Thursday, July 31, 2008

BEFORE + AFTER DESIGN STUDIO












As promised here are very amateur photos of my new studio. I didn't promise Amateur. That's just what you get. Awhile back I told you the story of needing to continuously find new areas of the house as Paula Prass Designs and Mimi's Collection grows. We didn't even make it all fluffed and polished. There's still so much I want to do, but I think those projects will show up in future blogs.

A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS:

My huge inspiration board! My Mini McGyver husband (anyone remember that show where McGyver could make anything with gum and a string? Okay, that's my husband). I imagine it and he brings it into being.
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Galvanized bins over washer and dryer! More inspiration will soon stick there as well.

Lots of storage boxes everywhere! The green containers up above the sink cabinets have tags that are actually discontinued Formica chips. I slapped some paint on them and decoupaged magazine letters to describe the contents. Fun, huh?

The half finished paintings I started of my kids when they were little. They've been in the storage room for years. My husband hung them. Now I really want to finish them. Who wants to stare at unfinished projects. We even still have the original photos attached, so no excuses. We'll see.

My Country Living canvas bag. I got it a couple years ago at the Country Living Women Entrepreneurs Event and I use it for everything. From the Farmer's Market to Design jobs.

Future possibilities to use my upcoming Flights of Fancy fabrics. My husband took a shot looking in the window. Not much privacy...calling out for some cute curtain, don't you think?

BEFORE OR AFTER? I don't keep the door closed anymore.

So, there you go. What do you think?

48 comments:

  1. Wow! What an inspiring space! I love it! I would love to create in there!
    I especially love the bin tags!
    Missy

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  2. Wow Paula!!! It looks absolutely fantastic!! Love the floor!

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  3. It's gorgeous, I love it Paula! I might have to steal a few ideas (if you don't mind) for my studio!

    I bet you can't wait to get in there each day! I love how you laid out the carpet tile where it looks plaid versus the expected checkerboard.....

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  4. STUNNING, Paula! i didn't expect any less from you though. I love, love, love your floor! Soooo envious right now. And your choice of colors is so fresh and modern. Thanks for sharing!!! You've given me loads of inspiration & motivation to do a studio revamp! :)

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  5. OMG!!!! Love, love, love it!!! So crisp and clean with a great energy to it. I can feeling the creative juices flowing already. Enjoy it! There is nothing more important to help bring in the inspiration than a great workspace. I am so happy for you.

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  6. I had to do a double take! That is absolutely gorgeous! My sewing space consists of 2 tables and blah walls and I'm feeling inspired to spruce it up, but I have to tackle those moving boxes first. I love the floors and all the storage space you have there. That outside shot looking in is fantastic-thanks for sharing!

    Oh! And great find on your dining room piece for $100! I can't believe it! I love deals like that-I guess your 2 hour trip was meant to be!

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  7. So gorgeous! i particularly love the gigantic metal design board and the labels on the bins. Are those just cut out from magazines? No, they're too color coordinated...I'm sure you printed them out on the computer or something.

    Anyway, very inspiring. I really should do something about my studio...

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  8. Your space is great! The washer and dryer don't even look out of place :) I'm still sewing at the kitchen table - so any of your ideas would be a huge upgrade.

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  9. oh my! I am envious! that is amazing ;)

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  10. Wow!! What a beautiful transformation. I love the colors and the flooring is fantastic.

    This is perfect for getting all those creative juices flowing in grande but contemporay style.

    Great job.

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  11. It is lovely! How inspiring it must be to have a space like that to create and dream! BTW, I don't think I mentioned before how beautiful your prints are turning out! Can't wait to see the final product!

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  12. I think I would never leave that wonderful space. Oh the floor is amazing! Thank you for sharing.

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  13. PAULA!!! that is freakin' AMAAAAZiiiiiiNG!!!! I totally love the transformation. I am soooo inspired to do something new to my studio now. Can you come over and help me? :O) no. seriously. Please?

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  14. Just beautiful Paula! I need a space like this to go and let all my creative thoughts go wild. How 'bout I give you tips on running and you give me tips on creating my dream studio/office space?

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  15. What a gorgeous room!!! I absolutely love it. I love the big bag with the fabric's peaking out. What a cute touch.

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  16. Hi Paula!
    Great new studio shots!
    Really enjoy your color palette...just makes me happy looking at it:)
    The pattern on the floor really makes the whole space come alive!

