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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The studio

I am finally done playing around with the studio. Before I show you the final photos here is a before shot to compare to:

Mmmm, pretty...

The aim was to create a playful, colourful space I can call my own and one that will inspire me to design. The budget was to spend no more than $900.

Here's how it looks now:

Walls painted, dryer moved, shelves installed and furniture moved in. When I removed the nails in the far wall the concrete crumbled away and left behind huge holes. To hide the mess, my husband and I pasted wallpaper onto a large piece of plywood and mounted it.

The white trestle tables are cheap and functional. I've dressed up the sideboard with a few of my favourite things.

This is where I store everything I need to package and wrap orders. I've lined the drawers with pretty wrapping paper picked up from IKEA for $2.95 a roll.

The start of my kimmidoll and kokeshi doll collection.

I painted an old pine cupboard we owned white and blue and kept the old handles.

The inside of the cupboard has been painted blue too.

Some of the fabrics I use for the designs in my store.

The Alice in Wonderland print set from The Black Apple arrived and I have hung them up along with some of my own work.

So that's it! I love pottering around in here while my son sleeps. What I'm most excited about though is that we've created a space out of a previously unused section of our home.

I already owned most of the items in the studio however I have put together a cost breakdown of the things I did buy (and some that I splurged on):

Paint for cupboard (Dulux Whisper White, Dulux Tapioca 1/2 strength and undercoat) - $80
Graham & Brown wallpaper - $50 delivered
Plywood and moulding for wallpaper frame - $50
IKEA Egeby rug - $149
Clipboards (which I then covered with fabric) - $12
Matt Blatt Eames style chair - $99
Antique sideboard from Ebay (my big splurge) - $405
Adairs paper butterfly mobile - $50
IKEA wrapping paper - $2.95

TOTAL: $897.95 (
just made it in under budget)

I have also listed the price of some of the other items I already owned for reference:

Paint for walls (Dulux Self Destruct) - $80
Paint for floor (White Knight Grey) - $70
Bunnings trestle tables - $59 each
IKEA Lack floating shelves - $49 each
Kikki-k step file and folders - approx. $30 (I can't remember exact original price)
Kikki-k pink cloth boxes - $34.95 each
Herd cushion cover by Skinny laMinx - $25 (USD)


(Click photos above for more information about the room)

80 comments:

  1. That looks great!
    U shud do my studio too!;) I really have to give it a makeover the next days!

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  2. Wow!!! I love it all.. great job!

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  3. Ohhhh wow! That looks amazing! I wish my studio was so pretty. What a lovely space to create in!

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  4. Ooh, gorgeous studio. You are so organised. Just a question, how long ago did you get the butterfly mobile from Adairs? Was it from Adairs Linen? It's similar to one from Pottery Barn but of course we don't have one in Australia.

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  5. Thank you! I've had a lot of fun with this room.

    Shari - I bought the mobile about 3 weeks ago now I think. It was bought from Adairs in Rhodes shopping centre. There is a pink one still in store. If you call them maybe they can track a white one down for you?

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  6. This is such a fantastic transformation, so pretty - just looking at the room on my computer screen's inspiring me to do something creative, it must be a great space to actually work in :)

    Well done you!

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  7. This looks absolutely amazing! I plan to do something similar in our (future) sunroom. It looks really fantastic.

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  8. What a lovely space you've created!! So inspiring - wonderful job!!

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  9. Wow, this is so inspirational! What a beautiful space to work in. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Wow! What a transformation! I bet you are in heaven!

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  11. OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Impresionante. Genial.
    Besitos sin gluten

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  12. Holy moly - that is one of the MOST amazing transformations I've ever seen. I'm completely in love!!

    Can you share how you hung your lack shelves into concrete? I want to hang them on my plaster walls but Im not sure how to do withouth disaster.

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  13. This all looks gorgeous, I'm actually jealous ♥

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  14. That looks absolutely fantastic!!! And under budget! Nice job!

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  15. Wow, I love your new studio. I love everything about it. I can't wait to have a room of my own, I definately need a studio like THAT!
    Great Job!!!

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  16. I am completely jealous of your new creative space. It looks great!

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  17. It looks AMAZING! Wonderful job! I'm so happy for you. It is so inspiring to work in a beautiful inspired place. I can't wait to make over my own craft room.

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  18. so beautiful! I love your cute kokeshi dolls! Looking at your cool display makes me wanna go find mine in the closet and display them!

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  19. That is just gorgeous! What a nice spot in the house to retreat too. I wish i had the same creative flair ....

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  20. Wow! Such a beatiful space. So inspiring. Well done Viv!

