Paul DeGroot
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Sona's Art Studio contemporary-home-office

Sona's Art Studio

I designed this 2nd floor art studio for my next-door neighbor, Sona, who does fired glass art, jewelry, fabric projects and other crafts. The vaulted ceiling makes the space seem larger, helps to keep the room cooler, and lets in abundant daylight via the high gable-end windows (one end faces north, of course). Hidden fluorescent cove lights wash up the sloped ceiling planes, spreading uniform ambient light across the room. I designed the 4'x8' island as a project layout center and convenient work area. Perimeter display and storage cabinets and other work counters line the perimeter of the space. You can see some of Sona's glass art displayed with backlighting on the custom "light table" countertop along the stairwell. This GFRC (glass fiber reinforced concrete) countertop was built by Austinite John Newbold of Newbold Stone. I concealed fluorescent lights below the glass panels that are recessed into the countertop.

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January 6, 2014
chrisandjoan wrote:
where can I find the wall art?
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Paul DeGroot
You can ask Sona Nast to make you something like this piece on the wall. This is her studio. Visit her web site @
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December 18, 2013
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Paul DeGroot
No, they are vinyl windows in this case. However, I love Integrity windows too!
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April 26, 2012
emilycole wrote:
Can you reveal the wall color please?
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Love this clean simple white look. I am designing my sewing studio and am interested in the taller open shelving against the wall ?
Are the shelves adjustable ? And where did you purchase them ? ~Thanks for your time.
    Bookmark   September 26, 2013 at 8:15PM
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The tall shelves are from a store called More Space Place. They specialize in custom shelving, Murphy beds, storage, etc. the configurations are fully customizable. Someone came to my house and measured the space then I told her what I needed for storage and she came up with a design. Someone came and installed it. The shelves are adjustable once the whole unit is installed.
    Bookmark   September 27, 2013 at 6:19AM
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