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Erin Souder loves to create and is the voice behind the daily DIY and home style blog, House of Earnest.  She is a Columbus-based creative who works in product development and specializes in floral design and event styling. In her spare time, Erin likes to make lists (and check things off them). She lives in a 100-year-old farmhouse with her husband and their schnauzer, Perry.

I am a creature of my environment. I like to pretty up my work habitat before I start a project — sometimes, taking care of my surroundings is the project! I love working in a place that is fresh and natural, an open space for my mind to wander.

[Clockwise from top left: Black porcelain pendant by lightextureCow and fly fine art photography by sintwister; Natural wool rug by boucherouiteDanish modern desk from STORnewyork; Apple green upholstered chair by chronologies; Rustic cherry armoire by Curtis furniture.]

Curating a space starts with the big things. A functional, sturdy desk, storage solutions, a comfy place to perch, and a soft rug are the perfect foundation; a large piece of art kicks off the quirk. There are plenty of spaces to hold crafty goodies, surfaces to set works in progress and room to create. I like to combine comfort with minimalism so that there is still room to think and breathe.

[Clockwise from top left: Mint green retro desk lamp by earthseawarriorVintage hanger from elizabethwrenvintage; “You are simply wonderful” print by sarahandbendrixDesktop wooden pencil holder from KarolinfelixDreamMint green 1960’s rotary phone from whiskyginger; Hemlock block side table by naturalwooddesign; Live office plant terrarium by DoodleBirdie; Metallic cork mousepad by ShopEyelet.]

Add on some necessities, like a telephone, desk lamp, pencil corral, and mouse pad. Inspiring details like small pieces of art, plants, and a place to stick a few favorite photos set the tone.

[Clockwise from top left: Custom engraved pencils by thecarboncrusaderMini kraft paper thank you tags from theStationaryRoomWoodland fir pincushion by FoxtailCreekStudioSilver stripe washi tape from PrettyTapeHandmade leather camera strap by LoraynLeather; Kraft paper banner notebook by SparrowNestScriptCustom return address stamp by PrimeleKraft gift card holders from WishDesignStudioSet of 6 letterpress notecards by chathamandcaron.]

If there is anything I love more than home décor, it’s supplies. Most of the time, I have no clue what I’m going to do with a supply or material that I purchase, but I know that the item itself and the space I’m creating in will lead me in the right direction.

I think the only thing missing is this picture is me —  I’d like to jump right in and get to work! What makes you feel creative in your space?

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Erin Souder loves to create and is the voice behind the daily DIY and home style blog, House of Earnest. She is a Columbus-based creative who works in product development, and specializes in floral design and event styling.  In her spare time, Erin likes to make lists and check things off of them.  She lives a 100 year old farmhouse with her husband and their schnauzer, Perry.

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  • GracefullyGirly

    Kimberlee from GracefullyGirly says: Featured

    Oh, how I love supplies too! I have recently prettied up my work space and it's such a delight to look around and see the things that make me happy and inspired. The only thing missing is a live plant - I like your pretty terrarium pick!

    3 years ago

  • inapigsear

    Maria Corey from sowsearjewels says: Featured

    I dream of having a studio, but living in a small New England apartment, I basically have a few little cluttered areas that are designated for different things but regularly spill out of their spaces and have to be coralled. I agree, though, that straightening up and organizing helps a lot in terms of getting out of a creative rut.

    3 years ago

  • JillianReneDecor

    Jillian Carmine from JillianReneDecor says: Featured

    I just love this and glad to hear I'm not alone -- "If there is anything I love more than home décor, it’s supplies." Right there with ya! I love organizing my materials... whenever I get into a creative rut, I always fall back on it. Without fail, I will always come up with a new idea in the process.

    3 years ago

  • EmiliaFaith

    Edie Ann from OhHoneyHush says:

    I always love the home decor blogs! Lovely picks!

    3 years ago

  • imogenskyefreeman

    Imogen Skye Freeman from InkPaintings says:

    That return address stamp calligraphy is BEAUTIFUL!!! I actually did this just the other day. I was setting up for my next series of paintings, but spent my 5 hours just rearranging furniture and making my studio back into a painting space after having turned it into a sewing room for making my son' birthday gift. Today my studio will be half-way painting and the rest of the way a sewing room; my baby girl turns two next week and I have a pretty dolly to make! In our handmade house, I will have a separate area for sewing and one for painting, because even though I enjoy the rearranging and making it all feel fresh again, it is time-consuming and wold be better to do less frequently, probably. Adding a vase of flowers to my studio would be nice, too. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

    3 years ago

  • tereskaanna

    tereskaanna says:

    hey! love the post and went to try to take a look at your blog. there is a type-o on the link. you may want to fix so everyone can visit your site! thanks for the great ideas.

    3 years ago

  • KimberlyEstrada

    Kimberly Estrada from KimberlyEstrada says:

    ahhh! I too am a big hoarder of supplies :P~ my storage solution however is still a work in progress p.s. the link to your blog doesn't work...the "n" and "e" were switched

    3 years ago

  • BetaBoutique

    Beate Vitola from BetaBoutique says:

    oh yes, i can perfectly relate to that. beautiful surrounding makes you think beautiful thoughts and create beautiful things.

    3 years ago

  • MrsGingerandWasabi

    Marta DQ from tribomo says:

    Great post and great blog with very nice pics and ideas! but yes, there is a typo in the link! Thanks for the ideas!

    3 years ago

  • CarpetShopPrincess

    Katie Koshy from carpetshopprincess says:

    Your blog if beautiful! I love how you mention that rugs are part of the perfect foundation for a good workspace. When decorating, I too always start with the rug because it is the piece that will last the longest!

    3 years ago

  • vintagejane

    Stacey from vintagejane says:

    BEAUTIFUL!!! I am SO inspired!!

    3 years ago

  • StringBeardCraftery

    Stephanie from StringBeardCraftery says:

    Working on redecorating my workspace at home! As always, perfect timing bloggers!

    3 years ago

  • riskybeads

    Lori from riskybeads says:

    awesome! just got a new studio so the timing of this is perfect!

    3 years ago

  • ArtBoxCreations

    Kellie from ArtBoxCreations says:

    I'll be moving into my own studio in the arts district here in las vegas next week! This is so inspiring for my new place!!

