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a tour of my new studio

I loved the way the Surveyor’s cabinet turned out SO much, that I designed my studio around it.

Let me back up a bit. Plan A was to work out of our garage/barn but I found out the hard way that it is too damp and quickly warps furniture. Plan B was to use the unfinished basement. But I have a thing about basements. It’s not that I’mΒ scared of them…it’s just that being subterranean is not how I roll!Β Plan C arrived after I had my DUH moment. (Oprah has A-HA moments, but I refer to mine as DUH moments.) We have a guest cottage that sits empty 99.9% of the time. It’s heated and has lots of windows and gets beautiful light. It doesn’t matter if it’s raining, snowing, sleeting, windy, ya da, ya da. I can paint/create any time I want to!

Once the “where” was decided, I started pulling things together. Most of what I used, I already had on hand (that’s the beauty of being a hoarder collector). Β I did pick up a few accessories from my favorite shops, Tattered Tiques and Steeplechase Antiques. I chose a neutral palette of whites, creams, greys, browns, and touches of black. I love the juxtaposition between feminine and industrial elements, dark and light, and vintage and new. To me, it creates depth and interest.

Once it was finished, I snapped a few photos (see what I mean about the gorgeous light in there?) and couldn’t wait to share it with ya!

I hope you enjoyed the tour of my studio.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Linking up at these parties:

Designer GardenChic on a Shoestring DecoratingPhotobucketSavvy Southern Style{Primp}A Little Knick KnackThe Shabby NestTransformation ThursdayRedouxFunky Junk InteriorsRoomspiration

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  1. Mel #

    Wow, nuff said!

    September 15, 2011
  2. ReaderWoman #

    I will be moving in right after the first of the year! πŸ™‚

    September 15, 2011
  3. All I can say is, Oh, Wow!

    September 15, 2011
  4. SHUT TO THE UP! If I had a guest house, I would fake a grocery run. I would hide there with a bottle of wine, and blog my little heart out!
    I love every inch of this!
    Kerry at housetalkn.blogspot.com

    September 15, 2011
  5. May I please have a guest house? It’s stunning!

    September 15, 2011
  6. How beautiful!

    September 15, 2011
  7. wow, you did such a great job!

    September 15, 2011
  8. Wow! Your studio turned out AMAZING! I love your fireplace, it’s swoon worthy! Ah, how lucky you are to have such a beautiful, bright, wonderful place to create! πŸ™‚

    September 15, 2011
  9. THIS IS STUNNING!!!!! I am in love with your studio…I have those paper lights too, I use them outside on my new patio, but just love what you did with them, and those suitcases painted, im sure….well it’s all so perfect in its non-perfect way…you are good!

    September 15, 2011
  10. Oh, I did enjoy your studio tour! Everything about it is lovely! I would be so pleased if you would link-up to Potpourri Friday!

    September 15, 2011
  11. Melinda G. Burke #

    Susan,
    All I can say is Simply FAB!!!!!!!

    September 15, 2011
  12. I’m speechless…….and a wee bit jealous, too. πŸ™‚

    xoxo laurie

    September 15, 2011
  13. Janet Good #

    Susan,
    Just love what you have done with the guest house; and I am very impressed with the Surveyor’s Cabinet!! It’s fantastic!!

    Janet G.

    September 15, 2011
  14. Simply BEAUTIFUL! I have studio envy! You have such wonderful pieces and clearly very keen decorating sense! Enjoy your lovely new space!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,
    Amanda

    September 15, 2011
  15. Kim #

    Okay, I am packing my bags and moving in! This is wonderful and looks like it belongs in a magazine. Great room, great furniture and accessories, oh, my! I see you got the new PB lamp. I saw it the other day and absolutely love it, but don’t understand why they did the cord that way. Oh, if I had a room like this I would be creating away. Thanks for sharing this at Wow.

    September 16, 2011
    • Thanks, Kim! So agree about that dumb cord. They had it marked down at my PB so that enticed me, plus I loved the lamp enough to overlook it!

