Selecting a new Piece of Art for your Home

There are loads of guides out there on how to select a piece of art, and I've talked about proportion here on the blog a couple of months ago, so when it came time to create a new piece for my home art studio, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

I LOVE the oversized piece that is in our guest room currently, so part of me wanted to paint over it (oh the horror!) and move it into my studio.

Credit: Hanlon Lain Photography

However, there's something really amazing to me about creating a new piece of art. I have a plain 24"x28" piece of canvas that will go above my seating area, and between the quotes on my wall that inspire me every day.

Credit: Hanlon Lain Photography

Credit: Hanlon Lain Photography

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Seating Options for a Home Art Studio

Creating the perfect space in my home art studio for sketching out new designs and working on gallery proposals has been a bit of a challenge. Until now, my storage has been all over the place and I haven't been able to configure the space properly to make it super functional.

I'm oh so close to having the perfect space, seating area included but what is missing? The seat!

Here is my inspiration for the seating area

Studio seating area


Cover chair
105 CAD - ikea.com


Emerald green home decor
11 CAD - etsy.com


Oak end table
51 CAD - walmart.com


Light shade
38 CAD - target.com


Sur La Table glass canning jar
4.12 CAD - surlatable.com




I LOVE the bold red chair, and it is by far the most perfect one that I have found. Legs slung up over the arm, back against the other arm. The only thing missing is a pillow, but I know this girl who can handpaint them and make one that is totally unique for this space ;)

The end table I would paint white or light grey to match the rest of the furniture in the room and lighten the look. I love the little shelf under the table and it will be perfect for sketch books.

Can we talk about the owl lamp from Target? Holy heck, it is adorable. I love finding whimsical little pieces like this, and love the black and white look.

The mason jar, which I already have, will be for my sketching pencils and felt tip pens.

And the air planter is the perfect little accessory for the top of the table, with the lamp, to breathe a little life into the space.

What do you think?

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Planning a Home Office or Studio Renovation

I have a space in my home art studio that is begging for a couch...chair...stool...something to sit on while I sketch and work out designs for gallery compositions. Currently, I do have a single piece of seating in my studio.

My homemade desk is almost at chest height, which makes for sore shoulders and a sore back a lot of the time.

Credit: Hanlon Lain Photography

The room is about 10'x10', so there is lots of room for adding a seating area and maybe some more storage. I currently have a small 3' high bookcase that houses a variety of my sculpture, and another 3' unit with doors and a drawer that is used for all of my shipping and labeling supplies. Since I don't really sit at my work table, I can put one of the unit under it and still have it be functional, than make the other side of the room more functional for drawing, planning, and some funky storage on the wall.

A studio makeover is in the works, friends! I'm really excited to see how it all develops, including a large oversized piece of art for the wall opposite my work table.

Stay tuned for inspiration and progress posts!

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SWH4T$: Studio Makeover

It's finally ready...the virtual tour of my new studio! I figured that it would make a great post for SWH4T$ since I upcycled some old furniture, created my desk, and created my own typography art!



DIY Desk 

The desk was so incredibly easy to make!

You'll need:
2 shelving units (mine are Martha Stewart Home collection from RONA- $40 each)
piece of MDF ($25 for a 4'x8' piece - 2 free cuts at RONA! I had mine cut 4'x2'ish)
6 bins for the cubbies ($10 each at RONA)

How-to:

Put your shelving units together

Paint your piece of MDF whatever colour you want to suit your room

Put MDF board on top of the shelving units when dry, and voila! DIY desk complete!

Total project cost: $165 - which is pretty cheap considering the cost of furniture, and it's completely unique! Mine stands about 3'ish high, so I dont need a chair in my studio, which is great for my posture! I also have 3 pieces of MDF leftover, which will make great coffee table tops, colouring tables for the kiddo or even just pieces of art!

I already had one of the units for the desk, which saved us $40 of materials cost. Add in the paint, and you're right around $140 for an entire new room!

The bookcase and mailing centre unit were my Husband's when he was a child; thankfully the inlaws  held onto them and I was able to repurpose them!

Love the typography? You can download it for free!