Karuna & Ora's Art Studio on the Sun Porch

Karuna & Ora's Art Studio on the Sun Porch

Carrie McBride
Apr 22, 2015

Name: Karuna (6) & Ora (3)
Location: Mill Valley, California

Having a dedicated space for art and creative exploration is important to us as a family. We used to have a small art desk in our living room, but once our second daughter was old enough to walk, it didn't take long before she was clamoring for space at the mini art table. We decided it was the perfect time to turn our sunroom office into an art studio for the kids.

The most important thing for us at the time was to make sure the there were interesting and age appropriate materials for Ora within her reach, while leaving the higher shelves stocked with supplies for Karuna. This way, Ora could access safe materials herself (and feel like a big kid!) while she was still learning how to use and respect the space.

Now she has just turned 3 and she confidently goes to the studio by herself, gets some paint cups and brushes off the shelf, sits down in front of the easel, and just starts painting away! It usually ends with us walking into the studio to find her arms fully covered in paint, but she's happy and engaged -and contained! All it takes is a quick wash down at the sink and a new shirt to move on with our day.


As a former art teacher and now art space designer, I have a few go-to sources for kids play furniture and containers. I like to mix it up with some IKEA and flea market pieces with a few higher-end items that will pull it all together.
I made the table from an IKEA desk top and coffee table legs. The little house shelf that holds play animals and figurines came from the Alameda Antique fair, but I jazzed it up with paint and decorative paper.

Most of the containers are from The Container Store, except the colorful drawers and aqua caddy, which are from Land of Nod. The modern magnetic wall system is called Urbio. It's really awesome. You can pull off the shorter containers and bring them to the table where they will stand upright. I got it when we had the living room art desk because I wanted to find something that I wouldn't mind looking at all day. The easel is from P'kolino and the metal chairs are from Pottery Barn kids.

Thanks, Megan! Readers, visit The Art Pantry to see more of Megan's work.


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