July 11, 2014

Where Bloggers Create 2014

Welcome to my studio!
I’m participating again in the “Where Bloggers Create” party over at
My Dessert Cottage. Since last year’s event, I redecorated, did some makeovers, built a spool shelf and added some soft bits of color here and there. Please grab a cup of coffee or tea and take the tour. It’ free of charge.

Vintage with Laces Studio 
My cutting table unit, which consists of two drawer chests placed back to back, got recently a makeover. I had never really liked the original pine wood color. Some years ago I painted the tops white but didn’t feel tempted to paint 30 drawers. My solution was to stain the wood with the vinegar and steel wool method. The brass colored drawer pulls got spray painted in black for a more industrial look. I’m really happy how everything turned out. You can check out the before version HERE.

Vintage with Laces Studio 
Vintage with Laces Studio
My glass cabinet still holds vintage linens but I redecorated it as well as the shelf above.

Vintage with Laces Studio

Vintage with Laces Studio

Vintage with Laces Studio

Pelican Joe is residing on the little drawer shelf now where he has a good view and can check out what’s going on.

Vintage with Laces Studio

The metal “S” is one of my favorite junk yard finds of last year. I actually found three letters. They all were orange, my least favorite color. I didn’t mind because I knew I would be allowed to use the sandblaster in a friend’s workshop. The paint came off easily and left them perfectly gray.

Vintage with Laces Studio 
I made this wind chimes last year with a piece of driftwood, lace, buttons and pearls. It hung outside in the patio during the summer but it didn’t have a perfect spot there. When I took it down in fall, I brought it into the studio to become a wall decoration.

Vintage with Laces Studio

Vintage with Laces Studio

Vintage with Laces Studio

The linen covered boxes got updated with stenciled letters/numbers and painted stripes.

Vintage with Laces Studio

Vintage with Laces Studio 
Vintage with Laces Studio - Necklaces

My rusty rake is now used as jewelry display for necklaces I have received from blogging friends over the years, and some I created myself.

Vintage with Laces Studio - Vintage washboard turned into magnetic inspiration board

I had repurposed this vintage metal washboard as a magnetic memo board three years ago. Back then, I had transferred a vintage French graphic on the top. For my actual taste this was too girlie and I painted over it with chalkboard paint a few weeks ago.

Vintage with Laces Studio

On the side of my armoire you can see my “Rusty & Weathered” quilt,  which was recently published in the summer issue of Art Quilting Studio. This made me especially happy because it is one of my favorite creations.

Vintage with Laces - Published in Art Quilting Studio

Vintage with Laces - Published in Art Quilting Studio    
Vintage with Laces - Published in Art Quilting Studio

Vintage with Laces Studio

Ever since I had seen THIS cable spool coffee table, I wanted to make one. When I found two small cable spools of the same size, I decided to build a shelf instead though. Right now I like the height as it is but if I change my mind, I can still add another tier with the remaining shelf and an empty paint can as support.

Vintage with Laces Studio

Vintage with Laces Studio

I use a shadow box to store wasp nests, small driftwood pieces, seed pods and lavender.

Vintage with Laces Studio

Vintage with Laces Studio

In a rusty baking tin I keep other nature finds like snail and sea shells.

Vintage with Laces Studio

This little drawer chest got a makeover with vintage atlas pages. Touches of color. I know, it’s shocking.

Vintage with Laces Studio

In the round basket I store freezer paper, fusible web etc.

Vintage with Laces Studio

Vintage with Laces Studio

Vintage with Laces Studio

Vintage with Laces Studio

Vintage with Laces Studio

Vintage with Laces Studio

More color accents.

Vintage with Laces Studio  
Vintage with Laces Studio

Lace and rusty junk side by side. They get along well with each other.
 Vintage with Laces Studio

Vintage with Laces Studio

The junky LOVE sign I had created for Valentine’s Day this year found a permanent place above the wicker trunk.

