Studio Revamp: The Chaotic "Before."
If this isn't sharing the "reality" of running a small art business from home, I don't know what is. I didn't move anything or style the space. I didn't even try to tidy it up for these "before" pictures. These are just a photos of my workspace.
I wrote earlier this week about revamping my studio and I'm so excited to create a room that I truly love. Having my own dedicated space to work is such a wonderful luxury, I want to make the most of it. Looking at these pictures, I realize I never really committed to this particular space. For whatever reason, it has never felt like a permanent solution so I haven't taken the time to think about how to make it work.
Don't get me wrong, I've been able to get A LOT of work done here despite some of the functionality challenges. But it's time for a change! All of the updates I'll be making are going to be improvements to increase my inspiration, productivity, efficiency and general happiness in the space.
Here's my checklist for creating the home studio of my dreams:
- Two workspaces: One for computer work (sitting height), the other for sketching, painting and making art (standing height) - Larger desk for computer work - Inbox / Outbox area on desk - Surface area for trimming and packaging - Convenient place for printers and printing supplies - Storage and organization for finished prints - Storage for packaging supplies - Storage for paper - Storage for design books and magazines (I'm a hoarder, ahem, collector) - Storage for canvases - Storage for art supplies - Large inspiration board - Smaller project pinboards
It's a rather long list, but I'm pretty sure I can figure out how to make it work. The tricks up my sleeve are ready to come out. Oh, I have a VERY very tight budget for this project. This means I'll have to re-use what I already have, shop the house a little bit and be ready to use an allen wrench on some flat-pack pieces. Hopefully I'll be able to remember how amazing my new studio is going to be while I'm building things from IKEA.