Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Craft Closet

Our apartment has two closets right off of the living room. One for music, the other for art; just perfectly in line with the interests of Apartment No. 10's two inhabitants. Nikki's shallow, doubled-doored space is already replete with keyboard, guitar, Beatles album covers and cozy stacks of Irving Berlin sheet music. Unfortunately I must report that my 16 square feet are still in the planning stages, but the pieces are starting to come together. This week I thought I would record my plans with ink and watercolor. You can click on the first and third images to see them larger.
Table: Classic sewing table, a $15 Craigslist find. It came complete with an older (probably '70s), iron Singer, but I'm planning to use it with my new (and first!) sewing machine, which is supposed to be prime for novice sewers. The table itself has been sanded and adjusted by my dad to be compatable with the new machine. The next three day weekend I'm headed back home to paint it.
Shelving: Mostly existing. The closet has a fairly deep shelf that wraps in an "L" shape around it's perimenter, in addition to two corner shelves (represented by the dashed lines in the floorplan above). I'm also planning to add a narrow shelf (picture ledge from IKEA) above the table, to catch smaller supplies and keep the work area clear.
Storage: Mostly clear containers of plastic and glass, existing and new. Bins, boxes, apothecary jars, etc. Trays for different paper types, from vellum to vintage.
Lighting: Lantern from Chinatown plus a pair of wall mounted lights (IKEA).
Printing Station: An existing cart. For printer, paper cutter, paper trays, storage boxes (to hold flatcards and envelopes), and spiral pads of watercolor and drawing papers.
Walls: I'm still hunting for the perfect pair of frames (or frame), which I plan to paint a high gloss white and use for my pegboard project. I came so very close to settling on one last Sunday at the flea market. As for the pegboard itself, I have an unconventional idea that I can't wait to try out.
I hope you've enjoyed these illustrated plans; I can't wait until it's finished and I can share the real thing!

Update: See the
finished closet here!


50 comments:

Christina Lowry said...

Your illustrations are beautiful and I can only imagine that your space will be just as fanstastic for music and art! I am really looking forward to seeing them finished, but I also hope you enjoy bringing them to life, because some times that is just as exciting. :)

Casey said...

What a lovely little nook this will be! I can't wait to see photos of the finished studio space. Your ideas are so inspiring; I've been on the hunt for some way to liven up my little wall space, and I think I have a few ideas now! :)

Lisa - Pen and Ink said...

The plans look amazing, Livy! I absolutely can't wait to see the finished space. I'm sure it will be completely lovely!!

Heather said...

Amazing use of space and absolutely stunning sketch/paintings! Can't wait to see the final product. Good luck!

emily said...

Livy, these are lovely!!

Jacqueline J said...

Adorable. Can't wait to see this dream actualized.

Pattern and Perspective said...

How lovely. Great Idea. I might have to steal it:) haha

vintageindie said...

These are just darling! I love the colors and how you take time to turn plans into art, lovely!

Have a great weekend!

GiDu said...

This closet studio looks like its going to be amazing!! I have been going back and forth with my work space. I love that you are going to have the paper lantern above. I can't wait to see the finished studio.

Viewtiful_Justin said...

These are SO COOL! What a creative way to plan.

LBB said...

What lovely watercolor plans, Livy! Looks like you've thought of everything...and that's no easy task when it comes to organizing sundry art/craft materials. I think it will be an inspiring little place to create!

~Lynn

Tiffani said...

Looks great! And like it will be a fun process both to pull together, as well as a special place to create new things when it is done. Thanks for sharing! I look forward to seeing and reading about the transformation as well as the final project in the end!

leila wylie said...

This looks great!

MzzLily said...

You should be spotlighted on that show 'Small Spaces'.

Kelly said...

your illustrations are stunning! if the rooms look half as good as they do you're in great shape. :)

xo
Kelly

Tea With Tiffany said...

I love your pics.

Grace Albaugh said...

I love craft closets! Your looks amazing. I think I like your plans just as much as I'll like the actual closet.

tj said...