Vintage with Laces Studio 
I end the tour now with this close-up of a gray inspiration kit that I keep in a basket on the trunk. Thank you very much for your visit. It was a pleasure to have you here. I hope you enjoyed the tour.
Please hop over to Karen tomorrow, when the link party has started. Thank you very much for hosting this great event again, Karen! I look forward to visiting the other participants.


My studio will also join these great parties:

Funky Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Sundays at Home at Thoughts from Alice
Knick of Time Tuesday at Knick of Time
Tuesdays at Our Home at Our Way Away From Home
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Share your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed
The Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush


maggiegracecreates said...

beautiful space - now i am on the search for two same size dressers to put back to back loving that idea.

Hülya said...
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Karen B. said...

Oh my ... you have such a beautiful creative space. I just love everything about it!
Many hugs,
Karen B. ~ Todolwen

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Julia,

Yes, my oh my indeed.
Thank you for showing us around your gorgeous studio and know you must love every time you enter in there.
From the makeover of the pine cabinets with the vinegar and steel wool to all the lovely treasures you have in there.
Congratulations also for having your wonderful rusty and weathered quilt featured in the magazine.
Happy weekend and thanks again

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Wow! What a neat and creative space. Love so many things... the dressers back to back, the spool table/shelf... the creative key hanger! :)

I also worked on my space the past year and I am joining up with WBC tomorrow! Such fun to be finished and joining the party.


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

You've got a great space, Julia! I love your storage pieces that allow you to see what is there. Love the spool table/shelves and that you've got most of your natural elements here. It has become a beautiful display as well as a storage piece.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I'll begin with WOW! You have such a talent for displaying all your beautiful treasures and making them look so special. Love the way you used to dressers back to back, very clever. Thank you for the tour of your inspiring creative space.

Heirlooms For You said...

Beautiful space. How can you go wrong with vintage and lace? Thank you for sharing. Love it. Carol

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

All I can say is you have to be the coolest person I have come across lately! Nuts and bolts to wasp nests.. I am in heaven! I'm going to bookmark this page so I can stop back by and study! And take notes! Wow! I just love every detail.

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Absolutely beautiful Julia!!!!!!


Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Your studio is lovely. I am crazy about the windchime!

amy of studio four corners said...

all of your space is thoroughly inspiring! its so well organized and put together with just the perfect touches to make it so personal - I loved inspecting each and every photo - thanks so much for sharing Julia!

cynthia lee designs said...

Your creative space is so pretty!! Love it!!

Olive Grove Primitives said...

I love your studio space. Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing

Seawashed said...

Your studio is so lovely. It reminds me of a space that would be in Jeanne D'Arc Living magazine...which is my favorite.

I like your little container of driftwood, seashells, honeycomb, lavender...
and the vintage white furniture. Swoon.

suziqu's thread works said...

My dear Julia,
Everything is displayed to perfection in your unique style!

Love and hugs,

Bohemian said...

What a Serene and Beautifully Displayed Creative Space you have. I had to Smile when I saw Pelican Joe... Love your Space, Thank you for taking us on the Grand Tour and Sharing it!

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Alexandra said...

Julia du hast ein wunderschönes Arbeitszimmer, genau der richtige Platz um kreativ zu sein.... und so schöne viele tolle Details :)
l.G. Alex

Donna Heber said...

Hi Julia,

I just adore your quaint studio, which is so bright and filled with wonderful vintage items! Congrats on being published in Art Quilting Studio. I'll be back for more inspiration and to see your spool table again.

Dorthe said...

Dearest Julia,
this is a Paradise , oh what a studio, you have created my dear . I am totally in love with every single pisce you have created, and every dispaly you made. It is such a special room, with your mix of rough and sweetness , rust and lace, hard and soft and black/brown and white .
Your ideas and the way you makes them live makes this room so amazing. I wish I could one day visit you there, my lovely friend.
Warm hugs and my love to you, dear Julia.
Dorthe xxx

Michellee said...

I love love love your studio... The white vintage style ... ah... It is so organized... I wished I was a little organized.. I love everything about your space. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Lovely creative space.
Thx for sharing.

Rhonda said...

Julia, how gorgeous your space is. I adore your glass cabinet with the linens! Now I want one even more!

