I love this project board for what looks like a wedding by Coco + Kelly
Something we can all strive for...
Cute way to store ribbon...mine are in clear tubs but look nothing like this.
This lucky person looks like she has a basement to use for her creative space.
As opposed to this space that looks like an attic or a french atelier. Love her bunting proclaiming her studio space.
This is where Craigslist would come in handy. These look like store display fixtures. Brilliant for seeing what fabrics you have on hand!
I have always loved this picture for a design studio.
This is almost too beautiful for words...I don't know the source for this picture but I love it.
Country Living Magazine
Here's one featuring the Color of the Year...turquoise. Love it with the lime green accents and bold colors.
This island is great for small spaces
The key to these spaces is organization. My office/studio, especially when I'm working on a project and have sample books all over the floor, can look like a hurricane just went through but what makes it work is that everything has a place to go back to. Baskets and shelving like the pictures you see above are lifesavers and look good too. Baskets can be woven, wire or cardboard. Even better is when you label them with what's inside so that when you're working on a project you can go right to that box that says cardstock and not searching through store bags trying to remember where you last saw it (I speak from experience). Shelving units are available everywhere from Target, Ikea, Home Depot and Lowes in all price ranges.
I used the Billy shelves from Ikea and configured them with doors, filing drawers and open shelving. The possibilities are endless, depending on how much space you have, whether you want to hide things behind doors or display it all on open shelves. The right organizational planning can be the difference in letting your creativity sing or squashing it when frustration at not being able to find what you need, when you need it rears its ugly head!
So here are some tips for organizing your creative space:
- Decide where the space is going to be, and yes be a little selfish in claiming that space.
- Lay it out...this will give you an idea of what will fit where, where outlets are and is there enough light.
- Go through all your craft supplies and really inventory what you have...it's probably way more than you think. Is some of it outdated? Will you really use those beads? Get rid of what you won't use.
- Kind of like when you clean out your closet (a previous blog post), sort items into boxes. This will give you a good visual of what you have.
- Make a list of the organizational tools you already have and what you need; ie. you might have labels, folders and a bookcase but need a table/desk, baskets and containers for pens, scissors, etc.
- The fun part...put it all together. It might take baby steps but you can do it!
- Create an inspiration board for projects you see and want to try. Hang it where you can look at it as your working. This will get the creative juices flowing and get you motivated to create.
- Last and most important...have FUN!