Studio Tour!

I spent the weekend tidying up my studio, and I realized I had never posted proper ‘after’ pictures. I’ve shown little snippets here and there, but never the whole thing. Time to remedy that, yes?

My Studio

My Studio

The studio is where I package up all of the orders for my shop (Pink Loves Brown). The room may not always be this tidy, but it usually stays fairly neat because everything has a place. That makes my little perfectionist heart happy.

It looked like this originally (eek). Brandon and I put in the bamboo floor ourselves, painted (walls, ceiling, and trim), installed new closet doors, and switched out the ceiling fixture. I made the curtains out of Moda’s uptown “mom’s couch” fabric.

Here’s the view in from the doorway.

My Studio (View from the Doorway)

This is what I refer to as “the shipping center”. It’s my least favorite side of the room (all of the open storage looks a little cluttered), but it’s very functional and necessary.

The Shipping Center in My Studio

I’ve shown this photo of my order sorting process before, but here it is again. I put patterned paper along the back of a shoe cubby from Target.

Orders Sorted

Here’s the underside of the table with all of the shipping boxes and supplies. The white shelves are also from Target.

The Shipping Center in My Studio

I store envelopes for my cards and stationery along the open shelves of my IKEA VÄRDE kitchen island. Most of my crafty supplies are inside the closet. I removed the clothing rail that was originally in there and I assembled shelving from The Container Store to hold everything.

My Studio

Here’s a peek inside.

Supply Closet (Left Side)  Supply Closet (Right Side)

I store some extra envelopes and my ironing board behind the door. You can also see a little of my photo shoot setup along the right (which I’ve shown before) tucked into the funny little alcove there. I store extra shipping boxes under that table.

Storage Behind the Door

Here’s another view. Those suitcases along the top of the bookcase are for sale in my shop.

My Studio

So there you have it. My studio!

My Studio

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  • Tammy
    November 23, 2008 at 8:49 am

    Oh I dream of being this organized! I love the color of your walls AND those wonderful curtains!!! Bee-U=T=MUS!

  • Sarah
    December 16, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Love your office! I am in the midst of updating my home office/studio and IKEA and Target are always my first choices as well! Love the floor standing metal card holder….where did you find that?

  • Katie
    December 23, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Just curious…you have three things in your closet with red handles. Are those printing presses? I’ve never seen anything like that. Thanks!

  • Fotograf Hamburg
    January 6, 2009 at 7:58 am

    It’s all looking very nice with a great sense for colour.

  • Nikki
    January 8, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Are you kidding me? I can’t even close my mouth – my jaw’s still on the floor. Amazing…

  • Amy
    January 9, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Amazing, I’m so jealous of your organizational skills!!!

    where did you get your card rack? (the wire one next to the shoe cubby/order processing center?)

  • jos
    January 15, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    it’s one of the best rooms ever! i always thought things like this only existed in magazines but you actually live in it! i’m so envious! seriously coveting all your stationery and decorative bits like the giant scissors and picture and curtains. oh, i’ll have the ceiling light too, thanks. hee. what’s the room that joins with it, looks really inviting and warm. gosh, your home is like a dream for me. i could never afford to have something like that…

  • Veda
    January 17, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Your blog is so inspiring Nicole….I am about to do the interiors of my new home…..and wow…such an amazing inspiration u r ! good luck

    happy new year!

    Best Regards,

  • emily quinton
    January 22, 2009 at 6:02 am

    So beautiful and inspirational! Just can’t keep looking around ;-)

  • Nathaly
    January 23, 2009 at 1:08 am

    Very lovely, I love it, you just inspire me to make more stuff, thanks

  • Simone
    January 30, 2009 at 11:05 am

    how did you get closet doors from Ikea to fit your existing closet? I’m dying to change my closet doors.

  • Greta
    February 3, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Everything you have developed and created is utterly inspirational. I adore it all :) xx

  • Megan
    February 4, 2009 at 12:04 am

    You are a woman after my own heart! I am also a graphic designer as well as in the middle of starting my own business. It is very inspiring and SUPER helpful to see how others do it, and how to make a functional space not 100% crazy all the time! Good luck girl! Your work (and studio space) is both Lovely and Inspiring!

  • kerri
    February 10, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    do you mind sharing your sources for the table and chairs and the name of their designs…. i am new to this whole decorating thing and appreciate any info… expertise! thanks a bunch!

