Home Art Studio Storage Solutions

Being an artist means that I have an abundance of supplies. Hundreds of bottles of paints, brushes of every shape and size, Sharpie markers in every color, and stencils for every season.

Slabs of clay, tools for texturizing, paper, punches, ink and canvases.

You name it, and I likely have it in my studio. Currently, my paint is stored in two rolling carts in my studio closet. On top of one is the home of my paper organizing cube, which also houses my stamps and punches. On top of that is my printer and computer paper.

On top of the other is my ribbon sorter, acrylic sprays, wood stains and other miscellaneous supplies. down at the side, finished paintings that have been listed, so that they are out of the light and won't be damaged or discolored by the light.

I won't even list all of the supplies that are in the bins that are in my work table, or the extra boxes under it that have more bottles of paint.

It's kind of obscene!

I want to be creative with storage in my art studio, and while I am happy with the closet storage, i need to be able to maximize the main studio space to make it more functional. So I'm considering these options

Wire baskets
Wire baskets would be perfect on the skinny wall outside of my storage closet. They'd be great for when I am transitioning supplies out of the closet and using them on current work, as well as storing my paint brushes, mason jars of Sharpie markers and small canvases waiting to be painted.
Industrial steel bookshelves
I love the look of metal shelving, and think it would be great to have two bookcases like the ones above flanking the window, with the lower 3' white one that I already have in between. These would be great for storing my sculptures as well as my art books and sketching supplies.

Updated white bookshelf with scrapbook paper
Time for a facelift! This is one project that I certainly will be doing - I just need to find the perfect paper for it and, yes, I will be featuring it in a tutorial coming up soon. I have a 3' bookcase that used to be my husbands when he was a child. You know the kind...the white laminate bookcases that we all had in our rooms in the 80's and 90's. It's dingy and has seen better days, so this facelift will be perfect for it! It's also a great project for bringing color and pattern into a grey and white room!

Adding these creative storage solutions and maximizing the wall space means that I will be able to add a small seating area into my art studio! What are my top pics for seating? Post coming soon!


New Year New Home, Laundry Room Storage

This month in New Year New Home, we move into the laundry room. It's one of the spaces that is often forgotten about but usually one that if it were to have a little TLC, it would be bright and airy. Maybe we wouldn't mind doing laundry if it looked just a little neater, more inviting and a little bit more inspired. {no? Did I take it too far?}

One challenge that we face with our laundry room is storage. Sure, we have these lovely built-ins above both the washer and dryer, but the way they were installed means that we can't actually adjust the height of the shelves inside.

This means that laundry detergent and bleach get stacked at the top, and I need a ladder to get them down!

Definitely not ideal and since I'm sure you can imagine the amount of laundry with a toddler and two parents who work out 6 days a week...definitely not practical.

So, I started looking around at the storage baskets that we already have. We have loads of them for storing Owen's toys, and I thought that they would be perfect for going on the washer an dryer to store the items that we use often.

But they needed to be pretty, so I designed these tags for the baskets and printed them on cardstock. I tied them to the baskets, and voila! Pretty basket storage!

Overall I'm really happy with how they turned out. There's one basket for small tools like screwdrivers and hammers, batteries and things of the sort. Then another basket for laundry needs, all within my reach!

Go forth, get organized and make your space pretty!


Fabulous Finds Friday: DIY Desk...with storage!

Right now, since we're in between houses and are bunking at the inlaws for a few weeks while we house hunt, my work space is rather nonexistant.

My old workspace was that of a plastic 4' collapsible table.

How I yearn for a proper workspace...with storage underneath for the bins of paint, stacks of paper and other doo-dads that clutter up my creative space.

This one...pretty darn perfect

I already have a unit that is 2x3, so I could possibly just get another, with 3 more bins, and the board for the top...It'd be more narrow, but that would be allright!

Or I could just get the 3x3 units and board, and keep the 2x3 unit for storage...either way, pretty amazing!

Happy weekend!

SWH4T$: Coupon Organization

Time again to link up! I'm starting the year off right by trying to save money, let me show you how!

