{ studio under control }

Ahhh, nothing feels better than the completion of a project.

I was finally able to tackle my studio today, and

oh what a difference a little organization, and a trash can will make.

My funky gold knitting chair, has some new additions,

one great vintage crocheted pillow { goodwill }, and one sweet little yorkie.

I also couldn't help myself but to keep the two little suitcases

originally purchased for my shop.  

they are just so darn cute, 

and their colors go perfectly in my space.

One holds extra magazines, and the other all of my camera chargers.

The wire in and out box was purchased to keep kids homework in,

but since I love it so much I had to confiscate it.

Now it holds more magazines and hides the lamp cord.

The two ironstone pitchers hold my knitting needles within easy reach.

My little vintage doggie planter just sits there looking all cute,

waiting for me to add some cuttings from the garden.

The lamp is the only thing that's new { Target },

it's just perfect for holding vintage yarn balls, and I love the burlap shade.

Oh, there's my other great vintage chair { goodwill },

and to top off this little fun vignette is my vintage floral painting { goodwill },

I love the sunny yellows, greens and that little pop of the red apples.

This is the business side of my studio, where all the computer magic happens.

If you read my last post you probably saw all of my inspiration photos,

and in all of those photos you saw mostly white furniture.

Now, I love white furniture, but I had absolutely no desire to paint either of these

desks,  they are only a few years old, and match the bookcases.

I did want to lighten up the room though,  and also hide some of the more unsightly bits....

my solution was to add the little skirt under the desks

I'm not much of a seamstress { though I would like to be },

so I grabbed my trusty staple gun, and a fun sheet { goodwill }.

I folded the sheet in half and cut it straight down the middle leaving a nice seam on each side.

I then crawled, and contorted myself under these very small desks with my staple gun in hand,

I began by just gathering small sections of fabric and stapling them in place to achieve a gathered look.

I think it turned out quite nicely, and it definitely hides all the uglies underneath.

My desk chair is a thrift store find also.  I just recently recovered it 

using a fun vintage floral sheet...I love how it turned out, it even has a little brown in it

which makes it work perfectly with the brown chair and desks.

I added the two green shelves above each desk to hold supplies within easy reach.

I found the shelves at a yard sale this Saturday for $1.00 each,

They have chippy paint, and are very old.....love them.

The artwork above my desk area is also a collection of thrift store and yard sale finds.

I'm always on the lookout for new pieces to add to my wall,

I especially love old canvases,  and find them very inspiring.

Welcome to the storage side.

Here you will find all of my yarns, fabrics, and books.

Oh yeah, and do you see the rusty little beauty holding my tri-pods, and craft paper?

I found that fabulous beauty at a yard sale Saturday.

I could hardly contain myself when I saw it.

I immediately snatched it up and inquired about it's price,

I was really afraid it wasn't for sale.

Not exactly like the one in my inspiration photos, but it's close enough for me.


I honestly had the best luck and found some other really great things,

but I'll save those for later.

There's that little green ladder again, it just keeps popping up in my photos.

It couldn't possibly have anything to do with the fact that I'm only 5' 4" on a good day.

I may as well just strap him to my hip around this house.

This is my art corner, and hopefully a sewing table 

when I finally get up my nerve to break out my long neglected sewing machine. 

Hmmm,  let's see,  I'm 37 and papa got it for my 30th birthday,

and it hasn't been used since....how bad is that?.

Oh come on, I know you are also jealous of my gorgeous

golden orange wooden screen there.  

I know, it's not the prettiest thing, and someday I would like to paint it white.

It does serve a purpose though, that corner desk isn't quite as deep as my

other two desks, so this helps me bring it forward without a huge gap.

It also hides my huge art portfolio, and my easel.

Now I just need to come up with a good way to hang things on it,

and it will be a good place to display my art projects, and inspirations.

I'm open to any ideas and suggestions.

So, are you ready to see the befores?

I'm almost too embarrassed to show you what a mess it was before,

Papa teases me and calls me a hoarder.

I promise I am not a hoarder, I just had too much going on in a small space.

So here goes....

WARNING these images may be disturbing to some viewers.

         Isn't it a good thing I added the skirts.

I would love to know what you think of my design on a nickel redo,

I'm also so open to suggestions for improving my space.

Thanks for stopping by.

* peace & love *

 { the vintage wren }

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  1. Wow, great job! I couldn't even possibly think about showing anyone my studio right now. It's not fair to push that kind of neglect onto people.

    This place looks like one that can really inspire some creativity!

  2. AMAZING. I can't tell you all of the things that I love...well, ok, the suitcases, the colorful yarn all color coordinated, the fabric skirts, the retro feel...you did good. As for that screen. I say paint it a bold color and use clothspins to hold your goods.

