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A Space to Create

Jul 5, 2012

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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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  • GracefullyGirly

    Kimberlee from GracefullyGirly said 4 years ago 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!

  • inapigsear

    Maria Corey from sowsearjewels said 4 years ago 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.

  • JillianReneDecor

    Jillian Carmine from JillianReneDecor said 4 years ago 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.

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  • EmiliaFaith

    Edie Ann from OhHoneyHush said 4 years ago

    I always love the home decor blogs! Lovely picks!

  • imogenskyefreeman

    Imogen Skye Freeman from InkPaintings said 4 years ago

    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! :)

  • tereskaanna

    tereskaanna said 4 years ago

    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.

  • KimberlyEstrada

    Kimberly Estrada from KimberlyEstrada said 4 years ago

    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

  • BetaBoutique

    Beate Vitola from BetaBoutique said 4 years ago

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

  • MrsGingerandWasabi

    Marta DQ from tribomo said 4 years ago

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

  • CarpetShopPrincess

    Katie Koshy from carpetshopprincess said 4 years ago

    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!

  • vintagejane

    Stacey from vintagejane said 4 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL!!! I am SO inspired!!

  • StringBeardCraftery

    Stephanie from StringBeardCraftery said 4 years ago

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

  • riskybeads

    Lori from riskybeads said 4 years ago

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

  • ArtBoxCreations

    Kellie from ArtBoxCreations said 4 years ago

    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!!

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 4 years ago

    So inspiring!!!

  • CafePrimrose

    Amanda Gynther from CafePrimrose said 4 years ago

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

  • SCAVENGENIUS

    Anathalia from SCAVENGENIUS said 4 years ago

    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!

  • gardenmis

    Priscilla from Gardenmis said 4 years ago

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

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  • lovemeeksie

    Marika Reppas from lovemeeksie said 4 years ago

    ooo ~ I want the address stamp.

  • bedouin

    Nicole from bedouin said 4 years ago

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

  • CopperheadCreations

    Sarah from CopperheadCreations said 4 years ago

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

  • oldish

    oldish from oldish said 4 years ago

    but...where does all the clutter go?

  • sonyarasi

    Sonya Rasi from sonyarasi said 4 years ago

    Wonderful collection!

  • volkerwandering

    Jess from volkerwandering said 4 years ago

    These items are fabulous!

  • SolinDesigns

    Sun from SolinDesigns said 4 years ago

    Read the article Erin, good job!!!

  • attractiveglam

    Daisey from attractiveglam said 4 years ago

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

  • AdoroMe

    Isabel from AdoroMe said 4 years ago

    Lovely!!!!

  • calikat2112

    Kat said 4 years ago

    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 create..my space has turned into a cluttered storage room, completely unorganized..so 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

  • EarthSeaWarrior

    ursula from EarthSeaWarrior said 4 years ago

    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!

  • samsnatural

    Sam's Natural from SamsNatural said 4 years ago

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

  • CindyEllison

    Cindy Ellison from CindyEllison said 4 years ago

    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!

  • lcarlsonjewelry

    Liesl Carlson from lcarlsonjewelry said 4 years ago

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

  • FalconandFinch

    Lynelle Miliate-Ha from FalconandFinch said 4 years ago

    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!

  • WhisperingOak

    Quality Handmade Items from WhisperingOak said 4 years ago

    great ways to organize the space

  • RetrofitBecky

    Becky from RetrofitStyle said 4 years ago

    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!

  • noritadesigns

    Nora New from noritadesigns said 4 years ago

    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.

  • GracefullyGirly

    Kimberlee from GracefullyGirly said 4 years ago 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!

  • GoldenSpiralDesigns

    Lola Ocian from GoldenSpiralDesigns said 4 years ago

    Nice collection, thanks for sharing!

  • ForestnShoreNaturals

    Elly from ForestnShoreNaturals said 4 years ago

    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!

  • lauraprill

    Laura Prill from lauraprill said 4 years ago

    scrumptious post, thank you!

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  • BizzieLizzie

    Bizzie from BizzieLizzieHandmade said 4 years ago

    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!

  • paramountvintage

    kristin from blackmoonsky said 4 years ago

    love this! i am so inspired!

  • KMalinka

    Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said 4 years ago

    Awesome collection!

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  • FleaMarketGal

    Stacie from FleaMarketGal said 4 years ago

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

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  • Ridgevales

    Lindsay from SweetThreesBoutique said 4 years ago

    Beautiful and very inspirational!

