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A Studio That Inspires

I realize it has been a little while since my last post, and for that I am truly sorry.  Have you ever had one of those weeks where you thought you were capable of getting more done, but somehow it didn't happen?  It has definitely been one of those weeks for me!

This week I started my very last class in my MBA program, which means that if I weren't already typing, I'd be dancing right now!  The bad thing is that my mental condition prevented me from getting off to a good start.  Yep, I'm talking about my mental condition on the world-wide-web.  I'm getting it out there because right now there is no cure for the condition that I have.  You see, I have been diagnosed with a very serious condition called Senioritis.

Symptoms of Senioritis include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Lack of energy
  • Lack of desire to write academic papers
  • Lack of desire to attend class
  • Lack of desire to participate in class
  • Lack of desire to finish program
  • Lack of sleep
  • Severe stress
  • Severe symptoms of procrastination
  • Severe symptoms of laziness
  • Constant yearning for vacations
  • Headaches
  • Nausea when thinking about school
  • Borderline carpel tunnel (from writing papers)
  • Weight gain
  • Alergic reactions to computer keyboards

You can see just how serious this condition is!  What's worse is the fact that I'm not the only one with this condition.  It seems to be breaking out in an epidemic, making the lives of graduating seniors across the world a living nightmare!

Okay, so maybe Senioritis isn't an actual condition, but I sure am experiencing the symptoms mentioned above.  It was difficult for me to get around to writing my paper that was due this week because of the overwhelming feeling of wanting to just be done already!

Oh well, I made it through, and I've put together an Inspiration Board to use for the room I am calling the "Studio."  Check it out:

The studio is the room that I plan to work on all of my many projects that you see me writing about on this blog.  Currently, I spread out all over the house (wherever there's room) to sew, paint, craft, etc.

Even though I still plan on using my dining room table for the things that I really need some room for, I'm hoping the studio will give me a place to work, and to organize all of my materials.

This board was pretty fun because I was using a lot of colors that you won't find anywhere else in my house.  And....drum roll everyone....there's not a lick of gray in this room!  I'll bet you were beginning to think that I was color-blind because of all the gray I was using on other designs.  haha.

I'm going to do things a bit differently on this Inspiration Board description post.  Typically, I write some paragraphs to describe each item and why I chose it, but for this board, I don't think each item will need an explanation.  Instead, I'll describe the general feeling that I want to create in my studio, and I'll let the selections speak for themselves.

I want my studio to be an inviting space, but also a space with a lot of energy.  A few weeks ago, I was thinking about the color orange and how it effects us emotionally.  Orange is a color that creates a feeling of enthusiasm, energy, and ambition.  As a warm color, it psychologically encourages action, rather than rest. The more that I thought about the color orange, the more I knew I wanted to use it in this space.  Because the work I do requires a lot of enthusiasm, creativity, and energy, I wanted to have a space that I was excited to work in.

Another thing that was really important to me for this space was inspiration. Anyone who has worked on a design, art, or craft project knows that sometimes it takes a while to gain the inspiration you need for that project.  I often find myself pausing as I'm working on a project to find more inspiration that can be incorporated into the design.  Because of this, I knew that I wanted to fill the room not only with bright color, but also with inspiring art.

I have some really great ideas for how I want to incorporate art into the space, and most of the art I will be making myself.  I also want to incorporate the design projects that I worked on in my undergraduate program because they inspire me to think about space, line, function, and form.

Alright, so now that you have a general idea for what I would like the space to be when finished, here is a breakdown of each item:

1. Though I'm still debating on the color I am going to paint the walls, I've narrowed it down to two colors from Dunn Edwards.  The first is called Falling Tears (DE5792), and the second is called Frozen Tundra (DE5793).  They are only different by one shade, so I will be picking up some samples sometime next week to see which looks best in the room.  To order samples of these colors, click here.

2. This week I'll be posting a Tour My House video for the studio pretty soon and a rendering of the layout I'm thinking of.  Until then, the actual configuration of this desk might not make that much sense, but just know I'll be working with components from Ikea's Vika Amon and Vika Annefors collection.

3. This bookcase from Ikea's Expedit collection will hang on the wall, rather than sit on the floor.

4. This daybed from CB2.com can also convert into a king-sized bed.  I'm thinking I'll build it rather than buy it so that I can save some money.  It's pretty pricey.

5. The Klismos chair from West Elm is simple, modern, and will bring some deeper tones into the room to anchor the brighter colors.

6.  This garden stool from Amazon.com will make a perfect surface for in front of the day bed.  I'll be on the lookout at Ross and TJ Maxx (like the one I found here) for a discounted version.

7. These curtains from World Market give an idea of the color and texture I would like. However, they're only 84", so they aren't long enough for what I will need.  I will probably just make my own.

8.  This rug from Overstock.com ties in all of the colors of my scheme, and it's only 60 bucks! What a find!

9.    This lamp from Amazon.com brings in a pop of orange.

10.  Throughout the space I plan to use various containers for extra storage. Similar to the Bisley collection from the Container Store, the Ikea's Branas and Flata collections, and the stacked jewelry boxes from West Elm.

11.  I want to fill the room with a lot of my own art and since orange is one of my accent colors, the Sunset Flower collection from my line will work perfectly.

12.  See #10.

13.  These pillows from Etsy.com give an idea of the color and pattern I would like to use to place on top of the day bed.  I will have my eyes peeled for some deals on fabrics so that I can make my own at a cheaper price.

I hope you'll stay tuned as I transform this space. I can't wait to show you some of the other ideas that I have for this room, but until then, you can check out the Idea Center to see projects I've already completed.

PS:  You can find more inspiration boards by clicking here.

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