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Thursday, July 23, 2009

It'sParty Time!!!

Wow. I can't believe the party day is finally here. It feels like I've been planning forever! Thank you so much to all of you who are participating and all of you are just coming around to soak up all the creative energy! Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine such a fabulous turnout! Let's have some fun!!!

I got my studio when my son Brian moved out of the house 3 years ago. So you see, my loss was also my gain. It was so wonderful to finally have a room of my own to create in or just hang out if I wanted to. I searched the second hand stores for a dining room table and found one I thought was perfect. I also purchased the dresser above that I painted black and distressed. It holds all of my ribbon grouped by color and in large plastic bags.

The small black cabinets hold lots of small supplies and came from JoAnne in their unfinished furniture section.

These curtains I made myself using shirring tape. It's a wonderful thing and makes creating professional looking drapes very easy.

This is one of my little notebooks I make.

My cabinet is a recent addition. I knew I wanted some kind of wall storage there, but hadn't found the right thing. On a recent trip to Ikea, I found it. Unfortunately it was red, but was on sale, so of course I took it home and painted it.

If you click on the photo it will enlarge and you can see the detail inside. I covered the inside with old letters, book pages, dictionary pages and postcards. It's now one of my favorite pieces.

I think I've shown you this before, but I'll show it again. I love my ceiling tile bulletin board.

I love my room.

Home made chandelier puts off just enough light to brighten up a dark corner.

My little silver serving dishes work great to hold things I use all the time.

Lazy Susan from Michaels.

This is part of my view when I'm working at the table. I'm always looking for cool old frames.

Inside the closet, is where I store supplies that are not so pretty to look at... although the decorative boxes help.

My little cubby hole unit came from Pottery Barn a few seasons ago. Love it!!!

One of my decorative pots. They are so much fun to make!!

This clock was actually a STEAL at Goodwill for $9.99.

This is the rest of the view while I'm sitting and working. I have a DVD player set up and can watch whatever I want. NetFlix is Awesome! Right now I'm going through the whole Desperate Housewives series.

Well, that's it! My favorite room in the house. I hope I didn't bore you all with to many photo's. It was so hard to narrow them down!! Now, I am off to go look at the rest of the work spaces owned by all you talented and creative people out there. Please excuse me if it takes me a while to get to you. I want to take my time and soak up each one!!!

Bye for now!!!


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Anonymous said...

Thanks Karen for hosting such a wonderful party! It really gave me the motivation I needed to finally tackle my creative space and get it organized...so thanks for that! Your studio is a dream...in all my favorite shades...love love love your ceiling tile bulletin board and that old clock is stunning...what a great find! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful space with us!

Shannon @ Silver Trappings said...

Your room is absolutely beautiful! I am having some serious envy right now! I enlarged all your pics - so much to see. What a fun place to work!!! Thanks so much for hosting this. I can't wait to see everyone's space.

Geralyn Gray said...

Thank you so much for being the hostess of this wonderful party!!! I love the magazine Where Women Create and this is fun to see all the fellow bloggers spaces. I love how your room is the same color palette as your blog and the notebooks you make. I love how you arranged the frames too--very inspiring!!!!!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Complete MAGIC!!! Every little nook and cranny filled with delight. The curtains you made are gorgeous. The red cabinet looks much better white. I think my favorite thing in your Studio is the cubby hole unit from Pottery Barn. Love, love, love it!
If it's not too late to be added to the list, I would appreciate it.
Thanks for hosting such a wonderful collection of amazing ideas!

Kim @ Twice Remembered said...

*gasp* Ooohh! Absolutely stunning! I'm going to bookmark this link and borrow some ideas from you for my own studio in the making! I sure wish I could have joined the party, but I may post a link to where we're at *so far*...I dunno...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful space! So dreamy!

Terri said...

Ok it's late and I wanted to start in on the fun since I'll be gone for most of it as you already know.
The truth is you have a stunningly beautiful dreamy space to do your creating. And I totally am in love with it.
But the tired Terri wants to be sarcastic and say...Oh you poor thing.. how can you stand to even go in there...the torture of it all. ;)
So I hope you appreciate my 2:45am attempt at humor.
And Thank You for getting this Blog party started.

Linda K. said...

Awwww Karen. I have been so tickled all day preping for the blog party. I'm so glad my start was early. There are some awesome creative spaces out there, and the inspiration is so electrical! Ha! Thank you so much for a fun filled time! Many blessings to you and may you keep creating ... in your stunning space! I have to come back and enlarged images to gander your goodies!


MaygreenFairies said...

Wow!! Karen hun, your creative space is simply stunning, as is the rest of your home!! Thank you so much for hosting the fantastic event, I've loved every minute preparing for it. I'm off now to check out everyone elses spaces. Hugs, Mandy x

a woman who is said...

You have a wonderful work space and this party sounds amazing. I think you had a lot of fun creating this lovely room.

I know this party will give me lots of idea's to spruce up my creative space.


Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Karen,
This is so much fun and the clock's just striking Midnight! Thank you for hosting this fun event, I've been looking forward to it all week. Your studio is dreamy, I love every bit of it here, I could move right in. What you've done with that Ikea cabinet is one of my favorites of your room. Now, seeing your TV/DVD I really should have shown mine (tucked it away;) This is a blast, so inspired ~ thank you again.

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Talk about a gracious hostess. Thank you so much for letting me sneak in late.

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Karen, first I want to thank you for hosting this awesome party!

Secondly, I'm wiping the drool as I am in awe...your creative space is beautiful! It's as elegant as I thought it would be and more! You have such fine details and very exquisite taste.

I'm going back to enjoy it some more...

Thanks again, this is so much fun!!!

everything vintage

Artsy Fartsy Junkin Finds said...

Ok, I am stealing your tin tile message board and Banner idea, Love them booth and LOVE this post, Tootles, Janna

Annabelle said...

