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Studio Envy: Tips From Our Community’s Inspiring Spaces

Jan 14, 2010

by Vanessa Bertozzi

There’s no time like the present to stop, look around your workspace, and try something new. Combing through our Etsy Open Studios group on Flickr, I’ve seen everything from expansive solo studios to cramped crafting nooks in the corner of the living room. Either way, you have to make it a space that inspires you and beams you up to your creative outer limits. 

Our needs for our creative spaces are going to be as different as our OOAK pieces, so my goal here is to spark ideas from a variety of photo examples and open-ended questions. Please comment with your tips and deep thoughts. (Make sure to share your photos with our Open Studios Flickr group.)

Handmade and Vintage Solutions to Storage Problems

I’ll start off with my biggest pet peeve (good place to start, right?): My creative flow gets in a kink if I have to use plastic storage bins and a hideous office chair — makes me feel like I’m living in a post-contemporary, mass-produced nightmare. Happily, there are alternatives — just scrounge around a little!

Jennyleefowler stashes her odds and ends in a vintage card catalog, and thisisalliknow uses vintage suitcases to stow her supplies.

obellanaturals uses these antique soda crates to stow her suppliesHindsvik has some great vintage lockers.

dolangeiman constructed a whole storage wall out of upcycled crates — this genius move also got him featured on design*sponge’s Sneak Peeks. He told me, “When I first moved into my studio, in a previously abandoned warehouse on Chicago’s Southside, the basement was full of trash and old junk. I spent two full days exploring and cleaning and found a secret room that was hidden behind a pile of old bikes. These crates were stacked up in there, covered with 100 years of dust and old burlap bags. I unearthed them and polished them up and they became my new wall shelf. Prohibition liquor crates turned functional shelving/room divider.”

Mooliki made shelving out of recycled packing styrofoam — so colorful when painted! Jodee Ruppel, Event & Home Organization Guru, made this thrifty recommendation for creative reuse: “As you are organizing, try to sell the things you no longer need on Ebay or Craigslist to generate extra money. Then start with what you have around the house. Need to separate jewelry pieces lying in a drawer? Use a custom-decorated egg carton. Don’t have pretty boxes or baskets? Use shoe boxes and decorate them with wrapping paper.” 

Fabric is a flexible way to customize your space. Reupholster your office chairs with vintage fabric like Mundoflo. (Here’s the tutorial. Any care to translate it?) Cover not so attractive furniture and storage shelves with sham cloths, or just add personal touches like simbiosisbyjulia‘s pennant garlanding her shelves. (She used a how-to from “Stitched in Time” by Alicia Paulson.) I had a hunch Sewlola stashes stuff under that subtle grey drop cloth on her sewing table. “The table skirt helps me hide away the fabrics efficiently while keeping my sewing studio looking neat. My husband made the sewing table using a spare shelf from our TV cabinet and folding legs.”

Minimalism: A Breath of Fresh Air

The pack-rat gene was passed down through the generations in my family. I admire artists who aren’t afraid to strip away the clutter, but I’m always left with the sneaking suspicion that they make messes, too — they’re just better at hiding it. Check out the white drapes in the background of Upintheairsomewhere‘s studio. “I share my studio with my boyfriend Ben (a photographer) and my friend Sarah (of cursivedesign). With three people working in an open space, things can get visually cluttered pretty quickly. The curtains were a great way to hide a wall of storage while maintaining easy access to materials I use regularly.

I bet Littlebrownpen makes her mess vanish by using white on white containers. “I am a pathological minimalist. Before I even think about starting work, everything must be clean and in its place. It sounds borderline scary, but the act of staying organized is more zen than stressful. A minimalist, white office is my favorite in which to work — airy, bright, inspiring.”

Minimalism doesn’t always mean all white. Gatheringspriggs adds mellow touches of pink and blue to her antiqued white. She explains, “Three walls are painted white so that I can photograph my work, then I created an accent wall in pale aqua behind my desk for a cool calm. I thrive in this juxtaposition.” And, yes, she does have a closet where she hides all her “unsightlies.”

If you’re a minimalist, do you need to be in this type of space to clear your head and get into the groove? Is it a constant battle against stuff? Tell us in the comments. I’m fascinated by you.


Express Yourself

Whether you’re a minimalist or a hoarder, or something in between, Etsians’ studio spaces can end up being expressions of aesthetics.

Alice Wingerden, a.k.a. aliceslookingglass, has crammed her space with so much shabby chic goodness! This space must make her super happy. Look at the care she took with putting finishing touches to her computer alcove: lace curtains, white gloves and antique photos — her aesthetic hanging on a clothesline for all to see!

Somethingshidinghere are the masters of the limited palette, and they express that in their studio space. ShoshonaSnow‘s ceramics have a lot of bold repeating patterns on vivid black and white with a splash of color. I can see that in the look of her studio space too. She told me, “I guess I did it a bit unconsciously at first and then realized that since I spend 14 hours a day in my studio, it might as well be as much of a happy space as it is a functional space.”

As I looked through the photos in our Open Studio group, I noticed that I could identify many of the artists from the decor I saw. Does the process of defining the look of your studio help you refine your work?

Small and Focused

mlee needed to move into a smaller studio to give more room to her child. She is “actually liking it better. It is organized better and I think the small area will keep me focused.” She hangs her tools up on the wall in a neat way. She’s got the plastic shelves/storage unit, but they’re rainbow colored!

Jodee Ruppel, Event & Home Organization Guru, makes this suggestion: “Determine what no longer belongs in the space, what you need to bring into the space, and what items may help you do that in an organized manner (shelves, desks, collapsible tables, boxes). A good trick is to take a picture of the space, print it out on letter paper, then draw your dream vision over the picture or beside it.”

Tamar has a lot of stuff in her space, but notice how the red ties everything together to make this an inspiring space. Tamar told me that her studio really is just “a space…not a room. It’s the back walls of our small dining room. The chair is there so the kids can come and chat while I’m working. I didn’t think of the colors matching…but yes, I guess it does match and pulls everything together.”

If you don’t have a lot of room to collect objects that inspire you, you should definitely have an inspiration board — something I see in a lot of Etsians’ studio photos.

Inspiration board from adrianneillustration

Inspiration board from tamar

Ponyparty‘s clipboards on the wall are an effective, modular way to visualize your ideas and move them around.

Even if it’s a plain old bulletin board — make it you. Own it! Rikrak bulletin board by modernromancepdx.

Let’s hear your tips and tricks for inspiring studios in the comments, and Jodee says ask away, if you have questions for her!

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  • craftscafe

    craftscafe said 7 years ago

    I just this week reorganized my craft space! I’ll be sure to blog about it soon here & post my images to the Etsy Open Studios Flickr group. I’m already a member and love looking through everyone’s pictures!

  • GarrettMcCarthy

    GarrettMcCarthy said 7 years ago

    Love the work rooms and storage ideas - just makes it so much easier to get right into creating .......

  • abacusbeadcreations

    abacusbeadcreations said 7 years ago

    This article is great inspiration for me! My bead room is a total disaster after the holiday frenzy. I hope to take some of these ideas and make my work area less hectic and more peaceful! Thanks!

  • thecraftpantry

    thecraftpantry said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article and a real great incentive to make my own work area pretty!

  • mtraub

    mtraub said 7 years ago

    I've always wanted an old card catalog, but I love the idea of clipboards as well! Long live paper + objects.

  • spacejam

    spacejam said 7 years ago

    creative spaces are awesome!!!

  • Squier

    Squier said 7 years ago

    Totally awesome studio spaces! It leads to great ideas on how to store things. Thanks for the article!

  • workingforpeanuts

    workingforpeanuts said 7 years ago

    Thanks Vanessa! So inspiring. Thanks for sharing all of these great photos and ideas. (I love your kitty avatar!)

  • CocoaBeans

    CocoaBeans said 7 years ago

    i just love looking at all of these ideas:) beautiful=)

  • viadellarosa

    viadellarosa said 7 years ago

    This is a great article! I'm getting ready to create my new space for 2010, so this is proving to be a great inspiration!

  • riorita

    riorita said 7 years ago

    You make me feel like showing off my own workshop! Some very nice work places in this article!

  • rainbowstardesigns

    rainbowstardesigns said 7 years ago

    Great motivation to get my work space in order :)

  • CarefullyCurated

    CarefullyCurated said 7 years ago

    I cannot tell you how much I would loooove an old card catalog to organize things in. That and the wall clipboards!

  • jewelrybyjackie

    jewelrybyjackie said 7 years ago

    Wonderful inspiration! I just love old wooden furniture as storage in my workspace!!


    LISMI said 7 years ago

    Thank you for posting this. I got a lot of new ideas. it's easier to let the creative juices flow in a nice space.

  • Crownology

    Crownology said 7 years ago

    Oh how I hate un-going, never to end, renovations! My studio is a storage space right now. :( Lovely inspirational spaces!

  • SugarKids

    SugarKids said 7 years ago

    Great inspiration. I'm with you though. I have to have a cute place to work. Makes my creative juices flow!

  • happywhosits

    happywhosits said 7 years ago

    Yes, I need to get organized. My "studio" teands to get spread out all over the house! This article has inspired me. Eileen...

  • happywhosits

    happywhosits said 7 years ago

    Oh, and I wanted to add - the plastic sorage bins may seem cold and unimaginative, but they allow me to sort my yarn by color and type. Using clear plastic bins, I can see what is inside without having to rummage through or label every box, and it does keep the dog hair out. Even though they aren't allowed in the same room with the yarn storage, the dog hair finds a way in anyway! Eileen...

  • staceyrebecca

    staceyrebecca said 7 years ago

    Awesome article! I love seeing all of the spaces & blee is so cute!

  • staceyrebecca

    staceyrebecca said 7 years ago

    Oh and I should add that my studio was flooded yesterday. So right now my studio is packed up in boxes in a storage unit for a month while fans dry out our house & everything gets put back together! :( But I did save my sewing machine & some handwork supplies to keep my sanity!

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome said 7 years ago

    I find I need sunshine in my workshop that helps my mood and my creative spark. Love the article Thanks.

