Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Spring Cleaning ~ my studio





I'm a firm believer in spring cleaning~ as long as it begins in my studio ~
some of you may remember this photo~ my studio last fall ~

I have since let in the sunshine ~ let there be light!~



Come on in.... I'll show you around!

{these are just some of the photos I took,

there are more to see if you click on the"my studio" link in my header}

Starting in the corner where I keep my tripod, under the cover of a vintage suede and fur trimmed coat~ the photo is blurry because, well....my tripod is under there! I got it out for the rest of my photos...


my design board


My "love banner" made by Carla... fits perfectly on my vintage suitcases. They have been great for storing magazines & catalogs.

The door to our living room...

new door ~ old hardware


A chippy white frame...framed vintage alphabet and two vintage hooks to hold the 'gathering bags' ~ each with a label...

one gathers items that need to go back to the workshop ~ the other gathers things that need to go upstairs ~ always trying to keep the clutter down!


This three sided corner was tricky to make work for storage ~ I created shelves then skirted the bottom to conceal my filing cabinets. You probably recognize this as the area where I take my photos of signs.

The shelves are filled with items I love to see... vintage art supplies and art books, a vintage Ball canning jar holds my grandmother's oil paints... and a photo of my mom~ she looks like she really didn't enjoy having her photo taken that day~ I love the pouty look on her :)



A few of my vintage gardening books & my Paris charm ~ created by Lulu ~draped over my favorite vase ~ patiently waiting for this year's lilacs....soon.

moving right....

my world clocks ~ still ticking away ~ but I added a chalkboard that I made for jotting down important stuff... like....

(guess where Hannah wants to go this weekend?)


I'm still searching for the perfect vintage cabinet to house this techy stuff but until I find one this thrift store table with very sexy legs is working nicely.


moving to the right... the painting table...

I added my favorite quote to the wall ....



to the right of my table... my vintage metal card files. I gave them some white paint to brighten them up. They hold all my paints and then some....

each with it's own label.




I'm really falling for printers blocks lately ~ I've acquired #'s 4 & 3's ... my kids numbers on their jerseys in various sports :)



I think the 'springyest' thing I did was paint my chest robins egg blue ~ I'm just loving having this color in here!

hangtags ready to go

vintage framed print, The man and his flock....

also falling for vintage office supplies these days... love them!


and last, my vintage mail box ~ it holds my shipping labels, keeping them handy.

There...spring cleaning is done!

{what about the rest of the house? what house??}

Hope everyone is enjoying some spring weather and freshening up!

23 comments:

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love all your windows in here, Paula. Love the corner table and shelves, too. That's a great way to hide storage. Great design board and the shape of your chalkboard is great!

Sassy Marsha said...

I just absolutely love your studio but those suitcases . . . . ohhhh . . if I lived close by . . . tee hee . . .

xxoo
Marsha

Victoria said...

Your studio looks lovely! I love the clocks you have set to the different times, that is such a great idea!

Oh, I had asked you about if you planned on making any bird signs. I started thinking about one saying "My Nest" in French, so I looked up what it would be and it was "Mon Nid"...hmmmm...usually things sound better in French but in this case, not so much!

~Sheri~ said...

very nice.....The vintage alphabet..is it from the Graphics fairy? I was searchn and could not find the WHOLE alphabet for my Daycare/room

injaynesworld said...

What a cheery, inviting little environment you've created. I wish I had that kind of talent.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a beautiful studio, so neat and organized! I know you feel inspired when you work in there! Love the old vintage mailbox! I used to have one like that...in the olden days! Love the lightness and brightness of your room! ♥

Cindy said...

Wow, what a great studio. Love the look and you have so many lovely things to help inspire you! I especially love the vintage print of Jesus and the sheep! Beautiful!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Paula dear,

I feel as I am looking in a mirror here! I saw your blog from AUNTIES CAKES and had to take a peak at a world of CASTLES AND CROWNS! Look where I am from....and your studio looks like MINE! I am willing to bet that from the small picture of your profile, that we even LOOK ALIKE!

Come on over when you get a chance and take a peak at your twin! tteeeeheeee...Anita

Lisa said...

Omg! I love your space, it's so tidy and clean...no clutter! I am so ashamed of myself, for letting my studio go to clutter. I do love seeing how you and others create...I love every thing you've done!

Hugs and kisses,
Lisa

A Cottage Muse said...

Looks like you have set the bar pretty high Paula! Love your space and think I am going to "borrow" your triple clock idea! I think I will set the times to Paris, Aruba and for my kids Disney World!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

YIKES! The more I read your profile, WE ARE TWINS! WRiting, antiquing, dreaming...we are the same! Thank you for stopping by; have a GREAT DAY DREAMING UP SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL! Anita

dogsmom said...

I so very much loved the tour. I can only dream that any one room in my house would ever look so inviting and creatively stimulating.
I will be back to snoop more.

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Oh, Paula, your studio is simply to die for! Sooo wonderful, you are so organized. I love your quotes on the wall, all your vintage storage ideas, and oh, my, how I love your vintage silver. I hoard every piece of silver I can find!! :0)

Thanks for sharing such a beautiful and important area of your home and life!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

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You are just about the coolest person I know, Paula! I LOVE your space and its eclecticism.

CosmoGirl Carla said...

Oh, Paula, I just love your studio. It's so clean and neat and organized and calming (unlike my junk filled room!). I especially like how you tackled that corner with the shelves ~ very creative. All the little "pretties" you shared are wonderful. You have some really cool things. And thanks for the recognition of the Love Banner. I'm so glad you're still liking it :o)

Have a fabulous weekend!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Paula,
I love, love your studio/office..I really do!Gary and I share an office and his side is always messy...LOL.
Everything is so pretty and functional. A very creative place.
Have a sweet day and big hugs, Elizabeth

michelle said...

Your studio is so beautiful Paula. So light and refreshing and I love all your treasures. I love the quote from Mark Twain on your wall, that is just perfect! Very inspiring!

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

How beautiful Paula. I am loving that robin's egg blue credenza. Posted about you today. :-)

Hugs,
Judy

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Your studio is beautiful! Love all your sweet touches! I need to get mine in shape! Thanks for the inspiration!

Hugs,
Maryjane

Sandy Michelle said...

OMG the luggage, canvas display board, the frame and chalk board on the doors, your robin's egg blue furniture piece and your mail box...EVERYTHING is just lovely!!! Thanks for showing your little slice of heaven to us! I need to edit my room now cause it feels cluttered compared to yours! Thanks for sending hopes my way. I am looking forward to a fresh start in April...

Sand

woman said...

So simple and so beautiful!

Pamela said...

Paula what a beautiful space you have created!! I just adore it!

Tina Schadone said...

amazing... I am speechless!!!!