Monday, January 18, 2010

My Studio Before and After

I am joining Kim at Savvy Southern Style for the weekly before and after party.

BEFORE
Here is a picture of my studio, the day we closed on the house. Aug, 28, 2009.

AFTER
Today.....I have finally started working again in my studio! I need to hang my blackboard and a few other wall pieces, as well as some track lighting, but it felt good getting in here to work!



I love all of the space I have. It is so nice being able to have everything in one room instead of 3-4 different rooms.


I decided to use my old work table as my computer table, so I bought an inexpensive hollow core door and a couple of metal saw horses and put them together for my work table. It is a lot bigger and I can spread out more. I love the industrial loft look of my new work table and my storage shelves.



Here below is my old work table, now being used as my office desk.

Some inspirational pieces....


One of my sisters gave me this cute piece a couple of years ago.



Who doesn't have a pig in their studio? I really do plan on covering this in mosaics someday....really :-).

Some more inspiration....




Welcome Home,
Penny

56 comments:

Jennifer Froh said...

I can't believe how much bigger and brighter it looks now! Gorgeous! I was going to ask you where you got your cabinets, but I see now they came with the house! LOL!

Love that pig and can't wait to see it covered in mosaics someday! Of course he's cute just the way he is!!

Cottage Rose said...

Hi Penny; I love your studio, it is so big.. how exciting for you to have such a wonderful and inspiring place to work.... love the pig he is so cute.... have lots of fun creating... in your beautiful new studio..

Hugs;
Alaura

Tracy said...

Your studio looks wonderful! IT'S HUGE! I know you love it.
Have a great week,
Tracy

Jojo said...

Congratulations on your beautiful and spacious atelier!

Anita said...

Wow, just wonderful!

Vee said...

This is such a wonderful space...I am so happy that you are moved in and working there. An artist really needs a quality studio and you have it. I'm so very happy for you! Off to visit the sale...

Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs said...

What a great space to create, Penny! Thanks for sharing.

Heather said...

Your studio looks amazing! I love how it looks part industrial, part cozy! And I can not believe how much bigger it looks now! That is amazing!

I love the pig! What a fun element!!

Blessings,
Heather:)

Janean said...

no it isn't the same place!!!! it's beautiful...stinkin' beautiful and spacious! double yay!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

I love your new "play space". It is wonderful!! Love & blessings from NC!

KarenHarveyCox said...

You are a wizard at creating magical spaces. I can't believe how much wider this room seems with your redo. I love it, and you must be so happy to be in here. I just cannot believe how much you and your husband have accomplished since you purchased this home.

Well, I think we need to make a toast...clink!

Karen

Rhondi said...

Wow!! Oh Penny your studio looks amazing!! Has anyone from that magazine about studios contacted you yet? Your studio definitely is magazine worthy. It's hard not to be a little envious, but I am really happy for you that you have such a beautiful functional space to work in. I'll mention your sale on my next post.
Hugs, Rhondi

Rhondi said...

I guess you don't need me to mention your sale on a post. I just went to your website and it looks like you've sold most of your items ( except that blue willow table which I am coveting and wish I could afford !)
Hugs again

Lisa ~ A Cottage to Me said...

Wow! That must be your dream work space! It's gorgeous, looks like something out of a movie set! Lucky you!

Lynda said...

What a beautiful and spacious area to work in!! Amazing how even larger it looks with the new floor and paint job.

Mary said...

Wonderful makeover Penny, the room looks so much wider and brighter. Love the work table idea - looks perfect there and will give you a sturdy base to create beauty. Great job - looks so different from when we visited......and I hope so much to come back this year, pretty please!!!!

Some very lucky people will soon own your beautiful things - that's a very generous sale. Know you will soon be up to your elbows in snipped china and grout, starting all over again - you're the best!

Love, Mary.

Shelia said...

Woo Hooness, Penny! Your studio is marvelous! I love all the whiteness and all of your space! How very blessed you are! You're going to be so creative in this new bright gorgeous space.
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Donna said...

I LOVE your studio, Penny! You did a fabulous job. I think I'd be in there all the time.

Hugs,
Donna

jeanne said...

Penny, your workroom is wonderful. A wonderful transformation. I too like the table legs (saw horses, a brilliant idea) and the table top a door. That's thinking. No surprise to me!!! It is serviceable and beautiful. Good job.

The bath and guest room are ready for company. It also looks lovely. I did decide to paint my guest room sage green too. A wonderful restful color. It isn't done yet though.

I will check out your grand prices later today. I am on my way out to meet Bill for lunch.

Hugs xoxo, Jeanne

Angie said...

I am so jealous of that awesome studio!

Fifi Flowers said...

WOW! GREAT studio space.. I'm terriby jealous! My space is sooooo small but cozy!
ENJOY!
Fifi

Anonymous said...

I am absolutely pea-green with envy! I am saving this post because ever since you started showing this, I have been eyeing my attic space, thinking, "Hmmmm... strikingly similar to Penny's -- if only it were finished!" It might just come to fruition.

You have done a spectacular job on your new house.

Scribbler

Sue said...

Hi Penny....I actually gasped when I saw your new studio.....what a differance...it's fabulous...the white really made a differance and that great floor....

Shelley said...

