In the middle of all the baking, cleaning, and gift wrapping that goes with getting a house ready for Christmas guests, this house has had a great deal of renovation work happening at the same time. As some of you know, John has been working to finish up my studio space and while it’s not quite ready for its grand unveiling I wanted to give you a sneak peak at how it’s beginning to look. I’ve been picking out fabrics and painting the walls and you’ll see some of that in the preview pictures below.
This is my 11 ft or 340 cm closet/wardrobe. It is a pretty big closet by UK standards and I feel so lucky to have it all to myself. Since my studio has its own bath,I will be able to use this mirrored area as a large dressing room in addition to a lovely space to do my creative work. (The garden/backyard is not as it will be … we’ll be moving a few things like the compost bin.)
The fabric you see laid across what will be a comfy daybed is some that I chose with the help of my friend Patrice when I was in Atlanta for Thanksgiving. I brought it all back in my suitcase. I love the colors and they are exactly what I had in mind. The framed artwork was made by my daughter Miranda when she was a little girl and it provided the color guide. For a closer look, you can see her sweet design here.
While the patten is bolder than I would normally choose and the green and oranges brighter, I have basically chosen what Patrice would refer to as “E colors” even though I was trying for a new look.
The orange striped fabric is intended for curtains on either side of the sliding glass doors. This shade of orange was my favorite color when I was thirteen and of course there’s a story for later in how I found my way back to it. Perhaps you can guess … if you’ve been reading my blog for very long.
I once had a deep purple bathroom, but in my last house I found I preferred a periwinkle blue that looked a good bit like purple, but didn’t feel overpowering or too Easter eggish. I love the design on the main fabric …. it reminds me of the artist Gustav Klimt.
(The Kiss by Klimt )
The lighting is throwing the color off slightly, but the green is still pretty green. I am recovering a chair with it and the orange bit is intended for pillows. I’m so excited by my fabric choices and think it will be such a great space to write. I wanted to find a shade of green like below in the photograph I took yesterday. You see this green everywhere here and I wanted to bring it inside. My choice is actually pretty close when seen in good light.
You can see the door below which is one of three that I painted. This is the entrance to my space from a hallway that was added for access. It will have a drop shade for privacy, but I doubt it will get much use.
John has done a great job on this hallway /corridor. The art is temporary. This space will be a photo gallery with same sized images lining the wall and lighting to highlight it.
This floor will continue into my space and bathroom. John put it down a few days ago along with the baseboards/skirting boards. I love the contrast of dark and light.
You can’t really tell the wall color as it was getting late in the afternoon when I took the photographs and I had limited light. It’s called Devon Cream and it is a soft creamy color that tends to pick up the color of all the fabrics. It mutes the stark white a bit and has a tiny hint of yellow to it. All of the fabric colors work well with it. (Thanks again to Patrice for being my sounding board and looking at endless swatches.)
I didn’t photograph the bathroom, but it’s coming along too. John has my bathtub in place as well as the sink and toilet. He’s been working so hard and doing a lovely job. The other day I told him that giving me this space was so special that I really didn’t need anything else for Christmas to which he replied with a quick smile, ” All right then, that’s sorted. ”
That said, every time I go up into the attic or loft as he calls it, he does say, ” careful … don’t look around too much.” I wonder if he’s keeping something safe for Santa. I’ll be back later with some Christmas pictures. I’ve been making wreaths and Hello Dollies and a million other things.
It’s all so beautiful. I adore the hallway and especially that door with the square glass panels — it’s like you’re connecting to John and the rest of the house while still having your privacy with a door, quiet, etc. The glass panels mean you can still close the door but see out / look in so you’re not TOTALLY shutting out John or anyone else when you’re in there doing your own thing.
I can’t imagine needing a privacy shade either but I loooove the idea of the space with that kind of door for a personal study or writing space.
Beautiful colors! The material will definitely set off the room!
oooohhhhh….. its is looking fantastic!!! Well done John and well done you. The colours you chose work really well together!!!
My wife would love the mirrors on the wall. She’s definately a mirror person. Looks like a terrific set up.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.
looks really great! Merry Christmas!
Such a beautiful space!
What a lucky lucky lady you are…not only your own space but with your own bathroom as well…such a beautiful space.
Beautiful colours too.
If my husband did this for me, I would be so grateful and would not want anything for a few christmasses or birthdays…. 🙂
Fantastic!!! Simply wonderful.
I immediately thought Klimt upon seeing the pattern on the fabric — it’s clearly patterned after his work. I love the fact that you’re bringing in the green too. It’s going to be such a lovely space, so conducive to your creativity!! Congratulations.
It’s absolutely lovely and the fabrics you’ve picked and the colors as well just complete the picture of a serene and beautiful place.
You and I have the same taste in colors. We’re picking the color for our bedroom in this old house and it’s also a cream that picks up yellow when the sun hits it. Called Jekyll Island White.
Merry Christmas to you and best wishes for a happy holiday.
It all looks great! Merry Christmas! 🙂
This looks so lovely! I’m so excited for you!
Love the fabric! You and Patrice did Good!
Oh, this is so beautiful! What a great space.