studio improvements…

studio1well if you’ve been following us on social media you know we’ve been busy the last month with a few home improvements installing cool new vintage style wood floors.  for the past two weeks we’ve taken on the last room in the house which is the studio, and let me tell you this was no easy task.  my studio is a working studio for myself and mario where you can literally find us in here 7 days a week so the thought of it not being operational for any amount of time was out of the question.  the studio itself is loaded with all of my creative supplies, and although everything had it’s place, once you start moving things around it can pile up quickly (as you can see from mario’s expression above) so we had to come up with a plan…

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we spent a couple of days getting things organized then it was time to set our plan in motion.  since all of my supplies are on rolling metal shelves, we maneuvered them around the studio in sections at a time as our neighbor art tore up the old floor and replaced it with the new one (like one of those sliding puzzle games)…

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once all of the floors were down it was time to get everything situated again.  during the remodel i decided to remove the old particle board bookcases to make better use of that space.  one problem that created was it eliminated my “display” space for all the vintage things that inspire me – art and mario to the rescue!  art created two custom shelves and a cabinet to showcase my treasures, and mario did his distress magic to them…

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i moved my vintage supply spinner that holds all my inks and paints into the corner which made it more accessible from my craft table – then it was time to load everything up!  i love creating vintage vignettes and think it’s important to surround yourself with artful elements in your studio space that inspire.  you never know what might spark the imagination…

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the new cabinet became the perfect spot to display another random collection, vintage alarm clocks. believe it or not, i purchased this entire collection from one person on eBay years ago.  i literally thought i was bidding on 3 clocks and ended up getting over 70 – talk about a lucky find!  i like them since they are a constant reminder to me that there will never be enough hours in the day to accomplish it all, and remember to take time for the things in life that are most important…

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by removing the bookshelves i also had space to add a new set of metal shelving since i was running out of room for my dies and stamps.  now i have the perfect area for all of my sizzix die storage boxes and stamp storage binders and everything is easy to find…

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i would have to say if you look around my studio there isn’t an empty space to be found and i love it that way.  i have vintage locker baskets piled with found objects, displays of old things like paint brushes and random trinkets.  in fact during this reorganization i’ve gathered up lots of vintage finds to start selling on etsy next month. after all, one must make room for more things right?…


it was a crazy couple of weeks getting everything in the studio put back together, but we always have fun with whatever we do (oh, and don’t be afraid of the monkey, he’s harmless)…

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so here is the finished result and i couldn’t be happier with my new creative space.  the storage closet is filled with all of my class and teaching supplies, and of course my craft table is the perfect centerpiece.  i love the new floors and think the before and after speaks for itself – what a difference!  thanks for sharing in the journey…t!m

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241 Comments to “studio improvements…”

  1. Patty Pearson says:

    It looks great! Happy Thanksgiving to you and Mario. I think you guys deserve a break.

  2. Lisa M says:

    OMG….amazing!!! I do not however envy you on dusting day. The transformation looks so wonderful and what a place to be inspired in. Nicely done 🙂

  3. Marleen says:

    what an amazing tranformation. So love the new look and love how you guys have fun with all you do. The way to live life 🙂

  4. Nina W. says:

    Just now seeing your gorgeous reno! Looks great guys!!

  5. Sande Nosek says:

    Love the vintage floor and your studio is amazing!

  6. Donna Schrader says:

    Wow….lots of work but it looks great! love that flooring!

  7. Retta Fox says:

    I’m drooling over here. Love the re-org…the pictures…and Good Lord! Will you look at all those clocks! I hope they’re not all wound up and ticking…tick…tick…tick….tick…tick…tick…tick! LOL

  8. Lisa Haines says:

    It looks fantastic! Love the MONKEY too!! Great job Tim and Mario!!

  9. Linda Priest says:

    The new floors are a much better reflection of your personality and work space. Love the new look! Thanks for sharing your home. It would be a wonderful experience to visit and just poke around looking at all your treasures.

  10. Lottie says:

    WOW ! What a mammoth task that must have been, the floor looks great and yes your craft table is the perfect centerpiece . Maybe you could do tours round your studio, hmm, on second thoughts perhaps not, your shelves of vintage found objects may soon be depleted by memento seekers lol. Enjoy !

  11. lorena b. says:

    Dude! You have the best studio ever! How fantastic to have great helpers (yay Mario & Art) at your side! Congratulations on a beautiful creative space!

  12. Hello Mario and Tim, I’ve been trying to reach you, but it was impossible, I hope I can get this message to you.I live in Spain, I like scrap-booking and I am organizing a convention in February, I would like you to come to this event and show us some of your creations. I live in a small town heritage site, with a beautiful castle and a story of dreams, the event was held as a “HOSPITAL SCRAP ADDICTED” This will be really fun, we have a lot of people crazy about this technique, you have them in our hospital will be a real pleasure. Please do not tell me no, my English is not good, Please, please, please, please, please, please join us for in this wonderful project, we love everything you do, you are wonderful, unique and special, and I need to give life to the scrap in Spain.I appreciate that if you read me, Please confirm that you received my message. Thank you very much for your attention.
    Marta Yaneth Diaz

  13. Reah Feiertag says:

    I love your craft table and new floor to!
    Wish I was half as organized.