Thanks for hosting the party, Karen! I love your cabinet & the cubby storage unit. So many things to look at...you've given me lots of ideas!

Debra said...

Dear Friend,
I love it all! We can create in your studio any day of the week. The lamp is too sweet. Your bird houses are perfect above the closet. I love clocks so my fav is your $9.99 clock, score. The cubby shelf, I want one of those. Your home is nice and cozy. Big Hug for all you do xxx<3<3

Megan Chamberlain said...

Hi Karen
Thank you so much for organizing the party. I love your workroom, I would love to create in a room like yours. Now I have lots of ideas for the day I can get my own room.
I am having so much fun looking at everyone's blogs and their spaces.

Anonymous said...

Your place is gorgeous... I understand why you love it so much!
Thank you for this nice day !!

Sonia said...

Wow, Karen!! Your space is just gorgeous. Love all of the details and furniture pieces. The idea of ceiling tile board is great. Lovely space and very inspiring...

The Studio at Crow Haven Farm, LLC said...

Karen, thank you so much for inviting me to your wonderful Blog Event. I'm having a great time visiting some blogs I have not seen before and their creative space. Your creative space is just absolutely wonderful and belongs in a magazine. I love your shabby chic style. Thanks again and enjoy the Blog Event! Cheers

Boxwood Cottage said...

Oh my I just happened to stumble upon your blog and saw the photos of your pretty studio! What a great party theme!
Can I play along please? Coincidently I posted pictures of my studio in my last blog post with a link to all my studio pictures on flickr.
I'll add a link to your blog in my post!
Warmest wishes from Boxwood Cottage in Germany sends

LiLi M. said...

Thanks for hosting! I love your studio! I hardly dare to ask but can I still join the fun? I have my post ready, due to time difference I can do that lol. Hope it is still not too late to enter.
This is the url of the post.
Thanks anyway for hosting, great idea!

LissyLou said...

Thanks for hosing this - i can't wait to make my way through all the rooms!!
Yours is lovely - hopefully mine will look something like it in a few months.
This is great for me as i can pick up and steal peoples ideas;)


Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Karen, a most fabulous and creative studio. Wow! So big and stylishly organized. BTW, your clock is particularly amazing!

Claudia said...

I love your space, Karen! Love your colors and the use of storage, from the cubby holes to your wall cabinet.
What a great idea to take an IKEA cabinet and line it with interesting paper, paint it and transform it! I'm sure you love being in there and creating. Thanks so much for hosting this fun party.

Doreen Frost said...

LOVE your room..it's wonderful!


Vintage Papers said...

your room is so gorgeous - full of wonderful items everywhere! I love how neat and tidy it is and that bulletin board is soooo awesome! thanks for sharing your wonderful space and having this party!

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Karen this is so much fun! Thanks so much for hosting this!
Your room is absolutely gorgeous! You have a wonderful eye for arrangement and color! I love everything!
bunny hugs to you,

a Pocket Angel said...

Karen, What a gorgeous place for you to create!
Thanks for hosting this party.. I see you have been a very busy Gal.
I'm sure you have spent lots of time on this.
What great fun it's been so far.
Blessings ~Mary~ :-}

Becca said...

What a beautiful and inspiring studio! I especially L*O*V*E* the feather lamp :) Thank you for hosting this lovely party and sharing your creative space!

Mam'zelle M. said...

So beautiful...I love your organisation....Thanks for ideas...

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Ooooh! all the elegance and supplies. I could hold up there for a long time dear one. Thanks for having this fun event dear!!! Blessings and love,
Amy Sperry Faldet

Karen The Graphics Fairy said...

Hi Karen,
Thanks so much for hosting this party, such an awesome idea you had! I got my pictures posted this morning, I didn't realize people would be starting last night! duh!
Anyway, your space is gorgeous!! The colors are so soft and serene. Your Ikea wall cabinet is fabulous, I may need to steal that scalloped edge idea for mine. I love the paper inside too.
Thanks again!

Scrap for Joy said...

It's cloudy and overcast here in Pittsburgh today but I don't care! I'm going on a tour of beautiful studios. Your room is deliciously beautiful and I've written down several wonderful ideas here....love the use of the Ikea cabinet and the way you transformed it. I came here by way of Dawn's blog (the featherednest) but I'll be back! Thanks for sharing this beautiful place.

Sheila Rumney said...

Thanks Karen for hosting this lovely party! I have been hopping aready this morning and so enjoying every lovely picture. I just love your frame art and your studio just invites me in to stay awhile. Thanks for sharing your lovely space... now off to visit some more creative spaces!

One Shabby Old House said...

First I want to thank you for being so responsible in me getting my area cleaned up. I will be able to really get things done now.
Kind of like what you do before company comes.
But I didn't get signed up in time.
I must have missed that post.
I am www.laceandlures.blogspot.com
I hope you will come and visit me.
Thank you thank you and my hubby thanks you.

Anonymous said...

I am so glad I stumbled upon you and decided to do this! Thank you for taking it one. I love your room and love the fact that you have repurposed so many things. Thanks again...
Dancingly, Denise

V I N T A G E O L O G I E said...

Hi Karen, it's nice to meet you!

Your room is great and SO organized ... that is something I have to work on! I seem to makea space nice, mess it up creating, move to another part of the house ... and do it all over again, until finally I get "the look" from my husband ... I knowit's time to clean up! Hee-hee.

I would love to come over and "play" at your house sometime ... looks like fun! Thanks for checking my blog and I'll be back to read much more of yours.


Lynn said...

Oh WOW, your room should be in a magazine Karen, it is amazing!!!! Not sure what else I can say, it is just amazing and I see a lot of love and creativity went into making it a special place to create :)
Great Party!

zandra said...

Fabulous! Love it all! I'll be in Phoenix at the end of August. I'll have to come over to play! tee hee. Thanks, for hosting the party. Hopefully, next year I can show my whole place. Hugz, Z

Uncanny Festoon said...

