I need a little studio design inspiration!
I just moved to a new house and I am SO lucky to now have my very own studio!!
As I am sitting in it writing this blog post and looking for some studio design inspiration on the web, memories of how my art studio developed and morphed over all these years are flooding in…
I started painting in a tiny corner of a room while living in London, then to a slightly bigger corner of a room after moving back to Sydney 😉 Relationship ups-and-downs too my art space from a corner, to an entire room just for me, to no art AT ALL, to another corner until…
Back in 2010!
I finally settled into a rented apartment in Bondi… I was single then and certainly couldn’t afford the rent by myself so had to get a flatmate. I would have much preferred living in my own but it just wasn’t an option because of costs and also because I had to smuggle a fluffy little white dog from one place to another (99% of rental places say no to pets) hahaha
How can you say no to this cute little guy?!
I am a very homely person who takes her personal space very seriously so having a flatmate was less than ideal…
But, as my art was growing into a full time passion, I just had to get my priorities right! Since art is way more important than sleep, I moved my bed into my unused sun room (basically, my bed covered the entire floor space and as the room didn’t have doors, I hung curtains for privacy at night, yikes) and doing so allowed me to turn what was previously my bedroom into my a studio dedicated to art (and graphic design)!
I ran workshops from that room for a little while… Despite feeling a little embarrassed at the total lack of studio design inspiration there, I was relieved and grateful my students didn’t actually seem to care about that and were focussed on learning art instead 😉
Humble beginnings in my Bondi bedroom transformed into an art studio!
I eventually met my now other half Pete and ‘had to’ let my flatmate go (I had 5 different ones during those 5 years!) so I could let this lovely man move in instead. Lucky girl, right? After a while, we were able to buy a house which was a little bigger than what we needed so… As you can imagine, it didn’t take me long to claim every available corner as ‘art space’!
Unfortunately, we had unpleasant neighbours (something you can never really find out about until you move in) and were slowly getting over living in Sydney (it’s getting more and more expensive and cramped!) so…
After 3 years in that house (where we also got married, sigh), we decided to move out of Sydney (only 1hr away or so!) for a better lifestyle… And more peace so I can hopefully create my YouTube videos without worrying too much about noise!
Anyway, all this rambling goes around and around one main subject here, did you notice? The art studio 🙂
In fact, I am in serious need of studio design inspiration because where I am writing to you from right now has a large dark brown wall (who paints walls in this colour??), fake wood panelling on the ceiling (huh??), carpet (that just won’t do with paint) and not enough natural light (eeek)…
But… It is much bigger than any space I have had before, has a little private patio where I can chill outside even if it’s raining, a kitchenette and it’s own little bathroom. And even it’s own entrance guys! So if you want to come for a workshop, we will be nice and cosy in my self-contained art space 🙂
I decided to create a Pinterest board called “Crafty Spaces” as I know many of you are interested in getting some studio design inspiration as well (and who doesn’t love perving at other arty spaces, I ask??).
So whether you are working from a corner in your bedroom like I did for a while, or have your own dedicated space, the main thing is to make it ”your own”!
It doesn’t matter if you are into painting, sewing or general crafting, get a little studio design inspiration from over 100 fancy craft rooms and modest arty corners. Leave me a comment below to let me know if you found a little ‘somethin’ somethin’ to bring to your studio 🙂
I certainly hope I will so I can make an awesome space for you and I to create art together… And I will post pictures once my space has been revamped! Actually, I think I’ll start my painting my light switch covers… If you haven’t seen my tutorial, there it is:
Love to you my Creative Friend!