Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Studio Reveal


It's been such a long time since I've shown any photos of my studio! I've been meaning to do this for a while actually. Some of you may remember when I got a crazy hair one day and ripped out the carpet in this room on an impulse. Fortunately B was willing to help me install a wide plank floor using plywood over the weekend. (Original post here.) That was over a year ago! I still have one major project that I'd still like to do in this room and switch out the light fixture before I consider it 'complete' but this room has come a long way and I absolutely love it. I feel so lucky/fortunate/blessed, whatever word you want to use, to even have a space dedicated to creating... such a luxury for me. Honestly this is one of my favorite rooms just to be in.

Ready for some super ugly before photos taken in poor lighting with giant messes everywhere?

Before:
Just after moving in...at this point the only thing we had done was mounting the desk on the wall. This is the same door desk we had in Texas...I still love it and it's a great size for this room.

At this point we had added the shelves, but I just couldn't get past the carpet...it was killing me. One day B said, "So rip it out already!" So the next day I did. Towanda! 



After:
B made the shelves with some walnut we scored for crazy cheap on craigslist and these ikea brackets spray painted gold. I have these threshold magazine holders and love them. I had planned to use a set of white Eams knock off chairs for the desk, but I'm really glad I have this office chair as well. We ordered it for B's desk, but it didn't fit and I'm so glad it worked out in my space because it's just a lot more comfortable to sit on for long periods of time. I found the giant compass through an online estate sale and it's perfect as both a representation of my work (I use a compass in a lot of my composition) and it looks like a letter A--the first initial in my name. 

The floors remain one of my very favorite features in the room. For a long time I had a rug in here too and while I loved the rug it wasn't right for this room, but it took me a while to see that. When I moved the rug out and regained the whiteness of the space, everything started coming together again. Also, our old Ikea kitchen cart has been repurposed into my paint/art supply stand for a while now and it's perfect. We craigslisted it in our NYC days... so kinda sentimental too.


Some of my favorite details: This beautiful hanging planter from one of my favorite local shops, Fern (they also have an online store!) and this AMAZING vintage magazine with my middle name as the title! Did you know that's where Miggy comes from? It's a take off my real middle name Mignon. (Also this was a gift from a friend and for the life of me I can't remember who! So if it's you will you please let me know!) 

We installed smaller shelves on the inside of the closet for more storage and to work with the little alcove in the back of the closet. The closet doors are the 'big project' I'd like to do next...I've contemplated a DIY barn door as I would love to access to the whole closet at once and I think it would look amazing visually, but I would also have to have that wall clear every time I opened the door and since the space isn't very big I often keep my larger paintings against the wall...so we'll see. Either way, I want to replace them.



There it is!
Thanks for checking out the studio! I always love seeing other peoples spaces and homes...hopefully you like seeing mine too.

XO
Miggy


17 comments:

  1. Fresh, charming and clean lines. Perfect combination in which to create. Planks my favorite. Hope you can make a barn door work in the space.

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    1. Thanks! I will def. post pictures if I figure it out.

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  2. What a great space!

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  3. I love seeing other people's creative spaces. It's amazing to me how a messy unlovely creative space can make creating seem more like a chore than an escape. We moved shortly after ya'll (also away from San Antonio weirdly enough) and I'm still trying to get my space together.

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  4. Anonymous12:48 PM

    Great space, I really like the floors :) Perhaps you could build some sort of wooden "stand" that could support the larger paintings just a bit away from the wall, to make the barn door idea less impractical for you? Love your blog :) perfect mix of special needs, normal everyday family life and a bit of design!

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    1. Thanks! And yes, I think about putting something in the closet to hold the paintings...so we'll see. And being the perfect mix of special needs, everyday family life and a design is my jam--so I'm glad you dig it!

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  5. Shauna4:17 PM

    Hi there! I've been following your blog for a few years now! Definitely one of my favs :) I saw this pillow today on the Oh Joy blog and it immediately made me think of you! I had to re-read this post to double check that your middle name was indeed Mignon... but seriously... how cute is this pillow with your middle name on it?!

    http://www.atelieratsuyoetakiko.com/collections/decor/products/double-cushion-tres-mignon-on-milkey-white

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    1. Shauna! Thanks for the link, I need this pillow!

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