  • me
    February 11, 2009 at 2:55 am

    where did you get the giant scissors from? and how did u make the curtains? is it as simple as sticking a panal at the top and sliding the rid thru, or did u have to pleat it?

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    February 17, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    What a great work space!

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  • Kellie
    February 24, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Great inspiration!! Thank you for sharing!! ;)

  • Pips
    February 25, 2009 at 4:25 am

    Wow, I love your workspace! Thank you for the photos, it’s great to see how you organise everything while making it all look so pretty.

  • Yolanda
    March 3, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Can you share the source/style for your closet doors? We have the ubiquitous funhouse mirrors on ours right now, and I *so* want to replace them with something classier!

  • Sarah
    March 4, 2009 at 11:03 am

    I think I just drooled on my keyboard! This is GORGEOUS – love those floors and the cute table. I wish I had to courage to use such a beautiful bold fabric for my curtains! Perhaps I need a bigger craft room / office before I try.

  • susan
    March 9, 2009 at 8:14 am

    oh my goodness! it is just perfect. can you come and organize mine for me?

  • Jennifer
    March 9, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Sigh! I can only dream about having such a lovely space and it’s seperate from your studio? Lucky, lucky girl!

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  • Gabby
    March 25, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    What are the things in your studio closet with the red handles? Your studio is inspirational! Love it all!

    March 29, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    wow you have the most amazing room, I had to give up my crafting area/study for my baby, English houses are tiny in comparision to the US.
    Lovely room and such great organisation

  • Jacci
    March 30, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    I was wondering how long it took you to go from the Dragon Wall Ugly Room to your finished studio. From beginning to end, how long did you spend redecorating/remodeling this room?

    I love it, by the way :)

  • allie z
    April 2, 2009 at 9:40 am

    I was wondering the same as Jacci. Plus, is the table your only work space? I didn’t see a computer, printer, etc either. Do you have those items hidden? :)

    Congrats on your new addition (to be)!!


  • Making it Lovely
    April 2, 2009 at 11:08 am

    I use the three tables that are in the room (the white round one, the shipping table, and the butcher-block). And I have a separate office.

    I didn’t work on the studio all at once, so the process took place over time. The part that took the longest was ripping out the carpet and installing the bamboo floor, which we did in October of 2007. If you go through the ‘studio’ archives, you can see all of the progress!

  • Audrey
    April 2, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    I’m looking for an island or work table like the wooden one you have pictured, is it still available for purchase? The one I was originally going to buy is no longer available at IKEA.

    Keep up the great designs!!

  • Audrey
    April 2, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Sorry, I found your reference to it. :P

  • Nuit
    April 3, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Wow Nicole, you really take the word ‘organization’ to a whole new level! this Studio is simply lovely. Congrats…

  • Kerry
    April 6, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Just discovered your blog and it’s now become my favourite read! I adore your studio room. it’s exactly what I aspire to. Well done.
    Kerry x

  • Amanda
    April 11, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    This is such a fantastic transformation of a space! Thanks for sharing, it gives me inspiration to organize my own studio.

  • kristine
    April 19, 2009 at 11:37 am

    I have a pendant version of that fixture in nickel that I am selling. I never used it. I ended up going for a vintage one I got at a Restore.

  • kristine
    April 19, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Oh, I just discovered your blog and your house is perfect. love, love, love it.

  • Lisa Mainz
    April 20, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    really impressive – makes me want to go and redo my whole studio

  • Carla Maria
    April 21, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    OH you gave me lot of inspiration for organize my room office. Excellent style you have, congratulations

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  • kasey
    April 29, 2009 at 7:44 am

    o.k., i’m hooked.
    what a lovely little spot you have here.

  • Meli
    May 6, 2009 at 4:20 am

    Wow, this looks awesome. All the little Boxes, very nice.

  • Franziska
    May 15, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    … my mouth is opened wide, I’m staring at the photos and can hardly breathe. What a beautiful room! What great storing solutions! Which nice arrangement! I will look at the photos again. Thanks for sharing! You made my day!

  • Jeanne
    May 15, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Your studio is amazing! I love the fresh look, clean lines and how organized it is. I saw the article about you in the Sunday Tribune Magazine!


  • Giselle
    May 18, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Love your studio.. The colors are so soft and beautiful..!!
    I’d like to know did your light box. I need to make one myself, cause it’s the only way you can get good pictures.

