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Working on “The Creative Wall”

I was away over the weekend so I didn’t get much done on what I am calling “The Creative Wall” in my Studioffice.   It is going to be a wall filled with all the stuff I need to create.

The desk side of the Studioffice that I showed you last week is where I write and organize, but The Creative Wall that is opposite the desk is where I will actually create and make things.  I want to have everything I need readily available and accessible.

The Desk Side of the Room

Desk

Since I can design this room anyway I want – except of course for budget constraints, I thought about what I needed to do in the room and made a list.

1.  A place to write posts and be online.
2.  A place to wrap gifts.
3. A place to make projects.
4. A place to take photos of projects.
5. Lots of organization.
6.  Has to have lots of natural light as well as lamp light in the evening.

I sketched out a plan and have tweaked it to where I am ready to start making it happen.

How to design a room - drawing plan

The design of The Creative Wall started because of this – my urn filled with gift wrap.  It is not a good thing, the one edge of all the wrap stored here gets all chewed up, plus it is always falling out.

Giftwrap organizing ideas

“The Creative Wall” Side of the Room

As you can see there is lots of potential.  Since painting the room – it is nice and bright which I am loving.

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A view from the other side. The foyer steps are on the other side of this wall.

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I gathered inspiration from Pinterest to come up with the plan for The Creative Wall and posted about it over on Momtastic.  Just looking at the image below – makes me smile. All the yummy colors and blissful order!

Giftwrap-Organizing-Ideas

My scanner and computer are not being buddies as of late, so I used my very basic Photoshop skills to sketch my plan on a photo for you to see what I have in mind for the wall.  It will be divided into 3 sections, each one with a different purpose.  It will all be removable in case we have to move. I will be able to just lift the whole works right off the wall so I can set it up in a new space.  I also want it to look built-in so I will be using lots of molding.

How to design a craft room

I have always wanted to live in a chic downtown NYC studio apartment and never had the opportunity.  I think that is why I don’t mind changing the traditional room layout of my house and using what the architect labeled as the “formal living room” as a creative space.   I have never tried to hide or close it off as it is truly an extension of who I am.  I would not work as well if I felt isolated. The only thing that would make this room perfect for me would be a water view out the windows.  Someday….

I am off to Lowes to buy the supplies I will need to get this started.  It won’t be an overnight project, but I will post updates until it is completely done.

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16 Comments

  1. I have backtracked from your follow up post. ( and enjoyed many more of your posts along the way) I loved the idea you have used for a photo backdrop. It is genius! Your whole office space is wonderful and certainly worthy of being seen. I think you have come up with a very creative solution to creating a livable work space that is also beautiful. Well Done!

  2. I have spent my entire morning on your blog! I love it, you have a way of pulling one into your world and making me feel I can do anything. You have made me to feel so empowered and encouraged… which is not an easy task for me having batteled with fibromyalgia for the past 8yrs! Thank You!!!

    1. Hi Lisa –
      Thank you so much for taking the time to connect with me. I am so happy to hear that I have encouraged you. :) One step at a time will get you to your goals. Just like a tutorial – step-by-step. It does not have to be done in a day. Seeing a project progress even slowly towards completion is an exciting endeavor. I hope as you battle Fibromyalgia you have good days where you can put your ideas and creativity into making the things you desire.

  3. This is coming together wonderfully, Diane! I’m really looking forward to updates and especially to seeing the finished project. We have an office in our home, but my husband mainly uses it. Your room has inspired me to think about creating a space to call my own!

    1. Hi Suzy –
      Creating a space of my own truly makes a world of difference for me. Even if I didn’t have an entire room to take over, I would try to find a closet or section of a room to call my own. There was a blog a while back that showed how she took a double sliding door closet and turned it into her creative space. She took the sliding doors off and replaced them with hinged doors that opened up into the room. She made a desk with shelves and storage. It came out great. It was before Pinterest and she no longer blogs so I can’t send you over to see it. It was very inspiring.

  4. Your room is going to be GORGEOUS Diane! It’s already such a dose of pretty and happy, all rolled into one.

    1. Hi again Denise – Thanks so much. Working on the room has been quite enjoyable since it is my room to do with as I want. No hubs or kids opinions or needs allowed :) It is truly a room of my own.

  5. Can’t wait to see how that creative wall comes out. Love the idea of making three stations. Thanks for sharing your ideas. I’m sure you know that we will try and implement your ideas into our lives.

  6. I love your style, your office is goregous. Love the ottoman and the curves on desk and armoire.

  7. I’m taking notes Diane! I will be creating and designing my craft room within the next few months. Yours is going to be fabulous!