Thursday, January 1, 2015

Celebrating a Fresh New (Studio) Year

Okay... I have to start this post with saying that my family was tired of my art supplies over running the house... The latest place they had overtaken was the dining room table. That was where I would do my tangling and drawing. The reason? My studio was a... MESSSSSS!!! It was overwhelming to me and I just had no idea where to start. Plus, I just couldn't imagine drawing at the same desk as my computer, too distracting. So... how to fix this terrible situation? 

Before (Honestly, this is a cleaned up before... Norm threatened to call Hoarders on me.)
Instead of complaining, my thoughtful husband, gifted me a newly organized art studio/office for my birthday!! He measured off my small room to see what we could fit in it. He created detailed schematics and researched, checked to see what I envisioned, and researched again. 

The scaled to size plan that Norm made... (He's pretty awesome!)
We took everything OUT of my office and gifted all existing furniture to my eldest daughter who had just moved into a larger apartment with her boyfriend. They kindly agreed to take it all! The only furniture item that remained was a book shelf. Leila was also very excited to inherit art supplies that I frankly had TOO much of (I know... blasphemy... but I truly needed to get rid of some stuff). 

All the boxes arrive... My studio condensed!
Norm ever so patiently helped me go through MOUNDS of stuff and put together ALL of the furniture that he purchased from IKEA. I am so thrilled with how it has all turned out! I love that I am starting the New Year with an organized space that will accommodate all my projects! I will no longer have to pack up the dining room and hide my drawing stuff when we have guests! YIPPEE!! I have two desks... one for computer/sewing/silhouette and the other dedicated to drawing/art.

Art Studio (7)
The panoramic shot...
Art Studio (1)
Little treasures and quilt corner
Art Studio (2)
Right side of office
Art Studio (3)
Drawing desk with lanterns
Art Studio (4)
View from my art desk
Art Studio (5)
Computer/Sewing/Silhouette desk and printer corner
Art Studio (6)
Bookshelf and closet view
Art Studio (8)
Looking into studio from doorway
Leila added a wonderful gift to my birthday studio by completing a wall garden that she created out of a pallet. She painted it, created plant shelves, and planted it with my favorite... succulents! Now as I sit at my drawing desk in front of the window, I have a lovely view of the thoughtful beautiful, garden she created for me! 

Pallet Garden
LOVE my new succulent garden!
Cami completed this awesome birthday with a certificate she created that stated she will join me at a Bikram Yoga class... (I ALWAYS bug her about this! She joined me for a couple of weeks one summer before heading off to Joffrey Ballet School... now she's afraid of the heat!) It made me very happy!

You have to love the, "USE IT WISELY!"

My talented mom made me the cutest ornaments of Clark and our angel, Walter, for my birthday! I had them on the tree but will keep them in my office until next Christmas time. I was really spoiled as you can see! 

I am so grateful for my supportive family! Thank you for helping me find a way to better organize all my supplies... I LOVE my new studio! I feel like it's waiting with open arms every time I walk past the door. 

I'm looking forward to creating a lot of art and teaching more Zentangle® classes this year. It's wonderful to start the New Year with a fresh space. I'll also be participating this year in a couple of art journaling projects and will look forward to posting more about that soon. I hope your New Year is filled with health, happiness, and lots of art! 

A special thank you to all who take the time to leave me comments... I so appreciate it!


  1. Oh Holly how I envy you for that lovely studio, especially all these drawers!!! 😜You have a great family indeed! I need to find a new solution for my room too, you are inspiring me! Big hug

    1. Thanks Hanny!!

      I KNOWWWW!!! All the drawers are AMAZING! Especially as they are more shallow so I won't lose things by stacking more items on top! I'll have to take some interior drawer photos... It's all so organized!! Good luck with your room... I know I feel SOOO much better now that mine is nice and neat!

      Hugs back at you! Happy New Year!

  2. OMGosh. If envy could fly across the miles, a pile of it would be sitting at your door step. WHAT an amazing transformation and WHAT a wonderful place to create! It is just so beautiful! I am inspired to work a little more at my studio now. January IS the time for new beginnings and freshening up! I know there are supplies buried in there I don't even remember I have!!!

    1. Hi Ginny!

      Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment! I can hardly believe it's my studio... My mind is now free from the distraction of a mess when I sit down to work! It is the best. thing. ever! I agree... January is the perfect time to reset! I am grateful that my family helped me get to this point!

      Happy New Year!

  3. Glad to see that your "new" studio space is having good use to all of your art supplies :-). Maybe I will have reorganize my art stuff once I get back home even though I have moved it three times in the past month and half..

    Happy New Year Holly and hope all is going well for you!

    1. Thanks Lexey!!

      It feels so good to have a clean and organized space! You'll love it! Although I am wondering... it sounds like you've had a LOT of moving over the past month and a half... Hope things settle down for you!

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Lexey, I always love when you leave me a comment!

      Hope you have a very Happy New Year!


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