  14. Heather MacDonald says:

    FANTABULOUS!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!! I love to see how you organize your space because I am one that needs to see what I have but also need some inspiration/things I love with the challenge of keeping that in balance and putting things away. I am fine til something doesn’t have a home. I love when you sell organizing things to go with your treasures. That vintage spinner thingy in the corner is AWESOME!!! Can you make an updated Tim Holtz one for y0ur customers!??! Seriously though if I can see something I am so much more likely to use it. I love to have all my clors on display. The floor really makes the room warmer and more vintage! If you are selling your Monkey I want to buy him my grandkids are looking on with me and say thats what I need to be able to craft like you lol! And I am supposed to be the crfty one ? COGRATS ENJOY HAVE FUN!

  15. Michelle S says:

    I love your room! I too just put new flooring in my scrapbook/craft room. And, yes, it was a daunting task–my husband thought I should keep the 25year old worn, stained carpet because he couldn’t image me moving ALL my wonderful items in order for new flooring to be put down. But as you proved, no matter how much you have in your creative space, it can be achieved!! Now I have wood vinyl floors installed like wood planks that you would never know were now the real thing. Thanks, Tim for the inspiration as always <3

  16. marty says:

    I LOVE it!!!! wow love that dark vintage flooring and i envy you the clock collection. The rolling shelves………great stuff. You and Mario have a fun time working and living. Very cool.

  17. Carolyn Barnard Shema says:

    Beautiful floors! Need that at my barn home.
    That monkey is pretty spooky!

  18. June Sefscik says:

    What a transformation…beautiful and wonderful teamwork. Have fun creating….and I LOVE the clock collection.

  19. Colleen Dickinson says:

    Wow, what an exceptional space. Looks like you two had a ton of fun doing the renovation, now you can sit back, admire and create how fun.

  20. Sharon Sellars says:

    Tim, I love your inspiration; thanks so much for it. And your new studio looks absolutely great

  21. Gabby says:

    LOVIN the after! The new floors look spectacular and the new shelving and displays of your fabulous vintage collectibles are the utmost cool! 🙂

  22. Carol P says:

    It is beautiful! Boy what a lot of work though.

  23. Michelle B says:

    Guess every craft room could use the wonder duo of Mario and Art. Looks fabulous and inspirational.

  24. Karen P says:

    That is stunning! So wish I could have a studio like that, enjoy it and I am sure it will inspire you even more too

  25. KathyH says:

    I love to organize! You did a fantastic job in your studio and it’s great that you could still include all the magic that makes your designs you!

  26. Clare says:

    I’m a fan of all you’ve done for our funky industry.

  27. Velvet Pearson says:

    Oh, man, what a lot of work moving and reorganizing! The floor is beautiful, and I bet you found some things you forgot about and will use and show all of us!

  28. kim222 says:

    Awesome job you guys!!! Beautiful!!!

  29. Shelleyanne Fogarty says:

    G’day Wow it looks amazing. I want to work in that space. Mario you are truly a lucky man to have the job you do and to work for such an inspirational man. I love your collection of different vintage finds, the clocks are awesome and what a lucky find. Where did you find the spinning carousel with your inks etc on it? Hope your new creative space helps you with your inspirational creations.

  30. Chary says:

    Gorgeous floors!! What a fun room!!

  31. Natalie Brotherston says:

    I love the renovations and how you’ve organised your space!

  32. Teresa L. says:

    Tim & Mario,
    The floors are stunning. Your studio is incredible!!!!!! You two are amazing. Love all your collectibles.

  33. joy shimabukuro says:

    Awesome and inspiring! You guys rock! Thanks for sharing!

  34. Robin says:

    I love you guys! I also love your creative space…thanks for sharing your home improvement projects.

  35. DollyH says:

    WOW. That is all I can say. Wow. What a great room. Love the new floor. Can’t wait to see the things you make in your inspiring studio.

  36. Karen Wedding says:

    Looks so good. I wish I had a crafting room like that. Does it ever become over stimulating from all the stuff? What am I saying, you probably thrive on that. Love it, Tim.

  37. Laura Slingerland Casey says:

    Everything looks amazing….and what a difference a classy floor makes !! Enjoy your new space and I hope it keeps inspiring you to make magic for us !!!!

  38. Irene Segal says:

    I love all your organization and the studio is beautiful…saw so many things I would love to have in my room….great work as always. ?..

  39. Rhoni t says:

    Love, love love the big poster. Not sure how you all pulled that off in two weeks and every back in its place. If lived in a remodel for over 2 yrs and nothing ever goes back the way it came out.

  40. Irene says:

    I just love what you’ve done to your room!! I think my most favorite is your floors!!! Overall, it looks so inviting and it makes me feel inspired to create! I love all of your vintage goodies too! Thanks for sharing!

  41. Bobbi says:

    You have such a gorgeous, inspiring, creative space!!! That was a ton of work, but oh so worth it! Everything looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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