Friday, January 15, 2010

Organization Makes Me Giddy

There's one room in my house that I end up spending most of my time in, and I'm pretty sure I haven't posted any pictures of it yet (it's late, or I'd check). It's my studio, it's the largest bedroom upstairs, and if you're wondering what it is that I DO in there, have a look over yonder

Anyway, it's a work-in-progress (aren't they all!?), so I'm not ready to show off the whole thing yet, but I couldn't wait to show my latest bit of organizing/thrifting/DIY awesomeness. But first, let's get the 'Before' mess over with quickly, bandaid-style:

Ugh. Ok, that's all you're getting, and I insist you forget you ever saw that. My propensity for making (or attempting to make) practically everything, means I have A LOT of stuff. And up until recently, no place to put it all.

Now check this out! The two white bookshelves were an absolute SCORE from Kijiji (I showed up expecting to buy just one, it turned out that they had two after all, and I got the two of them for just the $15 I'd planned to pay for only one).

As a side note, for those of you in the US: do you have Kijiji? I only ever see Americans talk about Craigslist...

Anyway, they were in great shape, but since I'm apparently not one to be happy with plain white shelves, I lined the backs of them in this cool 'formica'-like stuff that looks like bamboo (formica=weird, I know. But it was relatively cheap, easy to work with, and I love the look of it!):

(and no, I don't typically store placemats and stemware in my studio. I use these random objects as photo props, and my business cards are just in the glass because I think they look cool)

The fun stripe-y pegboard is super functional, but it's also practical: shelves all the way along that wall would've made for a tight squeeze trying to walk around my extra large work surface that's almost as wide as the room. This way I still get the storage, but it doesn't take up any floor space. (The stripes weren't for function, though. Just like the bamboo stuff lining the shelves, they're there because I think they make it more interesting, and because I can't leave well enough alone.)

Anyway, that's it for now. Maybe next time I'll show you how I store my ridiculous fabric stash. :)


  1. I love seeing organized spaces! The way you flanked the pegboard with the shelves gives it a built-in effect. Now I can't wait to see what you do with your fabric!

    ps I've never heard of Kijiji.

  2. I loves the organi-zation-ing. I drool. Love the colour scheme. The touches of blue. MMMMmmmmmm. Nice. : D

  3. I love it!! Looks great Kerry - and truly functional.

  4. You never cease to impress me with you design, style and planning. Great Job!

  5. This is amazing, Kerry! We do have Kijiji, but it's not as widely known in the States as in Canada. I'm trying to start looking there more though!

  6. Thanks for all the great comments, guys! :)
    I love the space even more, now that there's enough storage to keep me organized!

    As for kijiji, I guess maybe it's like craigslist is here - it exists, but hardly anyone seems to use it!


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