All of your vintage and antique pieces are simply amazing!

Fabulous studio!!

Silvia said...

So beautiful bright and airy .

Unknown said...

Lovely space to create in, love the spool table that you made. I will be looking for one of those now. Thank you for the tour. I am Janet from Graceful Rose.

Karen Valentine said...

Julia your studio is always one of my favorites!! It has such a calm and serene feel is filled with so many wonderful textures. Thank you so much for sharing it again! It is always a pleasure!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

This is such a wonderful, inspiring creative space...full of the kind of goodies I love! I really need to make my space functional like this! A big congratulations for the magazine feature...beautiful!!

Rostrose said...

Liebstige Julia,
ich glaube, ich hab dir beim letzten Mal schon vorgeschlagen, dass du mit mir Zimmer tauschst, oder? Ich finde es einfach UMWERFEND! Wobei ich es wahrscheinlich innerhalb kürzester Zeit in ein Chaos-Kammerl verwandeln würde, dazu hab ich nämlich ein riesiges Talent ;o)) Doch all die vielen Details, die du so liebevoll arrangiert und aufeinander abgestimmt hast, die schönen Sammelsurien und eignen Werke, die verwandelten Möbel (dunkelbraun steht dem Schubladenschrank übrigens perfekt!) - hach, an alledem kann ich mich nicht sattsehen! Und ich freu mich riesig, dass Joe einen so feinen Aussichtsplatz bekommen hat :o)
Lass dich herzhaft von mir drücken! Und Fellchenkrauler schick ich dir ebenfalls mit!
Alles Liebe, Traude
✿ܓܓ✿ܓ✿ܓ✿ ♥♥♥♥ ܓܓ✿ܓ✿ܓ
PS: Du wolltest, dass ich 5 mal ganz schnell hintereinander die Namen der Tigermädels aufsage - ist doch kein Problem:

Katie Hibbs- Sacred Heart Studios said...

I love your space it is beautiful. And I love the way you store your treasures.

Mirevan said...

Your studio is absolutly gorgeous !!!

Lululiz said...

What a beautiful room! You have a wonderful eye for combining the elegance of lace with the rustic charm of metal and rust and the fabulous things you have created look amazing displayed in your studio. Your studio has got to be one of my most favourite rooms ever.

Rita Barakat said...

Beautiful space! I too am contemplating painting the top of my desk white (it is black) for pictures sake! I love the vintage charm of your space!

Maureen said...

Wonderful! LOVE what you did with your two sets of drawers, back to back and refinished... just my style! What a great studio - all the antiques and rusty goodness are my favorites as well. Thank you so much for sharing again this year!

GranthamLynn said...

Great space. Great ideas. Thanks for sharing. I linked my space too! Not as pretty as yours but it functions.
Enjoy your space.

Maureen Hayes said...

Congratulations on your quilt being published, how very exciting! The spool table came out beautifully, I know want one :-). I also fell in love with Pelican Joe, please give him a hug from me.

Thanks for sharing your gorgeous space with all of us.


Art and Sand said...

Oh, I absolutely LOVE it all. I could be creative in your wonderful space.

Leanne said...

Thank goodness you posted!! I had totally forgotten it was that time of year. Thanks for sharing your space and I'm off to explore this year's deliciousness! (My art room needs a good clean.)

Junkchiccottage said...

Beautiful creative space. I love the spool table thanks for sharing your pretty space with all of us.

Kathy said...

Rust and lace - the perfect combination. I love that spool table!

Louise@ElsieMayandBertha said...

You have a beautifully serene work space, with some fabulous pieces of storage.
I love your windchime too, I think I may nick your idea and have a go at making one myself!
Thanks for showing me around♡

Deborah Weber said...

What a fabulous creative space!

Laurie said...

I'm in love with your room! Sooooo inspiring!

Judys Lace Creations said...

What an elegant and restrained space. Wonderful to see so many different styles in this fab Blog Fest!!

Diana Seal said...

WoW Julia, truly an amazing space!
Love the light and airy feel. Beautifully done and so organized.
Thanks for sharing!

Tammy...ClothandPatina said...

