My Studio

Stripey Straws, Birthday Candles, Candy Jars
It's been a while since I've posted anything new in my Curly Girl Home series, and some of you have asked to see my work space, so today, I'm sharing a few photos of where I do all my sewing, painting and photography.

What I call my studio is the front room in our house, and a space that most people would use as a formal living room.  As we have no need or desire to have a formal living room, I use the room for my sewing desk, art supplies, excess baking and craft supplies and photography equipment...

You've seen the before and after post for our kitchen, and that (obviously) is where all the baking and cake decorating happens.  Sometimes, I set up photo shoots on the kitchen island, when the morning light streams in from all sides and bathes the kitchen in a beautiful glow.  Rather than putting a breakfast table by the window, I have a simple desk for my laptop, a desk that I've repainted at least three times over the last 15 years.  Eventually, I'd love to make a built-in desk and bench combo of some kind, with drawers and better storage, but for now, this one does just fine.




Wood Floors, White Kitchen, Subway Tile

Wood Floors, White Kitchen, Subway Tile

Wood Floors, White Kitchen, Subway Tile

Wood Floors, White Kitchen, Subway Tile



In the dining room, we have a huge farmhouse-style trestle table that my husband built from scratch.  As with many projects around our house, I sketched a design and he made it happen.  He is so talented, and I am continually amazed at his skill with these projects I dream up.  We have eight chairs around the table, mostly thrift store and antique store finds, but it comfortably fits 10-12.  I so wish the layout of our house allowed for putting the table right in the kitchen, rather than having a separate dining room, but it was one of the features we had to give up when buying a house.  Maybe in our forever home, though.




Dining Room, Farmhouse Table, Trestle Table, Vintage, Wood Floors

Dining Room, Farmhouse Table, Trestle Table, Holidays, Thanksgiving, Fall

Before and After, Wood Floors, Dining Room

Dining Room, Farmhouse Table, Trestle Table

Dining Room, Farmhouse Table, Trestle Table

Dining Room, Farmhouse Table, Trestle Table



Having a big table is important to me, for family dinners and homework in the evening, dinner parties with friends, game nights, and holidays with our kids when they're home from college and bringing with them their significant others...  I mean, how gorgeous is this table all set for Thanksgiving and Christmas?  I love it in here. (The blue curtains are from several years ago, and the yellow are what I have hanging currently; they create a beautiful, sunny glow when the morning light streams in, although sometimes I think about switching them to the living room, which needs more color, and moving the grey/white damask ones from the living room into the dining room.)




Dining Room, Farmhouse Table, Trestle Table, Holidays, Thanksgiving, Fall

Dining Room, Farmhouse Table, Trestle Table, Holidays, Christmas

Dining Room, Farmhouse Table, Trestle Table, Holidays, Christmas

Dining Room, Farmhouse Table, Trestle Table, Holidays, Christmas



My biggest pet peeve with the layout of our house are the unavoidable railings that divide the split levels, with the kitchen and dining room being two steps higher than the front room and living room, and had I known how much the split levels would bug me, I may have reconsidered this model when we were house hunting.  We managed to get rid of the railing between the kitchen and living room by building another counter with a built-in wine rack and shelves for cookbooks (see more details on that in this post).  That was the most perfect solution and I adore how it turned out.  But for the railing between the dining room and front room, there's just nothing to be done about it.  At least, nothing that we have the time and budget for.

When installing the wood floors, we toyed with the idea of enclosing the front room into an office by constructing a wall (maybe only halfway up, since the ceiling is arched and very high in there) and two sets of beautiful french doors, one set by the front door and the other set in the dining room, and I still dream about how pretty that would look.  But, it's just not possible for us to do, when we still have so much more necessary work to do with finishing the basement, adding storage to the garage, and finishing the landscaping in the back yard, and those projects will have to take priority.  So, I grudgingly live with the railing, even though it's my least favorite feature in this house.  Do you have any ideas on what else could be done about it, that would be affordable and not too terribly time consuming?

As you can see, these two rooms originally were carpeted, and we installed wood floors on the entire main floor.  What an exhausting project.  Other than ripping up the carpet and installing wood flooring, we didn't make any major changes in these rooms besides paint.  The entire house was a dull tan color, which we updated to various grey shades, and I painted the inside of the front door a charcoal color, to contrast with the white trim.  With all my heart, I hope to never have to paint a whole house again.




studio, sewing room, vintage, wood floors

studio, sewing room, vintage, wood floors

studio, sewing room, vintage, wood floors

studio, sewing room, vintage, wood floors

studio, sewing room, vintage, wood floors




I'm so very happy to have a place to keep all my project supplies, because in our old one-bedroom condo where we lived before we were married, I had to set up my sewing machine on our coffee table and then put it away when I was done, and here, it always has a place.  We just put up the peg board a month or so ago, and I love how it helps to organize so many supplies.

The bottom of the white antique hutch (with the top portion currently sitting in our basement) houses my many, many cake pans, and is also the platform I use for quite a few of my photo shoots, when I want to use a vinyl backdrop hung from the peg board.  Although, let's be honest, it's not usually this neat and tidy in here, so I included a few photos of how it usually looks, with backdrops, cake forks, cake pans, etc, piled everywhere.




studio, sewing room, vintage, wood floors

studio, sewing room, vintage, wood floors

studio, sewing room, vintage, wood floors

studio, sewing room, vintage, wood floors

studio, sewing room, vintage, wood floors

studio, sewing room, vintage, wood floors



I found the green lockers on Craigslist, and use them to store more backdrops, my tripods, and other art and craft supplies.  My husband and I had quite the interesting experience when picking up those lockers...  The seller actually owned a murder mystery dinner theater bed and breakfast, which we didn't know until we met him at the specified address, and it turned out to be an old house in historic downtown Denver.  He led us through a hidden door that was disguised as a bookcase, down a winding staircase to the basement where the players' costumes and makeup were stored, and I have to say, I was more than a little nervous with the whole scenario.  I may paint the lockers at some point, if I could decide on a color, but for now, they're exactly as they were when we brought them home.

And there you have it!  I hope you enjoy this series on my home, and will add more posts over the next few months for a few other projects we've finished...




Dining Room, fall, Thanksgiving

3 comments :

  1. Akinshina YelenaMay 12, 2017 at 12:34 PM

    You are a very creative person. Your cakes and pictures are very beautiful and mouth-watering))) Your studio looks very elegant and cozy!

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  2. Wow, I love the before and after pictures. Your studio reflects your personality perfectly! So pretty...awesome space :-) - Laura

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