Friday, March 7, 2014

Sometimes it's the little things that make all the difference . . .

Here's my newest art journal page . . . 
Look at all that lovely white space. That's unusual for me, but I think it reflects my "one little word" for 2014 (illuminate) and the room to breathe and create that I have found by setting up a guest room/studio for my art, card making and scrapbook supplies. 
The room is almost done! Here's a corner that I like a lot, where the little things make all the difference.
For the bed area, I went shopping at Target and Bed, Bath and Beyond (two not very expensive retail stores) to get some pillows and a bed spread which wouldn't break the bank but which also inspire me. And I found them!  I think decorating with pillows is a great inexpensive idea. Next to the bed are the two iris carts with my wood mounted stamps. The woman helping with the my room remodel (she's a "home organizer" and I bought a few hours of her time at a charity auction last fall) suggested putting a table top across the two of them to create a bed side table of sorts. And it worked! I bought an oversized cutting board for $20. It matches my art desk, which has a butcher block top on it. The other little thing I love about this set-up is that I can actually reach the stamps while sitting at my desk (but turning around).
And my supply closet is pretty much complete:
It's a bit fuller than the last time I posted a picture. I added another row of memory boxes under the baskets and additional bins here and there. My aprons are hanging on the left hand side of the closet, and I added a few prints on the interior walls. I also stuffed the plastic containers on the bottom shelf with scrapbooking supplies. There's nine containers full of paper, three containers full of embellishments and two containers full of photos and memorabilia to sort and scrap. That's in addition to the basket full of photos in the upper right hand corner of the photo. And that's where the main organizational work still needs to be done.  I need to figure out what needs to be scrapped. But it feels so good to have everything in one place!
From a decorating stand point, I'm waiting on some photo canvases and I need to frame some photos. That will be my wall art. I've also ordered a bed frame (with drawers underneath) and am thinking about getting a large mirror for over the bed. I'm getting a printer table on Wednesday and then I'll share the last bit of my room. . . . my work table area.
All for now. Have a great weekend and remember to enjoy the little things.

16 comments:

Miriam said...

I re organised and painted my work room a few months ago and it has made such a difference to how I feel about being here. Everything is white now, the only colour comes from the myriad of things on the shelves. I love all your cushions on the bed. Pepsi, my greyhound sits with me on the spare bed and always 'throws' any cushions off onto the floor! I have a colourful blanket on there for her now. I am looking forward to seeing your desk.

Sian said...

I like your white space page.

TSO describes Target as her "dream shopping destination"

alexa said...

As a lover of white space, my heart skipped happily when it saw your lovely page :). And it's wonderful to hear your excitement about your new room - I feel very enthused myself!

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

Oh this is so fun, Rinda! I love your new space and how it's taking shape. Isn't it wonderful to have all that organized and a nice new place to be creative?

Your journal page is awesome too! It's cool to see a piece of art that isn't what I would think of as "your style" but I can still see you in it, if that makes sense. Have a great weekend, my friend! xo

helena said...

what a great way to create a side table from storage units. Love how your page is recognisable as your style, mixed with new aspects

Louise said...

a great addition to your art journal x

sky-blu-pink said...

Lovely peaceful space and beautifully organised storage. Your work will be even more of a pleasure to make now!

scrappyjacky said...

This is going to be such a wonderful [organised] space to create in.

Lesley G said...

I Love white space and I love YOUR space :)

Missus Wookie said...

This does look so lovely to work in. Pillows are some of my favourite bits to use in brightening up a room. How do you have your stamps organised? Do you have an inventory or any sort? Keep meaning to do one here...

Karen said...

Being a lover of white space, I just adore your journal page. Your new studio is coming along nicely! I've finished cleaning out and organizing the closet in our den this week. Tracy painted the inside of it while it was empty. The purge and reorganize surely is a satisfying process!

Julia said...

How great is it to be so organised? You have done a fab job with the room. I love the cushions and bedside table. Look forward to the next corner being posted :)

Fiona said...

It is looking good. I will soon be able to reorganise my area again after our flood.

Ginger said...

That looks very organized! I think my room needs some care and attention right now. BTW I love those pillows and agree they are a quick and painless way to change up a room.

Ruth said...

I really like how you've made good use of the space. Would you recommend using a "professional" advisor?

Gail said...

Its looking good! Can't wait to find the post about the desk area.