A Glimpse at My Studio + A Lovely Feature

Shortly after we moved into our new home this past Spring I received an email from Elle Decoration UK (so exciting).  They were hoping to have an image or two of my studio space to share in their magazine.  Of course I was thrilled to be considered for their publication, but having just moved in I was more than a tad overwhelmed by the sea of boxes filling my office.  I quickly set to work organizing my workspace, snapped some photos for their story, and then sent them on their way.

Little did I know that they were not mearly featuring an image of my workspace, but writing a wonderful article about Creature Comforts to go along with it.  Come May, a lot of you wrote to tell me about discovering the article (so sweet) and I really wanted to be able to share the news with all of you, but it took a long time for it to finally arrive in stores here (I’m sure the employees at our local Barnes & Noble must have thought I was a little nutty stopping by so regularly to check on its whereabouts).  In any event I’ve finally gotten my hands on a copy and I am so delighted by the kind words they have written.  It’s a beautiful and inspiring magazine overall and I am so honored to see my wee blog in such a great publication.  Thanks Elle Decoration!

Since snapping these photos I’ve been aching to share my little office space with you all.  But because I didn’t know which image(s) they might use for their story, I had to patiently wait.  Now I can finally show you what’s going on here in this little room that I have made into my office/studio.

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I first wanted to add some color to the walls.  Our house is a rental so I nixed the idea of paint and decided to try a faux-wallpaper effect by hanging a long strip of wrapping paper (found at Hallmark a few years ago) from floor to ceiling using doubled-over scotch tape strips on the back (so far it hasn’t come off).  I chose something with a bold graphic look (it seemed a good option for Spring).  But what I love about this little DIY more than anything else is that I can change it as often as I want with very little effort or cost.  Next time around I will be looking for wrapping paper that has a nice matte surface.  I don’t prefer the shininess of my current selection.  I wouldn’t say that it looks exactly like wallpaper, but the effect is similar and I like it.

After I hung my “wallpaper” I set up a little inspiration wire that spans the length of my desk.  I’m always coming across little snippets of inspiration that I want to have more time to look at, so with three tiny nails, some wire from the hardware store and some mini clothespins I was able to make a spot for all those random bits and bobbles. 

Organization is not my forte, so there are probably ways that I could go about arranging things differently.  But I’m okay with my current method which has more to do with creating a space that is filled with pretty things to spark my creative side, than having everything labeled, boxed, and stored away.  Thanks for letting me share my little space with you today.  xo Ez

A few product credits:

  • “Because the Glass Really is Half Full” print by Sarah Gardner – This is something my Grandma said to me throughout my growing-up years.  Back then I always subtly rolled my eyes at her words of wisdom, but now I try every day to take them to heart.  This print is my little reminder.
  • Japanese masking tape from Nothing Elegant – I have a hard time using my masking tape because I love it so much.  Does that happen to you with some of your crafting supplies too?
  • Custom swan soft sculpture by Paulina of Lemmikkiapina – After purchasing several pieces from Paulina and falling in love, I asked if she might be able to make a swan for me.  What she created more than exceeded my expectations.  My swan is exquisitely hand-stitched, has a back made from vintage lace, wings that are stitched with pale aqua and silver threads, and tiny rock crystals and glass beads accenting each wing.  She is one of my most treasures possessions by far.
  • Teeny Tiny House – Given to me as a housewarming gift by my lovely friend Marichelle.  Another treasure that I adore.
  • Number Jar (used as a vase) – A gift from my friend Melissa.  I believe these jars come from Anthropologie, but I couldn’t find them on their site any longer.
  • Friends of Violet poster by Studio Violet

If you see other things that you’d like more info on, feel free to leave me a comment below.

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  1. niko / / Reply

    congrats on the article! that is really great and highly deserved. i absolutely love your space! the wrapping paper idea is genius and i totally using it when i finally get a separate work space. again…congrats and thanks for all the great ideas!