Thank you so much Karen for hosting this party!!! I got so many ideas just at your blog alone. I adore the old letters lining the cupboard. Yum yum yum the old tin board, I am so stealing that idea!

Debra said...

WOW! What a fabulous party! Your studio is fabulous! Hugs!

Javajune said...

Karen, your work space is so inspiring- I love every bit of it. My faves have to be the ceiling tile bulletin board and the grouping of old frames on the wall. Your room is so beautiful yet functional. I just love it! Thanks so much for hosting this event- it's wonderful!

From the Old InkWell said...

Karen, Loved eyeing your well-organized yet attractive craft room. Since I heard about your party, I've had in on my calendar so I wouldn't forget. I would have loved to join in, but I'm in the process of moving mine to a different room. BIG JOB! When I finish I'll be sure to share. Got lots of ideas and inspiration from you. I'll be back to see what else you have to share from your obvious wealth of ideas. Thanks!

maggiegracecreates said...

Thank you for hosting this wonderful party - I am linking back her from my blog so I can keep track of everone - I am so excited about this visit today.

Karen said...

Oh Karen your room is GORGEOUS It's so feminine and personal. All the little creative touches are just perfect. Love the inside of the cabinet.
OH my - your room makes me want to throw 1/2 of mine out and find some really great antique furniture to use instead.
Who knows? We are headed 1/2 way across the country. I'm definitely keeping y eyes open. I really, really hope to find a dress form!
Thanks so much for hosting this event. It's going to take DAYS to see everything!
BIG HUGS to my new friend. :) Karen

Unknown said...

Thank you for hosting such a fun event. Your art room is lovely and each detail makes me want to create there. I love how beautifully decorated your place is surrounded by all the things that inspire you.

Oh, and I love your little companion!


A Romantic Porch said...

Karen, Your space is so beautiful. I wanted to participate in this fun event, however real life was such that I actually needed to create in my space instead of share. I posted about it yesterday. I hope you do this again soon, and then maybe I can join in. xo rachel

Linda Jo said...

Your room is beautiful! What a great party! Love art dog, too!

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Karen - Your studio is gorgeous! And so beautifully organized. Mine is still a work in progress but I managed to post some of the finished areas of my studio.

Mrs.Kwitty said...

OMG. I'm speechless. It looks like a professionally decorated workspace, what a joy it must be to head in there and create to your heart's content!
Smiles, Karen
(OK, I guess not TOTALLY speechless! lol)

blessings said...

You're so sweet to host this huge event. Thank you for all the time you've had to give!

Your studio is wonderful! I too got my studio because my son moved. He ended up not moving out but it was too late. The studio was already underway so he got a different bedroom.

Your cubby holes are a great too. We have chicken coop style cubbies in our mudroom to hold all the shoes.

Thanks for sharing everything with us and for making this a super fun event. Blessings... Polly

Deborah said...

De-Lovely!!! So warm and inviting. So YOU!

cindy-stitches-n-stuff.blogspot.com said...

Karen, Karen, Karen, if you were here or I was there I would give you a great big hug. It looks like I 51 spots behind and it's only 7:00 am. I'd better hurry. I will post about my work room another time. You inspire me girl. Will you be my friend.


Deb said...

Thanks so much Karen for hosting this wonderful party!! I've been looking forward to it every since you posted (a month ago) :-) Your Creative space is gorgeous ♥

Kathy said...

Your space is gorgeous Karen! Thank you for sharing it and inviting the rest of us to share as well. I'm looking forward to all of the eye candy and inspiration though your space is as lovely as they get! ~Kathy

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Karen ~ This is just beautiful! I love all the details you added and how you painted certain pieces to match your studio. Even the reflection in the mirrored closet doors looks fantastic!

How long did it take you to pull together? I am itching to get into a new house and get started on my home office.

Love the items you show that you made too. I could use a couple of things you're showing!

Lisa said...

Your space is so wonderful! I love all the unexpected organizers, like your silver servers. Sooo cute!

Tina said...

oh - you studio is so beautiful.
Love the colors and everything is just to dream about.
I just dream of a studio like yours - thanks for sharing and for hosting this great party.
~ Tina

Kimberly said...


Thanks again for this wonderful party! What a buzz you have created!
I had so much fun being a part of it and I got so much done! My space was not even a studio when I learned about this challenge.

Now on to your space.....Simply fabulous. I just love it! It was great to see your view as you sit and create. Loved the frames done like that. I loved all your organization and the way everything is so calm yet very inspiring. I will go back again and again I am sure.

I was so excited to get out of bed and get my coffee going today so I could see each and every one of these creative spaces. I am off to see more, Thanks again,


Tammy said...

LOVE it and thanks for hosting such a great party. I am sure I will be looking at these all weekend and finding inspiration after inspiration.


Melissa Valeriote said...

WOW Karen. Just lovely! I love how you take the ordinary and make it into something extraordinary. Such a soothing and creative environment. I think I'll spend the day here just looking around. Thanks for hosting this fun event!

Desires of the Heart said...

Thanks you Karen for graciously hostin this wonderful event. What a great idea!! Do you realize how many of us did the things to our room that we've always wanted to do because you motivated us? I've always said that "company" is a great motivator! Your studio space is soo beautiful and serene. You must just love to be in there!! Thanks for sharing it. Linda

Sue said...

This has been the most WONDERFUL blog party EVER! Maybe because seeing other peoples art space is one of my FAVORITE things to do!! Your space is Heaven.....But then, I seem to be saying that A LOT today, heehe!

Sue said...

OH~NO.....I noticed I am not on your party list!!
Did I mess up??
My address is


I thought you could get it from my comment...I didn't list it seperate. Is it too late to be added?? I worked really hard to get my post up, sniff sniff sob!!

Tracie Lyn Huskamp said...

Hi Karen... THANKS SO MUCH for the invite to your Studio Tour Extravaganza!!!!