  • juliabertozzi

    juliabertozzi said 7 years ago

    great article, vanessa! though i may not own a studio space, sharing an apartment with a roommate has meant that i keep most of my clutter in my room. this article will help inspire me to keep my room organized in a personal fashion!

  • Vanessa Admin

    Vanessa said 7 years ago

    Staceyrebecca - sorry to hear about your flood! Eek! happywhosits - I know! I'm so conflicted about the plastic bins. They're totally useful but so dern ugly!

  • fifthquadrant

    fifthquadrant said 7 years ago

    how fascinating to see the variety in these creative spaces, and some great ideas that never occurred to me as well...I've always loved seeing inside people's houses, closets, cabinets

  • callmemimi

    callmemimi said 7 years ago

    Wow ! Alice White space is really extraordinary !!! A lot of inspiration ... Thanks

  • whichgoose

    whichgoose said 7 years ago

    i LOVE that red chair!! .... omg ....

  • JourneyDesigns

    JourneyDesigns said 7 years ago

    These work spaces are so great. After each picture I kept thinking "oh this one is my favorite," then the next "oh no, this one is my favorite." My space is sorely lacking, one more for the to do list!!

  • tracyhibsman

    tracyhibsman said 7 years ago

    What great spaces! Makes me want to create...and re-organize!

  • SandBagsDesigns

    SandBagsDesigns said 7 years ago

    This was just the article that I needed today! Started purging/re-organizing yesterday; got a little discouraged but now, I'm really ready to do some more. Such wonderful & beautiful ideas; a great reminder that it should be a place that I want to be in & that I deserve to have. Thanks SO MUCH! Got to go... my mess is calling!

  • HausProud

    HausProud said 7 years ago

    WOW! What a great article. I love getting sneak peeks into other peoples studios (and lives!). It's great how different they all are. Thank you for sharing!

  • Sckraps

    Sckraps said 7 years ago

    I LOVE seeing pictures and reading articles about other people's work spaces. Some sort of art-friendly-environment fetish or something. Really, I love art table shots. That's not supposed to sound as creepy as I'm reading it. :P

  • FunkyandElegant

    FunkyandElegant said 7 years ago

    These are amazing... Right now my 'studio' is in two places - my spare room where I have cubbies for my calligraphy supplies, knitting materials, office stuff, etc., and my dining room table which is where the calligraphy actually happens, and the living room which is where the knitting actually happens... hmm, ok, 3 places!

  • idozvia

    idozvia said 7 years ago

    nice and comfortable Workshop it's very important for inspiration, I saved some pictures to inspired me when I arrange the work space of mine. Thanks

  • AngelEllie

    AngelEllie said 7 years ago

    this is so really helps to see other people's spaces and how they organize their treasures. I just purchased some of those same clipboards and am doing the same thing.

  • outofline

    outofline said 7 years ago

    Perfect timing! I will be moving into a new workspace the end of this month. Looking forward to more space and really making it my own. Great inspiration, thanks:)

  • PipocaHandmade

    PipocaHandmade said 7 years ago

    Great peak into some wonderful, creative spaces...inspiring!

  • ktolve

    ktolve said 7 years ago

    i can't wait to get my creative space organized this weekend- sometimes crafting gets so messy! some great ideas, Thank you!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 7 years ago

    I use the plastic storage bins also. They are useful.

  • jamieribisi

    jamieribisi said 7 years ago

    Dreamy spaces!!!!!!!!!! Love it!

  • jibbyandjuna

    jibbyandjuna said 7 years ago

    Oh gosh...I think I need to go clean...I fear what my studio must say at this moment.

  • timesandchimes

    timesandchimes said 7 years ago

    Great article!

  • refinerydesigns

    refinerydesigns said 7 years ago

    Love the 3 "R's" Reduce Reuse Recycle, and may I add Refine! Regarding the plastic boxes: if you want to hide whats inside, line them with pleasing paper, shelf liner or fabric, pretty side facing out. Love the clipboard idea: great for organizing projects. Tamar's genius!

  • EildonBears

    EildonBears said 7 years ago

    My studio is a purpose built ecobuilding. It is beautiful to look at both inside and out. But it is a work room and not a showroom or sitting room. It gets dusty, very dusty. I have opted for a functional workroom and I keep stuff in stackable boxes with lids which are cheaply added to and they keep my fabrics clean and free from sunlight damage. They are not pretty but they are practical and easily wiped clean. I have an old shelving unit from the house with shoe boxes covered in wallpaper samples and 2 flat pack tables for my sewing machines. It has rubber flooring for ease of cleaning. I use the floor for cutting out and pattern making so It gets cleaned almost every day. I do have an incredible view of the surrounding hills and my garden to look out onto. I only need to see birds fighting over a fat ball hanging on the apple tree for inspiration, afterall nature is the most inspiring thing we have. I look at the mist settling on the hill for inspiration. All the colours and textures are there outside my window and it is an everchanging view, light, seasons, temperature and weather all add to its richness. I do not think a functional studio detracts from the inspiration process, if anything it enhances it, as there are no distractions to divert the attention away. I get quite a lot of my ideas away from the studio when I am out and about - sometimes a bit of distance helps. As I am using client bought fabrics alot of the time I have to ensure that it stays clean and dust free for the time it is with me. I rarely hang finished garments prior to the collection day for this reason, and then its with a plastic covering. I do like the pretty work spaces and people have been creative with some of the limitations that they have but I could not work in one, the dust levels would get to high for me.

  • moonovermaize

    moonovermaize said 7 years ago

    Wonderful work spaces...lots of inspiration to gather from here!

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha said 7 years ago

    LOVE seeing how others plan their workspace!! So cool and inspiring. Thanks for all who shared:)

  • simbiosisbyjulia

    simbiosisbyjulia said 7 years ago

    Everyones creative space is so AMAZING and inspiring! I can't wait to spruce my own up even more. Great work Vanessa!

  • VintagePaperParade

    VintagePaperParade said 7 years ago

    I LOVE this article! I'm in the midst of renovating a space in my home for my studio...almost done! All were great spaces. Thanks.

  • BigGooseProductions

    BigGooseProductions said 7 years ago

    Oh my god. So inspiring!!!! Thanks! Heidi

  • mundoflo

    mundoflo said 7 years ago

    What an inspirational article, so many great ideas! I love seeing other people workspaces because I'm always searching for the perfect solution! Thank you Vanessa for featuring my studio :)

  • AlpineGypsy

    AlpineGypsy said 7 years ago

    WOW. Awesome! I could browse working studios all day interesting. Thank you! Heidi

  • abbytrysagain

    abbytrysagain said 7 years ago

    This is an awesome post! I am totally inspired and I love the fact that you drew from so many sources. I love the "organized modern look" but that's just not my style-so it was great to see people using vintage items as part decor/storage. Thanks! Off to check the flickr pool...

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy said 7 years ago

    Wow, how can anyone create in such tidy workspaces. I guess I just find inspiration in chaos. I so admire the organization skills of those featured.

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 7 years ago

    LOVE THIS!!! I think I have a work space in my studio. Somewhere. I know it's hiding...under matt board, pencils, paintbrushes, empty containers, possible a coffee mug...

  • tamar

    tamar said 7 years ago

    Thank you!!! what a great inspiring article, I am honored to be a part of it!

  • titchables

    titchables said 7 years ago

    I'm currently revamping my craft space. Trying to get more things on view so I can see what I've got to work with. Much more inspiring. Really love Tamar's room, lovely.

  • Studio6or7

    Studio6or7 said 7 years ago

    Wow- those are definitely some inspiring studios! Mine is an 8' x 9' tiny room in the back of our tiny 100+ yr old house. I painted it bright yellow and filled it will part of my design book collection and vintage furniture. Nothing makes me want to work more than being in a space that I love. Though I can't keep it nearly as clean as any of the above photos!

  • littlebrownpen

    littlebrownpen said 7 years ago

    Great article, Vanessa! I love these spaces, and now I want to redo mine a bit. ;)

  • laralewis

    laralewis said 7 years ago

    LOVE THIS!! and i would really like for that charming black kitty to come live with me! :)

  • JemmDeeCreations

    JemmDeeCreations said 7 years ago

    Ok. Y'all are making me look bad. My workroom is a mess! I'm the only one who can find things in there. Sometimes I get lost too. Oh well...some day I'll rearrange. You've inspired my.

  • JemmDeeCreations

    JemmDeeCreations said 7 years ago

    Ok. Y'all are making me feel bad. My work room is a mess. I'm the only one who can find things in there. Sometimes I get lost too. You've inspired me to clean up and organize. Thank you.

  • MeadowbelleMarket

    MeadowbelleMarket said 7 years ago

    Oh, these spaces are so inspiring. I wish I could identify naturally with the minimalist. Unfortunately, I tend to throw things around a bit when I'm having sudden & intense bouts of inspiration. Also, when I'm creating, I end up working on several projects at once which only compounds the mess. Luckily, my twin sister and other half of our shop (Aundrea) is more orderly! She really helps balance things. The other day she got huge cork boards & cuphooks to organize small bags of supples. They're even labled. Hooray!

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake said 7 years ago

    Great inspiration... in the process of renovating an area of our basement into a more accommodating studio space.

  • ourfrontyard

    ourfrontyard said 7 years ago

    That is what makes a house a home!! Filling it with All you Love to do!! Create!! :)

  • TheDailyFoto

    TheDailyFoto said 7 years ago

    A lot of great tips and beautiful images in this article too. It's so important to feel inspired by the space around you :)

  • eurolenscape

    eurolenscape said 7 years ago

    To keep all my paper and photos for my greeting cards organized I have one of the good old "Billy" shelves from IKEA. They have tons of storage solutions and I love their modern style and reasonable prices !

  • darcyarts

    darcyarts said 7 years ago

    Make a book of lovely studios Etsy!

  • reinaldovalentin

    reinaldovalentin said 7 years ago

    Some inspiring spaces. THANKS

  • GemmaBeads

    GemmaBeads said 7 years ago

    This is so inspirational! I've just started putting my studio together and getting my projects out of the family room. I love having all the beads and baubles and trim that make me want to play, as decoration and inspiration all in one special room that I can call my own.

