Welcome to my creative space! As part of the Blogger Stylin' Home Tours Work & Play hosted by Lindsay of The White Buffalo Styling Co., I'm excited to share my creative zone with you. If you're joining from Restless Arrow, I'm so glad you're here - welcome! Because my work is artistic and imaginative by nature, I definitely consider this a work and play space!
Like the rest of our house, this is a relatively small space and we try to make the most of every inch! Lots of creative thinking goes into the best way to use our space, and we're continually making adjustments to meet our needs.
In addition to being my office, a few times a year this room doubles as a guest room. The blue daybed was a Craiglist find a few years ago and has served us well! For about the price of an air mattress, it gives me an alternate place to sit when I need to shake it up, and folds out into a queen-sized bed when family comes to visit.
When we purchased the daybed, the room was bright white. That's the beauty of the creative process. When the room went blue a year or so later, I thought it might be too much blue, but I love it! Having this large piece of furniture sort of blend in keeps the room from getting too crazy.
My desk is another Craigslist find from several years back. It's an Ikea table that I spray painted metallic silver for a modern feel. While not my favorite piece of furniture, practicality has convinced me to keep it for now - the legs are so easy to remove and we can easily put the whole thing in storage when we need to expand the daybed.
So many elements of the room are unfinished in my mind, yet life goes on. :) I've been meaning to paint the bookshelf forever, the same color as the walls. As a result, it's never been fully styled and you're seeing real life here! I actually like for a creative space to have some sense of movement - for things to be imperfect and in flux. I tidy things into piles constantly, but if it's too perfect, I tend to feel uninspired.
The inspiration board is a rotating display of things that move me, encourage me, bring to mind happy memories or are just pretty to look at!
This basket pendant is one of my favorite projects ever! Inspired by african baskets, I used this old Ikea pendant (again, from Craigslist!) and just had fun with craft paint. This is a great reminder of how much I enjoyed painting - need to do it again!
This console is sort of a placeholder. It moved from another room and although it provides some storage, I'd prefer enclosed storage here. In the meantime, I'd like to paint this piece as well - the brown kind of falls flat in here with the dark walls. But it provides a great spot for my much-loved magazine piles, with a little added space for vase storage. And I'm loving the surface space for some leaning art and pretty things. The basket in the corner is such a catch-all…random fabric swatches, extra curtain rods, paint boards, extra hardware…the list goes on. It's usually hidden behind the open door and just works well for me!
Although it may sound like I'm a professional Craigslist shopper, I actually much prefer thrift stores. Craigslist San Francisco is a bit overwhelming to me, and there's just nothing like seeing things in person! Most of the lamps in our house are thrifted, as well as this little purple drum table, many pillow covers, baskets, art, trays and styling accessories. For the art above the daybed, I wanted something big and bold, but not too busy. These are just pieces of fabric in Ikea Ribba frames (from a year or so ago - I'm not sure if they carry this size anymore?).
Isn't this double lamp super cool?! Yep, thrifted, and the store actually had tons of these when I found it (from a hotel, maybe?). I'm planning to paint this eventually as well - I like it as-is, but I think it could be an especially amazing lamp in another color. (Oh, and my desk chair? …you guessed it, thrifted! And soooo comfy.)
I hope you enjoyed this little journey around my work + play space! Next stop on our tour today is Cassie of Hi Sugarplum! with her cozy and welcoming bonus space… enjoy!