For years I’ve been living in apartments with no room for a proper studio. I’ve been creating on kitchen tables, balconies, beds and even floors. All my art & craft supplies had to fit in two drawers. I tried to make the best of what I had.
This changed in the autumn of 2012 when I finally moved into an apartment that was big enough to fit a huge work desk, and that had enough closets so that I could dedicate one of them entirely to my art supplies.
It was a dream come true for me!
2023 update: I have long since moved into a different apartment and created another lovely home office & studio, which you can check out here: My art studio renovation (that took 4 years to complete)
I got used to this luxury, so when my boyfriend and I started talking about moving in together, I made one thing clear: I wanted to have a separate room for my creative work.
We agreed that me leaving my stuff around the apartment would not be a good solution for any of us, so we decided to pay higher rent in order to get that extra room.
After a few weeks of searching, we found the perfect apartment. It had everything we wanted, and when I walked into the “children’s room” (still with a bed in it) that had a balcony facing south-east, I fell in love with it and decided on the spot that we will take it.
Now I have a wonderful room dedicated to my creative work. It’s an office and an art studio in one. I have plenty of room for creating, and enough storage space for all the art supplies and tools I own. I absolutely love spending my days here.
Here’s the first thing you see when you come in. I have two large desks extending along the entire length of the wall. In the middle you can see my computer set up: two monitors, speakers and a large Wacom Intuos3 tablet.
The wall is full my big plans and inspirational art. I remove and add things from the wall based on what I’m working on and how I feel.
Currently you can see a mind map for a project I’m working on, my big yearly calendar, some exercises from the Right Brain Business Plan, a framed drawing my friend gave me, and some of my art planted with intentions.
The wall is so hard that I couldn’t add any new nails on it, so I can only stick things to the wall with white-tack.
On the left is my drawing corner. I have a tilted drawing board that my dad had made for me a few years ago. (Back then I used it to draw on my bed). Actually these are two boards, a thick one with 2 legs and a thin board that I can remove put up on my easel.
Here’s a view of the right side of the room. On the second desk I keep my lovely Epson Perfection V330 scanner and some paper racks, and under it is my printer (not plugging it because I hate it), some storage boxes and a handmade paper bin.
That’s where I keep my easel too. Right now I don’t have a painting in progress, so I put up Nourishing Heart on it so that it’s not empty. On the far right there is a closet where I keep my art supplies.
Here’s a view of the open closet:
I keep my canvases, papers, paints, palettes, brushes, and everything else in this closet. In the red polkadot boxes you can see at the bottom is where I keep my various tools: SLR camera & tripod, sewing machine and fabrics, all the tools for home repair… I’m so happy it all fits in this closet.
Lastly, here’s a view of my windows and a small balcony. There’s just enough room for a small table and a pair of chairs, and that’s where I often do my morning sketching and brainstorming before it gets too hot.
I prefer to keep my windows curtain-free because I want to let as much light in, and I like to look out every now and then. The view ain’t half bad, I can even see the sea and my home island from inside.
I have to make one thing clear: my studio is not always this neat! Usually I manage to keep it orderly for about 2 days, and then I get involved in a project and soon enough the place turns into a creative mess.
Also, you may have noticed there’s no chair in view. I’m actually sitting on a pilates ball.
So, that’s it for today, I hope you enjoyed my little studio tour!
P.S. Do you have some photos of your home-office or your work corner? Share it in the comments, I’d love to see it!
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