Create an ideabook for your next remodeling project!
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The first step is to take a moment to ponder what you want more time and space for in your life. Pour yourself a fresh cup of coffee or tea and let yourself daydream about this. Do you want to sit in peace and quiet and finally dig into that stack of novels on your bedside table? Are you itching to pick up a paintbrush? Pining for a comfy place to catch up with your best friend? Whatever comes to mind, take note. This is your space, so make sure it serves your purpose.
If art is on your passion list, you may not need to look any farther than your kitchen for a perfect spot to create. Kitchens usually come equipped with all the studio basics: easy-to-clean surfaces, a sink at the ready and plenty of storage space.
Try positioning an easel or a small drafting table near a window that gets good light, and stow supplies in a cupboard nearby. Still worried about spills? Keep a few basic drop cloths handy (available at most hardware stores) and toss one down before opening up those paints.
If you have a window with a lovely view, it could soon be your favorite spot with the addition of a built-in window seat. If you are looking for a place to read and daydream, this is ideal.
There is no need to limit your thinking to spots inside the home. If you have a porch, you can transform one side into your own personal oasis. An Adirondack chair with a footrest and cushy pillow tucked in among lush greenery would make a delightful spot to write in a journal or simply relax in peace with a tall iced tea.
Fill your nook with things that make you happy and bring you comfort. Candles, lovely textiles, artwork, fresh blooms from the garden, a stack of inspiring books and a place to put your drink will set the stage for relaxation and dreaming.
If you do your best thinking while, well, literally staring into space, a coffee-bar-style perch placed at the window could be just the ticket. Tall bar stools with high backs and bars to rest your feet on provide comfort for a longer stretch of time, while a built-in table makes the most of your space.
If your home's interior is cramped but you are blessed with a large outdoor space, the solution could be an outdoor room or a converted garden shed. With French doors and a brick entry, you may never want to leave.
Other places to look for extra space include a finished basement, an attic, or even the garage. Warm up the space with soft lighting, an area rug and colorful art, and you will soon forget that your creative studio is attached to your home at all.
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