  • redbirdroaddesign

    redbirdroaddesign said 7 years ago

    Great article!Alice Windergen's space is my favorite..there is so much to see. Having recently lost my studio space due to my son rejoining our nest I can really appreciate having your own dedicated space to really express your style. I am re-purposing our seldom used dining room for the moment and I can definitely use some inspiration! Thanks!

  • wanderthisway

    wanderthisway said 7 years ago

    great ideas, love it all!! thanks :)

  • OlgaCarmody

    OlgaCarmody said 7 years ago

    Yes, indeed great inspiration!! My creative space is dinner table after dinner time. :( But, I have dreams and they keep me going. This article was a pleasure to read. Thanks.

  • Sumikoshop

    Sumikoshop said 7 years ago

    oh no ... I also want to study all white .... wow what order! and the table rose is too beautiful compliments, all really nice, take inspiration from .... great post!

  • blueberryshoes

    blueberryshoes said 7 years ago


  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 7 years ago

    I'm so envious of all the folks who can work indoors in the warm, with plenty of natural light & comfortable chairs to sit on! My working space is in the shed outside & like most sheds it's fairly cold & dark whatever the weather. But I usually work just inside the open door, which at least means I'm out of the rain even if it does get really cold (which is why I tend to work slower in the winter, as I can only stand it for an hour or so before I have to come back in to get warm!) But I need to keep all the mess of sawdust & woodshavings out of the house. The cats often come & keep me company (while pretending to be on "mouse patrol!) I regularly get visited by birds & bats, & a pair of hedgehogs live under the step, so it's not all bad! For storage I wash out old yogurt & margerine tubs for small items & although I'm far from fastidious about tidiness, when I DO sweep the dirt floor all the sawdust & shavings go straight onto the compost heap. I think the feeling of being outside surrounded by the elements actually helps me in my work & sharing my space with the local wildlife seems appropriate for me! :-)

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 7 years ago

    I got some serious studio envy after looking at these photos!

  • lifeofcolors

    lifeofcolors said 7 years ago

    It's amazing how very different we all are. :-) Great choices on the related items.

  • kimerly

    kimerly said 7 years ago

    I've been planning a needed revamp myself, thanks for the kick in the pants.

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 7 years ago

    I love that vintage card catalog! I must have one. My bulletin board sits above one of my desks in my studio. I made it with cork tiles and framed it with a vintage frame. I glue found objects on it. My bead desk is an old desk that was my husbands. It has sides on it, which helps keep things from rolling off the desk.

  • maijutzeler

    maijutzeler said 7 years ago

    great blog! love love it ^_^

  • humblerobot

    humblerobot said 7 years ago

    Oh, this was so fun, a veritable studio tour!

  • rarebeasts

    rarebeasts said 7 years ago

    Great tips, I've just quit my job and doing big changes to my work space at the moment. It's a big job so thanks for the tips and good luck every one.

  • mLee

    mLee said 7 years ago

    Plastic rainbow storage shelving here and am loving it. They are actually individual stacking shelves so I was able to build them up over time as my needs grew. This also meant that I just picked them up and moved them to my new space without having to empty anything. And they are rainbow but transparent so I can see what it inside. And the plastic makes them easy to clean and working with ink that is important, I would totally trash other materials.

  • KnotMe

    KnotMe said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article, very inspiring! After i set up my new studio, i'll surely post the photos in the Flickr group!

  • cozycottagecreations

    cozycottagecreations said 7 years ago

    Great article - I love how different the spaces are and how they reflect the art and working style of the artist. I'm in the process of converting my attic into my studio. It's a slow process, especially since I haven't actually worked in it yet, so I haven't figured out how exactly it wants to be. My favorite places are those that grow organically. I'm sure in a few years (or hopefully in a few months), my space will be humming along and in harmony with my working style and my work!

  • FashionablyChic

    FashionablyChic said 7 years ago

    I love this article! I need to get inspired to make my space my own!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 7 years ago

    Enjoyed seeing everyones studios and different ideas for storage. My father in law built us a large cupboard, roll top desk and shelving from floor to ceiling and it's overflowing at the moment, need to de clutter.

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 7 years ago


  • Deadworry

    Deadworry said 7 years ago

    All of those people are unnaturally clean and organized

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 7 years ago

    I didn't know that flickr group existed! I'm going to go add my photos of my studio to the pool! great article!

  • slgdesigns

    slgdesigns said 7 years ago

    This is further proof that I really need to get my studio "fancied up." =) All the inspiration that these folks surround themselves with must take their creating to a whole new level.

  • XOXOBridalBoutique

    XOXOBridalBoutique said 7 years ago

    Boy I would love to have the space that some of them do. I have a little space in my bedroom where I do my creating. It's fun to see what other people's work space looks like.

  • viltalakim

    viltalakim said 7 years ago

    A new year so A new start, kids back to school and I thought last week: let's give it a go and start tidying up. All christmas thingd dumped in my place UFO's etc. It took me a whole week before I finally was completed. And I found so many treasurys of supplies Now one week after tyding : it feels like I need tostart all over again, hihihi Ok I admit I just need to be surrounded with lots of things to keep me going..... Super article!

  • TheLoudLion

    TheLoudLion said 7 years ago

    fantastic article! i really needed some inspriration since my walls are all white. :) thanks!

  • banyantreeclothing

    banyantreeclothing said 7 years ago

    I agree with deadworry, but i have a feeling they may have cleaned up a bit for the photos (?) It's always inspirational to me to see other's studio spaces. thanks!

  • spottedhorsestudio

    spottedhorsestudio said 7 years ago

    Such a great article - I am still waiting on the day when I have a "real" room of my own - for now, it is my table next to the garden where I do most of my work - great pictures with wonderful ideas - I love the antique card catalogue idea - awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  • spottedhorsestudio

    spottedhorsestudio said 7 years ago

    awesome article with great pictures!! great ideas for me to store away for when I get my "real" studio of my own - for now, I will have to settle for my dining room table with a view of the garden...

  • spottedhorsestudio

    spottedhorsestudio said 7 years ago

    eek, sorry, I thought the first one didn't post...

  • f2images

    f2images said 7 years ago

    I'm feeling it all! I recently acquired a vintage gray metal flat file, as well as a danish modern sideboard....both I'm using in my office to store my photographic prints. Great article. I have to join the Flickr group!!

  • craftyjules

    craftyjules said 7 years ago

    Thanks! I will be moving my craft room to a smaller shared space. I needed to see these pics and get inspired!

  • ittybittybag

    ittybittybag said 7 years ago

    Fantastic ideas for creative spaces. Thanks so much for this blog post. I can't wait to look through the flickr pool. I hope my space is added. I love working in an organized space, being able to see my fabrics also allows me to come up with amazing color combinations. Here is my own blog post on my studio.

  • Domesticlady

    Domesticlady said 7 years ago

    I knew I should have picked up that old card catalog a few years ago!

  • ArzuMusa

    ArzuMusa said 7 years ago

    This is a great inspiration for me! I'm getting ready to create my new space for 2010. Thank you for sharing...

  • DivaBabyDesigns

    DivaBabyDesigns said 7 years ago

    I totally have "studio envy" right now! My studio is my extra bedroom! Now I am inspired to get it organized and make it my own! Thanks!!

  • peskycatdesigns

    peskycatdesigns said 7 years ago

    This is a wonderful post! I'm so inspired by everyone's studio space. It's great to be able to see where the creating is done!

  • knottednest

    knottednest said 7 years ago

    Such wonderful spaces! I love getting a glimpse into people's creative process!

  • mamapainter

    mamapainter said 7 years ago

    Loved the tips and ideas. My "studio" is half our bedroom and I have to creative to keep it from overwhelming me. Mixed media requires so many different items to readily available, that requires some creative storage!

  • myglamour

    myglamour said 7 years ago

    Very nice and inspirational...

  • LilithEvy

    LilithEvy said 7 years ago

    Wow! Those studio are AMAZING! People are so creative! Thank you to share this with us... it's really inspired!

  • hmmills

    hmmills said 7 years ago

    This is great. I am in the process of redo my studio. Here is step 1:

  • walkthetalk

    walkthetalk said 7 years ago

    it is so fun to see others' creative spaces.

  • thelittlefox

    thelittlefox said 7 years ago

    Such an inspiring and lovely post! Thank you for posting this!

  • ShabbyNChic

    ShabbyNChic said 7 years ago

    I love all of the pictures you included along with the ideas. I really like the visual - I'm inspired! And my space needs help.

  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration to get my studio cleaned up. All my cabochons are stored in two Mah Jongg drawered boxes. Sheets of glass are stored upright in vintage divided metal file sorters.

  • CrownBindery

    CrownBindery said 7 years ago

    everyones's studio is so clean :):):):). Cannot wait to clean mine up!!

  • HendersonArt

    HendersonArt said 7 years ago

    This is possibly the BEST article I've ever ever ever read here... and believe me, that's saying a LOT!!! The idea to use styrofoam (unrecyclable, at least here...) for storage has completely inspired me. I've hoarded styrofoam in the hopes that one day it will be recyclable, and in the meantime store stuff on the GROUND in boxes. No more... Thank you!!

  • LynetteSadowyStudios

    LynetteSadowyStudios said 7 years ago

    marking until I can tidy up and take a photo of mine :)

  • TheApple

    TheApple said 7 years ago

    WOW! I cannot believe how clean everyone's studio is! I'm in the process of cleaning/reorganizing's been quite a task. My hubby has said to me, "now when this is done with, just take 5 min at the end of a session and put things where they should go." Like that's going to happen! lol! Good for everyone who can keep their's nice and organized...that is my dream someday but just don't see it happening! Too many more fun things to do!

  • u2robles

    u2robles said 7 years ago

    awesome studios! They look so organized and wonderful to work in!

  • TipsyTimeMachine

    TipsyTimeMachine said 7 years ago

    A printer's cabinet with huge shallow drawers has really helped me organize all the tiny found objects, and vintage buttons I have been collecting for years. If you can find one at a reasonable price, snap it up.

  • Creativewithclay

    Creativewithclay said 7 years ago

    Love this article with a glance of what goes on behind the scenes. It is like watching the making of a movie.

