The Studio





I am very blessed to have a large media room in our home that I use for my studio. 
















When you walk through the double doors of my “Studio” this(above) is the wall to your right. I have altered several Alex drawers from IKEA, stacked them (tutorial on how I did it here ) and still need one more to finish this wall. As you can see I have a slanted ceiling so I do have a little dead space (which drives me crazy!) I don’t know what to do with in the corner.  I painted the tall cabinet/shelf as well – hubby found it! It was going in the trash!! I cleaned it up and painted it- good as new! I repainted the wall from orange to gray – yes I know it looks white, I wish I could say it looked gray in real life but no, it came out white. After putting all together though, I am OK with it.


I have counter height shelving purchased from our local hardware store,  Hubby installed the cabinets and I did all the painting. I am always reorganizing- it it hardly ever this clean! LOL!  Originally I did counter height because I had three toddlers running around – it kept them from getting into my projects! Now they are big and enjoy sitting at these counters while I work, sometimes they are creating their own masterpieces! 

I made the blue shelves for my room because I couldn’t find any the right size to fit my mists. The vintage printers tray holds alcohol inks, paint daubers, glitter and tiny embellishments. The cart is from Ikea and has mixed media odds and ends – dry wall tape, tissue paper, more paint, textural pastes etc.

In those cabinets I house 2 oz paint, 12 x12 paper stored vertically and filed by color and manufacturer, stamps, embellishments. I like to store like items together.


The plastic bins house future scrapbook album ventures separated by themes.


The fairy cabinets house resource books, printed pictures, photo printing supplies for my printer. (The inside of the drawers are below) The front cubbies house my DCWV collections. 12×12 stacks with the names written on the side. The smaller bins have cards, 8×8 and 5×7 mat stacks.

A closer look at my  cubbies (Ikea expedit), and desk. Cubbies  on the wall house things that I use all the time, current manufactures, tools, chipboard, alphas, acrylic, electronic cutting cartridges and dies. The ones closer to my desk hold things I use all the time and are easily in reach  – to my left are  my mixed media supplies by collection, alphas 
separated by color, paints, watercolor paper and my art journals.

 Some close ups…


Right next to my desk are things I use all the time, all my pens, pencils, scissors, adhesive (a whole tub full!). 


The cubbies house all things separated by item- like stamps, alphas, flowers, chipboard, tools for bookbinding, Clear Scraps acrylic… 


I house my most current DCWV stacks vertically and write the titles on the spines so I can pull what I need.


The rolling cart from Ikea – mixed media mayhem!


  I love my Tonic guillotine cutter! Drawers and this cart (picture before I painted the outside – the inside is the same) house various mixed media – paints, washi tape, inks, beads, etc. (Alex drawers from Ikea ) 


I redid these cubes with tin! So fun! I put back up products up there & things I don’t use that often but I still need every once in a while.


more drawers…


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Gifts from my hubby! I love Disney!


I recovered this frame in burlap and painted it white.


I got this empty frame really cheap on clearance -filled the back with cardboard and covered it with burlap. I put ideas here for future layouts – journaling and photos just waiting to be scrapped!

One of my many paintings on a hat box.


Drawers from the black and blue cabinets…Misc embellishments.

Misc embellishments

Misc textures





I painted the fairy on the left and the fairy on the right was a gift from two very sweet young ladies.

I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Let me know if you have any questions!



10 Responses

  1. Wow, Rita! You inspire me to get more organized. I love how you use your space efficiently. I think I need to make a trip to IKEA. Thank you for the ideas!

  2. What a Gorgeous Space Rita. You Must be a Girl after My Own Heart for Mine is Also White, Black and Blue. I have The Expedit from Ikea and can’t tell you how much difference this alone has made. Mine is White though where yours is Black I don’t think My Space would have Worked so well with so much Black, I think it might have made it Appear Smaller. Anyway looks like I also need to make a return Trip to Ikea after seeing some of your other things and I definitely need to cut my Desk space down it Currently takes up 1 Whole Wall which looking at yours I now don’t think is Neccessary. I will be back to Visit again Really Soon……

  3. You have inspired me to start mixed media-I love making unique cards but need to go forward for another avenue-I will be taking care of my grandson for 2weeks while the younger one is having heart surgery-this will be a way to deal with stress and create-your posts are wonderful-Kathy Flynn

  4. My daughter would go cuckoo over coco puffs in your studio space, you two have the same love for fairies (and Jasmine) and the deep turquoise colours. Its a great space and you have super storage in there for all your materials. You cant even tell it has no windows (you mention that in your comment when you visited my space, and just so you know I had just a few years back a basement space that had one small window that I only saw grass from, no day light). Tank you so much for stopping by my space and for your lovely comment.



  5. I met you recently at the expo in the gaylord Dallas Tx. Very excited to see all your tutorials!
    Can you please tell me where I can find the stacked drawers you have in your studio thanks.

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