  • wheatleypaperworks

    M Wheatley from wheatleypaperworks said 4 years ago

    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.

  • AlternativeBlooms

    Alternative Blooms from AlternativeBlooms said 4 years ago

    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!!

  • naturalwooddesign

    Darren from naturalwooddesign said 4 years ago

    Awesome blog!! Thanks for including us!!

  • kathyjohnson3

    Kathy Johnson from kathyjohnson3 said 4 years ago

    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!

  • montanagirl

    Carmen from MontanaGirl said 4 years ago

    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.

  • thedancingwren

    Annie from thedancingwren said 4 years ago

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

  • Musclesandcrafts

    Melanie from merVazi said 4 years ago

    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......

  • ellis713

    sarah ellis from SarahsQuirksofArt said 4 years ago

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

  • BaxCatandCo

    Kelly from BaxCatandCo said 4 years ago

    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.

  • fbstudiovt

    Laura Hale from FoundBeautyStudioArt said 4 years ago

    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!

  • GardenofYve

    Danielle Yve from GardenofYve said 4 years ago

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

  • warnellcreations

    warnellcreations from warnellcreations said 4 years ago

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

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 4 years ago

    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!

  • KnottyNotions

    Debbie from KnottyNotions said 4 years ago

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

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  • FrancesMarin

    Frances Marin from FrancesMarin said 4 years ago

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

  • aubreyjdesigns

    Aubrianna Mackeby from aubreyjdesigns said 4 years ago

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

  • gilstrapdesigns

    Debra Gilstrap from gilstrapdesigns said 4 years ago

    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!

  • thevicagirl

    VaLon Frandsen from thevicagirl said 4 years ago

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

  • apollinerei

    Jess Wilson from thepolymertwist said 4 years ago

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

  • doodlebirdie

    Patricia from DoodleBirdie said 4 years ago

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

  • naturalwooddesign

    Darren from naturalwooddesign said 4 years ago

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

  • naturalwooddesign

    Darren from naturalwooddesign said 4 years ago

    Thanks so much for including us in this awesome blog!

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle from ACupOfSparkle said 4 years ago

    This is such a great theme. So inspiring!

  • imogenskyefreeman

    Imogen Skye Freeman from InkPaintings said 4 years ago

    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. :)

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 4 years ago

    Wonderful!

  • LittleBlueMoon

    QQ Lee from LittleBlueMoon said 4 years ago

    love the pot of flowers...

  • volcanogirlcreations

    Connie Haskell from volcanogirlcreations said 4 years ago

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

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery said 4 years ago

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

  • LineaLina

    Susanne Major from LineaLina said 4 years ago

    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

  • mimishingleton

    Mimi from aTreasureInStore said 4 years ago

    So true, now I have a way to explain it....my 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!

  • jewelsvine

    Jules Vine from jewelsvine said 4 years ago

    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

  • sherriedolan

    Sherrie Dolan from DesignBySD said 4 years ago

    So inspiring!

  • sewinggals

    sewinggals from sewinggals said 4 years ago

    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!!

  • inapigsear

    Maria Corey from sowsearjewels said 4 years ago 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.

  • rhondarenay

    Rhonda Jones from RhondaRenay said 4 years ago

    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.

  • vinproelegance

    Vinpro Elegance from vinproelegance said 4 years ago

    Wonderful!1very creative and inspiring.

  • foxtailcreek

    Janine from FoxtailCreekStudio said 4 years ago

    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 ♥

  • PinesVintageClothing

    Pine from GoodOldVintageOnline said 4 years ago

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

  • JillianReneDecor

    Jillian Carmine from JillianReneDecor said 4 years ago 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.

  • Parachute425

    Terry from Parachute425 said 4 years ago

    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.

  • chathamandcaron

    chathamandcaron from chathamandcaron said 4 years ago

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

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  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 4 years ago

    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!

  • angelajsimpson

    angela j simpson from angelajsimpson said 4 years ago

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

  • sarahknightdesign

    Sarah Knight from CuteLittleNursery said 4 years ago

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

  • minipotterybyanita

    minipotterybyanita from potterybyAnita said 4 years ago

    "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! ♥♥♥

  • myMountainStudio

    Nikki Weiss from myMountainStudio said 4 years ago

    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. :)

  • rebeckahinton

    Rebecka Hinton from CalicoGryphon said 4 years ago

    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.

