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Thursday, August 23, 2012

My shabby chic new studio

 Hello Friends! Well, we finally finished my studio and I looooooove it! For those of you who don't know, my awesome family allowed me to claim our rarely used formal living room. It's a nice big open space with windows, on our main floor........I know what you're thinking,,,main floor? She can't possibly keep that presentable looking! Lol....I was a little nervous about this too. After all, it is an open floor plan and I am NOT the tidiest of people. (I think creative people rarely are) Anyway, my solution was cabinets, cabinets and more cabinets!  I'll try to walk you through what we did and where certain things came from, please feel free to ask questions etc. Thanks!
You can see a video tour here.....but consider yourself may get motion sickness watching it!
 The cabinets on the back wall are actually 4 of the home depot unfinished utility cabinets. I painted them and my hubby put trim across the bottom to make them look like one cabinet. Then we added the oiled brass pulls. I loove these, there's a ton of space in them!
 ...comfy chair and blanket so my peeps can come hang out with me.
 The buffet and china cabinet were originally in this room and I just couldn't part with, they are great storage.
 My wonderful husband built this island for me with 4 ~ 24 inch stock base cabinets and bead board. I got the beautiful Quartz top on craigslist for $250!!!! It would have cost me well over $1500 to purchase at Home Depot.
 My buffet and TV....I'll be selling my mini's that are on top if anyone is interested. There are individual videos of all of them on my Youtube. You can invoice me an offer if you like.

 This antique dresser is my shipping center. My scale, padded envelopes, tape in the drawers
 .....oops...a little Sassy hiney made it's way into the pictures. That's their little doggie bed they lay on while I work.
 Did I mention I love my island? Sugar bowls hold my pens, markers, tweezers etc.

 View of my studio from the dining room (Spike is smiling pretty for the camera)
 China cabinet with my vintage laces, buttons and seam binding. I have all these goodies stored in vintage crystal and glass punch bowls and serving bowls.
 My die cut center!
 Accucut dies
 Grande Mark and Sizzix Pro
 12 x 12 papers and misc
 More accucut dies
 Distress Inks, reinkers and sponges
 More 12 x 12 papers and dies

 Punches and bling
 Paints, brushes, and other embellies, tap runners etc
 Prima flowers. the clear jars are from them!
 Rectangle containers are from Target
 Itty Bitty Prima flowers
 Stampin up scraps
 Card stock scraps
 Chipboard scraps
 More sizzix dies
 More misc embellies (Cabinets above the die cut center)
 8.5 x 11 paper stored above the Grand Mark die cutter
 Spectrum Noirs and tattered Angels. i don't use these that often so they live in the hardest cabinet for me to get too.
 Inside the china cabinet
 Vintage jewelry
 Lace and buttons
 More vintage lace and buttons
 Twill tape

 Vintage lace and seam binding

 Sizzix dies in island drawer
 2~ 12 x 12 drawer stacks in island cabinet. This holds my metal embellies: clock hands, brads, charms etc

 Stack in other cabinet
 All the things that are stored in the island are things I use on a regular basis.
 Die cut mats
 Misc embellies

 misc tiny embellies (also known as the junk drawer....I can't be bothered with putting away these tiny if i grab too many the extras get thrown in here lol)

 Accucut Grand Mark
  Thanks so much for taking a peek! Warmly, misty


  1. Wow, I only dream of having a big, beautiful, well stocked work space like that! If I had to venture a guess I would say I have less than a quarter of what you have there! And I thought I had too much! Thanks for sharing..I feel better now...or do I? LOL I love how you have everything organized and those cabinets and island are great and your china cabinet and buffet are gorgeous! Love how you store your ribbons and lace!
    *tip* You do need to get into that "hardest cabinet" to get to and lay all your Spectrum Noir down..double tipped markers should lay down so the one tip doesn't dry out.
    Congrat's on your big beautiful scrappy place!!!

    1. lol You have to keep in mind that this is my business...not ALL for personal use. (That's my story and I'm sticking to it!) You're right, I do need to go and lay those markers flat....there's actually quite a bit of things that need to be rearranged and labled etc...I was just so happy to get everything behind closed doors!

  2. Your room is fab and I love what you have done with the cabinets. So organised, where are your rubber stamps though?

    1. Thanks, I'm actually working on them right now. I took them all off the blocks and am adhereing cling foam to them. i'll do a blog post on them when I'm done...hopefull early next week. eventually they will go into one of the cabonets. I did a video on how I'm doing it a while ago if you want to peek.

  3. Beautiful Studio! Love that island, and what a great deal you got! tfs :-)

  4. Just lovely and so clean and tidy!


    Enjoy your new space!


  5. Oh my your room is amazing... One day I will have my own room so do as I please... The island is beautiful and the antiques are spectacular!!

    ORGANIZED to the MAX!!!