In the year+ since we’ve lived in this old house, I’ve been repeatedly struck by how a seemingly bland space – one that seems to have small square footage, poor light, strange window placement, a completely depressing paint color, etc — can easily be lightened and brightened and brought to life, and, in the end, barely resemble the room it once was. It can become, as in the case of my finally-finished studio/office, one’s very favorite room to be in. What strikes me even more is how much these changes — slow as they may come — can alter so significantly one’s mood, one’s level of creativity, and one’s experience of work and play.
I’ve finally, finally put some finished art-on-the-wall touches to this little office of mine, and I’m happy as a lark now, being in here and letting the space multi-function as it needs to. Do you like Befores and Afters? Oh, I just adore them! Here’s a little tour of the Treelife office/studio.
Above you’ll see the photo I took when walking through this house when it was for sale.
And here it is with it’s strange-smelling, badly stained carpeting and beige walls.
Awhile back, we put on our face masks and pulled up the carpet…to reveal some seriously damaged wood floors and about 1000 staples sticking up. In walks this lovely man who went at it for 3 days pulling up staples, and then we hired some professional floor sanders.
And a year later, here she is. This room needed to function in several ways — as a space for me to do my writing and ceremony-planning, and also a place to have my client calls, including some in-person meetings with folks. It also, of course, needed to house my large collections of fabric and craft supplies and be a space where I was set up to work for an hour here and an hour there on all of my projects.
I’ve always felt inspired by rooms painted very bright, light blues and this color makes me smile every time I walk in here. After we painted, we brought in as much of our leftover or salvaged furniture that we thought could work, including some re-purposed old cd shelving for my quilting fabrics and a beloved old desk that has moved along with me for the last 25 years.
What we didn’t have, we found at resale shops and at IKEA, including some new light fixtures.
After sewing a fresh cover for my ironing board, getting everything organized onto shelves and into baskets, and splurging a bit on this fabulous up-cycled rug from an etsy shop that I had had my eye on for years, I was getting close.
I especially love how this space works for sewing prep — ABOVE, or having clients here — BELOW.
And most of all, I cherish the hours I get to sit at my desk, connecting with clients, connecting with you on this blog, and bringing to life workshops and ceremonies and all the things in my work world that keep me feeling connected to myself.
Oh, it’s just amazing what a space can do.