  2. Ludmila {CreamyLife.com} / / Reply

    congratulations for being featured in Elle, Ez! well deserved! I love your office, beautiful colors and I can feel the creative atmosphere which is dominating there! Great idea with the inspiration wire. xoxo

  3. thoughtful day / / Reply

    wow – what a truly inspiring workspace. i want to see more! a major congrats to you on this well deserved feature in one of the best home mags ever! can you please, please post more :) xoox

  4. Leslie / / Reply

    Oh Ez!!! A big congrats!!! And you photos are just gorgeous -what an inspiring space you created for yourself!!! I am so impressed.

  5. Brooke H / / Reply

    Wow, what a lovely workspace! You’ve created such a tranquil space. I totally have office envy. ;)

  6. Shanon / / Reply

    Oh! Congratulations to you!!! That is very exciting and well deserved. You have wonderful taste and your space inspires me to work on my own. I need to put more of a value on my workspace. I think it would help me in many ways. Congrats again!

  7. Victoria Bennett Beyer / / Reply

    That’s so cool – congrats! I would have been so stressed out trying to unpack and find things for those workspace photos. But no one would know from your pictures that you had just moved!

  8. helen h / / Reply

    oh noes! I wish you HAD told us when it came out in the UK, as I’m in Scotland and now there’s no chance I’ll be able to buy a copy :o(

    Maybe if I email a friend in canada she’ll be able to find it…

    gorgeous, gorgeous piccies though. I love the light!

  9. abigail@abigail*ryan / / Reply

    Hi Ez – we saw you featured in elle decoration when we got it a few weeks back and I almost squealed out loud… so pleased for you – and your space looks awesome…!!

    having just moved 5 weeks ago myself, let me tell you – you’re doing MUCH better than me ;))

    I hear you on the masking tape – Ryan bought me some a while ago and I am so sparing with it… i want to keep it pretty and perfect forever!!

    congrats again and hope you’re settling in really well! xo

  10. Jessie / / Reply

    I just picked up Elle Decoration at Barnes and Noble last week, and I was so excited to see your story! I was actually just going to email you when I saw your photos on Flickr (before I popped over here to read the blog). Congratulations! Your space really is lovely.. My office is a jumble of paperwork, packing supplies, and diet coke cans!

  11. Daniella / / Reply

    Oh my! Congrats! That is so exciting and your space is sooo lovely… I know I don’t know you personally, but the photo just seem so YOU, which is very cool! Gorgeous.

  12. Katie / / Reply

    Beautiful workspace! I love the inspiration wire. I recently decided to hang one up over my sewing machine so I can swap out different fabrics that I haven’t gotten around to using yet, in hopes that looking at them will get my creative juices flowing, and to add a punch of color to the beige wall. Haven’t gotten around to putting it up yet, though.

  13. Caroline C / / Reply

    What kind of camera is that? I enjoy buying vintage cameras. Even if they are broken, they look beautiful sitting upon a shelf. And I have the same problem with my Japanese Masking Tape. I love it so much that I have a hard time using it!

  14. Arlene Grasman / / Reply

    That is amazing, congratulations on the article, you deserve it! I love the colors you use in your home. I think it’s really romantic. Way to go!
    Arlene’s latest blog The Very Top

  15. victoria / / Reply

    so fantastic – what an honor to be featured in such a beautiful magazine. congrats ez!!! xo

  16. vicki / / Reply

    WOW…sooooo exciting!!! Congratulations, Ez! I can just imagine how nervous you must have felt being in a new, not completely decorated home I would have been up all hours of the night pulling it all together.

    Really happy for you. :)

  17. laura evans / / Reply

    congratulations on the wonderful feature … now can you come & make my work space (or even my whole house) look just as pretty please!