  • PinkPerch

    PinkPerch said 7 years ago

    You must be reading my mind Etsy! I've been working on my studio for the past few days! I'm moving from the dining room to my own studio room, finally! YAY! It's a lot of work but worth it in the end! Can't wait to share my completed photos. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  • corelladesign

    corelladesign said 7 years ago

    Love the creative spaces! My studio used to be neat and tidy, but I just can't seem to work without piles of things around me.

  • reloveddesigns

    reloveddesigns said 7 years ago

    Wow! Thank you for this! Such inspiration. Thank you for the variety, too often "studio revamp" is a limited style, generally minimalist, and it's so refreshing to see such a wide collection. Some very great ideas in there too! Thank you again!!

  • greencouchdesign

    greencouchdesign said 7 years ago

    Wow! I love the spaces, I'm still in process on mine but I do agree that you can see the seller aesthetic in the spaces they love to work in! Beautiful post! Thanks!

  • erinzam

    erinzam said 7 years ago

    Love this article!! Thanks so much for sharing these great ideas.

  • thisisit

    thisisit said 7 years ago

    I love checking out other artists' studios! Thanks for a great article! I just added pics of our space to the Etsy Flickr group! Fun! :)

  • sojomaxsboutique

    sojomaxsboutique said 7 years ago

    This article was right on time to inspire me to "dig out" from the holidays & reorganize 0=) Thank you so much for sharing!

  • WeeBindery

    WeeBindery said 7 years ago

    I love this article! Great work and workshops!

  • Carolinaclaydaze

    Carolinaclaydaze said 7 years ago

    LOVED seeing this! Finally, I'm ready to paint my brand new pottery studio and was excited to see a couple here that let me know my space CAN be beautiful and organized. Great inspiration!

  • kateendle

    kateendle said 7 years ago

    I can not get enough of this article! I LOVE LOVE LOVE other people's studio spaces. Decorating my studio is my favorite hobby. I rearrange it all the time and these articles just inspire me more. Thanks!

  • LouyMagroos

    LouyMagroos said 7 years ago

    I love having a nose at other peoples studios, its a bit like looking at someones bathroom cabinet i guess!

  • MeowBarkArt

    MeowBarkArt said 7 years ago

    I have been searching for the motivation to pull everything out of my studio, paint & organize... and this article was just the kick in the pants I needed!! Thanks for sharing all of the great spaces where all the "magic" happens... wonderful inspiration!

  • Marilynrd

    Marilynrd said 7 years ago

    What wonderful studios. Very envious, but inspiring me to neaten-up mine. Also, recycled spaces are very creative and inventive!

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 7 years ago

    I love my studio but it does need to be revamped -- this article and the pictures were inspiring -- I can never get enough of seeing other's work spaces!

  • CraftsbyCayleigh

    CraftsbyCayleigh said 7 years ago

    This has got me so excited to move to a new apartment in the spring. Right now my little one bedroom place is swamped in craft supplies. I'm so looking forward to having an extra "craft room", and this article has given me some great ideas! Thank you!

  • kbowling

    kbowling said 7 years ago

    these spaces bring me joy! thank you for sharing!

  • ValerieTyler

    ValerieTyler said 7 years ago

    Very fun! I'm in the flickr group, but I need to add a lot more photos. My studio seems to always be evolving. I fit in the minimalist/your studio fits your work category, since I try to keep thing all zen and nature-inspired. I LOVE seeing others workspace. It's inspiring, and you are right, spaces do reflect the artist oftentimes.

  • VintageStarrBeads

    VintageStarrBeads said 7 years ago

    I have actually moved to get more space for Etsy. I was going to move anyway so I just did it earlier. I closed 2 storage spaces and eat and drink with all my stock and supplies. I always have. Garage sales have found me shelves and shelves and shelves. Wine crates, any old wood crates and wondeful old boards. I got a zillion cigar boxes from a cigar place near me and just label away! I'm just starting on the basement but I have left enough room for my photo studio and industrial sewing machine. I adore organizing!-Rachelle Starr

  • AmandasAngels

    AmandasAngels said 7 years ago

    Funny thing, I just cleaned and reorganized mine to inspire me. The next day I received my first order. Good thing too, because now I need to make more and the space is clean.

  • ArtistaStyle

    ArtistaStyle said 7 years ago

    On my studio wall above the door I have a collection of shells and marbles I’ve gathered over years, stuck on (quite artfully I have to say) with blue tak. I did it one frustrating afternoon whilst still being pregnant at what seemed like 11 1/2 months. I thought maybe doing what i shouldn't be doing (i.e. being on a ladder with my arms up in the air) might finally persuade the baby to come. It didn't. Anyway, it looks great, which is fortunate because the rest of my studio is an absolute mish mash that I tidy about once a week into functionality, but it isn’t ever going to be pretty! Not ever, I’d have to take the shells down.

  • ArtistaStyle

    ArtistaStyle said 7 years ago

    On my studio wall above the door I have a collection of shells and marbles I’ve gathered over years, stuck on (quite artfully I have to say) with blue tak. I did it one frustrating afternoon whilst still being pregnant at what seemed like 11 1/2 months. I thought maybe doing what i shouldn't be doing (i.e. being on a ladder with my arms up in the air) might finally persuade the baby to come. It didn't. Anyway, it looks great, which is fortunate because the rest of my studio is an absolute mish mash that I tidy about once a week into functionality, but it isn’t ever going to be pretty! Not ever, I’d have to take the shells down.

  • mystudio

    mystudio said 7 years ago

    Great story. Very inspirational.

  • jennyleefowler

    jennyleefowler said 7 years ago

    Card catalogue girl here with a plug for plastics, I once outfitted a whole bookcase(in the same uberorganized spirit) with a load of acme clear plastic bins (the kind with a dip in front so you can see what's inside and a spot for a label). My boss told me it looked like a kindergarten classroom, but what a difference it makes for some of us to be able to see the goods. I always love these little peeks into people's workspaces. Thanks for a great article!

  • angelene

    angelene said 7 years ago

    oooh i have studio jealousy now ;)

  • kirby

    kirby said 7 years ago

    I love this article (and the flickr group)! I get so inspired by looking at other studio spaces, since I'm still developing my studio and making it my own. So many wonderful ideas and so much lovely visual inspiration here!

  • SpiralsandSpice

    SpiralsandSpice said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring to help get me more organized!

  • VintageTwisted

    VintageTwisted said 7 years ago

    I share a studio with my friend, a photographer, which I love, but often think I would be more productive by myself in my house. Closer commute & less distraction. But really, it's a compromise but also so much fun to work in a space with someone you love!

  • familyembers

    familyembers said 7 years ago

    I love this article! My craft room/studio whatever, I like to call it my creative habitat, is always evolving into a more organized space. I love my bulletin board! I also use a tv rolling table for my sewing machine and keep my notions and things underneath in their containers. Wood crates make marvolous bookshelves. A wicker entertainment center is my inventory closet!

  • hjrdDesign

    hjrdDesign said 7 years ago

    This article couldn't have been more timely for me! I've just been able to move everything out of my living-room-corner-nook into my detached garden studio and can't wait to rip up the carpet, chuck the curtains, splash the walls with paint and let my crafty chaos grow into the space I've dreamed of for years. Thanks for this!!

  • TurnOfPhrase

    TurnOfPhrase said 7 years ago

    Oh my goodness, I am SO jealous of some of these incredible spaces. Such wonderful ideas, Thank you!

  • VladimirSophie

    VladimirSophie said 7 years ago

    i have a horrible problem. i am an utter minimalist- absolutely LOVE an off- white, completely geometric space. my best friend, whom i love to work with, is one of those vintage clutter types. so whenever we work together, My work turns out all vintage-y, and that's what my look has turned into, when all i want is for my work to be modern and sophisticated. how can i turn this around?? my studio is super minimalist, but still i get cluttery looking pieces. what do i do?

  • MaggieInTheMay

    MaggieInTheMay said 7 years ago

    A great and inspirational article! I used to create my jewellery at my dining table, with my drawers of supplies on wheels next to me. I craved for my own space and being able to just leave my unfinished work there without having to tidy up every night. I recently got rid of the sofa in our study and turned that space into my permanent work space! Now after reading this article, I am inspired to dress it up a bit. Check out my blog if you are keen to see photos of my old and new workspaces.

  • EcoChicHandKnits

    EcoChicHandKnits said 7 years ago

    Awesome awesome awesome post Vanessa! I want to go reorganize and revamp my workspace right now! Such great ideas from everyone! I think I'm def. going to work on my space this weekend ; ) Thanks!

  • elliven

    elliven said 7 years ago

    So inspirational! We're in the midst of finishing the basement which will include a room solely for me! I can't wait to set up shop and to have a space all to myself!

  • BunnyBows

    BunnyBows said 7 years ago

    I love to see how creative people create their spaces.It says so much about that person. Don't you think.

  • mehndiart09

    mehndiart09 said 7 years ago

    wow I wish I was clutterfree. Unfortunately it's as if a hurricane went through my room. I do regularly try to clean the table but it doesn't last long. This article definitely gave me some ideas on how to create space even in a small space. I know that I'm always trying to maximize space.

  • AlternateLightSource

    AlternateLightSource said 7 years ago

    It was fun to see all the other art spaces, and then to look around my own and see so much inspiration. Sometimes I don't realize how much I surround myself with little bits and pieces of InSpIrAtIoN!!! But then, it sneaks up on me and there you go! Definitely dress up you work space!!!

  • MonkeyCatBoutique

    MonkeyCatBoutique said 7 years ago

    good ideas,thanks

  • alicebernardo

    alicebernardo said 7 years ago

    The tutorial for the Office Chair Makeover is now in english (sort of): Thanks for the link.:)

  • mythboutique

    mythboutique said 7 years ago

    These were amazing inspiration for getting my work space together!

  • jherrmann

    jherrmann said 7 years ago

    This was so inspirational! Now if only I had the space... and the time...!

  • CheriChic

    CheriChic said 7 years ago

    This is great! Now all I need is my own space, not the guest bedroom! working on that....

