Friday, May 16, 2008


Today Brenda from The Brenda Blog is having a tour of our spaces Where Bloggers Create. I have shared my studio redesign last spring, so these pictures are from then and I hope you enjoy the tour. Be sure to click on the link to visit other great spaces. Welcome to my studio where this blogger creates and thank you Brenda for hosting this fun tour!

Last summer 2007 I was thinking of redecorating my art studio to make it more organized but inspiring at the same time. As I was working out the details, I picked up the Romantic Country Magazine #88 and low and behold on page 82 was my answer. The gorgeous black toile office designed by FiFi O'Neill. As I drooled over the pages over and over again I knew I had the inspiration for my studio's new look.

I have always loved black toile and had lots of accessories already from a kitchen design in toile that I changed to a Tuscan look. And yes, redecorating is something I do every 4-5 years or sooner. Can't help this, the interior decorator in me has to make changes. Anyway, the black toile treasures where boxed away just waiting to be used again. So with ideas in mind and inspiration from the article, I began to design my vision.

My art studio is actually a 3rd car garage that my husband converted for me about 12 years ago to be my studio/office. It has served me well with plenty of room and one wall of windows that gives me plenty of light and a place to look out and day dream between brush strokes. This cozy room is home for my desk, computer, file cabinets and plenty of storage with shelves and cubbies for organizing my paints and supplies.

I can spend late nights in my studio and often do. I had to make it comfortable and stylish since I spend so much time here. Even hubby likes to work at my desk now and then while I paint. My sweet golden retriever, Miss Beazy, also enjoys this room and has her very own cushion under the table all designed for her comfort while I work.

I started with a neutral background and built the room from that point. Since the room is so busy with stuff, it needed the neutral walls and cabinets to anchor the room. I loved the desk toile skirt that Fifi had in her office so I decided that element would work for me as well, to hide the supplies and clutter when needed. I did add a little accent of pink here and there for interest and of course the girly girl in me.

It was fun and very inexpensive since I had most everything except the large amount of fabric for the skirt, which I might add, is attached with Velcro for easy removable when I am busy. Little by little the room came to a finish and I enjoy it so much. Below are pictures of the room and a few accents.

This is a picture of a black toile altered art treasure made by Amy of Bunny Rose Cottage. It is framed in white and graces my desk! I love it Amy, thank you!

My chic canvas painting over the work area that is home to the printer, TV and accessories.

Door eye candy~~I love aprons and these darlings hang on the back of my studio door. The rose and black was made by Connie of Living Beautifully, Rose Porch Designs. I love it Connie and thank you so much!

The shabby pink chair was the last one left from my grandmother's dining room in the 20's. Isn't it a dream? The sweet poodle and toile pillow was made by a very talented sewer that sells on ebay. Contact me for her name if you would like to peek at her goodies. The Blessed pillow was a gift from my hubby.

The picture that tops my cabinets is my hubby and I with Laura Bush at the White House Christmas 2004 when I was invited to hand paint ornaments for the Blue Room Christmas Tree. She was so wonderful to send us one for my office and also my hubbies office with a thank you letter.

Lastly, above the wall of windows I have painted the phrase my Father once said to me, "Find what you love to do and you will never work another day of your life."

It is such a blessing to work from your own home and I am very grateful for this 3rd car garage redesign. Little by little by stuff is taking over. Poor hubby says he only has the shed! LOL!! Thank you for letting me share my creative space with you and thank you to Fifi O'Neill for the inspirational Romantic Country Magazine feature. I would love to see your creative rooms. Till next time, blessings always!


Connie said...

Absolutely stunning, honey! But of course, I loved it when I first saw it. You are so gracious and kind and creative.

Jessi Nagy said...

your studio is the most amzing space. i would never ever leave!!
Yours should be in a magazine.
so fabulous!!
I need to go back and look again

Sharon said...

Celeste I love your studio, it's by far one of the biggest and prettiest I have ever seen. Magazine worthy for sure.

marine's words said...

everything is so beauitful I love the tour and looking at everything
you have talent!!! please sned it these way.marina

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful job you did! I am touched to know that my humble little office was a bit of inspiration but you added your own creativity and the results are GORGEOUS!
It was most gracious of you to mention me but I think the black & white toile was the trigger to your personal design and touch.

Shirl said...

Celeste your studio is just beautiful! I love the touches of pink with the black and white. It's just perfect! The picture from the White House is such a treasure! You must be so proud of yourself, what an acomplishment!
Love you Celeste!

bee'nme said...

Oh girl - this is a fantasy studio if I've ever seen one - how gorgeous (it's SO YOU!!) I too fell in love with FiFi's when I saw it in RH (I've been a black toile fan too for a long time. You did a wonderful job pulling it all together - just outstanding!! Can I come over and play...?? :o)

Hugs and Blessings,
Becky S.

Ruth Welter said...

Celestina...your office/studio is out of this world beautiful!! I wish I could stay that organized...that really amazes me. I have what you might call, orgainized stacks of clutter in mine. I seem to know where most things are but still, it could be so much neater.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Your studio is beautiful. I love the black and white. I know you must be thrilled to have a space so lovely to go to and create.

Unknown said...

LOVE this post Celeste! Your office is just fabulous!! I love all the little details. The chair is beautiful and the pillows. It is just stunning!!! You did a beautiful job, it should be the one in magazines! Beautiful job! And thank you so much for showing the piece I did. Your the sweetest!

Love you,

Unknown said...

WOW! Your studio is jaw-dropping gorgeous. It definitely looks magazine worthy. My space is so tiny and cluttered, I'd give anything to have a space like yours....of course, you'd have to come decorate it for me.

gentle hugs,

Kathy said...