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  21. I don't know whether to thank you for that Viv because now my credit card isn't thanking me :) And my husband will probably kill me :)

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  22. Looks incredible!! Such a beautiful and fabulous change. xx

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  23. I absolutely love it! Making me want a little workspace at home SO badly now!

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  24. Hi Viv - thanks for visiting my site and your comment.
    I am happy with our house but I am a bit lost with the dressing and finishing off of the rooms. You do it WONDERFULLY... so I'll continue to try and gain inspiration from you others more talented than I :)

    As for the wooden letters, I had them cut by a Victorian company called
    Rondeau Industries,
    PO Box 42
    Caramut VIC 3274
    P: 0411 869 146
    F: 03 5599 8377
    www.rondeauindustries.com.au

    We also had the word Laugh cut to put at the top of our stairs, and those three words together, with the laquered spray painting cost us $250. I highly recommend them, they were fast and easy to deal with.

    Good luck!

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  25. Oh My! What an incredible transformation! Kick ass hot sexy new studio. Very jealous! :o)

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  26. Oh my gosh. I love it. can i come hang out in your studio please?? I promise i wont make a mess!!

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  27. oh hello gorgeous room! i can imagine the creativity that is born in that wonderful space. lovely!!

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  28. I love it - you have done an amazing job!!! I love the wallpaper covered pine board with your gorgeous prints!

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  29. Wow. That looks amazing! So many pretty pictures and ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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  30. Oh my goodness, this is one the most amazing transformations I've seen in a long time! Congrats on a fantastic job. I love that butterfly mobile in particular.

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  31. Wow, what an incredible transformation!! The room looks so lovely! Love it!

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  32. Soooooo...pretty I LOVE it!!!
    All That organizing must have taken so long! I enve you!!!!
    Lisa :0)

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  33. You did a wonderful job! This is very inspirational and inspires me to want to do more with my office! Thank you for sharing!

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  34. Very inspiring - you've done a wonderful job with this space.

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  35. wow wow wow. my millinery studio is in such a state that I can hardly go in to it at the moment. I keep telling myself I have to pretty it up, but I never get around to it. I think I might make that my last 'to do' before my babies arrive! What an inspiration. Jenx

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  36. Ohh wow this is a fabulous make over! I love the pops of colour and the way you made this such an inspiring place to work.
    I adore your Kokeshi doll and kimmidoll collection! I really want to start one =)

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  37. It's so inspiring to see something so lovely from a, well, um, not so lovely space. This is the most glorious transformation!

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  38. WOW!!! What a beautiful transformation!! I love it all! Everything looks so pretty!

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  39. Hi Viv,

    THANK YOU so much for sharing your wonderful photos & tips for decorating with your stimulus package !

    I just came across your lovely studio photos on the Made by Girl blog & am I glad I did !

    I've seen sitting/creating in my studio for the last couple of days now thinking what can I do to transform this space .. ?

    Turns out I already have very similiar items (and even some ideas with the fabric) to what you have in your space, even down to the clipboard !

    Come to think of it, I also used my $ 900 bonus to purchase goodies for my studio space !

    Anyhoo, I'm looking forward to a day of creating & transforming my space starting tomorrow .. !

    Katherine x
    www.thesavannahroom.blogspot.com

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  40. I absolutely love your studio makeover! It's such a pretty and airy space now. Two thumbs up!!

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  41. Hi Viv,

    I'd love to know where you purchased the print and silver frame featured on your Antique sideboard?

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  42. I love your makeover! Wish I could have a space like that. :)

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  43. Thanks for your nice comments everyone!

    Kymberly - the frame was bought from Target I think. It was a little while ago now. The print is by etsy seller Art & Ghosts. I love her work.

    Mrs Limestone - I'll have to ask my husband how he hung the shelves and get back to you.

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  44. Thanks for your nice comments everyone!

    Kymberly - the frame was bought from Target I think. It was a little while ago now. The print is by etsy seller Art & Ghosts. I love her work.

    Mrs Limestone - I'll have to ask my husband how he hung the shelves and get back to you.

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  45. ok Viv...i have only just seen this blog post and the photos of your new studio......i am drooling all over the keyboard! this is my dream space. Love it! i LOVE the cupboard...really love it. hehe! how cool is the idea with the clipboards - very clever
    as usual Viv - GORGEOUS!!

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  46. Really lovely space!!!! You did a fantastic job.

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  47. Hey Viv,
    I was in the city this afternoon and I saw kimmidoll and kokeshi doll selling in Market City and QVB.
    Just to tell you if you are still looking for more
    :)

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  48. Mrs Limestone - I managed to find out how the shelves were hung. My husband used dyna-bolts. From what I understand, they come with a bolt and a cylinder. You drill a hole in the wall to fit the cylinder and then you put the bolt in, tighten it and it expands the cylinder so that it is locked in place. Hope that makes sense.

