Inspiration Tuesday: Art Studio

I am a huge fan of art. My bookshelves, and floor space, and coffee table are filled with art books, books about the art world, art history tomes, and catalogs of most of the major art exhibits I’ve been to here in London (I consider them my souvenirs. The Husband thinks of them as the things that break boxes. Potato, pOtato)

A few months ago, as we were finalizing all the downstairs renovations for our house in Seattle we once again started talking about the different rooms and how we wanted to make better use of them. We have a five bedroom house, and most of the rooms are very generous. We only use three as bedrooms. We used to use the downstairs ‘bedroom’ as an office/exercise room. It would have made a perfect guest room because theres a 3/4 bath right next to it. But it’s right off the foyer and has two big windows (that get fabulous sun) and a glass panel door. It was too painful to see it as a room that only received use 3-4 times a year. {it’s ugly and utilitarian here, and a longer rectangle shape than the picture shows, but have faith!}

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So the upstairs extra bedroom became the guest room.

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And no one went in there. I can’t really blame them either. It is uninspired. Since we only lived in the house a year, we hadn’t done much to the house yet (painted two walls downstairs and that was it.)

The guest room was a wasted room. The kids have a family room upstairs for their hang out space, and we have a downstairs living room for adults to lounge around. This room really didn’t have much of a daily purpose. Since we’ve been in London, The Husband said I should take that room as my art studio, and we would work out storing the mattress and bed frame (since it’s just the free one that came with the mattress), and pull those out when we rarely need them. It is the only room with north facing light (perfect for my painting). I can set up a desk for writing, have plenty of storage space for paints/canvas/fabric/etc, and have still have room for photo shoots for fashion posts.

Can I get an Amen and Hallelujah!?

Immediately I had to pull out this book, Studio by Sally Coulthard and starting flipping through. My Pinterest Art Studio and Art boards are long and colorful and full of ideas.

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My mom bought me this painting print for my birthday, and i can’t wait to get it mounted and framed. {I first saw the artist – Samantha French – on YoungHouseLove, and I love her stuff! I also ADORE this artist for a similar theme.}

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I had thought to put it in the kitchen, but now I’m not quite sure since it’s very inspirational. I love the print and it gives me such a happy feeling looking at it. Since we have such an entirely new look planned for the kitchen, the colors of the painting will look amazing {!!!} in there.

White River granite island counter, white cabinets, with navy island cupboards, grey backsplash subway tiles, and Nero Antratice Lux Pental countertops for the outer U of the kitchen with light grey walls.

If it does go in the kitchen, I have plenty of other art for my studio space. I want to keep it fairly light and neutral, but with lots of art I can rotate in and out to keep me inspired. Of course, I’ll have my fantastic collection of art books that are works of art in themselves. I’m also loving some of these storage ideas to keep everything right at my fingertips.

No matter how the room turns, out I am pretty excited to transform it into my space where I can be in the middle of painting and not have to clean up everything to make dinner (I can just close the door!), or worry about anything being disturbed during while drying, or my supplies being pilfered for someone else use. {looking at you Chick…}

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My son gave me this book of inspirational quotes from artists for Christmas and I love flipping through it to remind myself that creating art is about me, not about what other people think of it.

This quote sums it up very well.

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