I have my Blog Post.. UP and READY for visitors.


Anonymous said...

Karen! I love your space its so packed full with supplies and so organizd! I cant wait to see the other girls room if this is the first one I went to today!! Great idea with the chandiler!!! love the ceiling tile idea! big mermaid hugs

ps mine is up now!

Rose Garden Romantic said...

What a lovely and organized studio!! And what a great idea for a blog party!

beautifullybrokenme said...

Thanks for hosting this fun party Karen - I love being a part of it! Your space is gorgeous and must be a daily inspiration for you! (My favorite things are all the frames on the wall!)

Have a great day!

:-) Molly

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Hi Karen...
What a wonderful idea to host such a fabulous party.....Your space is just perfect! I am so inspired and in 6 months ...I will finally be retired and will get my studio straightend out once and for all! So this time next year, if you do this again...I will be able to participate! Meanwhile, I am loving looking at all the wonderful spaces and am gaining tons of inspiration! So, thank you! Take care, Laura

Donna said...

Oh my gosh, I don't think I'd ever, ever leave that room!!! I also inherited my daughter's old room, but luckily, she just moved into a larger room and is still home, when she's not away at college. You do such beautiful work, and I really just love your creative space!!... Donna @ An Enchanted Cottage

Kdottie Designs said...

Karen ~ Thanks for hosting - what a great idea! I love your workroom....it's so happy. Loving that clock!!!

Connie said...

I love looking at all the creative spaces today, sweetpea, but that feather hanging lamp has given me an idea! See, we get these "flashes" of creativity when we travel around blogland to view other's homes and blog spaces. Just stunning, chickee!

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Thanks for putting this together Karen. This is great fun!

Embellished Bayou said...

What a beautiful and inspiring room. Thanks for sharing & thanks for hosting this fun party! I will take some time later this evening to visit everyone's spaces.

Joy Jones said...

Hi Karen! Your party is soooo much fun and I am getting wonderful ideas from everyone sharing their creative spaces with each other. I LOVE your special room! I could happily spend hours in there too! ~ xoxo Joy

Sandi said...

Thanks for allowing me into your space. Love the feathered chandelier.


Impatient Cajun


The French Bear said...

Karen, thank you for hosting this event! I am sure many a husband thanks you too, it must have been national clean up your sewing room day yesterday!!!!!
I love your space!! Your beautiful shelving and cupboards, so gorgeous and creative!! This is so neat to go and see where others are being inspired and creative. I loved seeing all your treasures and beautiful collections!!! Wow, so lovely!!!
Thank you!!!
Margaret B

Beth said...

girl i am moving in, its amazing !! working on my post right now ! thanks so much !

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

I love your space!!

Brenda Pruitt said...

Karen, thanks so much for having the party! And you have an absolutely divine space! I love those lampshades. Very special. Your room looks much loved, and I know that it is. You have decorated it with such elegance and creativity. It shines, girl!

Sue said...

Thank you Karen, Now I am about to burst into tears of relief!! I am having SOoooo much fun here today!

The Curious Cat said...

Wow -what a beautiful room! One day...sigh!

NicNacManiac said...

Love love your space. It's wonderful to have a place to create and just be!! Your treasures all fit so nicely. The ceiling tile bulletin board is fabulous and the way you made that IKEA cabinet your own is awesome. I really like the silver trays for everyday items. The whole vibe in the room is serene, yet is so full of inspiration.
Thanks so much for sharing and hosting this charming event!
Have a terrific day!! xOxO Nerina

Jean said...

Karen, what a fun party. I just love your work space where you create. The ceiling tile is fantastic.Your colors are very relaxing and stunning. I love it all.
Jean in Virginia

Sandy said...


Thank you for hosting this event. Your space is spectacular! I love how posh and cozy it is. Dreamy best describes your style. I can't wait to browse around blog land at all the creative goodness. Thank you for sharing your studio!

basia said...

How very inspiring and absolutely wonderful of you to hostess this happening of art studio/spaces. I would have loved to join you; however, it was too late! I am loving looking at everyones creative environs and will join the next one (I am now a follower) if that ever happens again!

Lynn Stevens said...

Karen, what a wonderful haven you have created. so warm and inviting!
Thanks for starting this blog hop. I,m really enjoying seeing everyones space

Caron at Michigan Quilts said...

Your blog is BEAUTIFUL, Karen, and so is your studio. Absolutely lovely! I will be back, regularly.

Hey - could you please hang your head outside the door for a minute and holler HELLO to my brother? He's in Scottsdale, too... on CARON Street! Go figure!

Caron Mosey

Blondie's Journal said...


Your's is the first "creative space" I am visiting (don't have one myself, but love to get ideas!!).

You have really fixed up your studio nicely. It looks like it reflects the artist's personality!! And all of the containers and storage pieces are beautiful to look at~it gives the room a "homey" feel.

Absolutely love the cabinet from Ikea and the cubby hole shelf from Pottery Barn. And the clock and frames are fabulous!!

So glad I stopped by. Bravo to you!! :-)


maryboys said...

i love it...every single thing! your studio is elegant and warm and soothing. this party has been such a wonderful concept and so inspiring...thank you:)


Coleen said...

ohhhh..what a great creative space you have...I tried to pretty mine up, but.....sigh!! I have way too much "stuff"!!!!

Heart Hugs,

Abi said...

I've just found your blog via Michelle at CrowHaven. And wow! I love Shabby Chic style for a start, second, I love your studio! what a fabulous space to work in, oh my, I would never want to leave it! I'd love to see the rest of your home - I bet it's just a beautiful!
Marvelous event you are hosting too - now I'm really not going to get any work done today! Michelle is responsible for this!!!!

My Arts Desire said...

I have been waiting anxiously for the tour to begin! I just knew there would be so many wonderful, inspiring studios...and I was right. There are so many things I liked in your studio that I wouldn't even know where to start in listing them all. Beautiful. Soothing. What a wonderful job you've done in making it so scrumptious.

