March 20

Creative Space – After (Part 2)

Posted by lori . 9 Comments

The Dream

I would post a picture of my future creative space.  I would set out the goals.  I would accomplish the goals (perfectly and in their entirety).  I would post a picture of the miraculously transformed room (calls from HGTV would soon follow).  My readers would be awed by my incredible powers and would be inspired to create their own creative spaces (because it was so easy, right?).  I must also mention that apparently in the dream, I was someone other than myself because NO WAY would I be able to accomplish this unless I was some other person (I guess I thought writing a blog had miraculous, transformative powers).

The Reality (Part 1)

I painted the room (white…how original) and planned to re-purpose a piece of furniture, but was completely stalled after that.  I posted an apologetic post promising the miraculous transformation NEXT month.

The Reality (Part 2)

Writing a blog doesn’t transform you into a superhuman (drats!).  So, in the spirit of making lemonade from lemons, I’ve decided to make this a year-long journey (that’s what this year’s all about anyway).  Here’s where I stand this month:

Goal 1 – A pretty, fun and inspiring place to create work

It’s getting there.  I love color, and I always paint my walls with a color.  I painted this room white because I wanted to have the freedom to play with color in another way.  Right now, I’m kind of stumped on how to do that.  The plan is to used the colors of my inspiration files.

Something I love…see that picture of the sweet, little girl.  That’s me!  This picture hung over my family’s piano the entire time I was growing up.  When my mother gave it to me I was grateful, but I put it in the closet because I couldn’t imagine where I would hang a large picture of myself as a little girl.  As I’ve been going through The Artist’s Way, I have written about myself as a little girl…before the world convinced me of who it thinks I am.  I’ve kind of fallen in love with this little girl who was so adventurous, creative and open.  I think she’s very inspiring.

Goal 2 – Storage for my supplies

Not much progress has been made here.  I was so confused about how to arrange the furniture, that I didn’t do much work in this area.  I’ve started to move things into the room but there’s a lot more to come.  Stay tuned.

Goal 3 – Work spaces

I set up a folding table to create an L-shape with the desk.  I’m going to work with this for a bit and if I like it, my husband said he would make a table for me that looks nice in the room (he’s a sweetie!).

Goal 4 – An inspiration board and files

I hung up a cork board and a magnetic board…nothing on them yet.

Goal 5 – Move the houndies’ crates into the room

They’re moved in.  Now what!  They look horrible.

I love to hear your ideas for my creative space or things that work for you in your creative space.  Check back and see the next installment, “Creative Space – After (Part 3)” on April 17.



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9 Responses to " Creative Space – After (Part 2)"

  • houndstooth4 says:

    Wow! I love the space! I started out making our attic room my space, but hubby keeps dumping junk there!

    • lori says:

      Putting this room together has definitely made me see that I’m a step-by-step decorator. I just can’t seem to picture the whole. This month my goal is to get some COLOR in there. I think that will help. Thank you for the compliment. I am blessed to have this whole room for myself.

  • Ellen says:

    I love the picture!

  • Ellen says:

    😉 yes and I also remember what “used” to stand BY the piano :-O ooops! lol

  • jenny says:

    i have a similar picture of myself in green velvet and they made my eyes green to match. this was back when they painted the pictures. love your gloves!! work on the color-it will really make a big difference!

  • Sherry says:

    First of all…that picture is adorable! I love the gloves. Second, you’re going to think I’m crazy – but when my dog had his crate in my room, I got one of the vinyl backed tablecloths in a fun color and draped it over the top. It made it look a little better and Sparky liked it too, it made it feel like his own little cave. My third thing – I didn’t notice any windows, but if you’re not sure about the color on the walls find a window treatment you love. That’s what I do when I’m stumped.

    • lori says:

      Everyone loves the gloves! I like the idea of covering the crates. I was even toying with the idea of a folding screen. I’m totally with you on the window treatment. That’s an easy thing to add and I think it will start to focus me with color. Thanks, Sherry!

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