Just wow! Your studio is absolutely beautiful & inspiring! I love seeing others who love a neutral palette. Love how you have everything organized!

Thanks so much for sharing.

Nancy said...

Wow! Such a Beautiful Space to create in, and so inspiring too! Thanks Julia for sharing with us!!

Huggs, Nancy

Anonymous said...

Julia such a beautiful sweet studio. I love the nuts and bolts in tin, looks great. Love it! Karen.x

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Oh I love your space! So fresh and very well organized. So many things I adore, but a few of my favorites are your lace wind chime, your quilt, and I remember your love sign. I pinned it when you first made it. I love rustic junk and you have lots of luscious goodies. lol! Hopped over from Karen's party. I have a link party, Share Your Cup Thursday. It's about sharing the things that make you happy. It goes live Weds. at 4 mst. I'd love it you shared this!

Botanic Bleu said...

So much to admire, it's hard to choose a favorite, but I did. I absolutely love your vintage washboard repurposed as a magnetic board. Your little bowl of 'junk' reminds me of some of the junk I keep.... pieces of old sprinkler systems...love the copper metal.


must love junk said...

Oh, Julia your space is a wonderland of inspiration! I could spend all day in there just looking at your fun supplies, collections, and creations! LOVE it!! :)

Ivy and Elephants said...

FABULOUS!!! One of the most beautiful and creative spaces that I've seen so far! Love it!

Cathy said...

Absolutely lovely, and filled with so many beautiful treasures! Thank you for sharing!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I enjoyed touring your beautiful and interesting work space!

Sandy said...

Gorgeous! What a serene place to create in. I love every thoughtful detail you have put into your creative space.

bobbie said...

***sigh*** 'my' hunky Pelican Joe! It is great to see him again!
Thanks for the tour of your space ~

Gwen Simmons said...

Hi Julia,
Thanks for the tour. I love your studio. Amazing. I especially like the spool shelf, and the little drawer chest with Atlas pages decoupaged on. You are exactly right about the cutting table. New color and painted pulls make it fit into your space so much better. What a great site.
Gwen Simmons

Lori said...

Your room is very pretty. I love all the little treasures you have around your room as well as that spool table. Love it! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous studio.

Di@Cottage-Wishes said...

I just love your style. The spots you have created are wonderful. Di@Cottage-Wishes

Something Special said...

Oh I love it all. Just so clean, and organized. Very Very nice space. We like the same stuff!

Anneke said...

hello dear Julia.
what a lovely and gorgeous studio you have and thanks for showing it to us.
you have organized everything so pretty and i love the vintage style you created.
so many treasures with i like.
have a nice week and hugs from Ann

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Very cool space. I love it. I craft and create at the kitchen table most of the time!!!!!

Chris Flynn said...

Hello again my dear... I've been following your blog for years now! It's always nice to take a new look around. Such a creative soul you are! Hope you'll visit my new blog this year!
xoxo Chris

Poppy said...

Hi Julia,

Even the most uninspired person, artistic or academic, could be showered with wonderful ideas in such a beautiful space. It is calm, but dynamic, quiet in colour, but present in mood, and most of all, warm and welcoming. Congrats on the magazine feature!

Wishing you a lovely week!


Patty Antle said...

I love the idea of the inspiration basket. I have a large tart tin I have things in that inspire me and was going to put the things away but now am going to keep it out for my inspiration. Love the tour!

Mari Brown and Colourblob said...

Love your space, and its by far one of my favorites. I love the calm of it, the white on white and simple yet very lovely displays. So many great things and I see you have the same love for natural things like driftwood and bits and pieces found. The cable spool I totally love, and so want one to use as a coffee table and to store my books and mags.

Brilliant space and thank you for sharing!

farmhouse-story said...

such a charming studio, julia:) love all of the storage you've added and your creations are just darling! congrats on your quilt publication--it's a beauty! tfs!

Cathy said...

Fabulous! I love your cutting table and all the wonderful drawers in your studio.