The Rustic Victorian said...

Just a wonderful Karen! What a beautiful home and studio you have.
What fun for everyone, and get the spaces cleaned up and organized,like for a photo shoot!

Debby said...

WOW!!! your studio is gorgeous. It is so great to have our own special space to create. Thanks for sharing, so sorry I missed being able to play in this event.

Sherry Williams said...

I love your studio! It's so pretty and everything is so organized. I love the flower pot you decorated and the little notebook is adorable! My favorite thing of all has to be your ceiling tile bulletin board...it's awesome! Thanks for sharing all your pictures & no, you did not have too many, I could spend a day looking at pictures of your gorgeous work space!

Abi said...

oops, I was so focused on your studio - I missed the images of the rest of your fabulous home - just as I mentioned I wanted to see it! Boy, I'm envious!

Ana said...

Good morning Karen,
Just had a wonderful time looking around your beautiful studio. How wonderful to be able to have such a special place just to get away and be creative. Thank you so much for the tour. Have a great weekend.

♥Ana~A Petite Cottage

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a great room. I need more room around here. :)
Is there a list somewhere of everyone participating? Would love to visit more spaces. Thanks.

Polka Dot Moon said...

I have studio envy! What a beautiful, creative place you have made!

Wendy & Megan Chamberlain said...

Firstly thank you Karen for hosting the party, it is a wonderful idea. Your studio is wonderful, a great place to be creative.I just love all your storage ideas. I just love the Ikea cupboard re-painted it has taken on a whole new identity. Great inspiration.

Judy @ In His Grip said...

Your studio is so pretty. Mine feels so practical and this makes me want to spruce mine up a little and give it a little more pretty factor. You can visit mine at http://judysturman.typepad.com/in_his_grip/2009/01/stitches-by-sturman-studio-makeover.html. Come by and visit.

Whisperings 13 said...

Thanks so much for the visit and for hosting! WOnderful job!
Wadsworth-Noll Studio

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

I can see why it is your favorite room! What a lovely space.

I've added my studio pictures to my blog now too. Thanks for hosting!


The Vintage Vagablonde said...

Thank you for thinking of this...I just posted my space.

I will have to come back later this evening to browse all the spaces.
Yours is beautiful..mine is a work in progress.

It is also my 100th post so I will be sharing my space and having a GIVE~AWAY!!!!

Happy creating and happy weekend :)

June said...

Oh myyyyyyyyy how absolutely gorgeous your room is. i am quite envious
Hugs June xx

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Karen:
Thanks first of all, for hosting such a great party! I'm having a ball linking from studio to studio and meeting all those creative bloggers!
I love your studio. So pretty and full of inspiration. Hope you'll get a chance to visit mine, too!
Hugs and gratitude,

Dreams and Decor said...

SWEET!!! I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this room! Especially that cubbyhole thing from PotteryBarn & the ceiling tiles magnet board! You did a super fantastic job with this space!!!! Patti

Caleen said...

Thanks for hosting this fun Party.. It really made me clean up and organize my stuff.. So, that was worth it.. I love your space. You have incorporated old with new.. It has a cozy, warm feeling.. Everything is lovely.. I hope soon I can have my own room again.. You have so many lovely things. Happy Creating!

Anonymous said...

Thanks SO much for hosting this! It came at just the right time for me. My son is getting married in a few weeks and I am inheriting his room for a sewing/craft/guest room, and I'm looking for general ideas as well as specifics in how best to store various things.

What a lovely room you have. I especially like that cabinet.

Anonymous said...

Hi Karen!

Thank-you for hosting! This is soooo wonderful to get to see everyone's creative spaces! Women are sublimely and spiritually creative!

I am showing the work of two "Shackettes" as The Katillac Shack is a creative studio to the world.Hopw everyone stops by to see their work...and mine

Also,I have a HUGE giveaway of an upholstered bed for you!

Love to all you creative soul sisters!!!

Kelee Katillac

chicroses said...

Hi Karen..I so much enjoyed your pics of your studio...really wonderful looking. One of these days I will maybe show mine off...I have a small room...hugs sally

Jan Thomason said...

Love your studio! And, you're right - having your son leave and you getting his room for a studio made him leaving sooooo much easier! LOL
Your studio is wonderful and I'm having a great time checking out everyone's studios though it's going to take me more than today! hope this party doesn't end too soon. xoxo, jan

Amanda said...

Thanks so much for having this event-it's one of the loveliest ideas I've ever heard! I appreciate everyone stopping by my place! I adored looking through the creative spaces of these fantastic bloggers. I can see I have plenty of new blog friends! Gorgeous!!!

Love your studio. The furniture is great and lamp shades are awsome! Love it!

Thank you again! Great event-beautiful studio!

Dreamgirl said...

Wow... that is just beautiful! I'm so jealous of that creative space. You are a very lucky woman with great taste!

Have a wonderful weekend!

zandra said...

Hi Karen, I have been up since 8am this morning and have just finished 3:30 this afternoon. I have visited everyone. (Only a few I could not leave a comment so I will try again tomorrow). I'm exhausted! My feet hurt~I mean my fingers! lol so, I'm taking off my party shoes! THANKS! for a wonderful party. So much inspiration and creativity! Hope there will be a 2nd annual party! lol Have a great weekend everyone! Hugz, Zandra

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Oooops! Nevermind - I found the list. :-)

Stacey said...

Wow Karen, you have the most wonderful, beautiful creative space! LOVE IT!!!

I can dream that someday I will have such a space. For now, I work out of nicks and corners - a desk in my bedroom, sometimes dragging baskets of supplies out to the dining room table . . and more storage space with my supplies in the dining room . . a little here, a little there.

What a great blog event you have hosted. I checked out yours first, most definitely . . now off to peek at some others.

Have a great weekend :) ~Stacey

Charlene said...