      September 16, 2011
  16. Absolutely beautiful!! I love your studio!! Sharing this on FB- thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! πŸ™‚

    September 16, 2011
  17. FABULOUS! I love every item you’ve used to decorate this space/cottage workshop. Cute sofa…did you purchase or have the slipcover made for one you already had? It is the perfect size for your room; and the added vintage wicker chairs….oh, my!

    September 16, 2011
    • Hi there Cheryl! The loveseat and wicker chairs came from IKEA!

      September 16, 2011
      • No!! Really?? The wicker chairs, too? Okay, now I have to drive down to the San Diego IKEA. Enjoyed viewing your studio redesign; mentioned your blog to my ladies at Romantic Homes magazine. Let me know if you hear from RH πŸ™‚

        September 16, 2011
      • OM goodness. I love that magazine! Thanks a bunch!

        September 16, 2011
  18. I had a guest house at our last home. We LOVED it! However, mine looked nowhere near as gorgeous as yours. Beautiful!

    September 16, 2011
  19. Gorgeous! So many things to love about it!

    September 16, 2011
  20. Love all those wonderful industrial elements. You’re so lucky to have your very own workspace set aside just for you. It’s quite large too! Thanks for sharing your creative talent.

    September 16, 2011
  21. Wow! I love your studio. Who would not be inspired to create in such a lovely space.
    Blessings, Audrey

    September 16, 2011
  22. Beautiful!!! I’m getting idea’s for my wife’s scrapbooking room….I feel inspired, thanks for sharing!!!

    September 16, 2011
  23. stefanie #

    oh, its gorgoeus!

    September 16, 2011
  24. Ido #

    IT’S BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!
    XXX Ido

    September 16, 2011
  25. Pattie #

    ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!! I’m looking for ways to decorate, and you’ve given me plenty of ideas! Thanks!

    September 16, 2011
  26. I β™₯ the whole room. I don’t think I’d want to leave. πŸ™‚ Very inspiring. I’m following you now. πŸ™‚

    September 16, 2011
  27. Debra Meyer #

    Love it!! You always find the best stuff–a little jealous-I must admit it!! Very inspirational and beautiful! You have great taste and talent! Can’t wait to see what you create!

    September 16, 2011
  28. Stacey #

    I love the color of the walls in your studio. What color is it, may I ask?

    September 16, 2011
    • Hi Stacey, I’m not sure because it was that color when we moved in. If I had to guess, I’d say Linen White.

      September 17, 2011
  29. Love this space…you need to come help me do mine!

    September 16, 2011
  30. What a great studio~! You have lovely style and this place rocks!

    September 17, 2011
  31. Your studio is so wonderful! I don’t think I’d want to leave. And the surveyers cabinet…oh my goodness that must have been a lot of work, but it is beyond fabulous!! Girl, you work fast! I can’t believe how much you’ve gotten done. I just love everything you do in your home!

    September 17, 2011
  32. I adore your guest house/studio and almost green-eyed with envy. You have really worked your magic with your creativity! Everything is perfect.

    Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday. You are an asset to making the party a success. I appreciate you and I hope you will make this a weekly stop.

    September 17, 2011
  33. It’s lovely!! I’m in love with your paintbrush in the silver holder!!
    πŸ™‚ Laura

    http://www.lifewelive4.blogspot.com

    September 17, 2011
  34. Ellen #

    Oh what a beautiful studio it is. Like they say the third times the charm. You have the touch for sure….love it all
    Hugs,Ellen

    September 17, 2011
  35. Meg #

    So lovely! I’m in love with all your lamps and your scripted pillows, lanterns and lampshades. I also love your cabinet choices, so beautiful and versatile! I would like to be a guest in your guest cottage, please.

    September 18, 2011
  36. I absolutely love your studio!!!! I want to take home every little piece/detail you’ve added to the space and use it in my own place!!

    Adding your blog to my google reader now πŸ™‚

    September 18, 2011
  37. Lovely studio – what a great place to work!

    Dropping by from Met Monday.

    Allison
    Atticmag
    Vintage Gumwood Cabinet Kitchen

    September 19, 2011
  38. Dropping by from Met Monday, and oh, WOW! Love it! Have a great day!