    3 years ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie says:

    So inspiring!!!

    3 years ago

  • CafePrimrose

    Amanda Gynther from CafePrimrose says:

    Wonderful! Wish I had a real workspace to pretty up.

    3 years ago


    Anathalia from SCAVENGENIUS says:

    What a lovely space! I love Erin's blog, I've been following her for a while now and she is so creative! Great post!

    3 years ago

  • gardenmis

    Priscilla from Gardenmis says:

    Excited to redo my creative space!! Soon hopefully ~ thanks for the inspiration :)

    3 years ago

  • PoetryofObjects
  • lovemeeksie

    Marika Reppas from lovemeeksie says:

    ooo ~ I want the address stamp.

    3 years ago

  • bedouin

    Nicole from bedouin says:

    oh that top photo is so pretty ~ naturally creative!!

    3 years ago

  • CopperheadCreations

    Sarah from CopperheadCreations says:

    Wow! Great set-up! I could use a few of these things for my creative space. :)

    3 years ago

  • oldish

    oldish from oldish says:

    but...where does all the clutter go?

    3 years ago

  • sonyarasi

    Sonya Rasi from sonyarasi says:

    Wonderful collection!

    3 years ago

  • volkerwandering

    Jess from volkerwandering says:

    These items are fabulous!

    3 years ago

  • SolinDesigns

    Sun from SolinDesigns says:

    Read the article Erin, good job!!!

    3 years ago

  • attractiveglam

    Daisey from attractiveglam says:

    This is so mee, i love a nice colorful, organize work station, and a lil music on the background. I love the pencil holder.

    3 years ago

  • AdoroMe

    Isabel from AdoroMe says:


    3 years ago

  • calikat2112

    Kat says:

    Calling out to Super Organizers!!!!! Help! I am buried alive under sketch pads, paints, frames, wire, beads, bags, fabric, gizmos, trinkets, gadgets & whatnots! At first I was so excited to finally claim an entire room as my studio. My creative energy was at an all time high...until somehow things went terribly wrong very fast. Instead of the organized peaceful studio I intended to space has turned into a cluttered storage room, completely much as I can not even locate a pencil much less see the floor. Seriously my lack of organization has not only created artistic block... I now feel anxiety, stressed & complete overwhelmed . I have no idea where to even begin getting out from under this pile of unorganized supplies. I want my art back! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Peace Kat

    3 years ago

  • EarthSeaWarrior

    ursula from EarthSeaWarrior says:

    I think many of us here on Etsy are creatures of our environment. I most certainly am! And much like you Erin, my surroundings usually have to invite my creative spirit... so I'm always cleaning and decorating as if company may be visiting! My husband jokes and says Im OCD.. but I prefer your much more eloquent description :). So from now on my organizing will be referred to as *creating an inspirational habitat* .. ha! THANKS AGAIN for the lovely feature Erin! I adore your blog and I just love this post to pieces ❤ .. CHEERS!

    3 years ago

  • samsnatural

    Sam's Natural from SamsNatural says:

    Nice collection~ Love the kraft paper die-cut gift card holders!

    3 years ago

  • CindyEllison

    Cindy Ellison from CindyEllison says:

    I loved this inspiring post! I think it is an important one, we just feel better in an orderly environment. You have made me want to get busy in my room! No more excuses. Thank You!

    3 years ago

  • lcarlsonjewelry

    Liesl Carlson from lcarlsonjewelry says:

    Amazing. I believe that a great space helps with the creativity.

    3 years ago

  • FalconandFinch

    Lynelle Miliate-Ha from FalconandFinch says:

    LOVE this post. I'm always trying to figure out how to carve a bit more creative space out of my cramped condo. This was very inspiring. More please!

    3 years ago

  • WhisperingOak

    Quality Handmade Items from WhisperingOak says:

    great ways to organize the space

    3 years ago

  • RetrofitBecky

    Becky from RetrofitStyle says:

    We all often have to make our creative spaces serve so many different functions that we can get buried in the stuff it takes to do the job. My home office, studio, shipping center, storage and thinking spot are in one tiny room. Not much room for decorating, but I've got a giant picture window overlooking the lake! My big challenge is keeping it clean and neat!

    3 years ago

  • noritadesigns

    Nora New from noritadesigns says:

    Thank you Erin...House of Earnest is SO inspiring! Will be tidying up my silversmithing area today as I have some lovely treasures waiting to be uncovered again. :) Congratulations on a beautiful blog.

    3 years ago

  • GracefullyGirly

    Kimberlee from GracefullyGirly says: Featured

    Oh, how I love supplies too! I have recently prettied up my work space and it's such a delight to look around and see the things that make me happy and inspired. The only thing missing is a live plant - I like your pretty terrarium pick!

    3 years ago

  • GoldenSpiralDesigns

    Lola Ocian from GoldenSpiralDesigns says:

    Nice collection, thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • ForestnShoreNaturals

    Elly from ForestnShoreNaturals says:

    This has inspired me and kicked my ass to get my qi unblocked! ;~) My studio is too dark! And new shelf is waiting to go to work....something's been stopping me... Thanks Erin!

    3 years ago

  • lauraprill

    Laura Prill from lauraprill says:

    scrumptious post, thank you!

    3 years ago

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  • BizzieLizzie

    Bizzie from BizzieLizzieHandmade says:

    Lovely post! I love having my "own" room to create in. I fill that room with things that I love, treasure and am inspired by! I can get completely lost in there and lose all track of time. Thanks for sharing your lovely finds with us!

    3 years ago

  • paramountvintage

    kristin from blackmoonsky says:

    love this! i am so inspired!

    3 years ago

  • KMalinka

    Natalia from KMalinkaVintage says:

    Awesome collection!

    3 years ago

  • expressyourself
  • FleaMarketGal

    Stacie from FleaMarketGal says:

    great picks! A new blog for me to follow :)

    3 years ago

  • fantasygarden
  • Ridgevales

    Lindsay from SweetThreesBoutique says:

    Beautiful and very inspirational!