  • brookesboswell

    brookesboswell said 7 years ago

    Great Article! I love seeing artist's studios. I have a large, unique (a victorian carriage house!) studio apartment that has my living space and working studio in the same room! its wonderful because my work and my life are inseparable and I am always surrounded by my inspirations. I think that different lifestyles or studio set-ups could be a nice addition to this article.

  • BigHelmetHead

    BigHelmetHead said 7 years ago

    Aaah, wonderful article and cool studios, envy, more! I finally had a custom work desk built with many drawers and shelves, and is white! is a color that always look clean and makes easy to decorate around. The desk top is from a hardy material that resembles stone and resist any scratches and nasty paint spills yet with a smooth surface for sculpting and creating delicate pieces. I needed a desk like this because I work with different mediums and all the clutter was making me insane. Yes, make sure your space is welcoming and attractive, at least to you, so you can feel inspired and create the next mess :)

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 7 years ago

    I seriously need to redo my studio/dinning room work space. I'm starting to get unorganized. This was what I needed to get motivated.

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 7 years ago

    I need to redo my studio/dinning room/work area. I'm starting to not be able to find stuff. I know it's time to get better organized. Thank you very inspiring

  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit said 7 years ago

    I am a minimalist PACK RAT make messes DESPERATE for ORGANIZATION What can I say???? I NEED HeLP!!! I have taken some pictures: wow the clutter is amazing! Yet, I am inspired and overwhelmed! So I continue to trim away the space and design and organize simultaneously

  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit said 7 years ago

    One thing I can see in my studio: I can make a lot of mess but my MESSES LOOK wAY BETTER WHEN THEY ARE COLOR COORDINATED!!!!

  • MarissaObscura

    MarissaObscura said 7 years ago

    I have organizational envy! Someday my studio won't be in my hallway!

  • atomicblue

    atomicblue said 7 years ago

    I'm a hoarder. I admit it! Though I crave organization. I have pegboard. My nearly 4 year old delights in rearranging the hooks and things. My latest favorite place?? The container store. They have the most amazing minimal stacking bins. The studios I love the most are the one with the bright green wall, and the one with the Saarinen tulip table. I'm lucky to have 400+ sq ft in a converted shed. It's like a tiny little playhouse. My daughter calls it appropriately "the clubhouse".

  • neccessaryevils

    neccessaryevils said 7 years ago

    I have been lucky enough that I've got a whole room in my house as a study (though my husband would say he is the lucky one) now my "mess" is contained in a single room. Since acquiring my new digs, I bought wooden crates from a local liquor store for $1 each. Most liquor or wine shops get their better wines shipped in these somewhat thin crates. I using some simple plastic wall screws for wall support, and then just average washers and screws to mount. Always try to fin d the studs, but if this doesn’t work out, having at east 2-4 screws for each crate allows the weight to be dispersed well. I then painted the insides one color and the outsides another. Some that had nice branded stamps burned in so just staining the wood is another way to go when you get a nicer one. These are great to hold my inspirational items, and containers holding my pens, brushes and sculpting tools.

  • infusion

    infusion said 7 years ago

    So much excellent inspiration here. I loved mlee's and Somethingshidinghere's use of wall space. I have already started a list, beginning with the category ON THE WALL, listing all the things I could utilize wall space for! Floor space is a big deal in a small yet active work space.

  • nikkicandles

    nikkicandles said 7 years ago

    I just reorganized my workshop this past weekend and my aching back is paying for it. I thought I made the space more functional but now I'm jealous. My workshop is in a dark concrete basement. There are peeling walls and no natural light. I would love a brightly lit space! Some day.

  • atomicblue

    atomicblue said 7 years ago

    Those desperate to be organized! Check out this assortment of stacking baskets. They are great!

  • craftive

    craftive said 7 years ago

    I wish i have work space like that. It was so inspirational!

  • cayennepeppy

    cayennepeppy said 7 years ago

    wow. i so needed this inspiration. i honestly cannot walk into my studio, it's so cluttered from the busy holiday season. wish me luck!!

  • bettula

    bettula said 7 years ago

    Time to get out the can of paint! I need to make this a priority. Thanks for the motivation :)

  • mykobocek

    mykobocek said 7 years ago

    I'm very envious of the beautiful work spaces shown! I had to give up my craft room and move everything out to the garage which was nice during the summer. But now that it is winter...brrr! Too cold. So now I'm stuck trying to craft in a corner of my daughters bedroom. Can't wait for it to warm up here again!:)

  • birdsinchandeliers

    birdsinchandeliers said 7 years ago

    This is a really great selection of spaces, it's really inspiring. I'd love to be more minimalist, but it's hard when your craft space is in your bedroom; so instead I'm super tidy and organized!

  • WeXelArt

    WeXelArt said 7 years ago

    Calling all creative types: Try a new generation of critique wall / inspiration collection / memory board! I love them in my studio, and I know you'll find it useful! Please Welcome WeXeL!

  • 5felines

    5felines said 7 years ago

    Hi, You inspire me, although I happen to like the plastic bins. I have installed a shelf-wall. That helps keep things pretty, yet functional for me. The opposite wall is my family photo one. And then there's the CLOSET. Tight quarters for sure. Nice work, by the way. Bless you. June (The 5feline thing was a mistake and I can't change it.)

  • StudioCharmeaux

    StudioCharmeaux said 7 years ago

    I joined Etsy recently but have not had the confidence to really explore the venue and post my works in my shop. I have been saving the wonderful email updates and this one really inspires me! I recently began a total revamping of my studio space and am even more inspired to see these photos. Thank you for this gift. I am determined to let go of my fears and share what it is I have to share.

  • EleganceByClaudine

    EleganceByClaudine said 7 years ago

    I've got my desk in the spare bedroom, which is also where I do everything else - pay bills, check the mail, surf the internet, list on Etsy. While I love the minimalist style, I don't think I have the discipline to keep it that way... LOL! My desk is utterly covered with stuff at the moment, as I tend to start several things & get easily distracted :P. My beads & other supplies are in plastic baggies inside plastic boxes - I love the Ikea organisation boxes for that. And my stuff for shipping/packaging are in those paper moving boxes.

  • HorisJapanBlue

    HorisJapanBlue said 7 years ago

    I'm new at Etsy. Those wonderful photos encourage me to work harder with joy. Thanks!

  • gailfrienddesigns

    gailfrienddesigns said 7 years ago

    I am also new to Etsy. I love the emails and this post was awesome. I spent the week between Christmas and New Years redoing my studio and I love to be in her now! Thanks so much :)

  • ArtfullySew

    ArtfullySew said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration! I love how everyone has different ways of making space work for their studio. I share a space with my hubby, and although we both are clutterbugs, it is working for us pretty well. After this article though, I want to work on more storage space that is easily accessible. I think I found some ideas here. Thanks!

  • BlueRibbonJewelry

    BlueRibbonJewelry said 7 years ago

    I love every studio photo, each one says so much about the artist. I love my studio and can't wait every day to get to work. Some weeks when I'm busy doing the nasty nine-letter word....paperwork, I miss it so much! I don't ever recall missing my other jobs that much. I would submit a photo but right now I have a broody hen keeping me company in my studio so I will just admire everyone else's. When I first started I had a small part of our garage/shop as my studio and the lighting was blocked by the ductwork of the furnace and employees from our heating company would feel compelled to re-arrange my 'stuff'. So when my hubby generously donated his sunny office for my studio I was ecstatic but I always think that no matter where you are nothing can stifle your artistic and creative juices.

  • thealteredpage

    thealteredpage said 7 years ago

    Great shots. And what funny timing. I just re-posted the results of a survey with 95 mixed media artists about their studios with photos and words. You can find it here

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet said 7 years ago

    I love seeing everyone's studios and the inspiration boards are great! I hope someday I have more than just my little corner in my living room!

  • suelovesjunk

    suelovesjunk said 7 years ago

    my storage obsession right now is large glass jars, i can't resist them. I'll be shopping the thrift shops and my daughter is questioning my need for another glass cannister. i think i love them because it gets the little treasures out in the open. i forget about them if they are in drawers. still trying to figure out the best way to store fabric though....

  • MountainManCreations

    MountainManCreations said 7 years ago

    My studio is 10 by 10 it has one window with my desk in front that over looks about an acre of our 5 acres here in bc. Feathers fly especialy when I am spending time proseccing thats sorting and stripping thousands of feathers to later turn into earrings. All of my completed earrings hang on racks until sold its great loocking at every ones clean spaces LOL

  • RubberStampPress

    RubberStampPress said 7 years ago

    Great articles, ideas and inspiration! Thank you.

  • CrochetUnplugged

    CrochetUnplugged said 7 years ago

    Great article. I'm always looking for fresh new ways in altering my studio space.

  • KylieO

    KylieO said 7 years ago

    This article is fantastic! And just in the nick of time, I had set aside this week months ago to organise my workroom. Now I have help and ideas from all over the planet, thanks!

  • HandPaintedPetals

    HandPaintedPetals said 7 years ago

    Gee! I spent the day moving in a new set of shelves, reorganizing, cleaning, etc. and just now took a break (2:00 am my time) and, I see an article about reorganizing! I now have separate space for my ready-to-sell goods from my unfinished boxes, card and paper stocks, cases of wine glasses, etc. This will also help me not over-buy because I can see what I do/don't have! I will definitely use the clipboard idea to keep track of pending orders. I can't wait to start painting tomorrow in my "new" painting room!

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 7 years ago

    There are some really awesome ideas on here! I love the upcycled crates! Maybe one day I'll have my ideal studio and then I'll take lots of pictures and post them on Etsy's Flickr pool!

  • Hannahnunn

    Hannahnunn said 7 years ago

    Inspiring article. I can't WAIT to get into my new studio space next month and SPREAD MY WINGS. I have been sharing my studio with my shop storeroom for the last 4 years and it will be lovely to have a dedicated space again just for me! Yehey! ..and I think i might try and reupholster my office chair. It's comfy but not very pretty!

  • bysweetmom

    bysweetmom said 7 years ago

    great article thanks for sharing

  • TerrorDome

    TerrorDome said 7 years ago

    Inspirational stuff!