  3. Love the yarn balls in the lamp, and of course I love your vintage chairs and pillows! I agree with the comment above, paint the screen a bold color. Check out my post tonight, maybe you will find a color you like:)

    The space looks awesome!


  4. The way you've organized everything is quite satisfying to the o.c.d.ness within me! I love the color-coordinated stacks of yarn and the yarn balls in the lamp! I love the green ladder and all your unique decor that came from thrift stores! You are an inspiration!

  5. I think you did a super job, Carrie, and I love how you have all of those colorful things in your shelves and found cool thrift store finds for chairs and pillows. It looks like a fun place to work! That green ladder is SO cute, too. I have to have one, too, because I'm not tall enough to reach up high, either. That may be a nickle redo, but it looks like it cost dollars to me! Great job!


    Sheila :-)

  6. Oh, and clutter??? I'm never horrified at that. I'm a magpie! :-)

  7. I love the yarn ball lamp! The little step ladder is adorable. I need to get one of those.:)

  8. Wow! That's about all I can say!! Your space is just so fabulous! I really LOVE that lamp and how you added the yarn to it, I wonder if we have those lamps over here in our Target....

  9. sigh....your studio space is amazing. so personable and professional.
    I love the yarn in the lamp!

  10. That looks fabulous!! You did such a good job~ I love the colors, fabrics, furniture... Great Job!!

  11. Carrie!! LOOOOOOOVE it! Oh my gosh all the wonderful space you have. OK... where do I even start. Your chippy blue metal stand with your tripod and craft rolls... adore, *drooling*, LOVE.
    ALL of your wonderful finds from the cocoa tin to the pillows, everything looks so fabulous! ADORE your scrabble tiles with your blog name, too freakin' adorable. I also love how you color coordinated your yarn. You did a fantastic job. That wooden screen is perfect for hanging inspirations up.... can you put tacks in it or is the wood too hard? you could also string some of your yarn from end to end and pin stuff to the yarn with either clothes pins or other types of pins. Whatever you choose, I'm sure it will be wonderful!

    thanks so much for sharing your lovely space!


  12. Hey Sweetie...in answer to your question about what color to paint your divider. First off, you don't need to sand it, but I would spray it with primer first.(Krylon makes a primer spray paint, it's awesome) and then paint it either maybe a bright yellow or apple green spray paint. It will take several cans but it will be so much easier to paint and look great with a spray finish. Also the little white table between your two vintage chairs would look awesome in an orange shade:)


  13. Carrie, your studio is amazing!! I love your knitting chair and your gorgeous table skirt! Great job on it:) I also love your lamp. But my favourite thing by far in your studio is that wall of yarn!!!! Oh my goodness, that is my idea of heaven. You have worked so hard on your studio Carrie and it looks fabulous! Enjoy ~ Tina xx

  14. wow! fantastic job! i love love love it!

  15. It looks fantastic. I am loving that little green ladder.!

  16. Hi Carrie,
    Your studio looks fantastic! Great job! I found the same lamp at Target several weeks ago and I LOVE IT! You are so creative. I like how you filled yours with balls of yarn. Super cute!

  17. i have the same type of desk and did the same thing with the fabric except i used tension rods so i could change out the fabric when i want to (because i'm fickle like that :D) i love the vintage look of your studio.

  18. i think you have enough pops of turquoise in your studio that you could paint the screen a pretty turquoise color. you could vintage it down (retro it) with a wash of brown glaze. it definitely needs to be painted. now. :D

    i have had time to read back through your blog. i love it and am now following your blog. thanks for a fun read!!


  19. everything, i mean everything looks awesome!! i especially LOVE to color coordinating yarn balls in the shelves and the yarn ball lamp-shade!! super duper coolness!!

  20. oh Carrie, everything looks so good. I love the colors, the vintage chairs, the green stool, the yarn all organzied by color, the sheet you stapled to your desk (creative) and you are so talented on a dime budget! I think you could use clothes pins on your screen to hold art work??? Thank you for sharing, it looks sooooooooooo good!!!! yippee for organization, now if I only had a room that big! lol!

  21. I have a screen much like yours that I used in the bathroom. I found some little s hooks at the hardware and they made perfect little hangers for pictures, etc. You could put a metal tray in a plate hanger and hang it and use it as a bulletin board with little magnets. You could paint the metal tray in a co-ordinating color with the color of the screen. Play, girl, just play with it until it's right.


I love seeing your lovely faces & reading your sweet comments. Thanks for taking the time to visit me : ) * I do my best to respond by e-mail, if I miss you please forgive me. peace & love * Carrie

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