    3 years ago

  • wheatleypaperworks

    M Wheatley from wheatleypaperworks says:

    I can usually work for a week or so before grinding to a halt because my studio has become a death-trap! Paper, brushes and paints strewn about the place trying to trip me at every turn. I guess having a two year old "working" alongside me doesn't help...Great post. Best wishes.

    3 years ago

  • AlternativeBlooms

    Alternative Blooms from AlternativeBlooms says:

    We like to work in a clean light filled studio, the counter height has to be just right! good lighting and our favourite music to sing too is ESSENTIAL. White walls with vintage milk glass holds our bouquets nicely, an old white washed round table is perfect for our tools. The work room can put you in the right mood to create, it is a sanctuary :) Great post!!

    3 years ago

  • naturalwooddesign

    Darren from naturalwooddesign says:

    Awesome blog!! Thanks for including us!!

    3 years ago

  • kathyjohnson3

    Kathy Johnson from kathyjohnson3 says:

    My studio is filled to the top of the wall with shelves upon shelves of feathers, chiffons, ribbons galore, lace and rhinestones! Anyone who walks into my studio says it looks like JoAnnes Crafts or Hobby Lobby! :) It's where I love to be surrounded by possibilities galore and I have everything I need at my fingertips just waiting for the creative juices to start flowing or a suggestion from one of my brides. I love my studio, it is my sanctuary!

    3 years ago

  • montanagirl

    Carmen from MontanaGirl says:

    I'm knee-deep (literally) in a creative space re-do. We've remodeled the basement and reworked the office to make room for my husband's new business. Every step of the way something else was "stored" in my room. It's overwhelming. I hope it comes out half as nice as the great spaces I see featured here.

    3 years ago

  • thedancingwren

    Annie from thedancingwren says:

    this is a wonderful post!!! i love to organize and create space in small places so this was fabulous to read! :)

    3 years ago

  • Musclesandcrafts

    Melanie from merVazi says:

    A beautiful working space would be great. I could redo it a million times over, and the end result is always the same. I love organized chaos. I work at all and you can tell exactly what I've been working on. I'm still trying to decide what kind of mural to paint on my wall, though......

    3 years ago

  • ellis713

    sarah ellis from SarahsQuirksofArt says:

    Now I am inspired to organize my work space! Thanks for the ideas! :)

    3 years ago

  • BaxCatandCo

    Kelly from BaxCatandCo says:

    Great post! When my workspace is tidy I feel my most creative. There is an easel set up on one side of the room, too, so if I need a break from sewing I can go paint. Art that hangs on the walls in my workspace also gets my creativity flowing.

    3 years ago

  • fbstudiovt

    Laura Hale from FoundBeautyStudioArt says:

    I love the phrase "A Space to Create"! My partner and I live in a tiny 2 bedroom condo (But it's a Burlington, VT condo which means that it's the upstairs of a house from the 1850's with another unit below, made into an association with the two neighboring 1850's houses which have also been chopped up into units). He's a wood worker and I'm a sculptor/upcycler, so the extra bedroom is the wood and metal smithing shop where the copious amounts of dust can be collected easily, and the rest of the house is fair game for studio space. We live where we work, so every space is work space. Our kitchen is more likely to have wax melting on the stove than anything else. Our coffee table is covered in scrap metal that I'm turning into robots. Our bedroom is my fabric storage area and home to the collection of guitars he's made from scratch. Thank goodness we finally set aside a selection of old pots, pans, knives, and silverware for non-food projects or we'd probably have poisoned ourselves by now!

    3 years ago

  • GardenofYve

    Danielle Yve from GardenofYve says:

    This has been something I've been meaning to do...thanks for the nudge!

    3 years ago

  • warnellcreations

    warnellcreations from warnellcreations says:

    Erin, thanks for the tip for the perfect items to include for the foundation for any space.

    3 years ago

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams says:

    I'm a bit envious of those who have an actual studio, a whole room even. I have a corner of an enclosed porch that also serves as dining room, gym, computer workspace, pantry and pet supply storage area. I paint and sew in my corner (but only one at a time.) It's too full and cluttered, but it's all I've got! so I make the best of it. At least I've got big windows and a backyard to look out upon. So if you have a room of your own, rejoice!

    3 years ago

  • KnottyNotions

    Debbie from KnottyNotions says:

    Love it!! And same here, I don't have a room of my own yet, but these are still some great ideas!

    3 years ago

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  • FrancesMarin

    Frances Marin from FrancesMarin says:

    Oh! Fantastic style. I love the combination of comfort and minimalism!

    3 years ago

  • aubreyjdesigns

    Aubrianna Mackeby from aubreyjdesigns says:

    I really loved this blog! It gave me a lot of insight into creating my own home studio/work space. Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • gilstrapdesigns

    Debra Gilstrap from gilstrapdesigns says:

    Great post and it's right on time for me. I will finally be getting my own work space/studio when my daughter moves out next month. I'm taking her old bedroom and finally after being in the dinning room working I will have my private space and I'm so excited. We moved in this house two years ago and the garage was supposed to be my little studio but we ended up needing it for storage space from our previous house and my daughters stuff that she had from her old apartment so I ended up being in the dinning room once again but I had a little space in there at the window where I could look out in the backyard while I'm working and sometimes I will go and create on the patio I love working outside especially when I'm working on artwork but now I will have that extra bedroom to spread out and I'm going to make it so inspiring with all of the little extra touches that inspire me that I've had stored away. I know that one day I will have my own little building in the backyard but for now I'm so excited and happy that I will have the spare bedroom. YEA!

    3 years ago

  • thevicagirl

    VaLon Frandsen from thevicagirl says:

    Great items. I love designing spaces, and these are some great additions to any space.

    3 years ago

  • apollinerei

    Jess Wilson from thepolymertwist says:

    I love this post! Wish I had the time to do something like this.

    3 years ago

  • doodlebirdie

    Patricia from DoodleBirdie says:

    Thank you so much for including me in this post!!! xoxoxo

    3 years ago

  • naturalwooddesign

    Darren from naturalwooddesign says:

    Thanks so much for including us in this awesome blog!!

    3 years ago

  • naturalwooddesign

    Darren from naturalwooddesign says:

    Thanks so much for including us in this awesome blog!

