In Amy Butler's new book, Midwest Modern, she shows us pictures of her and her husband's design studios. I was so inspired, I thought you might be inspired by my space as well.
This is a lovely 15 x 8 foot room in our warehouse/office space. Note the design details only available in buildings of this era (1980's concrete block business park buildings). Nothing beats the simplicity of a linoleum floor and suspended ceiling with fluorescent lights. It is a multi-function space, storing various hardware, including the computer type (in that refrigerator-like cabinet in the back corner). The table is decoratively strewn with works in progress. Mona is hanging out in the background in a new dress I'm making for her- more on that later.
Another view of the inspiration room. The bookshelf in the back has been meticulously organized with plastic containers with labels. The grid wall on the right provides a home for a few well-organized patterns. I insist on a neat, clean sewing surface, so Olivia is going to have to move her blue block.
But this isn't the only space I put my special design touch on- there's also my office.
Again, I find organizational containers an absolute necessity and these in cute colors from The Container Store fit the bill. And once they got filled up, the floor provides easy access. I love the frosted glass doors on the book cases (from Ikea)-- you can close them and it will hide the mess. I prefer the airiness the open doors provide. It makes me feel like those books are free to come and go as they please.
In front of my desk, I like to keep my inspirational objects and images. Apparently, most of my inspiration arrives in cardboard boxes. The couch is what I like to call "interactive furniture"-- you must clear a spot before you can sit down. Rearranging its contents really helps you get to "know" the furniture.
I call my design philosophy "cluttered genius" and I hope this inspires you to redo your studio, office or even your home.