1.) Follow your hostesses at Baby Shmizz and Sweet Stella's via GFC

2.) Link up a specific post that relates to money and time, your job, your business, couponing, anything that shows how you "work hard for your money".

3.) Post our button on your post

Have fun linking and finding new blogs to read!

This post is a double whammy: I'm going to gush about couponing and organization all at the same time! YIPPEE!!!!!!!

Are you as excited as I am? Probably not, but I'm a dork like that :)

My sister Kellie is big into couponing too, and she has always been an organizational freak. She made herself a coupon binder, and then made me one for Christmas. I used to use an accordion file, which worked, but it was a pain in the arse to sift through all the coupons. Now, with my binder, they are all organized in clear baseball-card holders and I can see them all at first glance. This makes it so easy to see the expiration dates, purge what I don't need, and organize better by category.

Here is a tour of my new BFF, my coupon binder :)

My binder is a 1 inch 3-ring binder, and it has 8 tabs:

Household Items, Hair & Body/Meds, Baby, Grocery Items, Dairy/Refridgerated, Frozen Foods, Pet Supplies and Other (this is where I put my Target coupons, and other store-specific coupons.

Each divider page has a folder on it. I use these folders to hold my store flyers, along with a list of what I need, and the coupons I've pulled according to matchups with deals in the flyers. Then, when I get to the store, I have my list with my coupons, and the flyer if I need to refer to it, all in one place.

The inside front cover folder holds a small pad to write my list on, and coupons that I have yet to file. I also keep a pen clipped to the binder rings, and my CVS Green Bag Tag is hooked around one of the rings.

And, the piece de resistance, the coupon pages! Kellie put in a bunch of those clear baseball card holders, that are the perfect size for most coupons. If the coupon is a little big, I just fold it so I can see a bit of the product so I know what its for, but most importantly so the expiration date shows. I don't have them organized yet from first expiring to last expiring because I haven't figured out a way to do that without moving every coupon around when something expires so I don't have an empty space. However, with them organized like this, its very easy to scan for dates. I keep duplicates grouped together also.

So there you have it! That's my new way of organizing my coupons, and I'm so happy that Kellie made this for me, because its made my life a whole lot easier! A lot of people say they don't have time for couponing, but honestly, I spend maybe an hour a week total clipping, organizing and matching deals. I'll admit, in the beginning it took a lot longer, but once I found a system that worked for me, its gotten so much easier. I've heard many couponers say this before, but I really can't believe I didn't start this sooner. So far, its January 12th, and I've saved a total of $34! And I only coupon for things that we NEED and USE, so that's $34 that I would have spent anyway, but now thats $34 in my pocket :)

So, how do you organize your coupons? Any tips or tricks for us? Link up and share!

Fabulous Finds Friday: Glitter Shakers

I've been searching high and low on Pinterest, designing ever square inch of our new home {which we haven't found yet, but that's besides the point...}

One obvious room that I'm focusing on is my design studio. I've been looking for everything from amazing office chairs, unique storage ideas, distressed desks and how to repurpose items that I already have {cheap and cheerful!}

Here's one that I've found, and definitely will be implementing with some great shakers from the dollar store!

Incredibly smart, and they look super chic too!

Have a Fabulous Friday!

Thankful Thursday: ReOrganization

I know that some readers have long been waiting for this post, so here goes.
Today, I am thankful for...

...storage systems
...glass jars
...labelled bins
...faux leather marker holders
...a space to call my own

The complete Sweet Stella's set-up

Mailing central on the window bench...glass jars to be filled with buttons for upcoming projects

Even my waste-basket is coordinated

A little note on the side to remind me that my Dad is proud of me

Martha Stewart meets JetMax...perfection

A place for paint...
...papers and projects

I absolutely love having ribbons on display! They are so colourful!


I absolutely adore my new studio. It was a long time coming, and I finally feel like this is a space where I can be me. I can pour my all into projects, test out new products and techniques, and create some really beautiful items for you all.

I hope it inspires you to create a space for you, that you can breathe in!
While you're dreaming, don't forget to enter the giveaway!