Sunday, January 29, 2012

Tour of the New-Look Studio Corner

Yay!  After a good long game of furniture tetris (a phrase I am blatantly nicking from little red hen's comment on the previous post)  I've managed to squeeze a third working desk into my studio.  The only problem now is, well... you know when you spill something on the carpet and you get the stain remover out and create a clean spot so then there is much more to do... well my new corner is like that clean spot, I'm so happy with it I want to makeover the whole studio.

So let's see if we can count how many items in this picture are from ikea... there's the table and chair, the red frames, the little drawers, the magnetic strips and the (ahem... un-ironed) curtain.  The artwork in the frames is by Chrissy Foreman C and Rosie Music and the postcards are ones I've collected in Japan.  

The curtain even has little birds on it.  I'm thinking of keeping a few fabric pens at the desk and every now and then colouring in a bird or a leaf here and there.

And then there's my favourite... my washi tape drawers.  Just simple ikea wooden drawers covered in rows of Japanese washi tape.... I had so much fun doing that!

I like torn edges and as the drawers aren't a tight fit, I left the raw ends just on the inside for my own pleasure.  I cut the drawer holes out just with a fine pair of scissors.

Tired of always rummaging to find the right pair of scissors or pliers, I've popped everything up on magnetic knife strips.  I ran a strip of fabric tape along each one to pretty it up a bit.

In the morning when the little one saw the changes her first response was "Wooooow!".  I told her that it was my new work desk.

"No", my two year old was quick to correct me, it was her new drawing desk.  She went straight away to get her drawing paper, picked her favourite colour pencil (blue these days) and started on a new masterpiece.  Here's hoping the new space inspires the same spontaneous creativity in me.

And.... have you noticed the cleaner look of the blog?  I'm pretty happy with it.  If you're reading this via email (thanks for subscribing!) pop over and tell me what you think.

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Unknown said...

I really like the magnetic strips. I might have to do the same for my ridiculously huge scissor collection.

Hot Fudge said...

Oooo ... what a fabulous makeover. I think you are going to have to come and stay with me for a week to:

a) clean up my room;
b) clean up my blog.

Jenny said...

I agree Woooowwww!!! It looks so fresh and clean and so organised. Love the washi tape drawers and yes what a great idea for your scissors. The blog looks great too you have been productive

Chrissy Foreman C said...

Oh my effing looord - this is true studio poooorn! Oh my. Now I just feel inedequate! xox

Sandrine said...

Fabulous Mel!I admire your wash tape collection! I did the girls bedroom this weekend, now it is mine and the studio...Oh I have got the same drawers to decorate but no way near enough tapes to make it so glorious! :)
Love the blog look very neat!Happy week! x

SomedaysSarah said...

Woooooow! Is right! That is a smart little artist you have there!

After a long period of guests taking over my study I finally "moved" back in yesterday and it felt so good to be in a space I like with everythig I needed at my fingertips. I sat down at my computer and got about halfway through an article I've been procrastinating on for months!

Here's to hoping your space proves as inspiring to you as your daughter and as productive as mine has been for me! And here's to many productive hours happily spent there.

esther said...

That looks fantastic! Envy-worthy for the washi drawers and the magnetic strip covers, what a fantastic idea. Enjoy your making in your new space.

Jenna said...

I love the washi tape draws :)

Anonymous said...

Fabulous space and I love the "washi'd" IKEA drawers!


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