Saturday, June 19, 2010

MY STUDIO ---- WHERE I CREATE

Welcome to my little creative studio! Do you love sneaking a peek into our fellow bloggers' studios and getting inspired by their creative ideas? I do! The creative and talented Karen Valentine of My Desert Cottage is hosting the Where Blogers Create II blog party. Just click here to visit her blog, where she lists all the party guests. You can click on each one to visit their studio. This year, she has over 450 participants! Thank you so much, Karen, for all your hard work!

I started turning this little spare room upstairs into my studio last summer. Here's my wire dress form, which stands atop 3 hat boxes stuffed with ribbons, trims, and other embellishments. You may have read the post about our fainting couch
here, which came from the historic Excelsior Hotel in Jefferson, Texas, where Big D and I enjoyed many vacations hunting for that special antique!

In front of the window is the ribbon rack, Big D made for me (see the original post here). Right now, it sits on top of the hope chest he gave me after we were engaged. He had his uncle, who does carpentry, custom make it for me. I keep all my fabrics in it. It's topped with a toile-covered cushion and once I find a different place for the ribbon rack, it'll be a great place to sit.

Bowl of trim sits on top of basket full of more trim!

A sewing machine, even though I'm not much of a seamstress. I have a better relationship with my hot glue gun! But it definitely does come in quite handy sometimes!

Some collectibles on a ceiling tin shelf above the sewing machine.



3-tiered birdie-topped dessert tray holds what else but more trims and ribbons.



Top of bookcase holds a vintage suitcase, green tray, tins, and statue of a girl reading a book. My friend, Tamera, painted the girl in the Czech costume for me.

Long wall mirror on the little entry wall when you walk into the room.

I love trays! These two with painted birds I found in Canton, TX at the First Monday Trade Days.





At the top of the stairs, before you turn into the studio room is my antique washstand, which is really special to me because it's the first piece of antique furniture I ever bought. I got it when I was a senior in high school at a wonderful shop in Ennis, TX called Sara's Trunk, which unfortunately, is no longer in business. (I guess I've just always loved decorating and I used to love to go in there during my lunch hour ---I went to school in the morning & worked in the afternoon----just to browse and look at all the pretty antiques and home decor accessories.) It has green tile for the backsplash and a marble top.

Here's a closeup of a silver tray with seashells, which I set out during the summer.


And that concludes the tour of my little creative space. I loved sharing it with you and hope you enjoyed it! I'm still working on my studio and have many ideas for it, such as a huge vintage chippy gold frame (currently hiding in a closet) that I plan on hanging above the fainting couch with a corkboard in it to use as my Inspiration Board!


I hope you'll visit all the other blog party participants!

33 comments:

curlysusieQ said...

Great space and the fainting couch is a fun piece of furniture. Thanks for sharing.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Patti, such a sweet space and full of so many lovely things to inspire you. The ribbon selection has me drooling. I really love it all.

Barb ♥

Anna Matthews said...

That fainting couch is to die for, I have always wanted a chaise, but that is some find. Your space is wonderful, thanks for sharing!

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

Love, love, love the tole trays!!!!!! xo Joan@anythinggoeshere

Penny said...

What a wonderful and inviting creative space. Both your fainting couch and your tole trays are great finds,
Hope your having a great weekend.

Hugs,
Penny

Chris said...

Great space! I absolutely love your ribbon display!! Such a neat way to keep them organized!
Best wishes,
Chris

www.curbyscloset.com/blog/

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What an amazing space you have created! You have inspired me to add to my own crafting area.

I adore all of your storage solutions.

Karen Valentine said...

Hi Patti1 Thank you so much for joining my little party! I really enjoyed touring your studio! The ribbon rack your hubby built is divine! I could really use something like that! I hope you are having a wonderful time at the party!

Karen
My Desert Cottage

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hi Patti,

Oh my! That red sofa is divine..all of your furniture pieces speak to me..the yellow scales too..did you see my black ones with the pom pom lamp? Such a sweet lovely space. Thanks for letting me take a peek.

