

Okay, I have seen the space, heard that you understand the magnificence that is Colin Firth, and have seen your cute dog. I know we live within a few miles of each other, but you had better not ever tell me the exact location because I will never leave.

Katie said...

What a gorgeous space! For the record, the same BBC version of P&P resides in my 'space' as well. My daughter (born 4-6-09) is named Elizabeth Jane. Hmmm...gee...I wonder where that name came from? ;)

liannallama said...

What a bright, beautiful space you have! It's so bright and airy I feel free and easy just looking at it! I adore the french windows!

My space is too cluttered and crammed--I think I have the same amount of stuff jammed into 1/2 of a small room I share with DH! I guess having him around is like having my own version of Colin Firth except he is usually playing video games and absolutely refuses to speak in a British accent, LOL!

SMK said...

this is beautiful!!!! the white and hardwood and super clean lines- inspirational :D

Terri said...

Jenn:
Your work space is amazing! I would like to know where you found the chart for your copic markers that size or did you custom make it?
I think anyone that does crafts is so envious of your area, I know I am. I appreciate all your talents and sharing with us.
Terri

Eileen Hull said...

Jenn, I am so glad you shared your beautiful room for everyone to see. I am so honored to have actually been there! And glad to see you have matboard. No craft room is complete without it!

Heidi said...

Oh I love your beautiful room! It's so bright and cheery. And now I have to find the BBC version of P&P! That's my favorite book. Thanks for sharing with us!

Cindy said...

Jennifer this is wonderful. That caddy is my favorite part of the tour. I'm looking for something similar for my neice to store her markers in. TFS.

Aimes said...

Oh what I would give to own a room like that! It's so bright and beautiful with such clever storage!
I have the perfect white day bed from Ikea that would fit into your little alcove but not the craft room! LOL!
Good to see you're a fan of Colin Firth *swoon* I hear ya on the new film - no one can play Darcy like Colin Firth!
Thanks for the tour!
Hugs,
Aimes
x

Belinda said...

This is an AWESOME space! :) LOVE it! And I love your taste in movies too! Haha! I only watch the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice and I can watch it for hours on end! LOVE it (and Colin Firth is divine)

..::Paulina::.. said...

I LOVE your area! It's so girly and yet practical too! Thanks for letting us peek into your special area!

Weezie said...

Your room is beautiful! So neat and organized. I love the furniture. Where did you find it? I've been looking for something like that. I've thought of having it made but I know it will be expensive. Thanks for the tour and for all of your sharing.

Jenn said...

Hi Weezie,

The furniture is mainly from Pottery Barn (the big desk). They're all modular pieces. The desk in the center of the room is from Target (online). HTH!

Kirstin said...

I want to move in with you. I have tons of cool stuff I can bring to play with in that fabulous room!!! Seriously, I'm sending a link of this post to my DH.

Joanne B. said...

Oh my goodness, this is beautiful! Can I come down and stamp with you???

txbluiz said...

what a great craft space you have!! I have that exact same tv in my craft room... and I agree anything with Colin Firth works for me :)

Sue Ann said...

HMMM where do I start ...... AMAZING!!! GREAT TIP about wall color and how that translates into what you are doing ...... I am writing that down in my book. I knew that was PB ....... I use to work there for the discount :) I love the center desk ....... this is a great post for me!! We are moving soon and starting our house once we get settled. Curt had the drawing include a room for me and our builder is going to do the shelving for me and table tops ....... so you really like the HW floor?? I will have to think about that. Maybe you can be my designer in my studio :) Thanks for sharing Jenn!!!

Sara Mac said...

I am drooling over this space Jennifer! All that white gorgeousness. Love the desks and your organization!

Amy Sheffer said...

That's it -- I'm movin' in!! How soon can you be ready for me? ;)

Seriously ... awesome space! It looks so peaceful and light! Drooling!

Sandra P said...

Your room is just stunning!
I keep looking for inspiration and I definately found it here!

I love you grand table. I cannot seem to find one like that around here so I think i might need to make one (dum dum DUM!) LOL

I would love to know where you purchased/found/scored this beauty.

It would be great to hear from you :)

email: sperrotta@gmail.com

Hugs,
Sandra P

Leslie Avila said...

Picture perfect! Thanks so much for sharing. I'm a fan of the all white furniture pieces!
Blessings,
Leslie Aivla

Angy said...

Love, love, love it! When my room grows up it wants to be just like yours. Beautiful - love the white crisy cleanness of it. Thanks for sharing.