So why another spot for my studio? Here’s the story! I’m still in the same house in Tucson (Spanish/Mediterranean style) where I previously shared my laundry room turned into a craft studio/laundry combination. Remember the fabulous chandelier? You can learn more about it and watch a video here.
It was always on my radar to find a way to turn my sunroom into a craft studio, primarily because it has tremendous natural light. The mountain (wildlife) and city views are amazing and artistically inspiring. It’s a very peaceful and spiritually uplifting spot for me. However, my sunroom had some pretty significant challenges to resolve before transitioning it into a studio.
For starters, it housed a small indoor swimming pool and whirlpool. It had to be drained, collapsed and a new floor installed. Our outdoor pool offers plenty of water and warm weather splash time for me!
And what about the Arizona heat in the summer and all that glass? It would have been nearly impossible to craft most afternoons when the western sun hits. I had a mini-split heating and cooling unit installed (huge difference), added heat blocking shades on the windows and two ceiling fans. While I was at it, I added powerful lighting above the island – much needed when I typically get up in the dark at 4:30 a.m. (nutty, I know).
Next, because there are so many windows, I had to deal with a lack of wall space for shelving and cabinets. I used my one big wall very efficiently by having a custom hutch built that holds my paper, punches, ink and more. In addition, I designed and had a large island built, with lots of drawer storage, open bookcases on each end and, finally, seating so that I could craft with others.
Last weekend, Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and my dear friend, Brian King, came to visit and I asked him to help me put together a simple video tour of the new space. It’s just Brian, a cell phone and a very casual walk through with me. However, I offer lots of tips and insight on how my studio is organized and why. Please forgive some of the crazy lighting – bright sunshine can be challenging.
FIND IT! Here’s a link to many products I used to organize the paper, stamps, inks, ribbon and more in my studio.
WHAT HAPPENED TO my previous craft studio? It’s now a lovely butler’s pantry (just off the kitchen) and perfect for drinks and appetizers when I have guests. I have plans to build shelves below where my desk was (below the window) and add an under counter refrigerator! Could the grapes and pears of the chandelier fit any better into this new theme?
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