YOur studio is fabulous Penny! Especially love that window, your gorgeous floors and even that precious little pig! :-)
I am going to check out your sale...
Hugs,
Shelley

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Your new work room is just beautiful! You will be inspired in your new space. Wish I could take advantage of your sale! I love the bed tray...it's my favorite thing that you've made! I know everything is beautiful! Enjoy your week! ♥

Bella said...

Your studio looks wonderful. It is amazing how that new flooring really widened the space visually. I hope you enjoy working in there; it looks like a dream space.

Cote de Texas said...

WHAT A TRANSFORMATION! I love what you did to your studio. AND I love the floors - those are great looking.

much happiness in your new space!
Joni

Kathleen Grace said...

I just can't wait to see what new inspiration comes out of your new studio Penny! How fortunate that the room started with the bank of cabinets on either side of the window:>)

Fabulously french said...

Wow! It looks fabulous, you must be very happy with the results of your handiwork.

Leeann x

Penny said...

Penny, I love your studio. You have performed miracles in your home since the closing in August. I am so impressed. See you in the Spring.
Hugs,
Penny

Catherine Holman said...

Penny,
What a beautiful studio for such a sweet talented lady! I'm impressed and more than a little jealous.
Hugs,
Cathie

nannykim/spindlecottage said...

Wow!! I love the studio--It is striking! Just beautiful---I was wondering why you moved...now I have an idea ;-)

dobco said...

You must be so excited to be in your new space. I love the new work table...great idea!

Kerrie said...

WHAT AN AWESOME WORKPLACE! ENJOY! Kerrie

momgateway said...

What a beautiful new studio! Enjoy the fruits of your labor, Penny!

rozetta said...

What a difference the paint made!

It went from looking like a cave to a bright open space.

I love it!

~elaine~

jeanne said...

Penny, I was gone all day and I just realized what I said on my post. I meant to say Franklin. No one else picked up on that. Laughing. That's a long way to go for quilt lessons. I corrected it. Beverly didn't comment today or I bet she would have seen it.

Still laughing.
Hugs, Jeanne

Mimi Sue said...

Your studio is gorgeous. I'm inspired just looking at it. Mimi

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I love the white! It certainly is a place anyone would be happy to work in and to be inspired by. Organization..where you can lay your hands on anything you want at a moments notice! I would look forward to going to work in a gorgeous and comfortable place like this. Talk about bouncing out of bed in the morning... Is there a coffee maker up there? :) That would be the cherry on top!
Hugs to you my friend!
Mona

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

This looks great Penny! I love the black and white flooring, and I think it makes the space look bigger too.

Thanks for your comment on my slipcover post! I got those burlap tablecloths from Ballard Designs. They were on sale and in stock! I really wanted the ones with the fringe on the bottom but they were backordered for about 3 months.

Cozy Little House said...

I LOVE your studio space, Penny! And I'd love to have that pig in my garden so bad!
Brenda

Manuela@TPOH said...

What a gorgeous space to work in! I'd be in heaven with all that room and storage!! The floors came out great and you get such wonderful light in that room. I'm sure you're anxious to get back to work!

Manuela

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Wow, how wonderful Penny! It looks like such an inspirational place to be!!

A Romantic Porch said...

Penny, I LOVE your studio!! I keep looking at the before and after photos. It looks so much bigger in the "after". Does it look that way because of the floor? Or did you really make it larger. The difference is amazing and it is fabulous! xo rachel
P.S. You were my first commenter outside of family when I started my blog 2 years ago and I have remained forever grateful. I wish much success and the best of luck to you.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I just love this room transformation, Penny. It was so much fun seeing it in person. What a great studio to work in. Thanks for joining my party again!

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

It's so wonderful, you have totally Penny-fied it! Everything you have done is just great, the floors are my favorite ever. I'm super envious!
xo, Andrea
p.s. can't wait to see that pig ...

Shelia said...

Hi Penny! Your studio is just spectacular! It looks like you and you have so much space and you've set it up just perfectly!! I love it!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

CAS said...

Wow, what a terrific space. You are so lucky to have that large room.
CAS

Sarah said...

Penny, I can only imagine how every artist would love to have this space in which to work. The white walls and those black/white tiles really open up this space. It's truly wonderful!
~ Sarah

Pam said...

That is one great studio! And that black and white floor is gorgeous. The pigs not bad either.

Erin@likegrandmas said...

Amazing, I cannot believe how much bigger that looks. I seriously had to scroll back up to see if you pushed back the walls.

All That Glitters said...

i just loved seeing this room!!! I'm in love with the pig!!!

Christine Jargick said...

wow, it looks enormous compared to the before!!! I love the checkerboard tile floor! And, the piggy.

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

This is just perfect! I want it!! But for now I will simply be happy in my basement...the happy place as I call it! Hey at least it has a sink and bathroom. I would so love to have a studio like yours, you have no idea...maybe someday! Lucky you, it looks fantastic! Love checking out all the things you create . Loved that bistro set you did for a friend, you are an inspiration to me :)

vignette design said...

Your studio looks fantastic! It looked great before, but even better now with the checkered floor.

It's a Wannabe Decorator's Life said...

Oh my goodness! How blessed you are with such a beautiful space! You did an awesome job!