Thursday, July 23, 2009

A Re-Post For a Party: PRESTO--CHANGE-O.....MY WORKSPACE!

Today, Karen, over at My Desert Cottage, is having the MOST exciting party ever! Her Party is giving us the chance to peek into eachother's Workspaces and Studios. I couldn't resist joining in on the fun by re-posting about my humble little space...(with a few fun edits included). Link to Karen's place is at the end of this post.
When my oldest daughter got married, her room was made into our guest bedroom. So the bedroom you see below is what I call my yellow, white and blue room. AKA the happy room. : )


I wanted a "Studio" I could call my own, but I really did not want to give up this perfect guest bedroom. So...I came up with an unconventional idea. No surprises there!!! : )
EDIT BELOW: This is what the little bedstand looks like these days. Got these two stacking "stamp-shelves" from Goodwill for $7.99 each.


I found both these wood pieces (below) at Goodwill for $19.99 each. I think you can see the direction I'm headed. I would like to paint both pieces black. EDIT: No laughing from the Peanut Gallery by those of you who know how long ago I posted this and here it sits in all it's glory...STILL unpainted!
Below, you can see that I took off the cheap knobs and am in the process of changing them out for the file pulls. Desk from my childhood that both my daughters used as well. Sara has graduated to a hip new desk from Ikea. : )

More storage that can be taken down when we have guests.

Okay, so off came the sliding closet doors. Notice my little $99 chair from Ikea in the corner. Fits perfectly!
This divider system which provides separate cubby holes, came from Costco.
I ordered my paper rack from http://www.mediashelving.com/. They had the best price out there. EDIT: Their prices have gone up since I first posted this...so sorry.
Fun little labels. I printed them out with the font I wanted and then used my circle punch and glued them in these inexpensive tags from Walmart.
I love these bins below from JoAnn's, found in the bead aisle. The brand: ArtBin.

Next, I put the bed risers on either side of the bed. You'll see why I had to in the next photo.

Next, when we have guests, I'll bring the closet doors back in and lean them in place. Because of the hardware at the top, they cannot fall down. You'll understand if you try this. In comes the rolling closet rod.
And presto...change-o! From guest room to "Studio". If only it really looked like this when I'm in the middle of creating. Our little secret...right???
EDIT BELOW: The way my table top looks these days. It seems I never use items for their intended purpose. Oh well...makes life more interesting!


Look what else my little workspace can be used for. The best part! : )
Be sure to head over to Karen's place for lots more inspiring ideas! Thanks Karen!!

72 comments:

Karen Valentine said...

Welcome to the party!!! I'll be back later to really check out your space!

Karen
My Desert Cottage

MaygreenFairies said...

Oh what a wonderful space, so well organised, it's put mine to shame! lol! Thank you for sharing your beautiful space, this has been a fantastic event, so lovely to see where everyone creates. Mandy x

Mimi said...

HI!!!
Oh M.L.!!!
That is just so amazing!!!
My space is a disaster right now!!! In fact I told my family tonight that is I don't get it cleaned up and organized this week-end, I'm going to go insane!!!!Very good ideas and I intend to use some of those and get my stuff organized after all I LOVE organization, it makes life so much easier and less stressful.
So thanks for sharing
love,
jamie

Annabelle Bulat said...

I always like seeing pictures of your room. Our rooms are painted the same color I think. I think it's so cool the way you made 2 rooms out of one.

Eclectic Pink Rose said...

Love your workspace!! I have not forgot about you, I am still interested and will email you this weekend to see some pics, I tried yesterday morning, but I got a mailer error thingy. (i'm sure it was my fault) lol I'll try again tonight!
♥ Teresa

Chrisy said...

Oh my lord...that is fabulous! Love the table over the bed idea...and all your cupboards are sooo well organised...congrats!

My name is PJ. said...

Holy cow, ML!!! You are my organizational role model and my decorating hero! Where do you live again? Can you come over and give me tips? Really!!??!! I think I'm good at organization and okay at decorating, but your pair them up like a super hero! Really, truly impressive. Please. Come. Over.

Mildred said...

That's a great use of space that otherwise would not be used the majority of the time. It all looks so organized - I am envious!!!

Liberty said...

You clever gal you! I love the whole idea of your studio space. The risers are so cool!

Blessings,
Linda

Lamp Tramp said...

What a fabulous workspace! You are so organized and neat.

Scrap for Joy said...

What a delightful way to spend a gloomy morning. I'm having fun on the tour...so many ideas but I couldn't wait to get to your space! I knew it would be filled with clever, repurposed, thrifty, & wonderful ideas! One of my guestrooms is blue, yellow and white. I love that combination-so cheery. Thanks for the tour ML!
xoxo
Joyce

ABamaMom said...

I was like..."Now why would she want to put risers on the bed"? (I'm slow!) But that is such a good idea! I love the room...so functional...yet easily guest friendly!