And thank you for coming in to visit with me..I'm so happy you came by!

Have a wonderful day,
Stephanie

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Patti
I am so happy you laughed with your visit to my place...

I love what you do over here as well.

All that watering, what source of water takes care of the flowers "
Eeeeh! gads! what a job.
xx
Dore

Claudia said...

You have a lovely studio space. I adore the fainting sofa - what a wonderful piece of furniture. And the trays are gorgeous.

craftyles said...

Your space looks so comfortable. I love your ribbon rack-WOW. Also like you sewing table and corner. You have such nice decorative touches throughout.

kluless said...

That ribbon rack is simply amazing! Thank you for sharing.

Terri said...

Oh my some really beautiful things you have chosen for this room...what a nice creative space..the couch the dress form the hat boxes the 3 tiered stand with the bird...just so many treasures to surround yourself as you create what ever your heart wishes. TFS.

Jillayne said...

Love you rribbon rack - what a great way to store it and use it. And your room is charming, especially the fainting couch!

Geralyn Gray said...

Love your space......especially the birds....and wow what a collection of ribbon!!!!!

Gypsy Fish said...

what a great space you have going on...I think I would use the "fainting" couch for a quick cat nap...looks so peaceful and inviting.
hugs
Beth

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What an elegant room full of beautiful things...and the silver tray of seashells? I love it best! Hope you'll visit me, too! ♥

Prior said...

Love the chaise! Love your ribbon Your space is great! Lezlee

Debby said...

Hi Patti, I adore your beautiful space. Love the colors you have used and you have so many treasures to inspire. Thanks so much for sharing.
Debby

Romeo said...

WOW! I am loving those bird trays!!!!! I have never seen anything like those - what a great find and they look PURRFECT on the wall!!! Your ribbon rack is also beautiful and functional - what more could you ask for!? Thank so much for sharing your beautiful creative space - we enjoyed our tour!

Purrs!

Romeo and "her"

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

What a lovely studio. That wash stand is gorgeous and that fainting couch is really unique. I was blown away by how you store your ribbon. I am always looking for ways to store mine. Thank you for opening your studio to us. It is lovely.

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Very pretty! I love your tray with seashells!

Regarding your comment about the moss. I bought it at a flea market but you can also buy it online: http://www.google.com/products?hl=en&q=reindeer%20moss&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wf

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a wonderful space, Patti! I love that ribbon rack and I'm sure it comes in handy but is special for being made just for you, too. It sounds like you've got lots of plans for this room!

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

OMG, I love the ribbon storage! I would love to have space in my studio for a couch...a fainting couch would be all the better. Thanks for the tour. Connie

Miss Sandy said...

What a sweet space you have to create in. Love all those fantastic ribbons and trims! Thank you for sharing.

Linda Robinson said...

Hi Patti, I just love seeing your space... It looks like a wonderful place to create, I just love all your ribbons.. Thanks for letting me take a peek inside.. I had a great time here! ~Linda

Nola @ the Alamo said...

Your fainting couch is beautiful; I've always loved them. The painting of the girl in Czech costume is really special. I need to come over for a tour sometime!

Angela Weimer said...

Sorry it has taken me a bit to get to your creative space. There have been so many blogs to go through. Thanks for the wonderful tour of your studio. It is lovely and I especially love your antique furniture. So vintage and lovely. thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day. Angela

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Thank you for inviting us to visit your creative space - having a cup of tea whilst reclining on your fainting couch would have to be pure luxury!

. said...

very nice space, and you have nice storage places (love the old dark (black) wood furniture).

Tins and Treasures said...

I love your studio and how you have your ribbon organized and on display. Yes, I am still visiting the participants in the 'where bloggers create' event...and having a great time. Thank you for sharing your creative space with us. Have a wonderful weekend. ~Natalie

Creative Grammie said...

Aloha Patti;
What a warm and inviting creative space you have. I see you have a Viking Husqvarna machine. I just got mine back from a friend that had it for 20+ years, it's the same model as yours. I love sewing machines. Your fainting couch is adorable and your work is beautiful.
Thanks for sharing.

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