  • kirevi8

    kirevi8 said 7 years ago

    Wonderful aticle! I loved the pics. My favoite one is the minimalist style really love it! I will un into my working place and make new changes immediately! Best Kirevi8

  • h1lda

    h1lda said 7 years ago

    I love it when it is clean so that makes me a minimalist. When it is in a clutter, i see so many ideas lying on the floor that I jump from one project to another. I need to keep focus on one idea at a time! All my projects need 500% effort from me not a split in between.

  • streetnoodles

    streetnoodles said 7 years ago

    i've been honored to see first hand some great studios in my day from creatively exurberant chaos to "what-the-hell" minimal...AND YES, my groins itched with "studio envy" BAD! i'll always be one of those who loves to get a sunday brew and go to those mega-book-mags stores with over-stuffed club chairs and look at all the decor mags, art & architecture stuff for hours...dreaming. BUT when it all boils down...any place of my own to make things is a dream come true.

  • lenoreeightyfour

    lenoreeightyfour said 7 years ago

    this was such a pleasure to read! so inspiring to get my own work place in better form!

  • meekssandygirl

    meekssandygirl said 7 years ago

    I just wish I HAD a work space! I have yarn all over everywhere and make most of my things either at the kitchen table or right here in front of the computer lol!

  • StitchingRN

    StitchingRN said 7 years ago

    I love the ideas from all of you. I have to share my sewing/craft space with my bedroom. I am limited but not 'squished'. I use an old dresser for my fabrics- I store them by color/theme. My thread storage is on the wall. I have patterns and other learning tools in a file box, and behind my sewing table I have put a narrow 6' table for cutting, ironing or prep work. My cutting board is on the sewing desk. Thanks to the Etsy crafters that help me every day.

  • oliverhenry

    oliverhenry said 7 years ago

    I absolutely LOVE seeing artist studios. For some reason the studios inspire me more than the work itself. I especially liked the inspiration board ideas. At this point I have an inspiration pile that needs to be organized in a way that I can see it. Thanks for the suggestions and ideas!

  • buttonandboo

    buttonandboo said 7 years ago

    Awesome! I can't wait to be able to have space to create and sew! I currently just have a desk in my bedroom that I work from and once we move in may to a different apartment I'm looking forward to find one that has a space for me and all my stuff! I actually went through my fabrics and notions last night and did some organizing and purging. It was great and I'm ready to get working on more projects now!

  • cherryblossomtattoo

    cherryblossomtattoo said 7 years ago

    Oh my! I haven't been this excited in ages. We're waiting for our new house to be built and I'll have my very own craft room. Good grief - so much inspiration I don't know what mine will look like!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 7 years ago

    Lovely & inspriational but it's so hard/nearly impossible to organize without wall space. No where to put shelves w/ 7' ceilings, 3' knee walls! Not every antique house/vintage remodel was intelligently designed......Keeping calm & carrying on until a new space is found.

  • KimsKandyKreations

    KimsKandyKreations said 7 years ago

    I totally LOVE looking at the organization for work rooms! I'm so jealous of the light, open, minimilistic rooms on some of these. My craft room got flooded in the floods in the midwest a while ago. It was a great opportunity to redo it all and get it "perfect" or at least organized again. I use pegboard above my desk and have been blessed with some awesome built in shelves along one whole wall of my workroom. I love to have everything where I can reach it as I'm working. It's so nice. Keep the awesome pictures and inspirational articles coming!

  • obellanaturals

    obellanaturals said 7 years ago

    Great article! So inspiring to see others workspaces, no matter the size! Thanks for including the photo of my antique soda crate! I have found just the right purpose for many antique boxes, I love decorating in rustic, earth tones.

  • GreggsGoodies

    GreggsGoodies said 7 years ago

    Love seeing how people have arranged their studios. There aren't enough books out there with ideas that I can find. I have swapped out my tool area in the basement for my art studio. I too use pegboard and have found that if you have a place for everything and IF you put it back in that same place, then things stay pretty neat and tidy. It can be over-whelming with having so many different things and not having a permanent place to put them. I have about 10 photos of my studio that I'd like to share, either for critiquing or just to see how someone else has organized. I started with an 8 foot countertop and put it over two drawer and door cabinets. It's a perfect height for working. I have a sink (essential I think), bookcase, drawers and have even taken an old upper cabinet about 30 inches in length, put wheels on it and use it to hold things I need currently. The top is just another place for use in paperworking, cutting out, etc. The pictures will soon be on my blog today:

  • KnitGirlinIdaho

    KnitGirlinIdaho said 7 years ago

    I've had an explosion of business lately and my workspace is driving me nuts! Thank you for the inspiration to get organized so that I can enjoy my space rather than feeling overwhelmed by the clutter and confusion!

  • sewspecialbylois

    sewspecialbylois said 7 years ago

    Inspiring article. I am temporarily in an apartment while we build a house. The article has me rethinking where I want my craft space at the new house.

  • royroadfishcompany

    royroadfishcompany said 7 years ago

    My wood working shop is a shed in my backyard. It has good lighting, the basic color is sawdust brown. I get inspired from the smell of cedar... It does feel very good when I take the time to get a little organized. Think I will take the day off from crafting and just spend some time thinking about what I have seen here. Thx

  • HappyLifeStudio

    HappyLifeStudio said 7 years ago

    I love this article and especially the photos. These studios seem such nice places to be. I don't have a studio...Just my living room. It could be a really interesting book with photos of Etsy artists' studios(like someone noticed - they aren't many books like that). Personally I want to use the string with photos idea. I was thinking of it for a long time, didn't have really place to put it, but now I am inspired to go and find it right now.

  • lucky0girl0racer

    lucky0girl0racer said 7 years ago

    How fun!

  • JewelsOnAWhim

    JewelsOnAWhim said 7 years ago

    Awesome article! At first I was scared to read it. I thought I'd see all these neat and tidy workspaces/OCD guilt would surround me. lol But, I was wrong! Awesome spaces...showed such a variety. Really interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  • dolcegenetjugoleno

    dolcegenetjugoleno said 7 years ago

    Love it!

  • nspire

    nspire said 7 years ago

    I am in the middle of going through my new studio, organizing,decluttering,debating if I should throw it all out and start fresh or just get more organized...this post has been VERY inspirational. Thank you!

  • nowonder

    nowonder said 7 years ago

    good articul! some treally good storage solutions!

  • HeyZee

    HeyZee said 7 years ago

    I've enjoyed this article very much! Thanks a lot!

  • chocolatecreative

    chocolatecreative said 7 years ago

    In my studio one of the most important things are the inspiration boards, where I collect all sort of things for ideas. Storage space is the other important thing and a lot of light which we luck in London. I work form my studio at home but as my business grow I soon have to look for a bigger space!! My space has to be clean and tyde otherwise I can't function!!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 7 years ago

    I lurve looking at studios and work spaces. I haven't even begun to take photos of our shop. I do have a board of shapes and ideas I put things on. Also when I get new materials to recycle...I put them out so I get ideas every time I walk by. Thanks Vanessa!

  • sewaddicting

    sewaddicting said 7 years ago

    LOVE this segment! Show more, show more! I love to see other studios as I am working on my own! Thanks Etsy!

  • featherleft

    featherleft said 7 years ago

    I have the unfortunate position that my study also doubles as the dogs bedroom, which would be fine if it didn't take up so much of a very small room! (I've tried begging to be allowed the conservatory, its huge, airy and so, so light!) However, as that is never going to happen reorganising and making my creative space (which I use to write as well) more peaceful has been on my to do list for weeks now and reading this article has definitely given me some determination (and inspiration) to get it done. I now know how most of this weekend is going to be spent!

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 7 years ago

    Oh, I love seeing work spaces, I need to take some photos of mine!

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace said 7 years ago

    Wow, wow, and WOW! Incredibly inspiring spaces!! Thank you. :)

  • moosomething

    moosomething said 7 years ago

    I need a better art space, this is very helpful! Thank you!!!

  • ElegantHobbies

    ElegantHobbies said 7 years ago

    Wow, very awesome work spaces... I seriously need my own room, lol....

  • petragalvan

    petragalvan said 7 years ago

    i do have have studio envy

  • cazhoffy

    cazhoffy said 7 years ago

    Oh how i wish i had some kind of work space even half the size of some of those above!! It had definately inspired me to make a space even if it is tiny though. And a mood/inspiration board of some kind is very much now on my to do list!!!

  • bstrung

    bstrung said 7 years ago

    I really do need to organize my space.

  • bijouxdellostregatto

    bijouxdellostregatto said 7 years ago

    I feel myself inspired by reading this post!! Can't wait to reorganize my working space! Thank you very much for sharing!

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 7 years ago

    I love a washable slip cover for my office chair. Photo of me in it is on the flickr group. Excellent article. More views of the slip cover here:

  • greeniemarie

    greeniemarie said 7 years ago

    Beautiful collection of photos..I love my space for creating and am thankful to have graduated from the kitchen table I used to use ten years ago..into my own studio room..Awesome to have a space of your own!!

  • SamsPaintbrush

    SamsPaintbrush said 7 years ago

    I must have THE most incredible husband , as our dining room table is my work space right now! This article motivates me to be a little more creative and find a little "nook" somewhere in this old house to work from! Thanks!

  • emmasgems

    emmasgems said 7 years ago

    I love seeing everyone's work spaces. If I ever get mine looking pretty and organized again...I will add photos to flickr too.

  • AllThingsQuilted

    AllThingsQuilted said 7 years ago

    My current studio is in a (really small)bedroom in our home. I am excited because we're starting work on a larger space for me. I especially love the lime green wall pictured, I am inspired by vibrant orange for some reason I feel the need to be surrounded by orange. Is there some kind of connection linked to creativity in colors? Just wondering!