    3 years ago

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle from ACupOfSparkle says:

    This is such a great theme. So inspiring!

    3 years ago

  • imogenskyefreeman

    Imogen Skye Freeman from InkPaintings says:

    It's so funny how easy it is to forget how odd my studio is in my home. A previous poster wrote that she was envious of those with studios, and it occurred to me that while I have a studio, it is at the expense of having a bedroom! Every night, I convert our livngroom into a bedroom for me and my co-sleeping 2 yr old, while my fabulous and dearly-missed man works overnights. Sometimes he's home, and the three of us share the livingroom-bedroom. Then, every morning I reconvert the livingroom and we all carry on with our day. My five children all hang out in the studio with me while I work, and it ends up being very untidy every day as a result, so usually, tidying happens both before and after working. Our home is only three rooms as it is (and just under 700 sq ft), so having one of those rooms for studio space is a significant commitment. We've been tiny-house-rs for almost four years now, so it feels normal. But our new build will definitely have a bedroom for me and my man AND a studio! But honestly, I feel so happy and grateful every time I think of or get to say "my studio"; it's perhaps more exciting than the very few references I might make to "my bedroom", or to the kitchen table if I didn't have a studio. :)

    3 years ago

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty says:


    3 years ago

  • LittleBlueMoon

    QQ Lee from LittleBlueMoon says:

    love the pot of flowers...

    3 years ago

  • volcanogirlcreations

    Connie Haskell from volcanogirlcreations says:

    Nice choices, love the clean lines and organic look. It is always a treat to "look into" another creatives can see their heart!

    3 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery says:

    I wish my studio space wasn't so messy maybe then I could have some nice things in it! : o

    3 years ago

  • LineaLina

    Susanne Major from LineaLina says:

    Great article! I have planned to redo my studio so often, but never came round to it. Everytime I start there are small bits and pieces that remind me of something that I wanted to do with them. Then my creativity starts to flow and I have to finish this project before I can start to work on the working space itself... Happens all the time

    3 years ago

  • mimishingleton

    Mimi from aTreasureInStore says:

    So true, now I have a way to explain dining room started as a studio, now so many things have taken over when we left for a few days my son called some friends and said, "Party at the Vintage Warehouse!". Time to reorganize, list, and sell!

    3 years ago

  • jewelsvine

    Jules Vine from jewelsvine says:

    great stuff. Unfortunately my studio is something of a muddle mostly. Havinr several hundred projects on the go at once doesnt help! I think it's just the way I am though.... (: Envious of your skills of tidiness for sure! Cheers, Jules

    3 years ago

  • sherriedolan

    Sherrie Dolan from DesignBySD says:

    So inspiring!

    3 years ago

  • sewinggals

    sewinggals from sewinggals says:

    I love the return address stamp writing!! All of your items are beautiful. Many times i purchase supplies without knowing exactly what i will do with them. I am inspired to re-organize my sewing/crafting area!!

    3 years ago

  • inapigsear

    Maria Corey from sowsearjewels says: Featured

    I dream of having a studio, but living in a small New England apartment, I basically have a few little cluttered areas that are designated for different things but regularly spill out of their spaces and have to be coralled. I agree, though, that straightening up and organizing helps a lot in terms of getting out of a creative rut.

    3 years ago

  • rhondarenay

    Rhonda Jones from RhondaRenay says:

    Husband and I live in a little travel trailer on some friend's land. It's big enough for just us and a small dog we call "little guy". I have books on various crafts spilling out everywhere: on the kitchen table and booth, on the entertainment center in bedroom, on the sofa. All beads are on the table, under the fold out sofa. yarn and spinning wheel have to stay out of sight for hubby to function and he'd like to throw my other stuff out too. We are living there until we get our house built. We having been planning/building it for 2 years. I think it might be too late to suggest we add on a room for my studio. Maybe some day.

    3 years ago

  • vinproelegance

    Vinpro Elegance from vinproelegance says:

    Wonderful!1very creative and inspiring.

    3 years ago

  • foxtailcreek

    Janine from FoxtailCreekStudio says:

    Thank you so much for this article! I love to imagine that my items help to brighten up the space where others create their beautiful work, so I'm thrilled to see the Woodland Fir pincushion as part of this wonderful post! And I am in love with that armoire ♥

    3 years ago

  • PinesVintageClothing

    Pine from GoodOldVintageOnline says:

    Great tips! I'm constantly rearranging, editing, and adding to my studio. Proper work space is definitely key.

    3 years ago

  • JillianReneDecor

    Jillian Carmine from JillianReneDecor says: Featured

    I just love this and glad to hear I'm not alone -- "If there is anything I love more than home décor, it’s supplies." Right there with ya! I love organizing my materials... whenever I get into a creative rut, I always fall back on it. Without fail, I will always come up with a new idea in the process.

    3 years ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 from Parachute425 says:

    I'm fixated on glass jars at the moment. Everything in clear glass jars where things can be seen and stacked along the back of my work table. When I'm working, it's like a tornadao blew through but when I'm not working there's a place for everything and everthing is in its place.

    3 years ago

  • chathamandcaron

    chathamandcaron from chathamandcaron says:

    Thank you so much for including my "hello" letterpress cards in your post!

    3 years ago

  • dvcollection

    Dena Venable from dvcollection says:


    3 years ago

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat says:

    Hmmm... fine for someone who makes items that don't create mess/dirt, but for those of us who manage to cover everything with sawdust and/or burn marks, this kind of cosy space is slightly impractical! I'll stick to my unheated, outside, dirt-floored shed... it's my space & I'm happy in it!

    3 years ago

  • angelajsimpson

    angela j simpson from angelajsimpson says:

    I dream of my own day ! I look forward to filling it with goodies from Etsy

    3 years ago

  • sarahknightdesign

    Sarah Knight from CuteLittleNursery says:

    These are all great ideas. I love to decorate and make my spaces my own. Thanks for the great post!

