A big shout out to Leah Hennen for including me in the latest HGTV Decorating Newsletter.
A decor8 reader, Leah spotted my post on Mixing Modern with Baroque and contacted me for a chat, resulting in her HGTV feature, Playing With Plastic.
Leah wrote a great piece, Clearly Cool, on chic design ideas for incorporating lucite and other clear plastic pieces into your home, including 4 steps to decorating with plastic in your own space. Enjoy!
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You may know Karen from her blog, K-Style. Now, catch a glimpse of her whimsical studio space (a garage!) in Oregon.
Here is my entry for workspace contest. Some fun details about my space. Besides blogging about design I am also a lampworker and design jewelry with the beads I create on a powerful torch. My studio is a corner in our unfinished garage. A few years ago I decided that I needed to do something to jazz up the space and make it a little less garage-like.
The name of the card I’ve chosen is Sunflower Too. I had a really great time with this contest. It was difficult choosing the one card for the space. Ultimately I chose Sunflower Too because both flowers and color are such a dominant theme in myspace. I posted about it on my blog with the two most likely card choices and we had a great design debate.
My inspiration was the flower napkin ring that you see in one of the photos which I had slipped over the lamp which lights my torch area. From there, I headed to Target, TJMaxx and my favorite dollar store to pull together my space with a “flower power” theme. The piece covering my chair is a table runner. All of the fabrics covering my Costco tables are tablecloths, and the daisy in the center is a placemat. Then I scattered playful, hot-colored kitchen throw rugs all around the space. The space really pops in our drab, sterile garage and now I love to go out there and torch. I had a great time with this contest. Too much fun!
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(images by karen for decor8)
Just this month, I converted a small closet into a scrapbook space where I can work on my favorite hobby. I painted a wide band of color around the closet space. The interior of the closet was already a glossy white, which works well to reflect light in such a small space.
For the Fabulous Stationery card my scrap space most resembles, I chose Daisy. I love flowery, girly looking spaces, so these flower cards spoke to me. :) I could see this card on my magnetic board next to the other cards. The flower petals also reflect the scalloped boxes in my space.
I placed the desktop at a standing height because I like to work standing up or sitting on a barstool.
I installed a white plastic peg board to hold frequently used tools and covered cork board tiles with fabric for a quick bulletin board.
The scalloped boxes on the top shelf hold supplies and they are all labeled for easy reference. Most of my scrapbook supplies fit here because I mainly shop for specific projects as I need an item. I’m also ruthless about getting rid of stuff I don’t use. I store my albums elsewhere. The bookcase to the left (not shown) of my scrap closet holds sewing supplies, magazines and other misc. crafty stuff. ;)
Oh, I also threw in a “before” picture because I love before and afters!
Thanks for looking at my room and thanks for the contest–it motivated me to get my space completed in less than a month! I had a lot of fun!!
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(images from cristin for decor8)
What can you do with no room in your house, a $200 budget, and a desire to express your creativity? This was the challenge that Adelina faced. Check out this clever crafter!
You see I have a VERY small craft space – it’s in my closet. You could say I was a “closet crafter”….literally! Everything in my craft space is organized on shelving. I have to keep in organized because I don’t have much room.
The card I’ve selected:Bands Couples. I love this card! It best relates to my craft space because of it’s linear nature. The colored bands remind me of the color combinations I use on my cards and in my scrapbook pages.
When you first look at my craft area you might as yourself – why is everything white? Well, there are lots of reasons. I found everything that is used to organize my “stuff” at garage sales this summer. So I thought white would be the easiest to match because most plastic containers are clear with white plastic. I painted the walls a bright white because the only light in my closet is that little task light, so I need that light to reflect off the white walls. I really like working in a white space – when I’m sitting there working there are no color distractions. It really helps my creativity soar. My inspiration comes from how I’m feeling at that particular moment. It’s a classic look. I don’t have the budget or the time (I have a 1 year old daughter) to keep up with trends. The shelving is durable and white never goes out of style, so this should last me for years to come.
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(images from adelina for decor8)
Look for a few more workspaces today… I know I said I’d stop at 10, but I may post up to 12, they’re all so good! I’m trying to showcase a broad range of workspace styles rather than sticking only to those that appeal to my tastes. Between today and Monday, please spread the word and cast your votes by commenting below each post for the entry you prefer. You can also email your votes to me, too.
If you’d like a quick view of each entry, I’ve uploaded them to their very own flickr album. If you comment on flickr, I’ll roll the comment over to the blog so that voting is fair and square. :)
Happy Friday everyone! I’m off to a few fairs this weekend. One is for textiles, handmade items, and things for the home and the other is a foodie fair called Lebensart. I’ll have lots of photos and many new things to introduce you to next week.
Remember… Vote, vote, vote! :)
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Here’s another beautiful entry from Helena from Sweden.
Great fun! I love your blog! Here are some pictures of my workspace. My name is Helena and I live in Vallentuna, Sweden. My husband Peter and I have a beloved daughter called Annie who turned two in August. We also have two cute cats, called Matisse and Minus. Crafting is one of my greatest hobbies. I also read a lot of books, both in Swedish and in English. I have a sweet tooth for chocolate and I enjoy cooking and baking.
When I don’t craft or spend time with my family I work with graphic design. I’ve had my own company for four years now and starting my own business is the best thing I’ve done. For that reason I need to have a room of my own where I can work from home. I need my room to be inspiring and well-organized so that I can find the stuff I want when I need it. When I’m not working, as I mentioned earlier, I love to craft – for example make soft toys and paint. I also like to take photographs and you can see some of my work at Flickr.
The Stripes in Purple best fits my space.
Mini chest “Fira” from IKEA (painted and decorated by me) and below a drawer where I stash my fabrics.
These I haven’t used for a while, but they look pretty… :)
A kitty in progress… Work in progress, she still need some clothes…
Helena’s handmade soft toys so lovely. See them all here. Helena’s cutie daughter is a lucky little girl!
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This is the last post for today…(We’ve been at the hospital for hours, it’s now 10pm here in Germany, so I’m heading off to bed. Long day – but b-i-l is awake and doing well. Such great news for us all. ) I’ll post 2 more entries tomorrow and give everyone the weekend to decide upon the winner. Simply comment on your favorites – why you like them, who you think should make the final three, etc. You have 8 to ponder over for now, 2 more coming up tomorrow, and then on Monday – the three winners will be announced! Your comments help determine the winner. But no pressure, really! :) C-ya tomorrow everyone…
(images from helena for decor8)