  • kristimcmurry

    kristimcmurry said 7 years ago

    This is such a great article! I see some of my favorite sellers, and it is so interesting to see their studio! I don't have a set studio. I work in a photo studio that belongs to the university where I work. I also am about to get a new office there, where I'll do some etsy work. Most of my work is done in my house, though. I painted the wall in front of my desk blue so that I would have a pretty color to look at! I also use a pair of painted mannequin legs as a little side table. That sparks some good conversation :)

  • shoshonasnow

    shoshonasnow said 7 years ago

    So great to see everyone's spaces! You gotta make it work for you. And to comment on all the "these studios are WAY too clean" comments. I'm a potter. If I don't keep it clean, it's a heath hazard. Did someone say Silicosis and Lung Cancer??

  • ArtPhotosDiana

    ArtPhotosDiana said 7 years ago

    Yup! Definitely and item on the to-do list for this year. Thank you for offering inspiration and views.

  • LeslieGallery

    LeslieGallery said 7 years ago

    great article!! :) i'm currently in the process of changing my studio/workroom around. when it's finished i'll add some photos up. hmmm ikea here i come!

  • LeslieGallery

    LeslieGallery said 7 years ago

    great article!! :) i am currently in the process of changing my studio/workroom around. i'll add photos when it's finished. thanks for the ideas. ikea here i come!

  • henandchick

    henandchick said 7 years ago

    What a fantastic article full of amazing inspiration. And so timely; I just reorganized my craft room for the new year, too. I blogged about the process here I have to concur with the joys of using old containers and furniture for organizing instead of standard store bought stuff!

  • ColleenAttaraStudio

    ColleenAttaraStudio said 7 years ago

    I am in the process of finding a larger studio space and am so inspired by the spaces you have shown here!

  • mynestingbox

    mynestingbox said 7 years ago

    I'm so jealous of everyone!!! I don't even have a crafting space/area, I have to work off my lap and computer table (swapping the keyboard for the sewing machine as necessary) I think if I didn't live in London, then I wouldn't have this problem!!

  • deetsy

    deetsy said 7 years ago

    thanks for all the wonderful inspiration! I am facing the dream of a new studio space, almost finished, that is about 5 times my current size, and all mine (to share with the kids...) I am loving getting all these ideas and tips on how to best set it up. Thanks!

  • ShortandSweets

    ShortandSweets said 7 years ago

    I've been thinking about making myself a dedicated craft space...thanks for the inspiration!

  • zemphira

    zemphira said 7 years ago

    I have always dreamed of having a card catalog!!! I love peeking into other's studios. Thanks.

  • awjewelrydesigns

    awjewelrydesigns said 7 years ago

    LOVE ALL OF THESE ROOMS! It is so fun to see what everyone's studio looks like!

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 7 years ago

    This is great! I enjoy seeing other artists' creative spaces! Thanks!

  • charisg08

    charisg08 said 7 years ago

    OH, I would love to "organize" my craft space! But I guess that will have to wait until my husband and I build our new house. Right now, there just isn't room in our 600 square foot home. I'm relegated to a corner of the couch. But,some day......!

  • BeadedJewelryBySusan

    BeadedJewelryBySusan said 7 years ago

    A fun article! Such different spaces for different kinds of crafts! If you'd like to see how one beader organizes, check out my flickr open studio pics:

  • lgrugerhanson

    lgrugerhanson said 7 years ago

    I enjoyed reading this article. What fun to see where artists do their creative work! Thanks!

  • LolaBlueShop

    LolaBlueShop said 7 years ago

    Thank you i enjoyed this :)

  • baruchslullaby

    baruchslullaby said 7 years ago

    Ahhh...I'm drinking in all these photos! Love this topic!

  • ninaglaser

    ninaglaser said 7 years ago

    Such an inspirational article! Thanks for sharing! :)

  • BonTons

    BonTons said 7 years ago

    Such a great article, inspiring to see other work spaces. Love looking through the pics

  • tseed1230

    tseed1230 said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous work spaces! Great article. Thanks!

  • artangel

    artangel said 7 years ago

    What great inspiration! I want one like these!!

  • discerningchichi

    discerningchichi said 7 years ago

    Good to see others workspaces and its given me some ideas for my own!

  • Feltathome

    Feltathome said 7 years ago

    an inspirational article. i love looking at other people's work spaces. I have a vintage free-standing firescreen which I am going to use as an inspiration board, once I've covered the insert in wine corks.

  • zafran

    zafran said 7 years ago

    This article came just in time! I put a lot of effort and work into my craft space last year, but I kept on collecting material and soon my workroom became a mess. My new year's resolution was perfectly clear: reorganize, get rid of old stuff, then get started creating new stuff. But somehow, I wasn't able to. Your article was both inspiring and a kick in the ass. All is left to do now is hoovering and swabbing. THANK YOU!

  • dirtroadsouth

    dirtroadsouth said 7 years ago

    I love the sneak peeks into everyone's workspace! Great storage ideas here.

  • VinTije

    VinTije said 7 years ago

    I admire organized artisans! It is very inspiring to see how others use their creative talents to have creative spaces!

  • antique

    antique said 7 years ago

    de-cluttering & editing your work space, I find to be an inspirational event! Great reminders, ideas from this article.

  • antique

    antique said 7 years ago

    decluttering, & editing your work space always an inspiration for new creativity! Great ideas in this article for opening up some space in your mind.

  • ettaandbillie

    ettaandbillie said 7 years ago

    Loooove this post!! I just spent an entire day re-organizing my desk space, now its time to gussy it up.

  • joyelizabethceramics

    joyelizabethceramics said 7 years ago

    im in the midst of getting a new art studio space and this article has really inspired me!

  • ItsBella

    ItsBella said 7 years ago

    oh I love a good interior design post, gets me inspired to move stuff around at home!

  • bizyjanes

    bizyjanes said 7 years ago

    Great ideas! We love organizing! :D

  • karenanderson

    karenanderson said 7 years ago

    I'm creating a new studio very soon. I am excited but I have more ideas than I'll be able to use! How will I decided? For sure a peg board, bulletin board, and a clothes line to string more ideas & plans along.

  • TheGoodEmu

    TheGoodEmu said 7 years ago

    I agree that everyone in this article is almost suspiciously neat - then again I work in ceramic and broken glass and tile! :-) I just came back from the forever-being-constructed "future" basement studio that is being insulated and sheet rocked at the moment. We have found a great space for my kiln, the sink, and my window-side work space! I can't wait to get to tile and paint and move all my supplies down there - I have had piles of tile and bags of grout hiding all over my tiny cottage for almost a year now!!!

  • alipink

    alipink said 7 years ago

    *sighs* What beautiful and inspirational spaces. I just crave somewhere that is more than just a storage space. I can store my sewing machines, and (some of) my fabric and other supplies but there is no room to cut out or spread out so I bring everything to the dining table!

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy said 7 years ago

    WOW! These vibrant and clean photos makes my studio look so cluttered-what an AMAZING group of spaces and very inspirational! *off to organize the zen of chaos that is my workplace!*

  • Mossmottle

    Mossmottle said 7 years ago

    Didn't know about the Flickr group; thanks!

  • felicitycrew

    felicitycrew said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring - thanks for sharing your spaces!

  • lijia

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  • QuiltsAreUs

    QuiltsAreUs said 7 years ago

    This article and the photos are so inspirational! I want to start working on my studio right away!

  • junebugstudio

    junebugstudio said 7 years ago

    These are such pretty studio spaces, I love them! I'm definitely inspired to do a little updating to my own studio.

  • glendalee

    glendalee said 7 years ago

    i multi task in my space so this month is the time to clear up the space and consequently, my brain.

  • JosStudio

    JosStudio said 7 years ago

    i wish i had a studio, i live in a loft so i have managed to take control of the hallway but there is no storage! :)

  • virginiashawver10

    virginiashawver10 said 7 years ago

    Perfect timing, I am organizing studio to make it easier to work in. Loved Jenny Lee Fowlers vintage Ideas and Mlee's hanging tools on walls( not just for garage)maybe I will send some photo's when Im done. Thank you for Ideas and motavation. Virginia Shawver The Rusty Bird

  • JaniceCordeiro

    JaniceCordeiro said 7 years ago

    I am very fortunate to have my own studio at home. Large room with everything I need.Doesn't get any better. Enjoyed the article and seeing other spaces.

  • IlluminatedPerfume

    IlluminatedPerfume said 7 years ago

    What beautiful and inspiring imagery!

  • PrimaryColorsTN

    PrimaryColorsTN said 7 years ago

    Ok..... it is now confirmed, I am a hoarder!! But, I am very good at finding a place for everything! I do have a room at home that I call my studio, but find I work best in the living room among my children and grandchildren. This article has inspired me to redo my studio and schedule time there! Thanks!

  • peacefulheartdesign

    peacefulheartdesign said 7 years ago

    Thanks for this great article. Great timing for me too. This morning I started moving all my card making materials into the guest bedroom. Now for all the sorting out. I'm a fan of plastic boxes for storage as everything remains dust free and I'm going to create some hand painted labels for them to give them my own unique look.

  • MichelleLeeAnn

    MichelleLeeAnn said 7 years ago

    What a fantastic concept. I have always felt my little studio space not only resonates with, but is part of, and inspires my work. It is the one place where I can truly express and be me. I will have to check out the flickr group!

  • EsoMeliae

    EsoMeliae said 7 years ago

    I love them all!

  • EsoMeliae

    EsoMeliae said 7 years ago

    I love them all!

  • JeweledAmbrosia

    JeweledAmbrosia said 7 years ago

    love this article!! thank you for some inspiration as I have been trying to recreate my space as well

  • zeropumpkin

    zeropumpkin said 7 years ago

    hehe Mr yen photo & items rocks now..:D

  • Torann

    Torann said 7 years ago

    Enjoyed reading this, it feeds my addiction for looking at studios! So bad is my additicion I started a blog on 'Where People Create'. Anyone want to be featured just mail us.

  • HappyKoiPotteryShop

    HappyKoiPotteryShop said 7 years ago

    Thank you for this article. i just moved from an apartment and a shared studio to a house with my own studio. It's still just a room with a pile of junk in the middle and white walls. Now i'm inspired to get in there and get to work making it a art studio! I think the first thing i will need is long shelves like in Shoshonasnow's ceramic studio. I'll also need is a big chalk board so i can sketch out ideas, right goals, and that sort of thing.

