Thursday, March 28, 2013

Art Studio Reveal

Ten days ago, my husband and I rearranged the configuration of our home so that I could use our converted garage as an art studio and office. The garage is not insulated, which is a challenge in the hot Texas summers and cool winters. The carpet is laid directly onto the sloping cement foundation and the walls are covered in plastic siding. It's a funky space to work with. But this two-car garage has something I need: square footage!

Previously, we were using this space as a TV room and catch-all for my children's toys.  Now, I'm so pleased to have a room where I can work on large scale art pieces, host workshops and classes as well as continue my work with and Harris Publications as a freelance writer and photographer.

Here's what I did with the space:

Just as a reminder, here is what the space looked like ten days ago:

What did I do to change it?  I painted the walls in Black Suede by Behr paints. Then I took all of the furniture in my former office and set it up in the new space.  I did not buy a singe new piece of furniture for the new studio space. Everything you see in the photos was either in my home or stored away in my tool shed.  The total cost of my garage makeover two gallons of paint: $76.24.


I love to play piano. This instrument has been languishing in my dining room for the past three years.  The only time I can really play is when my children are asleep.  But then the piano wakes them up.  Now that the piano is tucked away in the very back of the house, I can play whenever I like without waking anyone!

A very dear friend of mine gave me this Mary a few years ago.  She got it at a street fair in Brooklyn, New York.  Now, she is mounted above the door in the studio.  I'm not a religious person, but I like to think I've got her energy watching over me.  Isn't she lovely?

I am over the moon about this new set-up. I am so grateful to have the space to do something like this for myself.  This goes so beyond anything I ever though I'd have as an artist. I'm teaching a workshop on April 7th and I'm so excited to see how the space handles 8 women for a day of art and writing.  Thank you for all your encouragement, dear readers!  Let me know what you think of the new digs in the comments section below!

xo - Sarah


barbara said...

wowowow... this is something else! You'd think that black would suck the light out of a room, but what it's doing is setting off, isolating and highlighting and focusing attention in a measured way (and that piano gives clues as to the musicality of the visual effect) whatever is in front of that part of the wall -- rather than there being undifferentiated visual noise of colours and shapes the way the original room was.


Roberta said...

I can see why you are over the moon with this room! I love the dark walls!! Bravo!

Nelson Gemstones said...

I love, love, love the black with the beige carpeting. It seems like black tones down the busyness of books and such, so that the room is calming. What a great getaway to work or relax. It's nicer than my apartment.

Rachel Anderson said...

WONDERFUL. As I was just there, I cannot believe the transformation...this is why I love design so much! As a fellow artist, I understand what this space means for you.. Congrats!

Brandi@ Flights of Whimsy said...

What a wonderful space! I bet you can really spread out in there and there's so many different spaces you could work in. Great job!

Mrs. Bianca said...

Beautiful! I can't wait to see it in person!

Anonymous said...

What are those precious floral notebooks and where might I find one for myself? Lovely transformation!!
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Eva Costantini said...

Ciao Sarah,

What a beautiful,gorgeous and wonderful job you made!!! I love your art!!!.Happy Easter,
Xoxo, Eva

Sarah Greenman said...

Zazazu - the floral notebooks were off the sale shelf at Pottery Barn. I got three of them for 9.99.


Emily said...

Slam Dunk!!
This turned out so awesome Sarah.
And, I love how the yellow Craigslist club chairs have moved around your home.
Wishing you many creative, happy moments in your new space!

Chimmy said...


Leah said...

amazing transformation and even better that you didn't buy anything new! i know you will enjoy it.

Kellym said...

Great way to make some awesome lemonade!!! Would love to have that large space to dedicate to my endeavors....create away, it looks really beautiful.

Allie Ward said...

Absolutely lovely!

Nivedita Das Narayan said...

Wow, just so so stunning and gorgeous in visualization, color scheme and ethe entire look!
God bless your instincts that aids turn up such a marvellous impact

My Love Wedding Ring said...

What a beautiful room - so love the colors, especially those chairs!!

Shavonda said...

Oh Sarah! What an amazing space! I love it. Everything is wonderful..just wonderful! Thank you for sharing.