Sunday, February 28, 2016
Saturday, February 27, 2016
I wanted to add a little table for eating lunch or sitting with my laptop. The furniture is all scavenged from other places. Most of it stored in my husband's shop. I love the size and shape of this long narrow table. It is perfect here with this old captain's chair. The entryway on the far left of the picture is the passage into the wet studio / kitchen area (which is still a work in progress - trying to get organized in there and figure out how it needs to be set up).
Friday, February 26, 2016
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Here is a view of the design wall and cutting table / work surface. I designed the work table base so that there would be sufficient leg room for people to be comfortable while sitting here on bar stools. I have one bar stool that I purchased to test my theory and I will eventually add more. The bar stools come from Target and I am hoping for either a sale or I will pick one up now and then to add to the space. At this point - I don't need more than the one for myself.
Eventually, I think I may be teaching in this space or facilitating the Artists Way group here. This work table was designed and built with multiple purposes in mind. I could even entertain in this studio! Come for coffee? I am very happy with the way the work table turned out. It measures 49 x 97" and is 36" high.
The design wall is 14 ft x 8 ft. I built a framework of 2 x 4s behind it and the Styrofoam insulation panels are covered in black flannel with Velcro strips on the back to hold them in place on the 2x4s. The wall here slants at a sharp angle behind the design wall and I built a shelf out of 2 x 4s for stability and storage. It is a large area and I could store a great amount of bulky stuff behind the design panels. I thought it would be easy to remove the panels to access things behind the design wall. However, I am not sure how well the velcro and panels are going to hold up to repeated removal and replacement. I will have to reinforce them if I am going to be accessing the storage behind frequently. At this point, I don't need the space, though - so there is nothing stored behind and the panels are going to stay put.
Black design wall? The one at my home studio is white. But I have it covered with a black sheet! I realized I like working and photographing with a black background, so that is what I installed here. I only hope the light doesn't cause it to fade too quickly. Time will tell!
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Eventually, the sewing machine will be dropped down into the table so it is a giant level sewing surface (49 x 97). I brought my old Janome 6500 in to see if I can be content with it. So far I have only been reminded of how much I dislike sewing on it. In my home studio, I primarily use a Juki 98Q. In fact, I have pretty much worn the Juki out and was already considering purchasing another one. They run about $700, so very affordable. I still contemplate a sit down quilter, as well, though.....so not yet sure what will become permanent in this sewing area. I don't want to cut into the work table until I am certain. Once the hole is cut - it is a long term commitment.I am thrilled with my giant ironing table that is built into this window nook. It measures 73 x 42" I covered plywood with aluminum foil, then a couple of layers of batting and finally wrapped on some upholstery twill that I've had for a decade or so. Staple gun was my tool of choice for this project. I will eventually build a giant shelf or two under the ironing table to store rolls of fabric and batting. I am not doing that until I decide exactly what supplies will be taking up residence in this space so I can customize the storage dimensions.
By the way - I did all this construction 100% by myself. Nobody else - except I did pay someone to carry the 49 x 79" sheets of melamine up two flights of stairs. So heavy and way too big and awkward.
Monday, February 22, 2016
Sunday, February 21, 2016
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Friday, February 19, 2016
I was beginning to regret my wall color choices....."Wet Coral", "Yukon Gold", "Mermaid's Tail" and "Majestic Grape" - bright vivid colors that are not exactly popular decorating colors. As I searched for furnishings - I was discouraged by the prices as well as the limited color options. I shopped every furniture store in town as well as all the thrift stores. I thought I might have to resort to black, but I was resisting black for the furnishings since the design wall is black (pictures to come). I felt it would be too much black. So I kept looking - expanding my search to the Internet. I was delighted to discover these chairs at Target Online in Clearance. A bargain with free shipping - a bit of a gamble - since it is difficult to really read colors online, but I thought they would be close! I love these chairs and the colors are perfect for my wall colors! What a stroke of luck!
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
I decided this smaller office with good light will be the best location for my sewing machine and ironing table. Again, I looked for furniture for my sewing machine. There are lots of sewing machine cabinets on the market, but none of them really seemed right. I was especially dismayed by the price tag. So - I decided to build in my sewing machine table. Just a few screws into the stud wall (can be easily filled and painted over when I move out). I believe this will be a very stable and comfortable sewing surface.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
I've been working steadily at creating an inspiring work environment in a commercial office building (which I am co-managing with my daughter). This space was left trashed by the previous tenant and I spent a lot of time cleaning, repainting, etc. I chose bright cheerful colors for the walls. This seemed like a big leap of faith. I tried to just listen to my internal voice and ended up with some pretty random wall colors. These are not colors I have in my home or any other space......
Window treatments (above) are made from cheesecloth. I purchased a huge bolt of 60" wide cheesecloth years ago. I have not been using it in my work, so was glad to have it available for the window treatments. Who knew it could be so effective?