At one time, before we owned the house, the garage had been used as a room of some sort. The walls were lined with dark brown paneling and the ceiling was treated with a sparkly popcorn ceiling. We used the room as a storage space. Over the past thirteen years, it became full to overflowing, mainly because I'm sentimental AND also frugal. I might need that stuff. Add that to my mother's stuff that was stored there after she died, and you have floor to ceiling clutter.
My vision for the room was all white. I love white so much that every room in our home is the same color - pure white. I like it because when I get tired of a color scheme, I can easily convert without painting. At first, I thought about just painting the room white and paneling over the garage door, which is what I think the previous owners did when they enclosed it. But, Rabbi Jem encouraged me to go all out and make it exactly what I wanted. Over the last year or so, I had collected Pinterest photos of how I imagined my space to look. That was fun.
So, the first stage of this renovation was to move EVERYTHING out of the room. That was NOT fun. Here's a pic of what our dining room looked like for a couple of months. Actually, it got much worse. I'm so glad that's over.
We put most of the stuff in plastic boxes and stored them in our shed. I packed quickly because the man who did the renovation was, unexpectedly, able to fit us in during late October. I had to pack like a mad woman, which meant a lot of stuff got lost for a long, long time. WHY? because after the renovations were done, life happened....the holidays .. . and then Jem was offered a job as the curator of the VAC which took him away most of the week. Then at the first of the year, he hurt his shoulder, I hurt my wrist ...and then we spent a couple of months visiting the chiropractor. All of this meant I made very slow progress in getting the room finished. So, here are the pics of the renovation.
|the wall for my pocket door|
|which leads into the laundry/storage room|
|This is my favorite part. I can sit at my desk and see my bird feeders|
|and the neighbor's dog, Rollo, who loves cat food|
So, once the room was finished, I began to decorate my new space and figure out where to put everything that had been in the garage. Here's what has developed over the past few months. I've had to go slow because I injured my wrist and CANNOT lift things. Which is maddening when you have tons of boxes to go through.
Come on in, Gail-Friends. Welcome to my office/artist studio.
I always wanted an artist studio with a sunflower on the door. Thank you, Father, for answering my prayers and fulfilling my vision for this space. The pink chair is my prayer and Bible study chair, and the pine hutch is a very precious heirloom. I bought it with the money I made from a part-time job as a church librarian when my girls were small.
This is my office area. I haven't figured out yet exactly what to put on that long wall.
|Sewing, music and art area|
The music cabinet and the art cabinet are on wheels so that I can move them out into the room when needed. The cabinet has a hinged top that opens to make a large workspace for art projects.
This is a glory hoop. I use it when I sing, dance, and praise Adonai during prayer and worship.
The book on the left is the one I'm working on now. It's a compilation of my poems. The photo on the shelf is my maternal grandmother, Pauline. I love this picture, even though I never knew her. She looks like the perfect, Southern belle. . . composed and so serene.
The bookmark says: She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain. It was a gift from a friend who knows me well. The Home Library System is decades old. I found it will de-cluttering. I use it to keep track of books I've loaned, and I'm so happy I found it.
This is my view from my prayer chair. I can see the sunrise, the birds, my flowers, the cats . . . so much to be thankful for.