Hey, everyone! You may have noticed I haven’t been posting much lately. Transplanting to North Carolina has been keeping me busy! School has started and I’m swimming in reading and writing assignments. Though we’re mostly moved in, none of our rooms are decorated, and my
office study studio studdio is not exactly a comfortable space to work in. Well, it’s a good time to think studio design right about now, because IT’S ONE ROOM CHALLENGE TIME AGAIN!
And no, I will not apologize for a bad portmanteau. Not today. Not ever.
Let’s take a look at the studdio from all angles.
Yikes. We have our work cut out for us.
Before we look at our inspiration images, let’s answer some critical questions about what we want this space to achieve.
Studdio / Study / Studio Design Critical Questions
What are the main things I want to do in the space?
- Homework, which mostly involves writing (on my laptop) and reading (paper books and digital documents).
- Art and design, in the form of web design, digital drawing, sketching, and painting.
The goal is to make it beyond easy to do these things, so there’s a low barrier to entry. Even when it comes to fun hobbies, if something is out of sight, it’s out of mind. It may sound obvious, but we want to optimize the room for its most important, most commonly used purposes.
How do I want the space to feel?
- Bright and breezy! Bright, open spaces are my favorite to work in. There’s something so inspiring and expansive about them.
- Tidy. Everything needs a home so papers and supplies don’t end up scattered across my desk.
- Almost empty? It’s no secret I’ve been on a minimalism kick over here, and I want the room to act as a blank slate.
- Lively and green. If we’re being honest, my plants keep dying and I’m not sure why. I need to find plants that will survive at modest levels of light.
- Comfortable. I want it to be a space I actually want to spend time in, which means a comfortable temperature, a comfortable mind, and a comfortable ass.
- Smell nice. The room kind of still smells like musty cardboard and I bought some hanging files that inexplicably SMELL A BIT LIKE BODY ODOR. Two stars.
What does the room need to store?
- Office supplies, like smelly files and pens and paperclips and hard drives.
- Art supplies. I’ve got a bunch of random craft crap, but I want to simplify and declutter down to just the stuff I’m likely to use often.
- Extra school shiz, like books.
- Photography gear. Cameras, accessories, tripods. Maybe my photo printer, but I might try to keep that somewhere else.
- Music supplies? My saxophone and keyboard are fun to doodle on, so it might be nice to keep those out and accessible.
- Yoga gear, like mats and blocks.
- Latin sandals and dance gear.
What limitations are we working with?
- We’re renting again, so we want to minimize holes in the walls and avoid any permanent changes to the room.
- Budget! BoyfriendMan and I are in money-saving mode. Moving is expensive! And since we’re probably going to be here three or four years max, it makes sense to keep a modest budget for each room.
Studdio / Study / Studio Design Inspiration Photos
Two pieces that I know I want in the space are my aggressively fuchsia rug…
…and a jumbo photo of my hometown from above, found for a steal at a thrift store!
As for inspiration, I love the grey walls and dark blue chair in this image. Look at all those plants! (Source unknown)
The photographic prints really stand out in this organized, minimal office / studio. (Source)
In spite of all the white walls, this dark corner feels really cozy. (Source unknown)
Pinkish red rug, white walls, and a perfectly eclectic, worldly mix of styles. (Source)
Next week we’ll talk about plans for bringing this studdio / study / studio design to fruition. In the meantime, don’t forget to check out the other guest designers in the One Room Challenge!