    3 years ago

  • minipotterybyanita

    minipotterybyanita from potterybyAnita says:

    "A place for everything and everything in its place." Words to live by! Yeah, right! I can do that, up to a point, then my multi-plicity takes over and I gotta get messy! HAHA! ♥♥♥

    3 years ago

  • myMountainStudio

    Nikki Weiss from myMountainStudio says:

    Love the post! And love the flowers in the first photo ... we fill our home with wildflowers we pick all summer long!! My youngest daughters love picking me wildflowers to freshen up our vases and jars. :)

    3 years ago

  • rebeckahinton

    Rebecka Hinton from CalicoGryphon says:

    Wonderful ideas and suggestions! Your studio sounds like something I hope to have one day. Right now I only have a little round table and a few plastic totes to work with. Space is extremely limited where I am. After reading this, I think I could probably turn even my small spot into something more. I haven't been making use of the window for example, and those totes really need some organization to them.

    3 years ago

  • 5gardenias

    kathi roussel from 5gardenias says:

    beautiful inspiration!

    3 years ago

  • DowntownDame

    Kelly Deneen says:

    Great post. My hubby and I just moved into our beautiful house in the country of Wisconsin, near Madison. It has almost everything, and space to create what is missing. My hubby claimed the entire basement as part of his metalworking shop, and decided it was only fair to finish out the attic for me! I surely can't complain about that! We won't be able to work on it until fall (boy is it hot up there right now!) but once we finish it out I will (finally!) have a dedicated craft space in the large eaves, and a cozy little reading nook in the smaller one. I can't wait to have a space dedicated to creation, where I can leave projects out and come back to them later. Where I can curl up with a book. Where I can paint walls with the wonderful bright colors that the man isn't as into. Even thinking about it makes me feel both excited and more relaxed.

    3 years ago

  • MissHildebrandt

    Miss Hildebrandt from MissHildebrandt says:

    There is a place to create in every room of our house, besides the hallways. Even the bathrooms have blank paper, clipboard and pen most of the time! So diverse with our creativity that rugs are more a hazard and plants may die due to neglect or fumes. Creativity is our main source of entertainment as discovery takes place everyday. To be innovative comes naturally as we paint pictures, glue stuff together and spray paint sticks and stuff.Great post, neat items for the designated crafty space!

    3 years ago

  • BlueToad

    BlueToad Journals of Tremundo from BlueToad says:

    creative space inspires new works!

    3 years ago

  • needleandfelt

    Amy from needleandfelt says:

    What makes me feel creative in my space is actually space. I decorated mine with things I love and try to keep it organized as best as possible. I work better in a minimal environment. Great post and love all your pretty finds!

    3 years ago

  • epicstitching

    Mel Ladner from epicstitching says:

    I often remind myself that instead of shopping online and spending money I should shop my own stash! As there are so many great things in their that I've forgotten about or put aside. That is what my craft space is all about. It's not a big area, nor a fancy one but it's the space where I can 'shop' my own ideas.

    3 years ago

  • WendysJoy

    Wendy Garrigues Jenkins from WendysJoy says:

    I love to combine inspirational decorations with reminders of victories. I have thank you notes from customers on a joy board on one wall, and then artwork from artists I admire on another. My latest trophy: I recently invested in a heat press and needed a huge work table that could take the weight of the 100 lb press plus other equipment. I scoured all sorts of sites, but ended up finding an "old skool" style gigantic desk at Habitat for Humanity's ReStore for like $45. At 3 feet deep and 6 feet long, it is a beast, but it works perfectly for holding all of my equipment, and it is prettier than an industrial workbench.

    3 years ago

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry from pinksnakejewelry says:

    A Kindred Spirit!!! Wonderful Collection of Goodies!!! Super Post!

    3 years ago

  • WitsEndMagick

    Rita Vaughn from WitsEndMagick says:

    Aside from your post being an inspiration it is great to read the comments of others and realize that many of us are trying to eek out enough space to create in and dreaming about our "perfect" studio...we are not alone ; - ) We use what we have and create as best we can with what we have...THAT's creative !!

    3 years ago

  • windycitynovelties

    Windy City Novelties says:

    I agree with spicing up a space to create a new creative flow!

    3 years ago

  • priscilapeters

    Priscila Peters from HeartsandDecor says:

    I agree with the idea of making a space your own to be creative!!

    3 years ago

  • MaggiePaggieDesigns

    Rebecca from MaggiePaggieDesigns says:

    Love this post and love your Blog!

    3 years ago

  • GraciousArt

    Pamela Neswald from GraciousArt says:

    Ha, ha! I have the same problem as Susanne. It's getting to look like Francis Bacon's studio around here.

    3 years ago

  • traceybrown

    Tracey Brown from traceybrown says:

    Great blogging, space can be difficult to find especially in a busy house. I have a little beach hut I retreat to in the garden. No phone or internet to disturb my creative juices.

    3 years ago

  • tatianaishere

    tatiana m says:

    Love it and love your blog! I am going to start becoming a new avid reader!

    3 years ago

  • PottyMouthGems

    Janet from PottyMouthGems says:

    I LOVE supplies too!! ;) But seriously, I love all kinds of supplies, huge stash= happiness.

    3 years ago

  • naturalwooddesign

    Darren from naturalwooddesign says:

    Awesome blog!! Thanks so much for including us!!

    3 years ago

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    AJ Marsden from OnlyOriginalsByAJ says:

    Great post! I agree, a lot of times I buy something not knowing what I'll do with it, I just have to wait for the inspiration to hit me!

    3 years ago

  • demonkitty101

    Sally Kelland from demonkitty101 says:

    I think all artistic types LOVE supplies.It is so easy to get buried under a mountain of stuff.My 13yo daughter who writes stories and draws is ADDICTED to stationary and whilst her room is a mess at least I know she won't get into drugs-she couldn't spare the money from her pencil and paper habit!! The only way to stay organised is to dedicate at least 4 hours once a month to reorganising the work space.It allows you also to see some things in a new light and get new ideas,not to mention finding things that you had forgotten about!! This is vitally important and should be seen as part of the whole process.There is nothing worse than having inspiration strike only to be confronted by a pigsty,it can turn away even the most dedicated of us!

    3 years ago

  • PinwheelStudio

    Whitney from PinwheelStudio says:

    Yes, comfort with minimalism is such a great combination! Reorganizing my studio always gets me out of my creative ruts :)! Enjoyed this article, cheers.