Karen, Your space is DIVINE!!!! Just my style. And lucky you to have so much space. I loved everything! My favs, are the cubby hole shelf, the Ikea shelf,the shelf with the clock & other goodies. Thank you so much for hosting this Event. I was sorry I did not know about it in time to have my studio cleaned up. But, I did post about it & I hope you got some traffic from my post. Off to visit other studios. SUCH FUN!

Rebecca Nelson said...

Love it, Karen! What an amazing space!

Thank you sooo much for sharing with us all and for hosting such a wonderful party! I know it was work.

After being sick almost a week I finally got my pictures uploaded. I hope you come back for a peek. Sorry to be so tardy.

May God continue to bless your talented hands. You space/your work/your heart continue to amaze me.


Rebecca @ AGP

Rebecca said...

Hi Karen
Thank you so much for hosting this, it was so much fun. Your studio is fabulous but then I knew it would be. I love the old tool box with the turned handle. You are very organized and neat... it looks great.
Thanks again

Shell said...

A simply beautiful creative space. Makes me want to do more in mine. Now I'm going to enjoy the rest of the party.

Julie Marie said...

Hello Karen, this is my first visit as I am new to blogging (just started mine in June)... I love your studio, so beautiful... P.S. Your rock star son is pretty easy on the eyes too!

icandy... said...

What a turnout, is right!!! Isn't this great?! Thank you soooo much for inviting us all to visit and participate!!! What a fantastic artistic space you have~ I can surely understand why it's your favorite spot! Although, from the photos I've seen of the rest of your home, how could you ever decide which spot is a favorite???? hehe :) I love them all! Thank you again and I have soooo enjoyed my stay!

Christina XX

fawndear said...

Thanks for this wonderful party. It was exactly what I needed to get my own room in order.
I'm a little covetous of your cabinet. So enchanting. I'll have to plan a trip to Ikea soon.
Your creative space is downright Heavenly and inviting. Thank you so much for sharing your marvolous ideas.

Stephanie Suzanne Designs said...


Your creative space is so fabulous..I know you love it!

I too have the complete (well...everything that is available) of the Desperate Housewives...this show is over the top hilarious! Reruns are great..I'll be an expert before long about who has done what. :0)

Have a great day,

Linda Summerfield said...

Thanks for hosting this massive undertaking! Your studio space is lovely.

shabbyfufu said...

Hi Karen. Thank you for hosting this lovely party, I am sure that it must have been more work than a live party could ever be! Your studio is gorgeous.....I'll be right over!! ~ Janet~

Keli McKinley Hansen said...

Thanks for hosting such a fun event. You space is wonderful... and i think the old ceiling tiles for an inspiration board is brilliant!

great space!

Kara Ward said...

Thanks for hosting...I love your room too! I feel like I am right at home!!!

Bearly Sane said...

A very well organised workspace... and so neat and tidy too!
Have enjoyed this immensley... thanks!

Dosha said...

What a lovely and sophisticated opening to the event you've provided, Karen! Thank you once again for hosting this marvelous party; I simply ADORE your studio space! I would love to find out your secret for easy curtain production as I am sorely in need of window treatment but am still a beginner in the sewing department. However, my better half, Barrett, has surprised me recently with an antique sewing machine (we can't seem to locate an exact date but believe it was manufactured between 1920 - 1945). I can't wait to use it and creating curtains for the studio would be a marvelous first project. I look forward to hearing from you!

Enjoy the Party!



Jeanie said...

Hi, Karen,

I come via Karla's Cottage! Your space is simply beautiful! I should love to join the party, but I'm afraid I'm a little too embarrassed right now! It would scare people! But perhaps sometime -- it's good motivation!

I'm looking forward to taking a deeper look into your blog!

Holly Campbell said...

I love your room! I am jealous. . .Thanks for sharing your space with us!

Unknown said...

What a beatiful studio - a serene place to create such pretty things; and it blends so well with your lovely home. Thank you for hosting this wonderful party! I'm off to tour all the other studios and then get to work in mine - which is now tidy!

Anonymous said...

These are fabulous photos. I am doing a piece on organizing your studio and am looking for artists studio posts to link to. Let me know - my blog is www.theseasonalcottage.blogspot.com or email me at diondesigns@roadrunner.com

Unknown said...

Wow. Your room is fabulous. I don't think I would ever come out if it were mine!!!
Thanks so much for hosting this. What an awesome way to meet people in blogland!!

Unknown said...

Karen, Your art room is dreamy and I love how it's all in creams. The feather lamp and bulleting board are spectacular! Thanks for hosting such a great party!

Sandy xox

Carole said...

Hi Karen,
WOW I just want to say how wonderful and inspiring your room is. I thought I wasn't going to try to participate in this because my room is definitely NOT inspiring, but Joan from Anythinggoes urged me to try. Thank you so much for hosting this party....I think it's what we all needed.

Gossamer Creations said...

Hi Karen,

Your studio is so lovey........I bet you really enjoy working there. You did a great job.

Stephanie Suzanne Designs said...

Hello Karen,

I thought I better post over here too about adding me after all to your list of bloggers.

I decided to show my studio progress so far and this is so much fun looking at what everyone has done!

Please add me to your blogger list as:

dream kingdom designs

my blog is:

Thanks a bunch!

Unknown said...

wow! I don't even know where to start! I love every inch of it! I'm still in Houston and was able to sneak away for a minute but I am definitely going to take a second look when I'm back home and have more time.

Sara said...

I don't need to tell you than your room is absolutely beautiful because the pictures speaks for themself. You have to post a tutorial for the feather chandelier it is faboulus!!!


One Shabby Old House said...

This has been the best day in blogland ever. I had so much fun and got so many ideas. I came back to just say thanks and now I doubt that I will ever have a day go by that I don't check in to see what you are up to.
Thanks for all of your effort.
Your party was outrageously fun for all of us who create!

Luisa Migon said...

Your studio is absolutely adorable!!! A dream...