  • 5gardenias

    kathi roussel from 5gardenias said 4 years ago

    beautiful inspiration!

  • DowntownDame

    Kelly Deneen said 4 years ago

    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.

  • MissHildebrandt

    Miss Hildebrandt from MissHildebrandt said 4 years ago

    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!

  • BlueToad

    BlueToad Journals of Tremundo from BlueToad said 4 years ago

    creative space inspires new works!

  • needleandfelt

    Amy from needleandfelt said 4 years ago

    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!

  • epicstitching

    Mel Ladner from epicstitching said 4 years ago

    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.

  • WendysJoy

    Wendy Garrigues Jenkins from WendysJoy said 4 years ago

    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.

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry from pinksnakejewelry said 4 years ago

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

  • WitsEndMagick

    Rita Vaughn from WitsEndMagick said 4 years ago

    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 !!

  • windycitynovelties

    Windy City Novelties said 4 years ago

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

  • priscilapeters

    Priscila Peters from HeartsandDecor said 4 years ago

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

  • MaggiePaggieDesigns

    Rebecca from MaggiePaggieDesigns said 4 years ago

    Love this post and love your Blog!

  • GraciousArt

    Pamela Neswald from GraciousArt said 4 years ago

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

  • traceybrown

    Tracey Brown from traceybrown said 4 years ago

    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.

  • tatianaishere

    tatiana m said 4 years ago

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

  • PottyMouthGems

    Janet from PottyMouthGems said 4 years ago

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

  • naturalwooddesign

    Darren from naturalwooddesign said 4 years ago

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

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    AJ Marsden from OnlyOriginalsByAJ said 4 years ago

    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!

  • demonkitty101

    Sally Kelland from demonkitty101 said 4 years ago

    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!

  • PinwheelStudio

    Whitney from PinwheelStudio said 4 years ago

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

  • telepelekids

    ilanit bronstein from telepelekids said 4 years ago

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

  • peshka

    Peshka from Peshka said 4 years ago

    So Cool!

  • AtelierYumi

    Maryam 'Yumi' Gaber from AtelierYumi said 4 years ago

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

  • mimmymim

    Marji Stevens from MarjiStevens said 4 years ago

    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

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  • xZOUix

    Zoui from XZOUIX said 4 years ago

    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.

  • Mystiquebijoux

    Annik-Michele from Mystiquebijoux said 4 years ago

    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

  • bhangtiez

    Jana from bhangtiez said 4 years ago

    Great finds!

  • bagsbystacey

    Stacey Pignatore from bagsbystacey said 4 years ago

    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!

  • nicolerisinger

    Nicole Risinger from SoSewOrganized said 4 years ago

    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!

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  • ErikaPrice

    Erika from ErikaPrice said 4 years ago

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

  • ArleenDesign

    ArleenDesign from ArleenDesign said 4 years ago

    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 ..love it:)

  • thedustycaravan

    Hollie M Kelley from thedustycaravan said 4 years ago

    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..

  • MonicaRoseDesigns

    Monica Rose from MonicaRoseDesigns said 4 years ago

    the placea create in definetly effects what i create

  • sighinspiration

    sighinspiration from sighinspiration said 4 years ago

    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.

  • redemptionart

    Connie Haskell from redemptionart said 4 years ago

    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 home..lol! Aloha!

  • TheScarletSageTree

    Suzanne Furtado from TheScarletSageTree said 4 years ago

    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 :)

  • WhimsicalRoad

    WhimsicalRoad from WhimsicalRoad said 4 years ago

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

  • Glassbeacher

    Glass Beach from GlassBeachSeaGlass said 4 years ago

    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!

  • EarthGoddessDesign

    Catherine from EarthGoddessDesign said 4 years ago

    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!

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  • lovelyfeverboutique

    Jessica from LovelyFever said 4 years ago

    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.

  • Macramaking

    Ellen from Macramaking said 4 years ago

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

  • polkadotcherries

    Marietta from polkadotcherries said 4 years ago

    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!

  • sofiatrinker

    Sofia Sanchez from Dedosen2 said 4 years ago

    Awesome ideas!

  • meganesass

    Megan from meganEsass said 4 years ago

    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!

  • darioushka

    Ayelet Cohen-guzik from darioushka said 4 years ago

    Love this blog! Thank you

  • houseofearnest

    houseofearnest from houseofearnest said 4 years ago

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

  • scal12

    Payson A from SecondStarDesignCo said 4 years ago

    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!

