Thursday, 26 February 2015

My study / home office space...








 




I'm back to share another completed room...

I love this room, the view out the front is very lovely, despite seeing the house across the road I focus more on the mountain range in the distance behind it... and all the greenery. The room also has a very nice energy about it and is filled with many of my favourite things. It's able to be a little more design-oriented than the studio but as you can see from the images it is still a very practical space with things on the floor and electrical cords hanging down behind the desk - that's just reality people. There is no built-in storage in this room and so many of the 'tools' I use for my creative process are stored under my desk in numerous containers.

As I looked around today it confirmed I have a very eclectic style and I realised that many things in here are second-hand and handmade which really illustrates that I live what I talk about... what I'm passionate about. The 'desk' is one of two that I purchased when I was living up the coast. They are old timber trestle tables with metal legs and my mum and I stained the tops because from memory they were untreated. The timber is etched and scratched from all the years of use before they came to me and I love the character it gives them. The chair is a recent find and I still can't believe my luck! It was purchased from The Green Shed and is such a stylish and comfortable chair. The bookshelf came from Ikea when I worked for them in Sydney some years ago... the chair next to it is one of six Chiswell teak dining chairs I found on a council clean up when I was living at mum's in Como... and need to refurbish and reupholster one day. The beautiful throw on that chair is one of three that I purchased for me from The Olive Tree Market in Newcastle when I lived up the coast - they are made in India from recycled fabrics and help women earn a living and break free from the cycle of poverty - I have given a few of these as gifts to my friends as well. Many of the smaller items and books have been given as gifts or purchased at markets, second-hand stores or online... collected along life's journey.

And following on from my previous post about framing pictures and artworks you will see three newly framed artworks, all purchased on Etsy. The pair on the wall are from one of my favourite artists, Daniel Moreira and the one on the filing cabinet is by Carolina Grönholm and I just had to have it because it reminds me of my Max.

Oh... and this is what the room looked like before:

Home project :: framing pictures and artworks


Following on from my previous post where I shared my current studio space I am still making my way through my little cottage and adding my stamp.

Recently I decided it was time to hang some pictures and artworks - some are not yet framed but when I looked at all the little ones in my collection that were framed I realised what a mish-mash they were (see top image). I made the decision to remove them all and donate the frames to a local charity store - they were all lovely frames and this way they will find their way to their next home.

I then went shopping for ready-made frames and decided on keeping the theme predominantly white but couldn't resist two natural timber frames as they are just lovely (see above).

Many of the smaller pictures and artworks are now re-framed and ready to hang and I will continue to purchase frames along the way as I pull out larger pictures and artworks that I want to hang in the lounge room and kitchen / dining area... when I get to them. In the meantime you will see the ones already framed as share the next two rooms - the study / home office and my bedroom.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

My current studio space...







Since I arrived, back at the beginning of June 2014, I have been slowly dragging this little rental cottage out of the sad and neglected state she was in and adding my touches. I've only done 3 rooms so far as I have a gazillion projects on the go at once, as usual...

The first room I started was my studio. As the largest room in the house it is obviously meant to be the master bedroom (and the only room with built-in robes) but I could see its potential for my studio space. After waiting patiently for the owners to make a decision about the worn and marked broadloom I had to give up and just start putting things together... of course, after I set it all up they gave the go-ahead for new carpet but I opted out as it was too late by that stage.

The paint job in the house is the worse I had ever seen and the pinky-beige colour... hmmm, so I have been painting the walls a lovely chalky white to freshen it all up and it just looks and feels beautiful! I have also painted the skirts, window and door frames and doors a low sheen white which makes it all feel even more crisp and clean (before they were all the same colour as the walls... nowhere for the eye to stop... and it just didn't work for me).

Oh and below are photos of what the room was before... you can see the awning out the front was permanently down which made the room really dark... (one of the fixtures had come loose but the owner's sent someone to fix it so now it is permanently tucked up out the way). This room also had no curtains, though I did find them in the hall closet... sadly they are the same throughout the house, peachy-salmon curtains that are very worn and none of which hang properly anymore due to broken tracks, etc. The only redeeming feature was that they were thermal lined and you certainly need that for the Canberra winters.

Anyway, I searched high and low for quite some time to find an affordable alternative that I can either leave in the house, if the owners want to reimburse me or I can take with me. Not my ideal solution but neutral and being blackout curtains I have been told they have very good thermal qualities as well due to the triple weave... fingers crossed. I also found and washed the lace curtains that are the inner curtains and though I am totally not a fan of lace I have put them up for now as they offer privacy while still allowing the light in and will help marginally with insulation in winter. They're no so bad and I can certainly live with them for the duration or until I find (or make) a replacement.

This room is certainly not a design statement but I have tried to make it as aesthetically pleasing as possible given its main function is to house my work and to be a production room. I didn't bring all my storage cubes down from the studio I had at mum's place in Sydney, opting instead for some recycled doors from The Green Shed, spaced with smaller storage cubes in which I can slot baskets or stock. This system works well to lay out cushion covers and larger pieces of fabric... and obviously a whole lot more. I have a nice view out the front of distant mountains as well as trees at the front of the property, so all-in-all it is a nice room to work in. My 3rd studio to date... starting with this one when I lived up the coast, let's hope it continues to get a good work out.





Sunday Outing - Bungendore










A little delayed but here to share a nice drive through the countryside on Sunday to visit the charming little village of Bungendore.

A look through the Wood Works Gallery... lunch at the Lake George Hotel where I had the most delicious spinach and ricotta ravioli... yum! A visit to Station Shops Homewares & Gifts and then a little tour around town with my camera... although I didn't get to look as thoroughly as I normally would it was still lovely. I love the rambling old cottages and the old bridge timbers they use as benches throughout the streets (3rd image from bottom)...