    Hugs,
    kayellen

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  17. VERY FRESH! So, very inviting also. I'm thinking it's about time for me to do a studio re-do!! I'm jealous!

    Deanna

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  18. Awesome!!! I want a studio like yours. It is beautiful.

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  19. I seriously want to thank you for being the best cheerleaders! What you are saying is true; it IS an inspiring space. I'm known to constantly ask "Has anyone seen _____"? The organization alone is working for me! You ARE AWESOME!

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  20. Looks fabulous, Paula! Thanks for stopping by my little blog. See you around, I'm sure!

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  21. thanks for checking in Paula, nice digs! Going to go check out the rest of your work!

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  22. Hot damn! That room is smokin'!! Love, love, love it all! Excuse my "french" but that's exactly what I thought at first site.

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  23. Wow!!! What a transformation. Great job

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  24. Ridiculously good-looking!

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  25. I would love a room like that!

    May I ask where you got those magazine files? They are exactly what I am looking for, since they have a handle/pull and a label, plus they look nice and wide.

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  26. I love the room! I was wondering how your wizard husband made the inspiration board. Is it just a custom-cut metal sheet? I want one for myself!

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  27. Paula, so glad I found your blog. Came on over from D*S!!!! What a great studio you have made for yourself! I absolutely love it, actually... I'm jealous of it! It's gorgeous.

    I'll definitely be frequenting your blog!!!!

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  28. Ooh Miss Paula, that is so lovely. What is the color on the walls?

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  29. wow! I found this thru Dsponge. very inspirational, I need to fix a room for my work and this gets me goin. Lovely work!
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    btw where did you get the shelve under the monitor table? it'd fit my tabloid paper perfectly and its simple.
    Again gorgeous pics :)

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  30. nevermind, I found it in older posts below. will visit your blog often for my visual appetite :)

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  31. Love your new studio! Wondering about the HUGE metal design board. Where did you find that? I think I may need that in my kitchen.

    Shannon

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  32. I love this space . . . so inspiring! Can you tell me about the floor tiles? They are fabulous!

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  33. I think it's one of the best before and after I have ever seen! I want everything in it. Great, great job.

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  34. Wow!! This really inspires me to rework my office!! You have done a fabulous job!

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  35. Fabulous!
    Please, please tell me what you did to your floor. Is it paint? A rug?
    We have pulled up the carpet and need to pull up the vinyl flooring and are stymied as to where to go from here and spending next to nothing doing it!
    Truly, I love everything about your makeover!

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  36. Beautiful studio! I would kill to have a workspace like that! Love the colors, the storage bins, the floor...I love everything even your washer and dryer :D

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  37. Oh Paula! This looks amazing! What a cheery place to work in. You've inspired me to get going with my own space. Great job!

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  38. Just gorgeous, Paula! I, too, would love to know the name and brand of the paint. I recently painted my craft room a lime green and I'm thinking it's TOO lime, your color looks exactly what I was hoping for, at least on my monitor.

    I like your style and sense of decorating, I'll be visiting your blog and other sites a lot. Can't wait to run into your fabric line, too!

    Thanks for any info you can provide.

    Susan/Eureka Springs, AR(kansas)

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  39. It looks stunning!! You need to wait on the curtains until you're sure all of your neighbors have had an envious peek! I really love those tin bins (I might have to get me some of those!).

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  40. this is incredible! you are so amazingly talented!

    please come to south carolina to design my workspace!

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  41. As I read the comments I see that many people are asking about products that were used in the makeover...if you click on the Show + Tell link at the top of the page it will take you to the blog...and if you read down the blog to past posts you'll see the items listed...hopes this helps!!!

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  42. Oh, Paula! It looks FABULOUS!

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  43. This is incredible! I love all the little details! What is the name of that paint color? I have been looking for that color for my daughters room. Thanks!

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  44. You have just completely inspired me to do this to my laundry room!! It is laid out exactly like yours - and I have the HE washer and dryer on one side - a large window and currently shelves of JUNK on the right side- I'm going to get rid of the shelves on the right and my DH will build me a desk and put in additional cabinets above my washer and I'll be set! My own studio!! Whoo-hoo. We are in the middle of a whole house remodel so it's perfect timing! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  45. Lovely studio. The colors are beautiful.

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  46. Paula I love this space and want everything in it?? Do you need my ship to address???

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  47. i am trying to find out how your husband made your inspiration board i <3 it, would be great for my 3 kids and all of there crafts thank you

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