When I see things made of wood, I don't see them for what they are, but instead I see them for what color I should paint them. Sometimes the things aren't limited to just wood, sometimes I want to put paint on everything. Picture frames, makeup mirror, lamp shade, chair, shelves, TV cabinet, dressers, and now - a bookcase.
This bookcase used to be in my dad's old office and held more business-y books than my Twilight series or the Idiot's Guide to Playing the Harmonica. But when he moved to his new office he didn't need it any more and said it could be mine or Goodwill's. Since I'm basically a garbage disposal for used furniture, I gladly took it, stuffed it full of stuff and forgot about it.
Now as I've mentioned in many blogs before this one, I've been rebranding my company for the last couple months (new business cards, new website design, new new new blah blah blah) and I chose the above colors for my main color scheme. I got to thinking about other designers, photographers & artists that I know who have studios and offices. Their places of work look GOOD. So good that they take pictures of them to show people. I thought about my studio and how much I love it but how much I don't want other people to see it. It's messy, the colors don't go together and it's overall unorganized. Then I thought about Ben's analysis of my stress level, he says that when our home is clean I am more relaxed and it's true! But a regular part of my cleaning routine is to take anything that I don't know what to do with from our bedroom, family room, etc - and I put it in my studio and close the door. Then I thought about how much MORE work I could get done if I had a really clean, functional space to work in...Then I thought - I'm thinking TOO MUCH I need to get to work!
Something I have always known about myself is that I absolutely can not get motivated to clean a room that's in rough shape unless there is something new for me to show off once it's cleaned up. Even if it's something small like a candle or a pillow, just something fresh as a reward for spending so much time cleaning is all I need to get going. It's silly but it always works! Well this time the something new was a fresh coat of paint on an old bookcase and I'm so excited about the way it turned out!
Observe how impatient I am...I still have the bottom part of the bookcase to finish painting but I was too excited and already started putting pretty things inside the top cases before it was done.
Instead of jamming the bookcase full of books and old journals that I rarely (in some cases, never) looked at, I took out everything but some of my favorite art magazines & books, and paired them with some cute objects and a few tiny prints and paintings. The left photo was taken by Eric Seo from Ben and my wedding. The magazine cover in the middle is from American Art Collector magazine, October 2014 edition. Bottom shelf shows off the last book in the series The Magicians by Lev Grossman, "The Magician's Land" (*nerd alert* signed copy *nerd alert*) to serve as motivation to finish some business books before I reward myself with his fantastic fiction!
It may look a little cluttered still but I think it's a major upgrade and very pretty and in my new color scheme! Doing this has motivated me to beautify the rest of my studio which is alarmingly messy at the moment. Stay tuned for more beautification projects!
Paint used was Valspar's "Icy Mint" for back of bookcase & "Hazy Stratus" for the rest - both Satin
Top picture frame was purchased from Home Goods
Box in bottom right is from Christmas Tree Shop
Books: The Artist's Handbook, Artist Beware, The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics, The Referral of a Lifetime, The Girl's Guide to Starting Your Own Business, Art & Fear, Bob Dylan Inspirations, Because of You, Interaction 41, Gustav Klimt - Painter of Women
Magazines: American Art Collector, Hi-Fructose Volume 25 & 27, Blue Canvas, International Artist, Professional Artist, Art in America, Fine Art Connoisseur, Art Galleries & Artists of the South
*interesting fact: the glass swirly decoration on the top shelf is an item I made in a glass casting class!*
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