    3 years ago

  • telepelekids

    ilanit bronstein from telepelekids says:

    Wow,i look at your blog,such a great idea!thanks for sharing!!!

    3 years ago

  • peshka

    Peshka from Peshka says:

    So Cool!

    3 years ago

  • AtelierYumi

    Maryam 'Yumi' Gaber from AtelierYumi says:

    truly a wonderful collection! a creative, beautifully organized space is so important!

    3 years ago

  • mimmymim

    Marji Stevens from MarjiStevens says:

    I call "working on my supplies" Peaceful Puttering. It relaxes me. Sometimes the only way I can get started on projects is to reorganize. Rearranging furniture does it also. I'm going to homeschool art in my garage (grandkids) this fall, so I'm in the process of making the space awesome. Great blog. Marji

    3 years ago

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  • xZOUix

    Zoui from XZOUIX says:

    oh my, lovely lovely lovely! thanks for this article :) i live in two places,moving there and back. each of my "homes" is different :) i'll be movin' to the other place in about two weeks & i'm looking for a new inspiration to refresh the atmosphere.

    3 years ago

  • Mystiquebijoux

    Annik-Michele from Mystiquebijoux says:

    Very inspiring! I wish my work space were this beautiful and elegant! Every time I try to make it neat and comfy I end up overwhelmed by all the stuff I have and I can't seem to throw anything in the trash even if I haven't used it in years. I guess I'm a bit of a hoarder when it comes to my workshop!!! I need to work on this and my work and success will probably benefit from it! Thanks for the great tips and inspiring images! Annik-Michele xox

    3 years ago

  • bhangtiez

    Jana from bhangtiez says:

    Great finds!

    3 years ago

  • bagsbystacey

    Stacey Pignatore from bagsbystacey says:

    I love this article! It makes me feel normal! I often reorganize my work space, and while those around me think of it as a procrastination tool, I view it as a necessity. Visually clearing the clutter so I can focus on creating, and using my rapidly growing stash of fabrics! Wouldn't have it any other way!

    3 years ago

  • nicolerisinger

    Nicole Risinger from SoSewOrganized says:

    I have a teeny corner of a room for my sewing desk and supplies, but I have BIG PLANS to make it a comfy corner to create in! Your environment sets a huge stage for your creativity and craftiness. Thanks for this great post! I'm left feeling inspired about my space!

    3 years ago

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  • ErikaPrice

    Erika from ErikaPrice says:

    Thanks for all the tips, Erin. My studio is totally cluttered - and choc full of jars, bottles, boxes and bags of beads and silver!

    3 years ago

  • ArleenDesign

    ArleenDesign from ArleenDesign says:

    Love to work in a beautiful ,well organize and clean environment.Thoughts of creativity and the inspiration just flow easily ..All the baby food bottles and milk cans when painted and decoupage makes the most beautiful decor! Thanks for this article it:)

    3 years ago

  • thedustycaravan

    Hollie M Kelley from thedustycaravan says:

    This motivates me to do a big overhaul of my space- it's so easy to let the clutter build up around you & forget that your space should reflect what you want your practice to be..

    3 years ago

  • MonicaRoseDesigns

    Monica Rose from MonicaRoseDesigns says:

    the placea create in definetly effects what i create

    3 years ago

  • sighinspiration

    sighinspiration from sighinspiration says:

    I loved your blog and very time appropriate for me too. I have been working on my art room and it is now so nice to work in and I like to just spend time there playing with my art supplies and getting inspired. I also like the idea of a live plant so will search for a low maintenance one. It's good to know I'm not the only one who enjoys having a neat and clean art studio.

    3 years ago

  • redemptionart

    Connie Haskell from redemptionart says:

    Very nice...I am also in the process of creating the environment in my studio. Just found a very cool flower shaped vintage rattan table and two wooden chairs from the 50's. Also installing shelving! My second! Aloha!

    3 years ago

  • TheScarletSageTree

    Suzanne Furtado from TheScarletSageTree says:

    My home office is right now half office and half warehouse, from the looks of it, lol. But I am gradually getting to the picture I want it to be, amen, and this article has been a great dose of inspiration, and also a nice little push in the rear for me to get a move on with my space! Loved seeing all your pretty picks, are those vintage button sample cards on the wall - so neat! Thanks for the very inspiring eyefuls, your lovely blog included. Have a great weekend :)

    3 years ago

  • WhimsicalRoad

    WhimsicalRoad from WhimsicalRoad says:

    so natural, beautiful, and vintage... <3

    3 years ago

  • Glassbeacher

    Glass Beach from GlassBeachSeaGlass says:

    I want to be ABLE to organize my craft room. Meaning, I have the most gorgeous objects! Glass bowls, terrariums, fish bowls. Then there is the sea glass, drift wood, mosses, abalone shells, sand, pottery. But, where to put it and how to put it together makes my mind freeze! I envy you peeps who can organize. It's a skill and a gift I envy!

    3 years ago

  • EarthGoddessDesign

    Catherine from EarthGoddessDesign says:

    Beautiful pieces and great colour suggestions. I am hopeless at organising and could use someone to come and do it for me. My workspace is tiny and crowded. I need beauty in my life!

    3 years ago

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  • lovelyfeverboutique

    Jessica from LovelyFever says:

    Great article! The very space we create in does need to be able to set off sparks of inspiration. My craft desk is surrounded by my collages and black and white prints of Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and romantic Paris images. Most of my supplies are in their respective storage places....but some I keep out in the open, so that I am more likely to receive a fleeting idea of what it can be turned into.

    3 years ago

  • Macramaking

    Ellen from Macramaking says:

    reorganizing all my materials is on the top of my list for this week! It truly does help you get new ideas! Nice article!

    3 years ago

  • polkadotcherries

    Marietta from polkadotcherries says:

    i just recently organized all my supplies and got a hobby table for my craft room. What a difference it has made to my crafting life, I come out of the room happy (which is the point of creating after all!) and not frustrated from lack of finding things I know I have!

    3 years ago

  • sofiatrinker

    Sofia Sanchez from Dedosen2 says:

    Awesome ideas!

    3 years ago

  • meganesass

    Megan from meganEsass says:

    Erin, I always love reading your blog... and these are some great tips for creating a creative space! This is something I need to take some time to do for myself!

