But for now, truth be told, I am quite happy with my current studio space. It's tucked into one side of our small 600 sq foot apartment but it's convenient for short work sessions while the little one naps or longer work sessions when daycare is arranged. In this current work space I love the amazing all-day natural light, the pretty hardwood floors, and the built-in shelves for storage. Regardless of its tiny size, of all the studio spaces I've ever had, I think I like this one best.
I have recently purged the studio too--taken all the pretty things off the walls and started fresh with new inspirations. I've cleaned the desk, rearranged the shelves, and set aside several bags for the goodwill. I am an admitted collector and treasure seeker but I also have a forged commitment to clearing clutter before it overwhelms. This is a skill I've honed from many years of living in small city apartments that doubled as work and living space. I have to keep it tidy or it quickly loses its charm and its ability to actually function. (Here, here.)
I love visiting other artists' studios. I love to see how they organize their space. Where they hang their inspirations. What tools they keep atop their desks. What strange and beautiful collections amass on ledges and shelves. There are so many wonderful design blogs that feature artists' live/ work spaces but I especially love the book Open Studios with Lotta Jansdotter and the wonderful blog, In the Make: Studio Visits with West Coast artists. I've created my own Dream Studio board over on Pinterest--complete with uneven barn wood floors and industrial pendant lamps, of course.
I firmly believe that a dedicated creative space is essential for creative work. (Those of you with longtime studio space might agree?) Even if you don't yet have your own studio-- one end of the kitchen table, an over-sized desk, or an entire guest bedroom are the perfect spaces to set-up shop. Collect some favorite postcards to pin to the wall, clean out an old wooden crate to house favorite books or magazines, and find a pretty old mason jar to hold your pens and pencils. Voila! Your makeshift studio space awaits.