Celebrating the100th White Wednesday with a studio tour!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Welcome back again to Boxwood Cottage dear blogging friends and readers, I'm doing good this month at least in my humble eyes lol because this is already my 3rd post in the merry month of May. I just had to play along today for 2 reasons, the first one is of course that today is a milestone day with White Wednesday number 100 wow that I did not want to miss! Congratulations to Kathleen our fabulous host over at Faded Charm Cottage! The second reason is that I cleaned up and rearranged my studio lately and of course I'm eager to share some photos of it, over 20 pics to be exact, so you better make yourself comfortable in front of your pc!

 Okay so let's start and go upstairs, I started by taking a few shots around the staircase and galleria while going up into my rooftop studio

In contrast to the white walls I used quite a lot of black here, like my old black string instrument in the wall shadow box or some of my old top hats

Then when you reached the last steps and look right into my studio, because as I said there is a galleria around and so I have no door, this is what you see first:

And when you are almost up and look left over the galleria this is your view:
(Click on my pictures to enlarge them if you like to see more details, I left them all quite huge)

And looking straight ahead you'll look at this creative chaos lol:

My favorite part in the studio right now is my new white studio table:

Do you like it? Not only has it great storage room with 3 deep drawers on each side, but it is foldable too, you can fold out just one side, or both sides like I did for now, but if you need the space otherwise you can even fold in both sides and have nothing but a small side table left.

The Ikea fans between my readers might have recognised it right away, it's called "Norden"!

My friend Anita told me it would be the perfect table for my studio, when I told her that I'm looking for one and she was so right! Norden is not the only table in my studio though, can one ever have enough tables and storage space in a studio? I don't think so lol, I have 3 desks/work stations up here, that I'll show you in a minute, but this new table shall be for creating with guests like friends and family. Right before Easter for example I had my sister and my cousin over to play and embellish some Easter eggs and I had no table for them to work on, cause all my work desks were full of stuff and so we had to sit on the sofa and that was so not comfortable for the back while creating that I decided a new studio work table is what I need and well here it is :) So my dears next time you come visit me to play in my studio you'll know where you'll be sitting!

 On Sunday I was at our local flea market and found another old top hat, a velvet one this time and tonight I had the idea to hang it up on my studio chandelier along with a silk one out of my collection  ( I collected 5 old top hats so far, 3 of them came with their original hat boxes) What do you think don't they look great up there?

Well let's move on to another studio table, one of my work desks:

My daughter is always laughing about me having almost no space left to create on my work desks but for me it is enough space, I need all of my things close around me in order to be inspired and able to start creating:

How about you, do you need a crammed space or all cleaned up tidily to let your muse flow?

On the next desk I have another flea find my vintage sewing machine, truth to be told, I have yet to learn how to use it *blushes* but one day soon I will! I know it's working fine, because my sister has tested it for me.

 Here is a wider view of the left side of my studio and you can already catch a glimpse of my third work table under the rooftop window with my solder work station

When you turn around from the desk with the sewing machine you'll see some of my studio storage:

as well as some more of my collections, like old children sewing machines and old suitcases.
Hidden in the tin boxes in my Ikea shelf is the the stuff I do not need that often and seasonal things, like Christmas decor etc..

I also collect old sewing baskets as you might have seen already ;-)

and here is a closer look at my soldering work station:

When you turn around from here you'll look back to the wider side of my studio with the two huge windows

Another one of my flea market finds from last Sunday is just laying on my new studio table, it is a vintage velvet sewing box I found with all the notions still inside:

And seeing it is White Wednesday today I leave you with another shot of my favorite studio inspiration board aka the printers tray that I painted white last Spring:

Well I hope you liked the tour, but now I really have to hurry up, going to work, but I'll promise to be back visiting all your lovely White Wednesday posts later today!
Happy 100th White Wednesday!

xoxo~ Carola


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