    3 years ago

  • darioushka

    Ayelet Cohen-guzik from darioushka says:

    Love this blog! Thank you

    3 years ago

  • houseofearnest

    houseofearnest from houseofearnest says:

    I am so overwhelmed by all of your kind comments! Etsy literally has the best and most supportive community! Thank you all for reading!

    3 years ago

  • scal12

    Payson A from SecondStarDesignCo says:

    These ideas are great, thank you for sharing them! Working outside in the sunshine always helps me feel creative, because nature itself gives so much inspiration on it's own. But for winter months when I'm stuck inside, I love your suggestions!

    3 years ago

  • emmajin

    Emma jin from Emmajins says:

    Wonderful decoration ,she could found pleasuer from House and living things,must be a lovely girl. Life is not without beauty, but a lack of eyes to find beauty

    3 years ago

  • AMarigoldLife

    Lynn from AMarigoldLife says:

    Fabulous ideas, thanks so much for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • customheirloomart1

    Custom HeirloomArt from customheirloomart1 says:

    Simple and clean.

    3 years ago

  • TheSewingGin

    TheSewingGin from TheSewingGin says:

    Great reading and inspiration.

    3 years ago

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags says:

    Love to read ! Merci !

    3 years ago

  • colleenswenson

    Colleen Swenson from ColleenSwenson says:

    Thanks for the insite. I have never thought of my "need to have a clean work space" as my project. Good way to look at it rather than a time consuming thing to do before I start to work. I was the same in my office workspace. Work goes smoother if the surrounding is neat. I love the list idea. I have done this for years and my three children and some of the grandchipdren have followed my style. When I visit my neice who was a bit messy and disorganized I see to do lists. Thanks for sharing/

    3 years ago

  • kikiparis

    Dominique Adeli from KidzCreationz says:

    Wow--I love your stuff. It's modern art deco which is crisp and clean :)

    3 years ago

  • AbleAprons

    Erika Kelly from PortlandApronCompany says:

    I love to start a project in a clean, organized space....and then mess it up as I work! But I always appreciate a fresh, organized space, with good music :-)

    3 years ago

  • ckarigan

    claudia karigan from YourFinalTouch says:

    I just did this the other day. I feel when I have a clean space, I have a clean mind and ideas come to mind. Great post! Thank you Claudia

    3 years ago

  • heatherlong347

    Heather Long from millielovescrafts says:

    I totally agree that your surroundings can inspire you and i find that sorting out my crafty bits can spark off an idea. I dream of having my own dedicated craft room, but for the moment have to make do with the dining table and a storage cabinet outside my back door absolutely bursting at the seams with all my fabric, buttons and the like! My husband is more minimalist and clear surfaces where I dream of french style cream and white shabby chic. Well, a girl can dream!!

    3 years ago

  • atreasure

    Haylee from aTreasure says:

    Great tips! I love having an organized place to work. I love the style too. Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • stubbernloved

    Kim Hicks from stubbernloved says:

    Hi, I love your ideas! I haven't been inspired to sew in a while and I think it has to do with the decor in my sewing room... I didn't even think about it. Thank you for your ideas. I am going to redesign my room and see if that helps. Thanks again, Kim :)

    3 years ago

  • MullaneInk

    Molly Shannon from MullaneInk says:

    I have a craft corner.... and would love to spice it up! This is just the inspiration I need!

    3 years ago

  • jmayoriginals

    jean from jmayoriginals says:

    what a great timing....i'm putting the finishing touches on my new studio and now have even more design ideas to kick around. thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • TheHeartwoodStudio

    Nathan Wood from TheHeartwoodStudio says:

    I clean my studio at the end of each work day. That way, when I go in to work again not only is my studio fresh, but my mind is also. I like to decorate my studio with old equipment and interesting pieces of wood.

    3 years ago

  • BijouxBridalChicago

    Cathie Shaffer from BijouxBridalChicago says:

    I recently opened a retail space in a wedding co-op in my town. I was working behind my display case and storing supplies in a couple of those plastic roll-around stacks or drawers, feeling very unprofessional. I checked out Craigslist and got a HUGE deal on a dining buffet/hutch with storage on the bottom and glass-front display on the top, for $60!! It was in perfect shape, so I grabbed it and spent two days staining the dated fruitwood finish white with a silver-gray glaze. I then retrofit it with little lights in the top and glass shelves to see through. I spent a whole afternoon in the shop organizing my supplies in the drawers and side doors and then displayed my bridal accessories on the top two shelves, but all my ribbons beautifully displayed on the bottom shelf. It's gorgeous and I can't wait to go back to the shop on Thursday!

    3 years ago

  • stuartroadvintage

    Jeanne from stuartroadvintage says:

    Thanks for this feature, there is nothing like pretty organization!

    3 years ago

  • FlowerLand85

    Sara Max from FlowerLandShop says:

    I would like a big, functional and inspirational space. Now I'm working in my small bedroom...I think everyone need a space suitable to his job! I would like some big posters representing natural landscapes and animals...every time I'll raise my eyes I'll see open space and all will be more relaxing! I like having everything at hand, small drawers with wheels would be very useful!

    3 years ago

  • NannyMadeandfound

    Melinda from sixtybeansVntg says:

    ok, now i'm inspired to get my "creative space" created :-) i keep feeling like my time is better spent finding new treasures to share on Etsy, or cleaning and fixing them, or taking photo's or...... i know the value of having beautiful and organized surroundings to inspire and just enjoy. thanks for this post!

    3 years ago

  • v7atmost

    Siriwong Teeragosolpong from DIYThaiStyle says:

    very very beautiful

    3 years ago

  • PoshBinky

    Jennifer from PoshBinky says:

    This is very nice! I think our spaces get so crazy and messy sometimes that is good to take a step back and make a space that is functional and appealing. Great article!

    3 years ago

  • vintagenuthatch

    Tammy Franck from RedOakImages says:

    You've got me inspired now to clean up and organize my work room!!! Love you collection!

    3 years ago

  • Cadouxdle

    Catrina from Cadouxdle says:

    Think i'm gonna have to redo my space now too! Great post, thank you!

