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Studios and Workshops 43 Ideabooks

There's just one problem with this shed: It's too cool. "I've found that I just sit inside the space, look around and think about how cool it is more than actually creating something," says homeowner Chris Sewell. The sunny Santa Barbara, California, shed serves many purposes: It acts as a buffer between the street...
5 Creative Studios and Cabins Right in the Backyard
Sometimes when you want to get creative, you have to leave the house. This can be mighty inconvenient, as crowds of angry latte swillers don't take too kindly to you and your laptop hogging a four-top table at Starbucks for eight hours a day. See...
11 Tips to Get the Creative Space You Crave
Do you dream of having your own creative space? If so, you have come to the right place. From lighting and organization to displaying your finished work, the following ideas can help you create a space tailored to your needs. Join me in exploring...
Room of the Day: Potting and Puttering in Toasty Warmth
Winters can be extra tough on Minnesotans who love to garden. A small addition to her 1919 bungalow allows this passionate gardener to keep her hands in the dirt all year long while protecting her favorite potted plants. “We wanted to make the new addition...
Basement of the Week: A Creative Space for Kids and Storage for All
Interior designer Justine Sterling was tired of her family’s having to enter their lovely colonial home through a dank basement, and craft projects had...
Making a Fine Mess in an Oregon Pottery Studio
After an extensive renovation of this mid-1970s home in Portland, Oregon, it became pretty clear that one of the owners, ceramicist Marika van Adelsberg, needed her own space for her pottery, says architect Tim Schouten of Giulietti...
Studio Tour: From Old Shed to Sunny Ceramics Workshop
Courtney Hamill of Honeycomb Studio loves the simplicity of basic forms. This aesthetic echoes gracefully through her work as a porcelain ceramicist, and in her sunny backyard workshop...
From Backyard Shed to Motorcycle Haven
Rita Hendricks and Dennis Reed had only one requirement when searching for their new home. There had to be space for the motorcycles. Reed discovered his passion for motorcycles 15 years ago and has...
Quick Take: A Modern Pool House for Art and Entertaining
Every artist needs a muse. For this New Jersey landscape painter, it's her own property. After she and her husband, an electrical engineer, finished a renovation...
Creative Spaces: Once a Garage, Now an Art Studio and Office
Every design choice in my house is dictated by budget. I'm a work-at-home freelance artist raising two children, and every room has come together using finds from thrift stores, Craigslist and even bulk trash. I frequently work...
8 Rooms That Say 'Let's Make Something'
If you're lucky enough to have a workshop or craft room, you want it to be an inviting place that inspires you to get right to work, with plenty of easy-to-use places to stash your tools, samples and supplies and a nice big work surface. Dreaming of shaping...
2 Washington Studios Give Artists a Place to Create
Artists need time to think, daydream and allow new ideas to develop — Henry Thoreau's best work was done in isolation at Walden Pond, and Vincent van Gogh painted many of his masterpieces while gazing at the lavender fields of Provence. But finding...
Step Inside a Stunning Nature-Inspired Sanctuary in South Australia
The stony, exposed ridge that overlooks South Australia’s Backstairs Passage and Kangaroo Island was an ideal place for artist Winnie Pelz to design and build her 452-square-foot studio, but the extreme weather, unpredictable soil and nosy...
6 Artist's Studios That Model Great Design
I was watching the film Pollock the other day and found myself envying Jackson Pollock's studio in Long Island, New York, as cold and rustic as it was. What a dream, to have a separate studio where one might be inspired to turn the art world on...
Studio Tour: An Art Salon in the Heart of Las Vegas
After years of working solo, artist friends Daria Riley and Sabrina Cofield reached a state of limbo in their creative lives. Artwork had taken a backseat to the call of motherhood, and they needed something to kick-start their creativity again. Their...
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