Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Interior Decorating Job - Dream Art Studio

 Almost a year ago, I got involved in an interior decorating project.
It began with a 1990's family room that the client wished to convert to her Dream Art Studio.
The only thing that was staying in the 300 square foot room, was the fireplace, which the client absolutely loves!
And so began the Dream Art/Sewing Studio Project... 
Before: To begin with, the oak mantel was taken away. The blue furniture and "large" tv, also were on the chopping block.
Before: Old mantel, furniture, flooring and bar fridge.

During: Choosing flooring...we looked at several options for these clients. The most value for the price point we had in mind came in the form of a laminate. It also had to be a very durable flooring that allowed for frequent moving of furniture in such a used space.
The client also wanted to work in the grey tones that are in the adjacent rooms that have recently been completed.

During: Choosing paint colors. The client had a vision of working in some blues with the grey tones. Here we are matching up flooring to grey wall.


During: removal of old flooring & mantel.
During: New paint on ceiling and walls. New flooring installed! Ta da! Let the games begin!

After:  The biggest challenge of this 300 square foot room was incorporating the large fireplace and creating the amount of storage that was required for the function of this room.
On the fireplace wall we developed the major storage area with the use of the Ikea Pax Wardrobes. 
The client opted for the espresso color cabinets for its rich tones and blending with the fireplace colors. 
We were able to choose the Wardrobes in various sizes and configurations to suit the client's crafting supplies.

The client is absolutely in love with this area of the room, as everything is so easy to access now. She loves how easy it is to find almost anything at any time.



After: The 1990's large TV was updated on the south wall of this room with a beautiful, curved, 55 inch, smart TV. The client can now watch any creative youtube video with the touch of a button.
More storage was created under the TV. We opted for a seamless look with grey Alex Carts, also from Ikea.

After: Workspace creative areas. The client will be using this room for sewing and crafting. We incorporated a large pub height table for crafting and cutting.
The table expands with leaves for more work room. It also works well to store supplies underneath in moving raskog carts from Ikea.

After: The sewing machines were placed for easy access on 2 more Alex Carts against the colored wall.

After: Sink, office, storage, coffee and bar fridge.

For easy clean-up, the client knew she wanted a sink in her new studio. She chose a nice sized round sink that is big enough for quick clean-up, but does not take up too much counter space.
For some contrast in the room, the client went with a White Pax Wardrobe and box cabinets. They also completed the update with a new bar stainless bar fridge.
There is also a desk area with the computer and some electronic cutting tools.
Thank you for looking at this lovely Dream Art Studio that we completed in Winter 2015/2016.

I will also add here that the client wished to have some space for others to come and sit and enjoy her creating, so 2 comfortable chairs were incorporated into the area.

I hope you have enjoyed the pictures and it gives you storage and decorating inspiration.

Friday, January 1, 2016

December Journal Completed

I am so happy that my December Journal is complete!
I think I have enjoyed doing this December Journal more than any year before!
But I probably say that every year!
To begin with, what I really love, is printed burlap that I used for the spine.
It is just so cozy, rustic and festive looking.
It was the perfect addition to the chipboard covers.
In the end, I also used a burlap ribbon to wrap around the album.
It then has some Heidi Swapp wood veneer "Cheer" to the end of it.

I ended adding a back flap the journal. I then close the  book with velcro. 

The inside of the journal has a very eclectic feel with all types of pages including pocket pages... 

various sizes of pages,

shaker pockets, flaps, and ephemera packaging,

...and even pages from old books.
My December Journal is finished off with some lovely charms which included...jingle bells, snowflakes,

cameras and tags,

and of course even angel wings to signify those watching from above.

Thank you for looking at my December Journal.
I am so happy to share this with you.
It truly has been a treasure to create.
I hope my Journal can inspire you in some way!
Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Using junk mail for today's page...

Lots of bright pamphlets and brochures are showing up in the mail right now.
I decided to use this one that I received from the Liquor Commission. I loved the color, graphics and festive drink recipes on it.

I then added:

Dylusions white paint
sewed on my number four card

a pocket made with my fuse tool
a paper pocket made with my silhouette

Journalling is on the pamphlet and on one of the coffee-dyed tags in the pocket

Stamped some metallic blue snowflakes with acrylic paint...

...Plus a few embellishments to top it off.

This was a really fun and imaginative page to create. I encourage anyone to use any fun and funky brochures or ads that may be sitting around right now!

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December 1st...Frosty Outside...

It was pretty easy to get into the Journal Your Christmas/December Documented spirit, with the frosty view around our house today. This, I decided to capture in my layout for December 1st. Yes, these huge trees are in my front yard!

I have been so inspired by the shaker pockets I have seen on Youtube, that I decided to incorporate one into the layout. It is really hard to see, but I also added some gingerbread people cut outs that I made with the new dies and stamps I purchased by Lawn Fawn. You will probably see more of these gingerbread people throughout my album all season, as they are soooooo cute!

I also wanted to share a few last-minute alterations I made to my album yesterday. I decided I needed a spine on it. So I went out to Michael's and found this really festive burlap. I adhered it to the side of the chipboard cover and back of the book. I love how it turned out.

Thanks for looking everyone and happy documenting!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Journal Your Christmas/December Documented Beginning...

Here is my cover for December's Journal Your Christmas/December Documented, as it looks right now!

Several pages are already done in my JYC/DD as some holiday preparations needed to be captured for the album, such as putting up the tree, and some Christmas shopping.
Thanks for looking!

Happy journaling to all!

Monday, November 23, 2015

How I organized my December Stash...

Hi everyone. I am back to quickly share how I organized my December stash this year.
I decided to use my Iris rolling cart to house my December stash. Perhaps then I can roll it to other parts of the house? Regardless it is all at least in one place.
So here is the cart below.
On the top I have my Christmas stamps, washi, sequins and smooch that I plan to use.
In the drawers, I have divided cards, memorabilia, and embellishments (organized by color).
The card box houses 4X6 and 3X4 cards organized into journaling and filler piles.

Borders and memorabilia that I know I will be using are stored here.

The BLUE embellishment box.

The RED embellishment box.
I hope this inspires you or gives you ideas on how to organize your stash.
This looks organized right???
HERE is the other side of my scrap room.
Hopefully I can get things cleared off of here soon!
Thanks for looking!!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A Dining Room Update...

My dining room table has been in our family since the 1980's. I remember my mother saving and saving for this beautiful oak set after she landed her first teaching job (after having kids) in the 1980's.
Anyhow fast forward to 2015. My mom's spirit is still with us all the time and I love, love, love this table and all the memories that come with it. However, the chairs, had sadly had it. I have wanted a fresh look for this room for a few years now and we finally did it this fall.
I have envisioned sort of a loungy feel for this area of my home. It is an open concept main floor, and I really wanted to unite the living room and dining room and still keep with really comfortable chairs!!!
So for this update I went with 4 fabric chairs, and a leather bench open to the living room.

From the front entrance, you can really see how the dining room opens up to the living room now, with no chair backs obstructing.
I am loving how the light colors of the chairs really bring some accent to the dining room, and also co-ordinate really well with the area rug in the living room. The bench, in a brown leather, also co-ordinates well with the brown leather couch in the living room.

We are so happy with this update to our home! Thanks so much for looking!