    3 years ago

  • theearlygirl

    Shannon Johnson from TheEarlyGirl says:

    Totally inspired! Thanks for sharing...

    3 years ago

  • liddysopretty

    liddy sopretty from liddysopretty says:

    oh dear...i need to organize my space!

    3 years ago

  • silkoak

    Jan Rhodes Norman from silkoak says:

    Lovely, I agree. An open, organized space clears the mind and allows your creativity to flow. Thanks for the reminder!

    3 years ago

  • FeltHappiness

    Juliane Gorman from FeltHappiness says:

    I love the beautiful environments & stationery featured - especially washi tape! I'm a bit of a clutter-bunny whose 'studio' perches in the corners of the kitchen & bedroom. However, my husband finds clutter stressful. There is a great article about having a tidy environment by Oliver Burkeman : He mentions the brilliant idea of zones of tidy/untidyness so everyone gets to be happy/feel creative!

    3 years ago

  • BeetrootPress

    Sarah Papworth from BeetrootPress says:

    I might go and work on it right now! I moved house about 4 months ago to the West Midlands in the UK and am still settling in really. I find I make a mess SO easily, but I've made some shelves for my printing inks and hung cork boards up to put ideas on, think I need to make it more homely as I often just draw in-front of the telly! ...which is not good! Thanks for the great ideas.

    3 years ago

  • savanahm

    Savanah Macaulay from MyHandmadeHappies says:

    What a wonderful post! I too like to tidy my area before I start a new project. :)

    3 years ago

  • QualityStitchez

    Katee from QualityStitchez says:

    Wonderful Article and much needed. Thank you for the reminder.

    3 years ago

  • MLanghamBlueLizard

    Misty Langham from MLanghamBlueLizard says:

    I just love this post! I'm glad I'm not alone in the quest to organize my work space. I feel inspired again,thanks!

    3 years ago

  • retrosugarandspice

    retrosugarandspice from BlueRoseVintage says:

    Having a studio space is very important regardless of the square footage of your home. I had started off working on a tiny table in the corner of a dingy basement. i realized that I never wanted to go to the basement to work and thus my business suffered. One day I decided to save some money and bought myself paint, carpet squares and fun furniture and accessories from IKEA to fix up the basement. Now it is a fantastic studio space and the envy of any of our family and friends who stop by to take a look. Bottom line, make a space for yourself and have fun with decorating it so everytime you go to your studio you feel empowered to take on a new day.

    3 years ago

  • metalicious

    Stephanie Maslow Blackman from metalicious says:

    I love all the details, thanks!

    3 years ago

  • ionesAttic

    Barbara from ionesAttic says:

    congrats elizabethwren on the feature! I'll be seeing you in September at JunkBonanza!

    3 years ago

  • fujimom

    Molly Gochenour from PrettyandUseful says:

    This article and comments provide some great inspiration! I have been gathering items or my "studio" for years without realizing it. I feel so lucky to finally be close to having my own space. I am an artist and I work in pastels, charcoal, acrylics. I also design jewelry, sew a few little things and recycle various materials and items into useful and beautiful objects. I am currently in the middle of cleaning up a 40'X12' building in the backyard that was formerly used as a dog kennel and suffered a severe rat infestation issue as a result of poor cleaning. The floor is concrete and will be painted a creamy warm yellow. There are currently two small windows which do open and have screens and one door. I bartered one of my custom paintings for a set of previously used french doors and plan to find at least 3 additional windows to add light. The french doors will open to our back field which is next to a huge open field planted with grass and surrounded by native oak and other trees. The wall faces the southeast so I hope to put in a few windows to open it up. Lots of used windows and doors on Craig's List! Already have few tables and shelving and plan to add lots more storage. I keep my pastels in a rolling tool box, it was my birthday present last year and I love it.

    3 years ago

  • SewTrendy

    SewTrendy from SewTrendy says:

    So true to keep your work space organized! Great picks! I love filling mine with quirky vintage finds that I can also be used as storage.

    3 years ago

  • SassMuffins

    Christy from SassMuffins says:

    I have my own space to design/work and I gave careful thought to how I ideally wanted it all laid out. For me it's all about the organization...making my time as well spent as possible. My space is perfect for me! You can see a photo of my sewing work space in my "About" shop page. And at the end of any sewing session, I neatly put things away...tidy that the next time I start work I have a nice, clean space. And of course that prevents my cats from chewing on any loose string, which would be very bad!! I also add colorful touches that make me smile, special little things that just speak to me...some small oil paintings by my Mom, vintage finds, a pretty modern bulletin board, a pair of silver squirrel salt & pepper shakers that make great desk weights, etc. Get creative and make it YOURS!

    3 years ago

  • allisonshafer

    Allison Gross from OakLeafCrafts says:

    I really love this!! the colors and designs are so inspiring! I have been wanting to create my own work/ creation space for so long now and haven't been able to. I am going to start now! :)

    3 years ago

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth says:

    just ♥!!!

    3 years ago

  • jbngems

    Margarita Sciapin from JBNGEMS says:

    enjoyed your post lots!~ i love the blue old phone pic!:)))

    3 years ago

  • theincabag

    theincabag from Incabags says:

    Any one like bags made and inspired by the Incas?

    3 years ago

  • fabricoholics

    Mechelle from InsideNanaSewingRoom says:

    I am creating a new craft space in the basement family room. I need my things near but I also need a clutter-free environment. I can have both by using cabinets with doors. Ah ha, kitchen cabinets. You inspired me. Thanks for the help.

    3 years ago

  • FreshRetroGallery

    Elizabeth Knaus from FreshRetroGallery says:

    I've added a monthly reminder to iCal that tells me to clear off my drawing table. The worst enemy of creativity is having too much clutter to have space needed to create. Having abundant shelving and drawers is essential to store all the tools and media of art.

    3 years ago

  • vcuencaecharte

    Veronica Cuenca Echarte from VCuencaEcharte says:

    Beautiful!! and now I have a lot of ideas!!! THANKS!

    3 years ago

  • jacobstefen

    Jacob Stefen says:

    mot farnbourough

    3 years ago

  • BeLifted

    CJ from TheLiftJewelryShop says:

    Yes! A cool creative working environment is a must. Great Article ;)!!

    3 years ago