I had many minutes of fun just looking at your photos, and thougt: this is the Karen's castle, from where come all her magic! Her ART!!!

Thanks from my heart! I'm so happy!!! :O)

Big hugs,

The Victorian Parlor said...

Your room is beautiful (your dog is cute too:)! I have enjoyed visiting so many inspirational creative spaces-thanks for hosting such a great event!



Sarah Bradford-Burton said...

Hi Karen,
Thanks so much for coming up with this idea, it has been loads of fun to see how gals work. I will have fun all weekend looking!
Your space is beeeeeuuuuuuuutiful! Decoupage is a favorite medium of mine, and I don't get to do it enough! Maybe when my last daughter moves out????
Hee hee.
So, what's next?
Please check out my idea for a blog party too, it's at the end of the month.
Have a lovely weekend!

Cottage Rose said...

Hello Karen; Wow what a wonderful creative room. I would love to have my room look like yours.. uh well I don't have one right now, we just moved so when I do get my room, I will be looking at yours for ideas, very enjoyable, thanks... can't wait to see others..


Kim's Treasures said...

Just found your blog today! Love your room! The initials KV caught my eye right away...they are the same as mine!

Thanks for sharing!
Kim V

Bernideen said...

Comment #150 can't be very different at this point - just wow!

Chrisy said...

Dear Karen, I don't know how I stumbled in here but am very pleased I did! What a wonderful idea you had here....I've been following up some of the blogs participating and it's been a real joy...thanks for putting this together!

Anonymous said...

First let me say thank you to Karen for hosting this party. I think it is a great idea to get everyone together to share their spaces and to see where we get our creative juices flowing.

I'm a little late to the party, but it is better late than never, right?

I'm off to see the other ladies spaces and I hope you all come on over to see mine ;o)

Shirl said...

Hello, I found you through my friend Connie, your creative space is just beautiful. What a dream! I would loved to have joined your party but my creative space is under construction.
Great space to create in!
Bless you, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

kaniki's said...

Oh My Goodnesss.... Not only did I find your absolutely fantastic blog- and home and studio- I found this!! Where Bloggers Create!! I've been at this all day- and it's just so amazing!! I do so hope you leave this list of links up for a long time!!! I'll want to visit and re-visit again!! So refreshing!! I just posted a couple pics on my blog the other day- but my workroom is yet again in another stage of development. Oh- the picutres I should post!! Of then to now!! It would take a page or so:)

Thanks again Karen!!

Kaniki's Prims & Whims...

Steph Jordan said...

WHAT A FABULOUS DAY! This party made it so much more exciting. You are a superstar! Your beautiful energy came through on this one. Count me in on anything you do in the future.

And your space is absolutely gorgeous as well! Thanks for letting me play along and allowing me to connect with so many wonderful people!
Steph Jordan

Anonymous said...

I too LOVE to collect old frames and silver footed bowls. Your room is beautiful!!!

My studio needs to be re-done and I am now very inspired to do so, thank you!

Have a great weekend!

ShellyRaeWood said...

What fun this is.....I need to grab some sweet tea and sit for a spell. Such great ideas!! You can see my studio pics on my blog posted on June 9, 2009. But please stop by on today's (Saturday the 25th) post too....it's my one year BLOGversary and I am giving away several pieces of my ART!! There'll be cake..... :)

Michelle Frae Cummings said...

your studio is gorgeous! thanks for sharing! my post is finally up and will run till Tuesday, thanks for the chance to participate!

Linda said...

Hi Karen,
Thank you for hosting this wonderful party. I love your craft room everything is just beautiful, truely a creative space.
Cheers Linda

kana said...


I LOVE your room and I am sure that you do! Thanks for your inspiration to get me working on mine.

Rose said...

Howdy, ive just come across to your blog from another.
I love this post, loved seeing your creative space, so many beautiful things for you to be inspired by.


SL said...

Your studio is breathtaking. I can tell much time and thought went into your beautiful space. Thanks for hosting such a wonderful party!

Stephenie said...

What a wonderful party to host..The only thing is I wish I would have had my room done so I could participate... I gotta tell ya, your creating space is just so pretty..I love your feather light..How clever. I like how you have the picture frames on the wall... I also love the color scheme..I love how organized you are..That's my problem...I can't get myself organized..I got stuff everywhere.. Looking at your space gives me the motivation to get my space finished...
I just loooooooooove your beautiful space..

Her Art Nest said...

Thanks Karen for doing this! The rooms I have visited are just great and motivates me to newer horizons! Love your creative space....I wish mine could look more like yours. If you could have seen my space in the beginning.....I had an awful mess. This would be wonderful to do something like this again to see our progress. Thanks for inviting me. ~Nan

Holly Campbell said...

Hi Karen,

I forgot to mention how wonderful it has been to work through the list of other spaces and see the creative people and spaces that are around us in Blogland. Thank you for having the party for all of us to enjoy and inviting us to be a part of the festivities!

Lori said...

Hi Karen, I thought I had already posted my comment, but I hadn't! Shame on me! Well, better late than never! I absolutely LOVE your room! It's gorgeous! Thanks for hosting such a great party! I'm still going through the list--too many to go through in one day--that's for sure! I am an admirer of yours and will return many, many times. Thanks again for the inspiration.

LiLi M. said...

Thanks for hosting such a fun party and for letting me join it at the very last moment. I tried to visit every one, there sure are some amazing studios up there! Thanks again and have a lovely day!

Mary S. Hunt said...

you have an adorable cottage
lovely creating space
i didn't make by in time to join the party but i am SURE i will best enjoy the views from those who did!!
you son is quite handsome if he is traveling the path to rock stardom i wish him the best
and all my doggies say woof...
have a fabulous party!

Beatrice, Bea, Bibi--That's me! said...

What a wonderful room! Very inspiring!
Thanks for sharing!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Thank you for the tour of your wonderful studio! You have a great place to create and just be You! Twyla

Love Bears All Things said...

