Thursday, August 15, 2013

Studio Space / Sitting Room Reveal

It seems I have been accused of teasing you!  This sitting room area/creative studio space has been undergoing  decorative transformation for over a year now and I have only shared little bits of it here and there but never a full room reveal.  As I look through these photos, I still see so many things that I want to work on and change but as décor is always changing in my world, I thought I had better do a post on this room before I decided to do a complete overhaul again! 

My game plan here was to design a multi-purpose space.  I needed a place for the computer and ample table space for crafting as well as lots of pretty storage for all of my tools and supplies.  At the same time, this is the first room you see when you enter our house, so I didn't want it to feel like you had stepped into an art studio or office.  I wanted it to be warm and inviting and reflect the style of the rest of our home.
From the other side of the room you can look in on the formal dining room that we used quite frequently at one time...before the kiddos arrived!  I forsee that room undergoing a transformation in the near future as well!  Hmmmmm...
I realize that my creative space would be so much prettier without that big black box in the corner...but for the time being it is practical and necessary.  If you follow me on Facebook, you may have gotten a glimpse of my freshly painted vintage dollhouse.  I am having fun using it to create little "idea vignettes!"  More detailed photos of my creative studio area and painted storage pieces can be found here.
This dresser holds a whole lot of crafting supplies!  Link here to see before and after photos and read about the makeover.

I store all of my pretty papers in my Eastlake dresser...wrapping paper, printing paper, scrapbook paper, sheet music and book pages.  If you missed the post about this makeover project, you can find it here.

 My most recent addition to the room was this sweet chair!  It was one of those pieces that was just meant to be.  The Craigslist post read "petite cream chair."  There was no photo!  I took a chance and not only was it just the chair for this room, but the woman selling it was someone I actually knew! In fact, she had offered it at a vintage sale the weekend before that I had shopped!  I guess I was so overwhelmed by all of the treasures at the sale that I missed the chair.  It worked out in my favor though, because I got the "after-sale" price!
Everyone's favorite place to read and rest is on the comfy chaise lounge, one of the first pieces I bought for this room last spring.  I wrote a post about this corner of the room when I bought the door and floral painting earlier this year.  It was fun to see how this corner had evolved over the year.  However, don't be surprised if it looks totally different next year!

 This vanity mirror was among my very first Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan projects and I just love how unexpected and whimsical it looks on the mantle.  You can read more about it and see the before and after pics here.

We are enjoying this space today more than ever.  That doesn't mean it isn't likely to undergo many more changes in the future, but I think the overall purpose of the room will remain the same.  It is functional and comfortable and I have had so much fun putting it all together!
Thank you for joining me on this little tour today!  I hope you are having a wonderful week!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Sharing with...
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Home
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed
 Furniture & Paint Party at Start at Home


June said...

One word----GORGEOUS!!!!!

Faded Charm said...

Love what you did with this room, Amanda! Looks like a wonderful place to create:-)

Hope you are enjoying your Summer.


Shabby Passion said...

Ciao Amanda, I come from June's blog and I love it here! I love the litthe creative area you have and I would love to see more of the doll house.. it looks soooo lovely!

Well thanks for sharing!

Jennifer said...

Its so beautiful Amanda! I hope my Living room will be so light and "pretty" someday. I don't know how I would keep it clean with all the little dirty hands and feet in my house! How do you do it?? The chaise & chandelier look like such an inviting place to rest and read! I love it, nice job :)

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Absolutely gorgeous space - love love love it!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Very pretty! I love the colors you put together. It looks warm and inviting, and soothing too.

NanaDiana said...

It is absolutely GORGEOUS. Just wonderful!!!! xo Diana

Mrs G said...

Once again you have pulled everything together to make something wonderful and inviting. I wasn't sure when you first started this project but it's turned into a huge success! Good work, Amanda. Everything you touch turns to gold, or in this case grey and gold!

Mrs G said...

Once again you have pulled everything together to make something wonderful and inviting. I wasn't sure when you first started this project but it's turned into a huge success! Good work, Amanda. Everything you touch turns to gold, or in this case grey and gold!

Cape Maker said...

Just wanted to let you know that your "Sweet Chair " is very similar to the chairs I own. Take a look at my Etsy shop and see more images:
Cape Maker

Brooke Larsen said...

WOW, I am speechless this is seriously BEAUTIFUL!!! Thank you for linking up at my Paint Party! I am PINNING THIS!!


Brooke Larsen said...

And Featuring it Thursday at my Furniture and Paint Party!

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