  • emmajin

    Emma jin from Emmajins said 4 years ago

    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

  • AMarigoldLife

    Lynn from AMarigoldLife said 4 years ago

    Fabulous ideas, thanks so much for sharing!

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  • TheSewingGin

    TheSewingGin from TheSewingGin said 4 years ago

    Great reading and inspiration.

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 4 years ago

    Love to read ! Merci !

  • colleenswenson

    Colleen Swenson from ColleenSwenson said 4 years ago

    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/

  • kikiparis

    Dominique Adeli from KidzCreationz said 4 years ago

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

  • AbleAprons

    Erika Kelly from PortlandApronCompany said 4 years ago

    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 :-)

  • ckarigan

    claudia karigan from YourFinalTouch said 4 years ago

    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

  • heatherlong347

    Heather Long from millielovescrafts said 4 years ago

    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!!

  • atreasure

    Haylee from aTreasure said 4 years ago

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

  • stubbernloved

    Kim Hicks from stubbernloved said 4 years ago

    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 :)

  • MullaneInk

    Molly Shannon from MullaneInk said 4 years ago

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

  • jmayoriginals

    jean from jmayoriginals said 4 years ago

    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!

  • TheHeartwoodStudio

    Nathan Wood from TheHeartwoodStudio said 4 years ago

    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.

  • BijouxBridalChicago

    Cathie Shaffer from BijouxBridalChicago said 4 years ago

    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!

  • stuartroadvintage

    Jeanne from stuartroadvintage said 4 years ago

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

  • FlowerLand85

    Sara Max from FlowerLandShop said 4 years ago

    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!

  • NannyMadeandfound

    Melinda from sixtybeansVntg said 4 years ago

    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!

  • v7atmost

    Siriwong Teeragosolpong from DIYThaiStyle said 4 years ago

    very very beautiful

  • PoshBinky

    Jennifer from PoshBinky said 4 years ago

    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!

  • vintagenuthatch

    Tammy Franck from RedOakImages said 4 years ago

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

  • Cadouxdle

    Catrina from Cadouxdle said 4 years ago

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

  • theearlygirl

    Shannon Johnson from TheEarlyGirl said 4 years ago

    Totally inspired! Thanks for sharing...

  • liddysopretty

    liddy sopretty from liddysopretty said 4 years ago

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

  • silkoak

    Jan Rhodes Norman from silkoak said 4 years ago

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

  • FeltHappiness

    Juliane Gorman from FeltHappiness said 4 years ago

    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 : http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/jul/06/change-your-life-neat-freaks He mentions the brilliant idea of zones of tidy/untidyness so everyone gets to be happy/feel creative!

  • BeetrootPress

    Sarah Papworth from BeetrootPress said 4 years ago

    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.

  • savanahm

    Savanah Macaulay from MyHandmadeHappies said 4 years ago

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

  • QualityStitchez

    Katee from QualityStitchez said 4 years ago

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

  • MLanghamBlueLizard

    Misty Langham from MLanghamBlueLizard said 4 years ago

    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!

  • retrosugarandspice

    retrosugarandspice from BlueRoseVintage said 4 years ago

    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.

  • metalicious

    Stephanie Maslow Blackman from metalicious said 4 years ago

    I love all the details, thanks!

  • ionesAttic

    Barbara from ionesAttic said 4 years ago

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

  • fujimom

    Molly Gochenour from PrettyandUseful said 4 years ago

    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.

  • SewTrendy

    SewTrendy from SewTrendy said 4 years ago

    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.

  • SassMuffins

    Christy from SassMuffins said 4 years ago

    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 up...so 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!

  • allisonshafer

    Allison Gross from OakLeafCrafts said 3 years ago

    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! :)

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth said 3 years ago

    just ♥!!!

  • jbngems

    Margarita Sciapin from JBNGEMS said 3 years ago

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

  • theincabag

    theincabag from Incabags said 3 years ago

    Any one like bags made and inspired by the Incas?

  • fabricoholics

    Mechelle from InsideNanaSewingRoom said 3 years ago

    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.

  • FreshRetroGallery

    Elizabeth Knaus from FreshRetroGallery said 3 years ago

    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.

  • vcuencaecharte

    Veronica Cuenca Echarte from VCuencaEcharte said 3 years ago

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

  • jacobstefen

    Jacob Stefen said 3 years ago

    mot farnbourough

  • BeLifted

    CJ from TheLiftJewelryShop said 3 years ago

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

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