    Thanks for sharing and your baby girl is so beautiful, congrats..:)

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    August 8, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    I have been looking everywhere for those black wire baskets that hook/hang from the shelves. Would you mind sharing where there came from?

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    August 18, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    I LOVE YOUR STUDIO!!!! How I would love to have my own sewing studio……we rent. :-/
    Do you make the little suitcases? They are so neat and with the stationary, love that idea. Thanks for sharing, you are going on my list of people I follow. ;-)

  • Ann Shumbo
    August 24, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    OMG!  I love how organized and gorgeous this looks.  I love the light pink walls.  It’s so soothing.  Is the table from Ikea- the round one?  If so, I am in love with that table and wish I had room for it in my office.  I can’t wait to go back and look at all the little details.  I understand shipping and know how things can get cluttered but I must say you made shipping look so glam.Thanks for posting.

  • Ann Shumbo
    August 24, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    OMG!  I love how organized and gorgeous this looks.  I love the light pink walls.  It’s so soothing.  Is the table from Ikea- the round one?  If so, I am in love with that table and wish I had room for it in my office.  I can’t wait to go back and look at all the little details.  I understand shipping and know how things can get cluttered but I must say you made shipping look so glam. Thanks for posting.

  • Autumn
    August 27, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    It’s so fun and lovely! I’m all about everything having a space and yours is so functional and inspirational.

  • Omomama
    September 1, 2009 at 8:17 am

    Whoa… how nice and tidy! Thank you for the inspiration.

  • Kristin
    September 2, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Oh, I just found your blog and it is such an inspiration. I am loving you studio, it is so feminine and calming. You are very organized, and how I love your wood floors. Thanks for sharing.

  • Sharon
    September 14, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    beautiful and functional. I can only get my office/craft room that tidy when I have guests coming over!!!

  • Jenny
    September 29, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    You have the most amazing taste! I love your blog!!!

  • Ramona
    October 7, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    wow! Your studio is very cool – love it!! :)

  • Kate_82
    October 26, 2009 at 6:32 am

    Hi Nicole,

    I’ve just discovered your blog and am feeling totally inspired.!! As a fellow lover of all things stationary,paper and pretty i am in total awe of your studio and designs…
    Keep up the great work..!!

  • Valentina
    November 6, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Sooo absolutley lovely! I am redecorating my room right now, and my desk area is in need of proper paper storage. I have been on such a quest to find the right ones, and i fell in love with all your storage boxes here, where did you get them? The pink ones especially ;)

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    December 21, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Nice! You could easily curtain off that table where the mailing supplies are, a couple of cup hooks and an adjustable rod would do the trick with the fabric of your choice.

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    February 2, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    i love your studio! I’ve been procrastinating to do up my studio but you’ve just inspired me to get busy!

  • Thea
    February 22, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    I’m speechless! I didn’t think people with such perfectly organized work spaces really existed! This is my impossible dream :)

  • Patricia Steele
    April 20, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Hi, I’m just new to blogging but came across your site, your office space is amazing, I love the pastel colours. I have looked at some of your products and wonder if you send things to Scotland and what would the postage be.

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  • Gina
    June 20, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Wow, this is so impressive! I am about to move into a one bedroom apartment, so a total room like this won’t be possible. But it does inspire me to organize all of my scrapbooking and card making stuff. I love it!

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    August 13, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Many thank’s for sharing this! I love your studio…


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  • Robyn
    August 20, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Ok, I HAVE to ask: where did you get those wooden (?) scissors on the wall? They are amazing!!

    (Thank you!)

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      The scissors were from Pottery Barn.

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        August 20, 2010 at 4:02 pm

        Thank you! I am going to keep searching for some on ebay… hopefully someone grows sick of them so I can grab ’em up! :)

  • jesslope
    September 22, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    such a nice place to work in. great job.

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    October 1, 2010 at 10:15 am


    I just dig this the MOST! Blogged about it at my own blog:

    This blog is just a delight, and I’ve added it to my blogroll.

    Thanks for sharing your talent with the world at large!

    Laurie AE

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  • Sharon
    January 11, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    How beautiful, you are so organized. I am completely envious. I think I tidy my craft room every other day, and it never stays that way … how does that happen?

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    March 25, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    AH! makes my heart go pitter patter! Great job!

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    Each picture of your studio that I see… I love more! What an amazing room. Would love to ask where you got those wire baskets that are hanging in some of the Expedit cubes? x

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