    June - thank you! I'll have to check it out.

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  49. I loved your studio so much I featured it in my blog post about home offices.

    http://eloisaandabelard.blogspot.com/2009/09/attention-to-detail-home-offices.html

    Ps. Love love your blog :)

    Fee x

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  50. wow! you did an amazing job!
    i love the clipboard idea. blogged about it on my new blog {style-reviews.blogspot.com}
    hope you don't mind! :)

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  51. Hey Viv it´s absolutely amazing....can i blogged on my blog?

    Congrats!!!

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  52. saw this in Real Living magazine. Love the way you transformed the space.

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  53. for those wondering, the butterfly mobiles are available in Adairs still in pink and white! i ordered one today for my bedroom!

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  54. Ohmygod. This is beautiful. Just look at that big change. I am impressed with how it turned out! Someday I'm gonna make my own products in my own studio. Thank you so much for heating up my interest on crafting!

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  55. Oh I love those dolls. They're so cuuuuuuute!!

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  56. such a sweet studio, you must love it!

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  57. This has to be the most amazing studio I have ever seen! I hope one day my husband will give me a $900 spending limit to make a place of my own :)

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  58. Your new office space is beautiful, and you have inspired me to transform my own garage. However, I am concerned about freezing or boiling? Do you think your garage will be too cold and/ or hot during the year? What are your plans for seasonal/ weather changes? Thanks.

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  59. Good question Angela! So far I have worked here for the coldest part of winter and a summer. It definitely does get very hot and cold down there.

    In winter I wore lots of layers, a blanket and if it was very cold I used a fan forced heater too.

    In summer the only relief I had was the tiny window and opening the garage door. I found I couldn't really work well here when the temperature was 35 degrees celsius and over because it was far too hot (and my mind was on the beach) and also the adhesive I use for my artwork dried far too fast and I couldn't work with it very well. On those few days I worked on the kitchen bench and packaged up my orders in the studio.

    I wish I had airconditioning down here but at least it serves me well on most days.. it is just those very few when the temperature is far too high.

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  60. have missed this up till now - amazing job - just love it le

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  61. What a lovely transformation! It's so functional yet stylish...absolutely amazing! I've just featured your space on my blog: http://spritzofyellow.blogspot.com/2010/05/office-space.html.

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  62. I don't know how i've only just stumbled upon your blog, but i'm so glad I did - i've just spent the past 2 hours having a good read, and it's simply lovely!

    I have to say this is one of my favourite posts, and such a colourful little corner of your house (from such modest beginnings!). I love the colours, the craftiness and the butterfly mobile.

    Miss B xx

    http://agirlastyle.wordpress.com/

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  63. This room must be so inspiring to work in, and the best bit is you can decorate as feminine as you like as its your area! Iv just emptied my spare room ready for painting and plan to set it up as a study/craft room. I'll be sourcing a mobile just like your flutterbys. Just gorgeous.

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  64. wow. i'm feeling really badly about my messy house now! even your studio looks flawlessly arranged. i know it's set for a photo shoot, but you've motivated me to tidy up and rethink some areas of my home. i've got a 2 year old boy, so i know your home has to be less perfect than that on a daily basis ;)

    http://snookus.blogspot.com/

    great stuff, thank you for sharing!
    paulette

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  65. Wow! You've really did a great job out there. And I must comment on your kimmidoll and kokeshi doll collection, they are indeed very cute. Can I ask where you bought them? My wife would definitely like it displayed on her office. Thanks for the share. Cheers!

    Ellie

    office space NY

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  66. Such an amazing change! I loove it!

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  67. hmmmm now trying to figure out how to transform my office/studio when all my furniture is black to soemthing this beautiful! ideas anyone?

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  68. Found you via womeninbusiness dot com dot au - what a superb transformation your office has undergone - I'm positively inspired now!

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  69. It is like watching a fairytale becoming true. Especially under $1000 budget, You create such an amazing studio from scratch and everyone want to bring it to their own home!

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  70. it's amazing what can be acheived with a little cash and a load of imagination. Very cool !

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  71. You did a fantastic job on the studio. It's really inspiring me. I have a room in the basement that has been finished (as opposed to the rest of the basement that is unfinished) ~ and I hope to turn this empty room into a sewing / painting studio in the next few weeks as a birthday present to myself...

    other inspirational photos:
    http://annamariahorner.blogspot.com/2011/07/scenes-from-studio-and-dirt.html

    http://heatherbailey.typepad.com/heather_bailey/2007/02/the_studio.html

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  72. It turned out absolutely beautiful Viv. I know you're so proud. It truly is an inspiring studio now. I'm a new follower now too.

    Hugs…Tracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute

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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave me a comment, Viv xx


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