So I’ve been in Michigan for just over two months now, and I’m definitely still getting into the swing of things. Every week there seems to be a few fires to put out that pull me away from the routine I’ve been honing for myself. That being said, it definitely gets a little bit easier each day. Today I’m sharing an update on my crafting studio.
I am thrilled with my setup. I began planning it out the second we walked into this house way back in March. My studio is located in the back of our house (a mid-century ranch built in 1952) in our great room. The room is half studio and half media room. This works perfectly for me, because I can listen to amazing music in 7.1 surround sound while working, or grab a couple of supplies and sit on the couch while I’m binge watching Gilmore Girls. The room has incredible light — making it perfect for desk shots, product photos, tutorials, and actually seeing what I’m doing (always incredibly underrated).
The focal point of the room is this Varde free-standing kitchen island from Ikea (I 100% stole the idea from Ali Edwards, who has a killer studio as well). I don’t want to overhype it or anything. but it’s pretty friggin awesome, and has totally transformed the way I create.
To keep the top of the desk in good condition, I run a roll of children’s art paper across the top so that any stray pen, marker, paint, or adhesive marks don’t scar the beautiful butcher block. It’s also perfect for writing notes to myself while I’m creating. The paper is the Mala Drawing paper and paper roll holder from Ikea.
The Varde has three huge drawers where I’m currently storing all of my embellishments. I have these plastic organizer things (that I think maybe I picked up at the Container Store?) to divide up embellishments by type so that they’re easily accessible.
I’m the most creative with the things that are directly in front of me, but scrapbooking embellishments are like Tribbles — they multiply and quickly become disorganized and unwieldy if they are not kept under strict supervision. Having all my little bits and bobs in these drawers makes it easy to quickly see everything I have, but still lets me hide away their clutter without losing any utility.
On top of the table, I have a bunch of containers to hold stuff. I’m a sucker for things that hold other things. I have a collection of porcelain bowls from Anthropologie and other random brightly colored organizational containers for all the supplies that I want to keep out and readily accessible. I created a custom washi tape holder from a box left over from the move and I’ve picked up divided organizers from The Land of Nod, The Container Store, and Etsy.
Thanks for taking a peek into my new studio! If you have any questions about my studio, my organization system, or anything else, leave a comment below or send me an email.