Okay, so the photos didn’t turnout as well as I had hoped, but here they are. This room was done for only $336!!! I used things I already had, shopped Craigslist and made a trip to IKEA. There are a few finishing touches I need to add, such as a rug and some candles.
Here is where the room started. Typical room. White walls and blue plush carpet.
Because this room was done on a tight budget, I scoured the garage for paint. I found a partial gallon of a soft green from my last house. Luckily it was still good and even luckier I had just enough to get the room done. The carpet was probably about 15 years old,so it had to go. I have always wanted white floors in my studio and I found some at a great price at IKEA. I will itemize my purchases later.
I already had the drafting table, and I knew I wanted to place it under the window, flanked with bookcases. I made a shopping list for IKEA (because it is a 3 hour drive each way, you have to go with a plan!!). I wanted white bookcases. While on IKEA’s website I found the perfect ones for about $70 each. I decided to click over to Craigslist…..just in case. The very newest post in furniture were the exact bookcases I wanted for only $15 each!!! They were black instead of white, but they were only a year old and in perfect condition. I removed the backs to let the paint color show through.
The next thing on my list were magazine file boxes. I wanted these in white as well. Guess what?? Sold out! So again I had to settle on black. But that’s ok. Each bookcase has 4 of these boxes. I also have some pink ones that I had bought on a past trip. I did buy a few other accessories. I found some black and white metal tins, and pillows with a similar pattern. Then I found a cute pink blanket. It was only $4,so might as well!!n I also purchased the black and white striped boxes to hold computer cd’s. The little black “table” in front of the loveseat, used to be a TV stand in my son’s room. Great example of repurposing furniture!! The candlesticks on top were purchased at yard sales if I remember correctly. And the black candlesticks placed on my drafting table were “stolen” from my sister at our Christmas Party.We do a white elephant exchange.
Here is a breakdown of my budget:
Light Fixture Free
Candle Holders Free
Window Treatments 80.00
Magazine Files 16.00
Pink Blanket 4.00
My intention today was to post some pics of my studio. I am learning about taking better photos, so I have been playing with my camera settings all day. Because of the blizzard outside, no matter what I tried, the windows were showing up way too bright. So instead I took a picture of my puppy. He is enjoying his snowday on my leather club chair and french country pillow!!
So on to our discussion about organizing. I recently moved my studio from a large 15×18 space to an 11×12 space. This meant I had a lot of sorting and organizing to do in order to fit into the smaller room. With any large space, where do you start????
One of my biggest challenges for any room in my home, are the papers. Stacks and stacks of mail, magazines, kids artwork…….aahhhhhh. So I decided to start with the magazines. I recently made a trip to IKEA. I was hoping to purchase several white magazine files. Unfortunately they were all sold out, and I live almost 3 hours away from the store, so I decided to buy the black.
I actually have eight. Four of them are on the side of the room. I have not filled out the labels on them because I am trying to organize a bit further. Now that the studio is done, and I have a little extra time, I am flipping through the magazines and tearing out the actual articles I want to keep. I have 3 large binders that I keep the tear outs in.
Another paper problem I have, are rolls of blueprints and renderings. I did have them rolled up and stacked on top of a drawer unit. I needed to find a better solution. A few years ago I purchased this white metal trash can. I really didn’t need a can this large, so I emptied it and filled it with my drawings (after sorting of course:).
Happy New Year!!! My New Year’s Resolution is to kick my design and home staging business into high gear! I think starting a blog and joining Twitter are a good start for day one.
The new year usually means two things….weight loss and/or organizing. I think we will talk organization! Dive into that guest bedroom that has morphed itself into the storage room. Or better yet….the basement!!! Sounds scary huh? I recently moved three rooms around in my home, including my design studio. I had years of magazines and unfinished projects, screaming to be sorted. It didn’t happen overnight, but it’s finally done. I will posts pics and tips on how I did it and how you can get organized too.
Stay tuned for affordable projects you can do to bring style to your home whether you are selling or staying:)