My studio is very functional, table and chairs, beads, desk, storage, a bit of art, but somehow it was missing the cozy and the comfortable.
It's a great place to kit, host a class, illustrate etc, but I found that when I beaded I would take my beads and hit my comfy chair in the family room, or in nice weather the veranda. But this resulted in many a trip back to the studio to retrieve whatever tool, bead, book that I was missing.
I decided I needed to create some cozy comfort in the studio. It's furnished in my modern contemporary IKEA style, but I pictured a big overstuffed chair with side tables for the cup of tea, the iPad and beads of course.
A trip to the local consignment provided the chair I blogged a couple of weeks back (yes it reclines and is super comfortable), but I needed tables. I don't like to make a career of the search, but a trip to IKEA just didn't present the perfect option (although it was a hot date, we wandered the aisles and had dinner followed by a frozen yogurt, yes we live an exciting life), so next I visited cost plus world market, where I found a great table with a shelf and casters....sort of rustic industrial, but I deemed it not the right look. I will sometimes get enamored with a 'look' and forget the environment it needs to fit into. While electic can be done well, it's not really my strong suit to pull off.
So onto Pier One where I found glass mosaic nesting tables! Perfect coloration, size and the right amount of real estate for holding all my tools and beads nearby. And now I can bead for hours, listening to a book, or watching TED talks or listening to Pandora, and all my needs are just steps away. Now I just need some hours!
Next up is a floor lamp to provide evening light without the glare of the fluorescent overheads, and I think my cozy space will be complete. Perhaps a trip to Lamps Plus?
Have you perfected a comfortable place to bead? Please share.