Got Space?

Susan DetjensGot Space?  Where do you work on your creative activity?  I am beyond lucky to have a handsome studio, originally organized for my painting.  It sits over a two-car garage with north light with lots of room for ‘stuff’.

Susan DetjensLike all pack rats, however, the stuff soon outgrows its designated spaces and needs more space.  This Winter to get to more space, one has to venture out on the tundra to the Milk House.  This truly was an old milk house when our barns were dairy barns.  A more recent owner/carpenter sourced the old windows, door and created the pilaster doorframe.

Susan DetjensHow disappointed he would be to see only piles of stuff in here.  If you opened the door today, it wouldn’t be as neat and open as this.

 Lady S Garden RoomLiterally over the river and through the Litchfield hills, the elegant garden room of Lady S has a wonderful space tucked away on its north side.  It can be hidden at will by closing the folding doors.

Lady S cabinet of vasesLady S’ collection of wonderful vases fills several built-in cabinets, just waiting to be pulled out and filled with flowers.

Vases in the Basement of BlissIn Michigan, Prunella’s basement of Bliss is chock a block with multiple shelves holding all manner of vases and mechanics for design.

Prunella's everything elseAs befits the tireless fount of information that Prunella shares each season in the GCA’s “By Design”, shelves of products you never knew existed are carefully labeled and neat as a pin, the better to bring them to the FASG workshops each year.

Mrs. MLU's flower roomHow much more would you achieve if you were able to create in this pretty room?  It was my good fortune to travel to Monroe LA this week and this is the handsome studio of my generous and gracious hostess, Mrs. MLU.

Cabinet for flowersHer charming wooden cabinet has a place for everything and everything in its place.

Book room wallpaperI particularly loved the wonderful book room wall paper which made the space so charming and cozy.  Thanks to you, Mrs. MLU and the TEAM for a fantastic time!

The subject of studio space fills the pages of “Where Women Create” a quarterly journal, published by Stampington & Co.  Studios of crafters, graphic artists, textile designers and others are showcased each season.  It is fun to see how they often reflect the designers and their creations.  They could inspire you to create a space.

Warren Street Hudson NY

Warren Street
Hudson NY

To get you started look no further than the shop, Lilliane & Loo, on Warren Street in Hudson NY, where last weekend this sink standing in a cabinet in distressed pine, stool, mirror and bucket of money plant were all for sale.  For about $3500, you, too, could begin to set up a charming studio of your own!  What does your space look like?


About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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3 Responses to Got Space?

  1. Audrey Curl says:

    Love these rooms for creating!
    Maybe some day!!!

  2. Alexandra says:

    Love seeing these spaces and getting inspired!

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