Debra said...

Very creative and great use of space. Besides if you are ever ill you can sit in bed and create too! I imagine a guest would feel very inspired sleeping over.

mysteryhistorymom said...

What a fabulous, and perfectly organized, studio you have! I am utterly and completely impressed, dear friend!

Can you come over and help me now? Please??;) Lori

Darlene said...

I remember you have shown your creating space before and I am STILL amazed at how organized you have it! It is absolutely the most wonderful space with all of your supplies at hand.♥

Terri said...

Incredible!!!Presto change o is right! I think I can pick up some organization tip from you!

Lori said...

I am LOVING your space--truly! I never would've thought to put the table over the bed like you did--LOL! Just think, if you get too tired, you just need to fall UNDER the table and take a nap! Love your little touches. I'll visit again--promise!

Lori at http://scrapmomsmusings.blogspot.com

Candace said...

Umm, I've just found what I want for Christmas - a table and bed risers. My guest bedroom doubles as a crafty storage place too, but is not nearly that organized or cute! Seriously, you are genius!

TinyBear said...

It´s amazing how you have organised your work space. It looks great and some really great idea I could use in my little room.
Thanks for visiting and entering my giveaway. Love your blog.
¨ Tina

Mercy Ottis/The Stone House said...

WOW! Very impressive!! Great ideas. Thanks. ♥

Claudia said...

Good for you! You've worked around having a guest room/studio beautifully! I love your innovations and they work so well. Thanks so much for all the wonderful ideas!

Sarah @ Different Dog said...

Holy guacamole!!! What cool ideas for using space! I love it and the little girls at the end crafting was so cute!
Hope you'll stop by my space for a visit.

zandra said...

Wow! So glad you joined the party so I could find you! Great Space! Thanks, for sharing! Hugz, Z

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Sweet faery helpers! and I love your wire dress form! Have fun today! Blessings.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh My ML, what a wonderful space. It is just the perfect place to work and design and have your own stuff that you don't have to worry about moving it when you want to do your crafting. I love this space. Just love it. I would so love to have one of those little dolls that you made that have the wings and the little face on them with the crown. Would you make one to sell, or do you make them to sale? I want one for me. It is so magical and so beautiful. I wish I lived close to you, I would be crafting with you all the time. Thanks for sharing. Country Hugs and Love, Sherry

Gypsy Mermaid said...

Hey Chickadee!
Wonderful use of storage! I love the labeling!!
Big mermaid hugs

toodles-
sarah

a woman who is said...

I have down sized and am always looking for ideas on how to double duty everything. You have given me some great ideas!

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

What a clever and creative gal you are! Great space!!

Brynwood Needleworks said...

A great way to repurpose a room! Thanks for your pointers! Hope you get a chance to visit Brynwood Needleworks! Just link through Karen's list.
Hugs from Blogland.
Donna

AnneYarbs79 said...

I swiped your shoe-holder= craft-orgainzer idea a while back and HOLY COW- Changed my life, I tell ya! Thanks for sharing your space!!

LillySue said...

How perfect...My 16 year old daughter is wanting to turn her bedroom into her studio...I will show her your spot! Thanks for sharing!
Blessings~LillySue

Jodie LeJeune said...

Wow girl, you are an engineering genius I tell ya! Your room is a 'happy' room and I love the mix of blue, yellow and white. Your storage is the mac-daddy and it's oh so neat! If I were you...I'd send the company to the nearest hotel so they wouldn't mess anything up! ;)
Loved my visit and I love love love your blog too!
everything vintage

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi M.L.
So nice to meet you. Thank you for sharing your creative space. You are so organized. Great stamps and organizer for them (I think that's my favorite!). I need to go organize my stockroom after seeing your post. Thanks for the inspiration!
~Tracie

One Shabby Old House said...

I can't believe all the clever tricks I have learned to day. Your table over the bed trick was amazing.
Thanks for sharing.
becky

Cindy said...

You win my vote for creativity. Love your space.



cindy-stitches-n-stuff.blogspot.com

Rebecca said...

Organized and lovely! Just what I like! PERFECTION!

What a joy this space must bring to you! I love it. I really do! I'm going back to look again!

xoRebecca

LiLi M. said...

Whow! What a well stocked and well organized place! Thanks for sharing and thanks for inspiration!

Becca said...

Beautiful and so Organized!!! I am jealous :) thank you for sharing your lovely creative space

Not the Good Scissors! said...

O.K. I now can no longer stand my work room after seeing yours! Your room is beyond amazing. It is sooo organized. Just the way I like things but unfortunately wanting things a certain way and being able to make that happen are two different things. I really need to get the computer out of my work room!
xxoo, Susan

Natasha said...

