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Thursday, August 13, 2009

My creative space

So, here's what I came up with from my inspirational friends and sites to fit my own creative needs and space.
I used a drawer and left it partially open for my big spools of ribbon. I got a ribbon container from the trusty Container Store, They are a great source for your container needs. My jaw drops every time I go in there. And for those ribbon by the yard, I found these different size jars at IKEA, to suit the various color palettes.

I then have flat files that I use for my 12 x 12's and flat sheets of paper (courtesy of my Paper Source manager , Jake Drake, allowing me to have something that was going to be thrown out.) He spared me from dumpster diving in Beverly Hills. Then I was able to convert 2 large bins of gift bags and tissue into one organized vertical gift bag holder that I also found at the Container Store.
The remaining containers were found at an office supply store where I keep creative odds and ends while labeling everything, of course.

My family comes down to visit and I put them to work. My dad was nice enough to provide me with some new lighting and a drafting table for my calligraphy. I explained my organizational dilemma. All of these things you see here, I had lined up against the wall on the floor. I desired something more professional looking rather than a make shift kinda studio. After being inspired by my friend, Michelle Foote, and her studio in Pasadena where Blue Note Press lives. . I adopted a bit of her idea and made it my own. I went to work my shift at Paper Source and I come home to voila! My mom was so kind, for she was magical. The piece of furniture is from IKEA and it comes in different colors to fit your own creative space. The bottom row I have each basket, which are from Target, on the bottom designated to a client & the materials being used for their project. The top row is designated for show, reviews and samples designed by 2 Hearts B 1.

This fun shabby chic piece is a lovely gift from my dear friend & colleague, Francesca Grossman from her studio of Creative Paperie.
I use it as a showcase to show off favors & place card samples.

My genius idea that I wanted to disclose here was how I turned my bar stools into shelving units. These bar stools were from my old apartment, when I had a bar. Now, I have no need for them, but I didn't exactly want to discard them either. So, I used the top as a table for displaying invites. Then I found containers at Target that I can put in the different slots to fit more creative odds and ends for making cards and prototypes. In the corner, I found a discounted piece of basket drawer fixture that worked perfectly with my new set up that I picked up again at Target. So, see I found everything I needed with a few resources, inspiration and a little creativity. I know that you too can be creative. No matter how big or small. You can make your space, a place to call your very own!

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