Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Arhaus. I have worked with this brand before as an influencer and a paying customer and I am an Arhaus fan. As always, all opinions and words are honest and my own. And, there is a giveaway, so you might want to stick around!
As I’ve been using my sunroom-turned-studio space over the past few months, I have learned what’s working and what’s not and I’ve slowly been adjusting things here and there.
One of the glaring pieces that needed to be addressed was the drafting table. It worked okay, but it had been stripped for parts, so it was missing some key pieces for adjusting it and locking it into place. I couldn’t adjust the height of the table and I had to rest the top on my legs while I was working. The move from PA only made it worse. I found that I hardly used it, because it wasn’t functional.
This led me to troll the usual places for second-hand and antique drafting tables. I found affordable ones that had missing parts or weren’t in good condition. I found gorgeous, but very expensive ones, and usually they were too large for my space. I finally turned my search towards look for an antique reproduction that offered the form and the function I wanted. This was going to be a frequently-used work surface, after all, so having one designed for modern use that has the look of an antique was going to be the best option.
This led me to Arhaus. Everything that I’ve ordered from them has been top notch and they happened to carry a functioning, antique-style drafting table that was the perfect size for my space. The Industrial Crank Drafting Table.
And it couldn’t be more perfect! I was literally giggling when it was being set up in my studio. It actually works and it looks amazing.
The base is every bit as heavy as it looks, so it’s very sturdy and I can lean on it as I’m working. It took me a bit to figure out all of the cranks and knobs, but I can adjust it in every way I need to. While it’s all beautiful, none of the pieces are just cosmetic. They all crank and turn and tighten and adjust, so I can easily set it at the perfect height and angle. This means it has the versatility to be a tilted drafting table or the top can be leveled and lower, so it can work as a desk.
And it has just the look I wanted! It’s a small design detail, but I love this crank handle.
It is such a beautiful, quality piece and I am looking forward to creating thousands of sketches and paintings on it over the years. You know I love antiques, but I’m often reminded that all antique pieces were once new. What they all have in common is that they were made well and have, therefore, lasted for generations. I see this drafting table as being a future antique!
To go with the drafting table, I picked out the Kensington Adjustable Stool. I wasn’t sure if I would like sitting on a back-less stool, but the foot rest provides a lot of support and having everything adjusted to the perfect height makes it comfortable and easy on my back. I’m leaning forward over the drafting table when I’m working, anyway.
Again, it’s a sturdy and well-built piece and I like that the vintage style of it works with the drafting table, but they are not an exact match, so it looks more eclectic and collected.
For a while, I’ve had an antique chair I upholstered in an old french linen sheet, but I was always concerned about getting paint on it. I’m learning that I get paint pretty much everywhere! There’s paint on the drawers, the door knob, and even the light switch! I had to make a point to stay away from the chair whenever paint was out! Also, Jeff and the boys will often occupy the chair to chat with me while I’m working. I could hear the old chair, which was always a little sketchy, groan when someone sat in it. So, I moved that chair to my office, where it’s away from the paint and won’t get as much use and replaced it with this sturdy, comfortable, and wipe-able Linden Leather Chair.
I liked this chair online, but it is even more gorgeous in person. The leather is the perfect color and has a beautiful, rich finish. I find that I’m sitting there more now, when I’m reading one of my art books. I paired it with an antique needlepoint footstool that belonged to my my mother-in-law to soften the masculine look of the chair.
The blue & white hand-dyed throw pillow softens the look even further.
One small thing I added was this rectangular mirror. It might seem like a odd choice, but a mirror is actually pretty handy in an art studio. Sometimes when you’re looking at your own art for a long time, you can miss seeing things that are “off”. When you look at the work through a camera or a mirror, it can help you see your work in a fresh perspective. So, the mirror becomes a second set of eyes.
Since it hangs from a rope, it’s easy to remove and replace it again. I can also use it if I dare to venture further into self portraits! And mirrors are always a good way to bounce light around a room. Even a well-lit sunroom can benefit from that!
The vase is the Vittoria Small Vase and I’ve been using it to hold bouquets of flowers that I’ve been buying to paint. I haven’t worked up the courage to actually paint the vase, but I’m getting there! It has an interesting shape, so I really do need to try it.
I feel like the studio is going to be a room in motion for a while as I continue to tweak and adjust until it provides the perfect workflow for all of my creative endeavors. But, with the large pieces of furniture and the main work surfaces (the drafting table and easel) in place, I feel like I am well on the way!
Before we get to the giveaway, I have to insert something about Arhaus. This is my third delivery from them and I am always impressed with the professionalism of their delivery teams. Everything is set up and put into place with care and I’ve loved each piece in person even more than when I saw it online. I’ve ordered things before when the opposite was true, so I always appreciate it when things look just as good or even better.
Arhaus is a premium brand and some of their pieces aren’t going to be within everyone’s budget, but you can find some great sales (like I bought my bed frame for 70% off the original price) and, when you do splurge, you can know that you’re getting something that is high quality.
If the pieces I picked are too industrial for you, I’ve curated some options that would be perfect for a more feminine and traditional-looking creative workspace…
To find pieces that are perfect for your space, you can find more pieces in a variety of styles from Arhaus on their website.
And, to help you buy something that catches your fancy, Arhaus is offering up a $200 Arhaus gift card to one of my readers. To enter, visit the Arhaus website, browse around, and leave a comment on this post letting me know what you would buy with that gift card.
(Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Arhaus employees are not eligible to win.)
The giveaway will end April 10, 2018, at midnight PST and a winner will be randomly chosen and contacted shortly after.
Happy window shopping and good luck!!