You are far too talented! Even your plans are work of art, brava!

betty said...

your illustartions are beautiful!

Lynne said...

Oh Livy, that's adorable. You're really lucky that it's a decent-sized cupboard too. I can't wait to see how it turns out. I'm inspired to turn my small spare bedroom into a craft room.

Stacy's Designs 88 said...

Wow, I wish I was as organized as you. Love the drawings and thanks for sharing again! Have fun this weekend. :)

Robin said...

fun!

ScrappyTime.com said...

I love these sketches, your use of color is so perfect. I can't wait to see the final look, good luck!! :)

RhiannonM said...

I definitely want to see the finished project, I am totally impressed with the plans as elevations and other types of precise drafting/sketching were NEVER my forte (nearly didn't pass Scene Design 1 because of drafting). I hope you enjoy making this awesome project a reality!

Banaghaisge said...

It is lovely Livy! 16 sq feet is a great size to create in too. Well done - can't wait to see the end result!
Hugs
Jasmine in Oz

Kendall said...

This is so great!
I would kill for a creative space like this - can't wait to see how it turns out ^_^

Lisa P said...

Where do you find your fonts in particular the font used for the word side in your side view sketch. I would love to get a hold of that font if possible. Could you post where you got it or the name of it.
Thanks
Scott and Lisa

Rachel said...

So very beautiful! It looks like you are about to have a lot of fun :).

linneapaulina said...

I love your blog. Every post is amazing and a complete work of art. Beautiful sketches :o) Have a lovely weekend.
xo,
Linnea

Julie Ann said...

This is awesome, Livy! :) I can't wait to see the finished project.

Thanks for sharing your plans - it gives me ideas on what to do with the little space I have in my new room now that I've started working.

Keep those creative juices flowing! All the best!

jen jafarzadeh said...

Livy, your watercolor illustrations are fantastic! I'm going to be making over a new closet soon and this was so inspiring. Can't wait to see what you have planned for the pegboard!

Stephanie Sabbe said...

I love it. You have such cute style! I cannot believe you are only 21. This is great inspiration for a space I've laid claim to in a teeeny apt we're about to rent in Boston.

Jeanneoli said...

How can pantry illustrations be beautiful...??? These are fabulous.

Motte Valois said...

You always impress me with delicate ideas. This is no different from all others from your blog: I love it!

ccna said...

Hey, you have a great blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you!
ccent

blazedanielle said...

How fun Livy!! You are so creative! :) Can't wait to see how it turns out! :)

Claire said...

You are so talented! Can't wait to see the finished space =)

Katie Carter said...

I love your beautiful little sketches!! I wish I had a lovely little closet to transform!

Katie Carter said...

I love your beautiful little sketches!!! I wish I had a lovely little closet to transform!

Mary said...

left you a little something on my blog!

blossom said...

have given you an award today....take a look at my blog, and thank you for having such a lovely blog xx

karola said...

Plans are looking great!
-have a nice weekend :)

Sophie Isobel Designs said...

Oh I just adore this so very much! I also just wanted to let you know that you are my 'beautiful blog of the week' over at my blog. Thank you for creating such a beautiful and inspiring blog!
Sophie x

nichole said...

Gorgeous sketches!

B said...

These are beautiful! I really love your sketches!

skhan said...

The plans are beautiful. How did you create them ? Did you sketch & paint them yourself by hand ? Amazing!

Lindsay Palmore said...

These illustrations are GREAT!!! :] Can't wait to see the real thing too. *loves*
Peace, Love + Cupcakes

Kitten's Lost Her Mittens said...

Your plans are beautiful!

I'm currently shopping for my first sewing machine. What did you end up going with for your first one?

Mandie said...

The creative closet idea is fantastic and I wish you the best! In high school my art teacher thought that in order for me to grow, I needed to have my own space. She designated the supply closet as my own sanctuary and even bought me some goldfish to keep my company:) Amazingly enough, out of those years came some of my best art!

HappySquirrel said...

Those watercolours are beautifully done! I like the paper you have used, it gives it warmth and it is very original. Hope your studio now works well for you.

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