    September 19, 2011
  39. SOOO fabulous! Thanks for sharing it with {Re}creation Into Something New Wednesdays at Not So Simple Housewife! Hope to see more from you this upcoming Wednesday!

    Kaitlin-The Not So Simple Housewife
    http://notsosimplehousewife.blogspot.com/

    September 19, 2011
  40. Love it! You are inspiring me to re-design my office!

    September 19, 2011
  41. Swoon!

    September 19, 2011
  42. It turned out just beautiful!! What a great place to work, relax, or dream! Coming over from Uncommon Slice of Suburbia! Christie at Three Pixie Lane

    September 19, 2011
  43. Wow – that is so beautiful! I love the subtle colors and all the details. I also love your dog on the blog header! This is my first visit – from Savvy Southern Style.
    -Shelley

    September 20, 2011
  44. Marie #

    Looks like a page right out of PB magazine! I mean that strictly as a compliment. You did a wonderful job! I love the lamp on your desk and your black and white poster. It looks like a serene place to work! I think I could get some serious work done in this studio. BEAUTIFUL!

    September 20, 2011
  45. Well, I’m just stunned. I don’t know what I love more…the lights, the clock, well…everything! Amazing job. You are a talented woman!

    Kristine

    September 20, 2011
  46. Tardevil #

    What a great space! Looks like a page straight out of the Pottery Barn catalog. Great furniture finds.

    September 20, 2011
  47. Wow!!!! It’s gorgeous!!!

    September 20, 2011
  48. Stunning! You’ve done a beautiful job – I’d never leave this room! I love it!

    September 21, 2011
  49. Oh My Gosh!!! That would be a place I couldn’t WAIT to go to! How BEAUTIFUL!!! and so much to look at and enjoy and appreciate. I LOVE all the antiques and how clean and fresh they look. I can’t emphasize how divinely ideal I think it is!

    September 21, 2011
  50. Oh my…love! This is straight from a magazine! Beautiful.

    September 21, 2011
  51. PHENOMENAL! You lucky and creative girl you!
    Brenda

    September 21, 2011
  52. Lisa #

    I am a brand new follower to your blog. I just have to say I LOVE every single aspect of this room whatever it’s purpose. Every little detail is absolutely wonderful. You are one talented lady. You and I have very similar taste so I look forward to seeing your future posts.

    Lisa

    September 21, 2011
  53. I am speechless, what an amazing studio! Collected and neutral enough that it’s soothing without being overwhelming. Visiting from Roomspiration today…

    Cathy @ Room Rx

    September 21, 2011
  54. What an incredibly sophisticated craft studio! Totally needs to be in a magazine. Thank you for linking up with Roomspiration: Craft Rooms today! It’s been a wonderful party! Enjoying all your link ups!

    September 21, 2011
  55. Wow, it’s gorgeous!! I LOVE it all. When can I move in? heehee = )

    ~ Catie

    September 21, 2011
  56. I love everything in that space! So fabulous! Thanks for letting us have a tour. I saw this due to it being featured over at Kim’s “Savvy Southern Style”.

    September 22, 2011
  57. You are featured today at Potpourri Friday!

    September 22, 2011
  58. Oh I bet you are having so much fun in there! Thank you so much for linking up.

    September 22, 2011
  59. cndesigns #

    Extremely nice! I love the color scheme.

    September 24, 2011
  60. It’s beautiful. I’m green with envy. I’ve outgrown my home office and the piles of disorganization are giving me ulcers. The flat/vertical file cabinet is a work of art. It looks vintage.

    September 26, 2011
  61. Donna Christianson #

    Lucky You! I love this wonderful space you have created…so many terrific ideas! It is very stylish, yet, comfortably cozy–and the natural light, you have it all! Thanks for sharing on FB. You have inspired me to tackle my home office. Blessings!

    September 26, 2011
  62. kimj #

    Hi! Can you tell me where you got the paris name scroll? I love it!!!
    Thanks!

    September 27, 2011
  63. jen roggenbaum #

    This is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! I can’t wait to copy some of these GREAT ideas!!!!

    October 2, 2011
  64. kate #

    you have such impeccable/immaculate taste! I love your designs!! you inspired me overnight!

    October 14, 2011

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