  18. Brandi / / Reply

    Congratulations that’s so exciting!! I’m going to have to go pick me up a copy now :)
    I too have a little bit left over of that same wrapping paper and I also have that small little yellow container :)

  19. emily b / / Reply

    Oh my, I ADORE your studio. The colors are so beautiful – I can see why you’re so inspired! Congrats on the article – it is so well-deserved. Keep up the fabulous work! -e

  20. Jeannette / / Reply

    I am not surprise you was featured, you do such lovely work. Congrats and enjoy. Love the office and will be trying the gift wrap idea

  21. molly / / Reply

    your studio is just so lovely! and warmetstcongratulations on the wonderful feature!

  22. liz t. / / Reply

    beautiful and inspiring space, congrats on your feature Ez, I’ll be on the lookout for that issue when I hit the bookstore this weekend!

  23. Brigitte / / Reply

    Congratulations! Such a gorgeous space and so well-deserved. With all your generosity, I love seeing you get the recognition you very much deserve.

  24. Melissa de la Fuente / / Reply

    Omg! That is just amazing hun! Fantastic and so well deserved indeed! YAY! I will have to track down a copy! So happy you are loving your little number 2 jar ( hee hee) and your office looks absolutely beautiful hunnie! I LOVE that idea with the wrapping paper & thank you for the inspiration! I love, love, love it!
    xoxo
    Melis

  25. Make, Do & Send / / Reply

    I was so excited to see the feature on Creature Comforts as I flicked though through Elle Decoration so im really happy that you have more studio pics to post! You have such a lovely inspiring space to work thanks for sharing it with us :)

  26. Make, Do & Send / / Reply

    I was so excited to see the feature on Creature Comforts as I flicked though through Elle Decoration so im really happy that you have more studio pics to post! You have such a lovely inspiring space to work thanks for sharing it with us :)

  27. Make, Do & Send / / Reply

    I was so excited to see the feature on Creature Comforts as I flicked though through Elle Decoration so im really happy that you have more studio pics to post! You have such a lovely inspiring space to work thanks for sharing it with us :)

  28. Make, Do & Send / / Reply

    I was so excited to see the feature on Creature Comforts as I flicked though through Elle Decoration so im really happy that you have more studio pics to post! You have such a lovely inspiring space to work thanks for sharing it with us :)

  29. Laura Gaskill / / Reply

    BIG congratulations to you, Ez!! I’ll be going out later to look for the issue :) I love your workspace & am planning on stealing your "wallpaper" idea as soon as I can get my hands on some cute wrapping paper! And that swan – oh my! xo Laura

  30. Make, Do & Send / / Reply

    I was so excited to see the feature on Creature Comforts as I flicked though through Elle Decoration so im really happy that you have more studio pics to post! You have such a lovely inspiring space to work thanks for sharing it with us :)

  31. Make, Do & Send / / Reply

    I was so excited to see the feature on Creature Comforts as I flicked though through Elle Decoration so im really happy that you have more studio pics to post! You have such a lovely inspiring space to work thanks for sharing it with us :)

  32. Make, Do & Send / / Reply

    I was so excited to see the feature on Creature Comforts as I flicked though through Elle Decoration so im really happy that you have more studio pics to post! You have such a lovely inspiring space to work thanks for sharing it with us :)

  33. Make, Do & Send / / Reply

    I was so excited to see the feature on Creature Comforts as I flicked though through Elle Decoration so im really happy that you have more studio pics to post! You have such a lovely inspiring space to work thanks for sharing it with us :)

  34. Lynn / / Reply

    What a beautiful, inspiring space. I can see how it would spark creativity!
    Congrats on the feature too! :)

  35. Ez / / Reply

    Thank you all so much for your wonderfully kind comments! Of course Creature Comforts would be nothing at all without all of you. So thank you for being such a huge part of what makes Creature Comforts what it is! xox Ez

  36. christina / / Reply

    Congratulations on being featured. Your workspace looks lovely! I have the same wrapping paper too- what a great idea :)

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