Back in November I took the leap from working at home to renting a room at my local business centre. It has always been a dream of mine to have my own design studio and workshop space. Since becoming a freelancer mum I have found trying to focus on work-life quite a struggle, the main reason being that my home has been my workplace too. Since having my daughter three years ago I haven’t had that “separate” work area, not one I could close the door on anyway. So back in November I decided to take the leap, I used part of the advance I had earned from writing my new craft book on a deposit for my very own place!
Taking on a studio space has allowed me to completely escape from chaos and distractions of homelife to a colourful and happy little place full of the things I love. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE being a mum and I equally LOVE being at home, but it’s so lovely to have a seperate area to run my freelance business from, where I can just “zone out” for a few hours and not constantly be thinking…I must tidy those toys up or I must get the washing out! I’m definitely a lot more focused now and so much better with time management. I also love the fact that I can now invite people into my world of craft making and share my passion for designing and my skills in my own creative environment which I have never been able to do before. The other fabulous thing about renting a studio is that it has been the perfect excuse to put my interior design hat on again!
When I first took on this room it was a typical office space – dark blue carpets, white wash walls and blue PVC framed windows! It needed completely transformed into the colourful and happy studio I’d always longed for. As well as filling my studio with lots of my own quirky creations I’ve also packed it full of items by some of my favourite makers (see list below!).
So here is a little tour of my new space and an little insight into how I have turned a bog standard dark office into a lovely bright and cheerful space which I now call my “studio of dreams”.
Rachel x x
List of products used:
Crocheted plant hanger and tassel garland – Going Loopy Cornwall https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/GoingloopycrochetCo
‘My Happy Place’ wall sticker – Made of Sundays
Triangle wall stickers – The Lovely Wall Co.
Handmade cactus’s/plants – Boho Felt Crafts
Coloured A3 frames, shelves and storage units – Ikea
Storage bags – Sunjellies
Mid-century Danish style upcycled pink mirror – Ebay
Window mirror – William Wood Mirrors
Pink letter board – IWOOT
Calendar – Ever Made
Trunks – La Redoute
Peg Board – Block Design
Lights – Cable and Cotton
Wallpaper – Homebase