Your space looks so much nicer than mine. Of course, I'm still moving in but I loved some of your ideas. I was thinking it might be nice for me to put curtains around my shelving units since I don't have a closet.
Now to see some of the others.
Mama Bear

Anonymous said...

Karen - your home is amazing - and your creating room is so beautiful, I just LOVE it - and it makes me want to change my style! So, if you are ever driving down I-10 and heading toward the CA desert - hop on over! You can help me do a redo! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your home - it is so lovely!

Becky said...

Love, Love, Love, your studio. Wish mine was clean enough to share. Maybe next time, but thanks for the invite. Now I must go take a closer look at your dreamy work room.


Anonymous said...

hi Karen, thanks for hosting (I'm only on letter E!) I really like all of your shelves and places to put things. the idea for transforming the one from IKEA is genious!

Sandy~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

I see why you love your room, you did a fabulous job putting it all together. I dream of having my own room to be able to create in comfort. You have a wonderful blog with a gorgeous home. I'm going to have to make some time to browse all your posting.

Thanks for sharing such a great room!

Jayne said...

Karen, thank your for hosting this lovely blog party. I'm a fairly new (and not too good at it or a very often participant) blogger, but this has been a fun way to get involved.

Your space should be in every creative magazine out there! It's absolutely gorgeous!

Blessings, Jayne at mysongwithin

Kristal said...

Hi Karen, I just found out a few days ago about your party and really wish I knew about it sooner as it would have been a great inspiration to get my disaster zone straightened up! But thanks so much for giving a peek into yours. You have a beautiful studio and home! Lovely to look at. Maybe you will host another one next year, maybe I can be ready by then~ LOL!!!

Barking Dogs Flea Market Style said...

Your space is so beautiful. I am so happy you hosted this party, I found your blog through some of my other favorite bloggers and I'm going to sit down and devour every bit of it!


Tammy said...


Wow thanks for hosting this wonderful party. Thanks for allowing me to participate. Thanks for sharing all these spaces for us to glean inspiration from.
I had a great two days looking at all of these wonderful spaces..
What a great way to pass the time.
Now I must get back to work -err I mean crafting.

Cottage Way of Life said...

What a fantastic blog party this has been, thanks for hosting it! It's been great fun getting to have a peek into everyone's work spaces ... I'm still trying to make my way from party to party. Your creative space is quite fantastic, it would be pure pleasure to work in there, it's so pretty!

BailiwickStudio said...

I love your studio, and think I would feel right at home there! I'm so sorry not to have participated because I have a lovely studio, but I was preparing my house for a lengthy visit from my two young grandsons, and I never had a chance to clean the studio properly for photos (it's been an awful mess lately!) If there's a next time, I'll be there! ::Jill

bobbie said...

From one scrapper to another ~ DROOOOOOOOOL!!!

Boogdoodle Beads said...

It was really sweet of you to you come by my page and check out my studio. I know you were pretty busy being the hostess! I'm basically dreaming right now of all the ways I can make my studio look like all of the studios I've been checking out since the Blog Party yesterday! What an opportunity you gave me. Thanks so much for that. Have a great weekend!

Charmaine said...

Absolutely lovely! I want to come create at your house!! Well, I finally got my post up for the party - better late than never! (And thanks for hosting this - it was really fun to see other's creative spaces!)

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

What a wonderful space you have! I'm totally green with envy.....LOVE it..


Anonymous said...

I love your space, it is so beautiful.

Diane Duda said...

Absolutely perfect!

Garden Cats + Crafts said...

Dear Karen, I think its a wonderful idea to show all the own studios. You have a wonderful space and I like to think that you love it. I also find it spontaneously just beautiful and so creative.
Your idea of creative room to show, I would like to copy for the Germans blogs. But only if you did not mind.
Hugs & Kisses from Germany from Birgit

Inka said...

Such a beautiful place to create and what a creative idea this party was too! Thank you for doing this!! Going down the list I have found so many great ideas I hope to implement in my own space. I know it is too late but I also posted some pictures on my blog :)

Laura lok said...

wow what an awesome room. love the blog

debi said...

Karen, Your studio is to die for! I love the color scheme of your room...soothing and so beautiful! Love your cubbies, the clock, and your wall of frames is so fun! And your Ikea cabinet makeover....eeeeek! It's Gorgeous!
Thanks for hosting this great blog party...looking at pics of studios is one of my fave things to do.
Hugs, Debi

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

Wow! your studio is simply amazing. LOVE the new cabinet filled with all those great goodies. So much eye candy!
Patricia :o)

mIzZ (hONeY) bEe aka Marlene said...

Hi Karen...I'm sorry I was late in entering my art room, I forgot to send out before I went on holiday...I sooo love your room - its a ream...everything to pure heavenly bliss..thanks for sharing & hosting such a LOVELY party...have a honey of a night - sweet dreams! grace peace & joy 2 "U" Marlene

Marina Capano said...

Karen! Nice to meet you!
Your party was terrific!but... I missed it!buaaa!!!:(
Your room is absolutely beautiful!
your blog is so fantastic! I love it!
I´m following now!

I hope you on my blog!


Nancy @ Live love laugh said...

Sssh! Don't tell, but I think I like your space the best! There is something wonderful to see in all directions! My space is the kitchen table right now...working on the spare/guest room.
Thnaks for sharing.

peggy gatto said...

I have been away and just posted to this fabulous party!
Thanks for hosting!

Viola said...

Love your space, Karen! It looks absolutely stunning!!!

Leslie said...

I've arrived late to the party, but I intend to visit each link on your sidebar. Thanks for leaving them up until Friday. Beautiful studio, by the way!

Kris Dickinson said...

Such a beautiful house and work area Karen! I'm in awe!

Jessica said...

I love your use of white thoughout your home! Its beautiful. I too paint Ikea items white - especially if they're on sale, lol

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