February 08, 2012

New Studio Revealed + Contest Winner!

Well I am finally ready to reveal my beautiful new studio! Wow what a difference this has made, I didn’t realise just how much I needed this change.

The layout is now so much more uncluttered, tranquil and functional. I really took a lot of time to think over what my needs were and am so glad I did!


Here is my new desk Open-mouthed smile Now as I look out the window I can see the birds in the trees, so much more inspiring!

My desk is an old dining room table I got at the charity shop for £10 and I covered the top with some beautiful oil cloth from the local hardware store £13.


I wanted my room to serve my creating rather than computer work and so I intentionally reduced my computer area as much as possible so I only use it when I need to.

The laptop sits on a pedestal unit which I already had, it’s very functional so I wanted to keep it. The shelves are cut down from a previous shelving unit and are perfect for storing my giant printer and my little printer/scanner. I got the idea from something similar Marisa has in her studio.


I turned my memo board the other way around and simplified what was on there. I previously had two of these boards and reduced it down to one. I may use the other in another room in the house.


This is my secret cubby, where I store my books and bits n bobs. It has a light in there too!


This is the view from my door which still needs to be painted. And boxes that still need to be unpacked.


Now I have this big lovely wall to display my artwork on, I still need to decide what is going to go on there from my collection!


I moved this bookcase from the wall in pic above to the wall by the door. It looks much better and I substantially reduced the amount of clutter on there too.

The drawers beside it I already had and used to hide under my painting desk. They don’t fit under the new one (which worked out fine anyway) and so I stacked them here.


Bookcase close up and presenting my most fav area of the whole room…


My thinking chair!! An idea also gained from Marisa, I never had an area to sit and plan, think, pray and sketch whilst being in a comfy chair. I really needed an area like this to nurture this side of my creativity and so I set about to find the perfect chair.

I found this at my fav charity shop for £20!!! It was sitting inside the door waiting for me to buy it lol. It’s in perfect condition and so comfy. I’m just finishing off a granny square cushion for it which will set it off fab.

And so that is it! I am so delighted with it, it was well worth all the effort.

So now I bet your thinking ‘Come on get on with it, who won?’, well the colour is actually a pale grey blue called ‘Celestial Cloud #6’ by Dulux and so the winner is…..

Julia Badgley who guessed on facebook ‘ a pale blue’. Congratulations, I’ll be in contact soon.

Well that’s it for the tour, thank you all for entering my contest, I’m off to continuing working on some new goodies for the shop.





Karen Woodward said...

Great studio. I love your memo board. I need to get me one. Praying God blesses you richly!

Sue Runyon said...

It looks incredible! I wish many, many hours of enjoyable creating in it for you. Love the wall color. A light went on for me when you mentioned stacking those drawer units and I now have extra floor space in my own studio. Thanks!

Donna said...

You have done an awesome job and I know you will really enjoy creating and meditating in your new space! That blue grey is so peaceful!

Zuda Gay Pease said...

So lovely!! I think the pale blue is perfect and how nice to have a contemplation chair. :) WOOHOO!!! Julia!!!

Kelly Bermudez said...

So very beautiful! I need a room like this: ) Blessings!

Julia said...

Wow! It looks awesome and so peaceful. What a beautiful place to work.
And I'm so excited that I won!!!!!!!

Rita said...

It looks wonderful, Niki. The wall color is so restful. I love the painted floor too. Looks so conducive to letting the imagination soar....

sue anderson said...

The decorators all say that having your desk in front of your window helps your inspiration.
The color blue is beautiful.


stacie said...

It looks great Niki! I love the pale blue color. Now it's time for you to enjoy it! Stop by my blog, I have a Valentines giveaway :)

AnnMarie (NaNa) said...

LOVE the color and how organized you are. You have inspired me! I MUST try to do the same!

Angel said...

looks AWESOME!!!!!!! and congrats to Julia for guessing the color! I so wish you lived closer, I could so see myself sipping a coffee and sitting in that chair watching you paint

Shannon Guerra said...

So fun to peek into other people's work studios! Great idea for reducing computer, time, too!

judy said...

Thanks for sharing this decorating journey with us. It looks great!

Sheila said...

Niki-Great job. I love my thinking chair also. And I like the covered desk top!

susan said...

It looks lovely! i love the oilcloth on the table, the memo board and the bookcase, beautiful color of the walls and a lovely view out of the window with a cute teacup there too!