You, My Dear, are an incredibly inventive woman! Brilliant idea to place a table over the bed. What a beautifully creative space you live in! It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance at this lovely event; please do stop by for a visit soon!

Enjoy the party!

Warm Wishes,

Natasha
www.lifeafterdarkjewelry.blogspot.com

MiMi said...

I want that room. 'Nuff said. :)

Artsy Fartsy Junkin Finds said...

You are so organized you put me to shame!! Love your ETSY sire too, thanks for stopping by, I will be back to visit to see what you are up to, Tootles, Janna

Miss Sandy said...

What a fun way to have your cake and eat it too! I love how you have solved your need for a creative space and keep the function of the room. Thank you for sharing your charming space.

Simply Susan said...

I love how you combined your guest room with your workspace. It works so well!

Small House said...

Oh my word, cute and organized. I wouldn't DARE share my craft room
So glad you shared yours though. It's quite inspiring!!!
Sandra

vivian said...

YOu have a wonderful creative space! love the cheerfulness of it!
hugs
vivian

dancinglydenise said...

What a great use of space! VERY smart...thnaks for sharing
Dancingly, Denise
www.dancinglydenise.typepad.com

Tracie Lyn Huskamp said...

Love how neat and orderly your space is.... you have some great organization of your space

Willow said...

I love the room and how you made everything so functional. Great job and Thanks for sharing.

Willow

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Loved the peek into your studio, so sweetly organized! Mine was originally supposed to be a combo guest/craft room, but all my supplies took over and there's no room for a bed! :)
I didn't photograph my studio for this event, but I am having a "Christmas in July" giveaway on my blog today, if you'd like to stop by!
:)
~Becca~

Karen Valentine said...

You are such a clever girl! I love how you made the room dual purpose, and yet when it is in studio mode it's so charming and super functional! I'm so glad you came to my party. Your really helped make it a great success!

Karen
My Desert Cottage

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Most us crafters out there think we have died and gone to heaven seeing that room!

It is PERFECT!

Robin~♥

Paradise Blog Design said...

Fabulous! You are so neat!

fawndear said...

Love it! Especially the little angels that create with you. Some of my favorite treasures would found through thrifting.
All your wonderful containers and creative goodies look like so much fun.
Thank you for sharing your wonderful space.

Kara Ward said...

What a lovely place...I would be your guest anytime.

Rhondamum said...

So many great ideas! I love your space. Thanks for sharing! Rhonda...

Caleen said...

Great place.. Love the idea of a guest room/work space.. really functional. love all your storage ideas. I had that same desk when I was a child. Wish we would have kept it.. Love all your treasures. Thank you for sharing. Keep creating.

Kdottie Designs said...

It's amazing - especially the table over the bed - I would have never thought of that. That's incredible.

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

Very neat and creative ways to carve out a creative space without giving up your guest room. You are a Queen of organization and creativity.

fairychildheirlooms said...

ok, I think that my wall is put to shame by your awesome creative space! wanna see? come visit when you get a chance
:) Missy

Geralyn Gray said...

I have a lot of the same rubber stamps. I love the green hutch and the one below.....I like the way they look now....I don't think you need to paint them black.

Sachiko said...

Oh my gosh! Your work space is so well organized!! This post totally inspires me to organize my room better. Thank you for sharing!

Queen of Dreamsz said...

What a clever transformation...and so well organized.....are you a professional organizer?..if not, you are missing your calling! woohoo....my, my, how sweet it all is...Let's see...what state do you live in? I'm in Tennessee and I NEED HELP!! LOL

Please drop by my blog to see my "studio on progress". I just recently moved into our home and have been remodeling for almost three months..it's almost done. (I think!) :0)

See ya,
Stephanie

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Such a sweet creative space and especially wonderful as there's place for your children to craft! Love it! Thanks for sharing and come visit when you have a moment!

Rebecca said...

Hello
Thank you for letting me see your wonderful studio. It is so much fun and it is happy...
Blessings
Rebecca

henzy said...

love how organized you are.. everything looks great.

Shannon @ Silver Trappings said...

Very creative solutions! I love all the storage in your closet!

paintinpatti said...

I really like your guest/craft room! It is so pretty - and so neat and organized. I like that. I love how you have organized the closet. I can see that I need more containers and bins to hold things. I just printed out 40% off coupons for Michaels - I'm heading out tomorrow! Really...very nice post!

Kim-Fille de Fleur said...

Great ideas! Wonderful organization! You are one smart cookie!
Thanks for sharing with us.
Kim

Molly Alexander said...

Definitely a "Happy Room" - blue, white & yellow is one of my very favorte color combinations. Thanks for sharing!

:-) Molly

FitToSeeJane said...

I loved how you used the space over the bed. Smart thinking! Thanks for sharing!

Michelle (Shell) May said...

What a great use of space! Wonderful and I sooooooo love all the organization! It looks really pretty!
bunny hugs,
shell