Hello lovely friends! So we’re back today with our studio all finished up ready to share with you guys!
If you remember, this was our veranda… (see: me using pretentious names for our home) but once we finished our back yard redo we were ready to make this space full time functional for our family beyond a sitting space. We realized we didn’t really use it as much as we should, and I truly needed a workspace of my own. Deciding to home school really kind of threw us out of whack (I’m pretty sure between that and trying to throw two rooms together, we’re just glad we didn’t die) and we knew we needed the space more than ever. Not only for keeping me organized, but the kids as well. I was able to share a sneak peek of sorts a few weeks ago (there was much hissing and gnashing of teeth) when the blue stripes came down… and we were ready to finish this space. You’ll be pleased to know we still kept some of that glorious blue.
This room, once an outdoor porch, is long and narrow. We went back and forth with a few ideas, but in the end settled on this one: a simple, fun space for work and play. We’re really thrilled with this one of a kind space. So without further ado…
I knew I needed a little practical storage, and a desktop space with lots of room to work. We scored this amazing vintage brass desk at a local flea market and thanked the lucky decor gods for the find before returning home.
We totally had our welder friend help us make this, and then I lost my ever loving mind and decided to gold leaf the entire thing before topping it with glass. If any of you have ever gold leafed anything before, you know that I truly am crazy. The only thing is, I’d never gold leafed anything in my life… and therefore I nearly stabbed out my eyeballs after I glued myself to said gold leafing for the 555,555,555 time in 2.5 days. Also? I brought a whole new meaning to the words Walmart feet. As in glued on layers. But more on that, and other adventures in idiot decorating, coming up. ;} Stay tuned.
We made this giant board from planks of wood, and after painting it, topped it off with plexi glass. It’s my very own gigantic inspiration board, where I can write reminders, to-do’s and tape up the things I love. When it has nothing on it? A fun little piece of art.
This glorious kilim rug was an ebay score, and I want to roll around on it and wear it like Joseph and his coat of many colors. Only it kinda smells like a market somewhere in Turkey and so I won’t and I’m still looking for my Febreze that’s been lost somewhere.
Shelves that keep it simple and neat with practical storage underneath.
And my favorite part about this desk. That you can look down, and see what’s in it. Practical? No. And yes. I wanted a work space that inspired me. So it feels a lot like it’s own little work of art to me, makes me stay organized, and keeps it pretty.
The lighting in this space is truly fantastic, so if we want to pull up that rug and break out the paint, it’s the perfect area. Or sketch out a few ideas on the roomy desk… so be it. If the kids want to play some games on the computer, they can do that, too. Versatile and useful.
Remember this chair? And everyone needs their own furry orange pillow, no? And in the morning, that wonky mirrorball (Emerson has adopted the other one) sparkles and shimmers and the entire room is alive with fun.
Maybe I need to get out more.
I lined this entire piece with polkadot oilcloth, and it may have been on par with the skill level that it takes to gold leaf my face. Measuring is hard. But oh so worth it to have that little glimpse of fun when that door opens.
This piece came with beautiful clear knobs, but they weren’t working in the space. I love them so I’m holding on to them for something else, but in the meantime? I loved the look of some that I found online, but not the price. (Around fifty bucks a pop were not in the budget) I gold leafed some fun chunky pieces I had, for a fun punchy look on this piece. It fits.
We made these crates, and with felt on the bottom, they slide easily in and out of the compartments for the desk. Like massive sliding drawers.
We love this fun space. It’s secretly for me, but friendly for the entire family. We’ve been hard at work on this space and the new playroom, and we’re just super relieved to have our home back in working order. Mostly. Now of only someone could tackle that laundry for me…
Stay tuned for the playroom reveal next week, and we’ll have the sources coming up very soon.
Have an inspired day, friends!