Hallways and Pantries and Clothespins, Oh My!

After my epic thread jam incident on Tuesday night, I set to work collecting inspiration for my home studio. As of now, my “office” consists of an armoire in the hallway, and my studio is a converted butler’s pantry. These areas are not the most spacious, nor are they the most organized. So, I’ve consulted the experts for some creative and inspiring space saving tips.

Image via Lauren Nelson

Notice the wire make shift clothesline. How handy would that be to simply pin up receipts, mail, and fabric swatches with a clothespin rather than having them clutter up precious counter space?

Image via Holly Mathis Interiors

There are so many things I love about this desk (especially the “I Love You Blogs and Coffee” print from Made by Girl on Etsy), but what I want to know is what’s hiding behind that table skirt! It would be so nice to store craft supplies and office files behind a colorful fabric rather than having bank statements and fabric glue out at all times for pop-in visitors to see. Who’s with me for a clutter-free life?

Image via Lonny Mag

A girl can dream right?

I am a big believer in inspiration boards, and I’ve always admired these by Bryn Alexandra. I plan to hang a couple of these in my office/hallway. Since I have my hand in about a dozen different projects right now, this will certainly help keep me organized.

If you think your small and uninspiring work space is utterly hopeless, think again. This before and after home studio by Ish and Chi has me absolutely convinced, I too can make a creative haven even out of the butler’s pantry.


And after…

Love love love it! Some paint, a few floating shelves, framed wall paper and fabric covered clip boards and this girl is in business! And she did all of this for under $1000! I’m impressed. This post as well as How to Create a Studio on a Budget by Decorator in a Box are both great resources for any one wants to design an inspiring creative space without breaking the bank.

Other helpful resources:

Kate Pruitt’s tips on home office organization

Design Sponge Best of: Offices one and two

Elle Decor’s Recipe for a Room


I think we’re off to a good start!



  1. April said,

    February 4, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    oh i love these ideas! especially the clothes pins. i covet desk top space. and i think i can hide a lot under that table skirt. now to find the time to get it done.

  2. Jessica Condrey said,

    February 4, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Awesome! Practical solutions for messy spaces. Now if only I could organize my time to do this!

  3. ChicDecó said,

    February 6, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I’m also creating a home office at this moment and those are great ideas! I love the first one, I’m looking for a Eames chair for my desk too! You have a lovely blog! 🙂


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