Where We Create: A Look Inside Real Life Craft Rooms & Art Studios

published Jul 13, 2016
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You have to consider organization, tools, storage and work surfaces when designing your art studio, creative home office, or craft corner. But beyond just the practical are ineffable qualities that make rooms conducive for creativity. In this post: Gorgeous spaces with great ideas for sparking creativity and creating a space that functions for your craft.

Fresh white walls, a big work surface in the center of the room and everything in its place (and place for everything). Blogger Katy Orme showcases creative, budget-friendly craft ideas on the blog Apartment Apothecary. Her beautiful studio in her London home is full of visual and functional ideas.

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Keith’s small art space under the loft bed in the tiny, 300 square foot studio apartment he shares with his partner Joe doesn’t take up much space, but it certainly packs in a lot of inspiration.

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This creative couple share a studio space converted from a shed in the yard of their Melbourne home.

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Ruth, a textile artist, shares her well-designed, eco-friendly house in Western Australia with her husband and six children. For all those who love smartly organized small storage, Ruth’s upstairs studio is an inspiring, creative retreat for both her and her creative kids.

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From Emma Fineman of Weft + Hide’s painting and design studio tour: “She found exactly that in her family’s spacious old garage that she painted white and furnished with a few ingenious Memphis-inspired DIY pieces. The result is nothing short of dreamy. She even built a couple of rolling walls to give the space further versatility, allowing the layout to be tailored to the type of project she is working on.”

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Different types of work surfaces and creative, casual storage solutions help Erica and Dave share a creative space in their home.

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You don’t have to be incredibly organized to have a workspace that inspires you; sometimes a cheery, energetic “mess” is what you need to get motivated! The creative space in Laura Blythman’s Melbourne Neon Dream Home is filled with things she loves and makes to keep the creativity flowing.

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Formal dining rooms are great when you have guests over, but if you don’t use your dining room for entertaining often, don’t let it sit unused. You can set your table with art supplies and in-progress art pieces for a beautiful room that inspires, like in Christina’s Comfortable, Collected Austin Abode.

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You don’t have to forgo a creative space just because you live in a studio. In Tamar’s Smart, Stylish Studio Apartment, a small desk acts as a sewing area when she needs it.

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The art studio in Shauna & John’s Post Punk Eclectic English Home is a perfect example of how a workspace can be functional but also effortlessly beautiful.

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Empty corners, weird nooks, closets—they’re all a possible spot to carve out a creative area for yourself. This living room corner looks inviting and motivating. Spotted in Bec & Tom’s Coastal Western Australia Home.

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Yet another example of minimal-isn’t-always-motivating can be seen in the busy, full studio of Natalie and Scott’s Electric Neon Melbourne Home.

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The crumbly brick, green plants, warm wood furniture and great light make Melanie Abrantes Designs’ Industrial Jungle Studio in Oakland an inspiring space to create in.

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If you’re seeking minimal creative space inspiration, you’ll find it in this warm and lovely art studio: An Artist’s Warm & Cozy Studio in Spain.

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Astral’s office and fiber art studio features bold colored walls, patterned storage and gorgeous graphic wall paper in a closet computer nook.