Cathy ♥

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hello my dear Julia,
love how you redecorated your studio. Simply beautiful and so inspiring.Thanks for the tour and congrats on the quilt publication:)
Have a great week.

Romeo said...

*sigh* Barney, I may never get the computer back. You see I was so excited over all the napping spaces, that I um.... well I did a dumb thing. Really dumb. I went and got "her" and said, "look, look, look". That was three days ago. Yes, really. Three days ago, six hours and 24 minutes to be exact was the last time I was able to get to the computer. I should have known you know. Every time your mom posts, she goes "dog". Yes, dog as in bow-w0w. Falling all over herself, eyes darting around like following a flea jumping (trying to take it all in), and the tongue hanging out. It's embarrassing really. And then a studio, Julia's studio.... what was I thinking Barney?! She's asleep right now. I put catnip in her tea. Worked like a charm. So now I can go back and dream of a studio, with wonderful laces and rustic touches, a Pelican named Joe, and nice open spaces where we could nap in the sun.... oh dear, do you think what "she" has is contagious?!?

Purrs and head bonkers,


A Joyful Cottage said...

Julia, I'm in love with your studio. I love the contrast of the two back-to-back chests you repurposed with all the white and neutrals in the room. I'm not familiar with the vinegar and steel wool method. I'll have to google that. Just really like that look. Your windchime is so charming, and I love all the natural elements and how you displayed them. I'm new to your blog and a new follower, having found you at Karen's party. Thank you for sharing this lovely space. Oh, and I love your mixed media art. I didn't see a link to a shop, but imagine you market your creations. I see a Pinterest follow button, so I'll go there. xxx ~ Nancy

Helena White said...

Hi Julia, lovely studio. Love your decorating style.
So glad that you shared your space and treasures.
- Helena
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Sherry said...

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful space. I toured very slowly to take everything in. I want to get right to making some changes to my room, I love the two chests back to back, they gave me an idea that should improve my space.

Anni - My Creative Life and Mixed Media Books said...

Dear Julia so nice to see your lovely studio where you are surrounded of all your wonderful creations and many of the things you collecting, I forgot all about this party and therefore I'm not participating.
Hugs Anni

Gaby Bee said...

Ich bin hin und weg, Julia. Dein Studio ist soooo schön...alles ist so wunderbar dekoriert...einfach traumhaft! Ich wünschte ich hätte auch ein so ein Zimmer nur für mich, aber ich habe hier nur eine Miniecke in der ich werkeln kann.

LG Gaby <3

Jeanette@Creating a Life Studio said...

Your studio is simply amazing! I love every single photo. Thank you for sharing your wonderful, inspiring space!


Cindy said...

As usual a beautiful inspirational post and space! Your white/cream style is what has inspired me to do an all white decorator piece. I'll let you know when I complete it :) Hugs!

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Hi Julia, just hopping back to let you know that I will be featuring you at Share Your Cup this week. Thanks so much for sharing!

Poppy said...

Dear Julia,

Thank you for sharing your creative process, which has so many wonderful tendencies, as displayed here on your beautiful blog! You have an incredible eye for detail and daintiness!


Laurel@ChippingwithCharm said...

Wow, wow. wow! I love your creative and inspiring space Julia! So many amazing details. I bet you could get lost in there for days... :)

Olga Siedlecka said...

Aaahhh! I lost my words! Amazing!

Tania Pelletier said...

Hi, I came to your blog from your feature on Must Love Junk and immediately went to your studio space when I saw it! I love your style!

I am purchasing a new to me house and will need to condense a whole basement studio into a 10'x10' room. I was thinking of selling my mismatched storage pieces and buying matching IKEA bookcases to make the space look less cluttered but after seeing your studio I'm reconsidering! I just love all of your unique storage pieces and decor!


★ Sugarplum Fairy ★ said...

What an inspiration your studio is Julia! I love the neutral color palette of your room, all the textures in it and the little bits and bobs from Mother nature. Just exquisite! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Thanks to your header on "Studio" I found your lovely blog about your treasures. Just pure fun, so organized and beautiful. Thanks for all the photos. I love a good snoop! I'd love that much wall space, thanks for sharing.