I seriously cannot wait to move into my studio space - September 1st seems so far away right now! But even though it is a few weeks away, I have been having way too much fun planning out every detail of the space. In the past when I moved somewhere new - I didn't really take the time to think about how I want my space to be before I moved in. Usually my mom and I would just make a mad dash to Ikea and Target quickly gathering stuff to fill the space. But this time, since I have the time to think things through more carefully (and I am older & wiser) I have decided to plan out the space more before I move in - and to create a more unified look. I have taken the time to write down every possible item that I can think of that will need to be included in my space as well as picked a color palette - so that when shopping for these items I can be more thoughtful and picky about what I want (vs just gathering everything at one time quickly).
My space is pretty large so I am able to break up the studio into two sections - a "lounge" area and a "work" area. I am the kind of person that can't sit at a desk all day - so I want to make sure to have different options for me to move to throughout the day.
I have chosen a simple color palette that I hope will lead to a more unified looking space that feels clean and cozy at the same time. Most of the items that I am planning on purchasing are from Ikea - because that is what I can afford right now! But I am planning to have accent pieces that feel more unique and add more personality and style to the space.
Of course I want to have a lot of greenery! There is a beam through my space that I am thinking will hold hanging plants and fun mobiles. I also want to install a bunch of pegboard to one of the walls so that I can constantly change the artwork easily, and also use it for storing art supplies. And of course I plan to include lots of storage - I tend to be very cluttered, so I want to make sure I have places to actually store away my mess!
I plan to buy mostly from Ikea, Craigslist, and local boutiques/thrift shops
- Desk Chair
- Lounge chairs (chaise lounge? other accent chair)
- Side tables
- Decorative Pillows (3-4)
- Desk Accessories (stapler, tape dispenser, paper rack, pencil holder...)
- Kitchen Cart
- 4 Mugs, 2 water cups, 2 bowls, 2 plates, forks, spoons, knives
- Hot water heater
- Picture Frames
- Artwork/decorative items
I know this is pretty ambitious - and I may not be able to implement all of these ideas. But having this plan makes it so much easier to shop and I will feel so much more prepared for move-in. I have decided to keep the place for myself for the first few months and see if I can afford it, right now it seems feasible. I do want to include space though to have visitors come work with me sometimes! I think it would be really fun to have other freelance designers drop by and work in the studio. Ahhh I can't wait to actually start shopping and move in 20 days!