  • ReCultivation

    ReCultivation said 7 years ago

    I love the 100 year old crates. The space looked great

  • ChaseFamilyCreations

    ChaseFamilyCreations said 7 years ago

    This was an interesting article in that it got me thinking. I don't have a studio per se. I knit in my comfy chair while my husband reads to the children or the football game is on. I felt in the bathtub. The kids do their wood crafts in the barn. I store my supplies in boxes and paperbags near where I'm working. I suppose it comes down to where you are comfortable enough to create. Yes, a very interesting article indeed. I enjoyed it.

  • Josary

    Josary said 7 years ago

    Love the entire article! Helped me realize that I need to work on my studio as well...Thanks for the feedback!

  • CreativeButterflyXOX

    CreativeButterflyXOX said 7 years ago

    This is very inspiring.

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 7 years ago

    I have been needing to clean my space up and after reading this article, I'm on it tomorrow a.m. Thanks for the ideas and the inspiration for this task.

  • OpusMuse

    OpusMuse said 7 years ago

    I love the sneak peek into our Etsy crafters' special place where they work & create wonderful things. So inspiring!

  • mssewsavvy

    mssewsavvy said 7 years ago

    Inspire! With constant military moves, you never know what your next house is going to look like but such great ideas that cna move with me. I'm a work in progress, currently under construction :-) but I'll get there

  • wyrdandwired

    wyrdandwired said 7 years ago

    These are wonderful! How odd to read an article on a Monday morning that inspires me to clean, but here it is. I definitely need to go through my craft room and organize it again. Maybe the inspiration of these photos will help me give it some life while I'm at it!

  • winkinglizardpottery

    winkinglizardpottery said 7 years ago

    Great ideas! I am expanding my studio and it will be done next week. Perfect timing for some of these ideas - thanks!

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection said 7 years ago

    This is one of my projects, getting organized. With antiques and collectibles it is ever changing and things get lost. I appreciate all the great ideals! TheIDConnection Monica :)

  • edanddoris

    edanddoris said 7 years ago

    Great article, great ideas.

  • Autumnreed

    Autumnreed said 7 years ago

    Nice inspiration boards. They're the perfect mood setters. Think I'll take my inspirations out of their big black bag and collage them!

  • GiantJewels

    GiantJewels said 7 years ago

    I have found that if you let your space develop organically, you feel more comfortable there. I have been collecting antique tools, textiles & figurines to add some whim to my equipment-filled workroom!

  • PooknflipProductions

    PooknflipProductions said 7 years ago

    I can't wait til the day when I have a room all my own for a studio space! For now, a corner of my studio apartment will have to do. That and my couch. :) I love it though! I do have an "inspiration wall" - pictures and object and photos that inspire me. Very good ideas here. Thanks!

  • LovelandShadeTree

    LovelandShadeTree said 7 years ago

    I love the vintage storage ideas and especially the upcycled ones too. I have lots of old treasures from my mother and grandmother, vases, dishes, boxes ect.. I like to use to store my tools. I feel that being surrounded by pieces of my heritage add to the creative vibe in my studio. Also good music is a must. Thanks for this inspiring post.

  • amberlerouxdesigns

    amberlerouxdesigns said 7 years ago

    Wonderful photos and very helpful ideas. I am ready to tackle my space!

  • monkmama

    monkmama said 7 years ago

    I really want to get all my stuff organized & in one room. I am painting in one room & sewing in another! Lots of stuff to organize,thanks for the ideas!

  • ComandanteSuperPink

    ComandanteSuperPink said 7 years ago

    I love this post! Love all spaces, they just push to right into creative mood. Love the "ideas hanging" and all those cute storing solutions! I'm in the middle of rearranging space, ao I'm taking lots of notes from this, thanks!

  • CzarArt

    CzarArt said 7 years ago

    so thankful for the ideas!! I have a space in the back of our garage that needs alot of TLC and dont know where to start. this was very helpful!

  • missbatch

    missbatch said 7 years ago

    Ooh, I love seeing these studio spaces! So many good ideas. I'm loving that crate wall.

  • Yayahandicraft

    Yayahandicraft said 7 years ago

    Just a few days ago I organized my crafts rooms and here is is a lot work but right now I work better

  • DillaStudio

    DillaStudio said 7 years ago

    This has inspired me to finally figure out what to do with the spare guest bedroom. I guess if worse comes to worse, guests will have to share my inspiration!

  • urbanrain

    urbanrain said 7 years ago

    i officially have major studio envy now. thanks! must. revamp. space. stat.

  • LaventimeDreams

    LaventimeDreams said 7 years ago

    Lovely!!! Now it's time to clean.

  • BlessedRepublic

    BlessedRepublic said 7 years ago

    i'm inspired, but my priority is to update my shop.

  • ERMoriginals

    ERMoriginals said 7 years ago

    Studio envy here too!!! I've been feeling like a project and now I have some great ideas, thanks.

  • margotbianca

    margotbianca said 7 years ago

    it is that time of the year to clean and rearrange--but i have to admit that i am "upgrading" to the clear plastic totes from cardboard boxes!! :) so, if any of you are getting rid of them, send them my way! great ideas and photos in this article. thanks for writing it!


    THEminiMONICASTORE said 7 years ago

    What inspiring photos!

  • PlaidPumpkin

    PlaidPumpkin said 7 years ago

    I loved seeing all the spaces. I have my craft room in a finished attic and even though I try to keep it straight, it can get messed up really easy, especially when I scrapbook, sew, work with clay jewelry and enjoy doing so many different crafts. I read a lot of good ideas in this article and will save it to refer to. Thanks.

  • houseofpoleighnaise

    houseofpoleighnaise said 7 years ago

    I have revisited these photo's often over the last week or so .... My eyes keep landing on Alice Wingerden's Shabby Chic pics, and I have to tell you, I sincerely hope she doesn't mind me taking inspiration from them! This weekend is being spent devoting a, now vacant, bedroom into my own personal domain! Thank you Alice for helping me to see how my space can look too! I can't wait to be surrounded by everyting that will give me inspiration!!

  • TheBlueCalla

    TheBlueCalla said 7 years ago

    We are moving in a couple of months...can't wait to have a fresh space and really dedicate a spot for my "shop"!

  • debhillart

    debhillart said 7 years ago

    Love this. Hope to be in a new space by the end of February and many of these storage ideas are very helpful.

  • JeansVintageCloset

    JeansVintageCloset said 7 years ago

    The Inspiration board seems to be really great visual stimulus, I have a rather large vintage pirate treasure chest I purchased at an Estate Sale that has lost the top glass, but has the other 3 sides with glass still remaining. I can still see my large works of art that I am working with at a glance, and still keep the big treasure chest tucked under my new shelving system, safe, and out of my path This is a great article, thanks for sharing

  • lostandfoundart

    lostandfoundart said 7 years ago

    This article completely inspired me to figure out what i really needed in my studio! Out with the extra stuff I've gathered over the years that I still hadn't used, in with more adequete and funky storage (think 70's era medical office metal filing cabinet colored yellow, orange and turquoise!) and a desk that isn't a workbench! Thanks for the inspiration etsy - I'll be posting it to the flickr pool soon!!

  • boogirl99

    boogirl99 said 7 years ago

    Love the inspiration! I always think my craft room looks good until I see someone else's. I really love the chabby chic touches, and the inspiration boards. Great storage ideas too. I like the idea of thinking outside the box. (pardon the pun)

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy said 7 years ago

    Still love going through this talented Flickr groups photos!

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 7 years ago

    My studio is a spare room that was once a closet, yes a closet, for the previous owner and all her fantastic clothes. I've kept all of the closet organizing shelving to organize all my metals, beads and miscellany, but I'm in serious need of an overhaul and reorganizing. For one thing, my wallpaper is a green plaid. It's a little disturbing for creativity, but I've got dolphins, flowers and all kinds of other inspiration all over the place. I did invest into a very sturdy jeweler's bench which is where most of my soldering, hammering, cutting, drilling and building takes place, but the future holds a space for a mini photo studio so my items can truly shine in my shop. Thank you so much for the inspiring creative spaces. I'll be sure to add my studio pics to the Flick site as well.

  • gnormyle

    gnormyle said 7 years ago

    I really enjoyed this article. It's great to see other Etsian's studios~spaces. My space is a portion of a studio and is filled with things that inspire my creativity. Lots of color!

  • MissEmmasCloset

    MissEmmasCloset said 7 years ago

    I really enjoyed this article. I recently rearranged my house after our living situation changed. I thought it to be overwhelming and daunting in my 3rd floor studio, especially since our house is 114yrs old and the light not so great up there. Plus I was so far away from the kids (my daughter is disabled and the drafty 3rd floor not ideal for her). So down stairs I trekked downstairs. I can interact with the kids, Emma can have all her therapies, and I don't feel disconnected. This article has been super inspiring to work on my spring line.

  • FishScraps

    FishScraps said 7 years ago

    This is wonderful inspiration! Thank-You so much for this. I don't have a studio space to call my own but, I am writing down ideas and keeping visuals for inspiration in anticipation for the day I have a space to call my own!

  • kirstenfrancis

    kirstenfrancis said 7 years ago

    How inspirational! My space is big but doesn't work well. It doesn't help that my kids unlock the gate and help themselves to my supplies! Maybe out of sight, out of mind might work.... thanks for the wonderful ideas.

  • xoazuree

    xoazuree said 7 years ago

    What an awesome article. I LOVE seeing other people's work spaces. This Flickr group is going to be my new online habit, I can already tell. Thank you all for sharing. It's awesome to see other artists need organization and minimalism to keep their sanity, I feel better about my freakish neat freak ness!

  • Indigofera

    Indigofera said 7 years ago

    Inspiration indeed! I definitely need more beauty vision boards. Right now I dream of new formulas while going to sleep. :)

  • underanewlight

    underanewlight said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to make mine !! :D

  • Funamals

    Funamals said 6 years ago

    I am moving my studio out of my parent's basement and into a live/work apartment...I need all the help I can get! Thanks

  • lovelightjewelry

    keri Jioras from lovelightjewelry said 5 years ago

    My studio is like a cold dark dungeon. Thanks for the inspiring photos, i love to see others creative spaces.

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