I showed the right side of the studio in yesterday’s post and today, as promised, I’m sharing the left side. This side is tricky, because of all of the windows, the mini-split (heating & cooling unit), and the fact that it’s the part of the room that’s most visible from the kitchen.
From the moment we first moved in, I felt like I needed to put the hardware cabinet under the window. It is, after all, one of the coolest pieces I own and I wanted it to be the focal point! But, it was a clutter magnet and almost always had stuff stacked on it and the stuff on the adjacent wall (the chair, table, etc.) obscured the view.
When I made the decision to move it over to the “big wall” and stack the bookcase on top, that meant I would need to find something else for the wall under the windows.
I had a reasonably clear plan for the rest of the room, but for this wall, I wasn’t sure. I knew I needed some sort of surface for setting up still lifes to the left of my easel. It had to look nice, though, since it’s directly opposite the studio door (and, as I said, visible from the kitchen.) I also felt like I needed to reserve the corner for a chair. While I generally don’t sit back in an armchair in my studio, I like the idea of cozying up with an art book and it’s a spot for “visitors” to sit.
So, that’s what I sketched…
Once we started moving furniture around, I decided to try the furniture I had before I started shopping for anything new.
And, you know what? The pieces I already had ended up working perfectly. The old oak teacher’s desk (moved from my office) fulfills my desire for a flat work surface and even provides additional storage in the drawers. The green art cabinet is a perfect height for setting up still lifes and the pop of color is nice to see from the kitchen.
I wasn’t sure if the desk would work there initially, but I was moving it out of the office anyway, so it was worth a try. I figured it might be too big or would look like there was too much furniture wedged into this room, but it doesn’t look that way at all. It looks neat and functional.
It does mean that I sacrificed having an armchair in the room, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. This room is a creative workspace and, as much as I love my family, I don’t want them coming in, getting comfortable, and hanging out in there while I’m trying to work. I will also use the desk a lot more than I ever used that chair! In fact, I’ve probably used that desk more in the four days it’s been in the studio than I ever used an armchair.
I am using the desk to mostly store my calligraphy pens, ink, and paper along with some supplies and a few other miscellaneous things.
The art cabinet still houses my oil paints and smaller canvas panels, but since I put my mediums, etc. on a rolling cart now and I use a hand-held palette, I don’t need to have it on my right side (as I used to.) And, as I said earlier, it’s a great height for setting up a still life to paint. When I’m sitting on a stool, it’s right at eye level.
When it’s not in use, I’ll store my palette on top.
The plaster bust is to practice sketching from life and it makes a nice accessory for a studio as well.
The flowering topiary is a live plant that I shared a couple of weeks ago (in a different spot in my house). I said it was a gardenia and a few readers thought it was an azalea, but I bought a couple more from Home Depot this week and it is definitely a gardenia. Just an FYI. I’ve had it for several months and it has done very well in the studio.
Everything seems to be positioned perfectly for creative work, but the only way to confirm that is to work in the space – to fill it with music, to create, to experiment, to practice, to play, and to actualize ideas.
And that’s exactly what I intend to do!