August 29, 2011What My Studio Looks Like: Then And Now
I got an note through our contact page the other day where a reader said they liked the blog very much, but would I PLEASE show some more pictures of my own house?
So, I decided to quiet the clamor and show some pictures from the “raw” room in our house, which is my studio in the basement. It is ever-changing, depending on what I can find thrifting. Also, it is where I spend most of my time and where this blog goes from vague ideas in my head into semi-coherent posts.
I am really, really lucky in that I have an entire room in the basement that I can do whatever I want with, and I totally take full advantage of that room. Besides being a work space, it is also a holding area. Whenever Tom deems anything scored during thrifting “too kitschy” or “ugly” or “too homemade looking”, I snuggle it lovingly into my basement refuge for a while until he gets used to seeing it down there. Then I usually try to work it back into the house somewhere where he won’t notice it.
Oh, and sometimes I use the room for novel-writing. Sometimes.
We can start with some before shots, which I just came across the other day in our photo archive.
Wow, huh? Pretty hideous. This is way back when, before Tom and I had even had our scary basement carpet removed and replaced with some excellent VCT tile. Back then, I was just happy to have a little place of my own for my own stuff. Or, as Tom liked to call it, my “garbage room”.
Fast-forward one year. The carpet is gone, and a nice, neutral flooring is in it’s place. I picked this flooring because I figured it would be nice to have just a plain, light canvas to do whatever I wanted.
Plus, the walls are totally overdue for some paint, and I wanted to keep my options open in case I want to go with a wild color. Like metallic gold.
And here it is, my studio in it’s current incarnation! I have it set up in designated areas to serve our various hobbies and growing collections. Above is a long vintage folding table which I use as a craft table/desk. This is where I sit when I am writing the posts for the blog!
In the back, you can see my sewing stuff and a PBN on the wall banned from the upstairs by Tom. The black filing cabinet under the sewing table holds vintage photos from my grandfather’s collection.
A vintage GE kitchen clock, some plastic seagulls and a lone skunk salt shaker I picked up somewhere for a quarter. He was just too cute to leave behind, but also too kitschy to be allowed upstairs. The old index card file holds vintage postcards, photos and greeting cards. The metal chest below that holds mailing supplies, paper and artist supplies. Next to this chest is a large drafting table I use for sketching (badly) and painting (even worse).
My ever-growing collection of vintage, retro and new fabrics. The top shelf is almost completely vintage aprons. I have A LOT.
I got this molded plastic wall-hanging at a recent church rummage sale for 10 cents. Tom hates it, so it is now in a cherished spot in my studio!
Another storage corner. This dresser was my grandmother’s, and it holds my extensive vintage pattern collection. Also, my beloved ram lamp and two more PBNs have found a home here.
More crafting space with an poker table that came with our basement and some Steelcase chairs, and a set of three Marushka prints. I found these together on a recent thrifting trip, so I am assuming that this is one of the pre-matched sets that were sold as a group to be hung together. I love the owl, mostly because it’s big-eyed expression reminds me of one of my cats.
Yeah. Now you can see it.
Anyway, hope you enjoyed this tour of my studio and work area!