Your studio is gorgeous. It must be an inspiring environment in which to create your beautiful artwork!...Kathy

Celestina Marie said...

Thank you dear friends for your kind words about my creative space. I would love to invite you all over for a day of girly creating, fun, painting smd designing. I am sure we would have a great time!!
Big Hugs, Celestina

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Hi Celeste! I always love looking at your studio! It is just perfect in every way....and SO neat!!

So wonderful to see your grandmother's chair refinished in your signature style! I love that.

The words of your sweet daddy painted on the walls are so special, too. Love the sentiment behind that.

Big Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Art by Ronda Juniper Ray said...

Your studio is soooooo gorgeous! You did a wonderful job with it.

Thank you so much for sharing! People keep asking to see mine, but I keep it very streamlined and white and all my "stuff" in drawers and behind closet doors. But seeing yours has inspired me to think about adding a bit of color and pizzaz!

Keep creating! Ronda

kari and kijsa said...

What an amazing space! So glad you shared your fabulous studio!!
Check out our post today for a fun freebie magazine offer!!!

kari & kijsa

Unknown said... know is just ADORE your room. It just is so organized and well done! Its an inspiration, of sorts, for me to get going on my *New* Studio/Craft Room. Got the paint, a robins egg blue and can't wait to paint. Already working on furniture!

You have such a wonderful I might be asking for some help when the time comes...I hope that's okay!

And Yes, I agree with Sharon...a Magazine should pick this up and run with it!

Blessings...and hugs...Lorena

A Hint of Home said...

I love toile! I have three rooms in it myself. I posted a bedroom in blue and yellow last Fri. on my blog. I have always like the black and cream. Your room is gorgeous and a beautiful space to work in. I love your blog!

CIELO said...

Good morning, lovely Celestina! charming studio; a wonderful and peaceful place to read, write or just be!

Enjoy your day


Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

This is a BEAUTIFUL space! I would never want to leave. It might even hinder my creativity...I would just sit and gaze at the surroundings and all the pretty accessories! This is one of the prettiest spaces I've seen...anywhere! ~Rhonda :)

vickie said...

Celeste your studio is the prettiest I've seen! Such a beautiful area to be creative.
Truly gorgeous!

vickie said...

The most beautiful studio ever!!!
Just gorgeous.

Unknown said...

Hi Celeste! Just checking in! Hope you are doing well :)

Love ya,

Unknown said...

That is so pretty! Oh my goodness, I would never want to leave there and I think that it being so gorgeous gives you great inspiration for your art. Thanks for sharing.

Linda said...

Your Studio - Creative Space is just amazing, I don't know if I would get any work done in there I would be do busy drooling over everything.
Cheers Linda

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Hi Celestina!
I am so glad you visited me at my blog! It gave me a chance to come over here and get to know you a little better.

Your studio/office is wonderful! I loved Fifi's too. Even though most of the mosaics I create are shabby/cottage, I actually decorate French Country. Toile is one of my favorite fabric patterns.

I am off to add your blog to my favorites. I will be back soon.

Unknown said...

Celeste I always love how you decorate. Your art studio is so gorgeous, I love black and white toile. My art studio is also black and white toile and I never get tired of this design. How special that you created Christmas ornaments for the White House. With your father's words, beautiful creations and eye candy in black and white toile, I imagine your Creative Muse is full of inspiration. Karen

Unknown said...

Your studio is amazingly stunning. WOW. You are wonderfully talented, too. Lucky you! Thank you for letting me get a glimpse of that studio.

Cathy said...

Oh Celetina, This was an absolutely wonderful post. I love every bit of it. All of the pictures were beautiful. You did a great job.

Especially the little vignettes. I love the white chair with the goodies black and white treasures sitting there.

Have a great weekend.


Jenni B said...

Wow!!!!!!!!! So in LOVE with the toile. It looks fantastic. I love your art studio as well! I made some toile curtains for my dining room and kitchen and I thought they turned out well. Then I saw yours. Way to go!

Stevie Jean said...


Just Between Us Girls said...

Dear Celeste,
OOOh you have done a remarkable trasformation of your studio space. So much detail. How long did this project take? What a wonderful atmosphere to create in.
OUTSTANDING. I hope your weekend is memorable and that you are having fun with whatever you are doing. Thank you for stopping in.

randi K design said...

What an update!!! Looks great! I miss our little chats in your "room"...!!
Oh, and your father was right!!
Hugs your way....

Maija said...

Oh my! It's all so beautiful!!!!

Rosanne McCamey said...

Dearest Celeste......Just can't believe how beautiful your web/blog site is.....that explains why my daughter and granddaughter have some artistic talent...."our" side of the family!!! You are truly talented and I'm so proud of you!!!! Your work is absolutely bautiful and your California cousins love you.......Rosanne, Lisa and Lindsay

bee'nme said...

Hi Celeste!

Just had a to give a quick follow-up comment on your gorgeous office space - I think you'll appreciate this... My mom told me that my cousin got a new job and was going to have an office of her own to decorate how she pleases, so I told my mom that we needed to share your office photos post with her and my aunt for inspiration (they love your kind of look) mom and I are talking on the phone as I tell her this so I just told her to head to my blog and link over to yours, scroll to "Older Posts" at the bottom, then scroll down until she started seeing the fantastic home office photos. So here we were, late at night, scrolling through your photos and oohhing and aahhing at every was so fun to share that little moment with my mom...we felt like we were right there with you for a private was so fun and inspiring! Anyway, we will be sending my cousin and aunt a link here to be sure...I know they will love it!!

Just wanted to share that and say thanks for all the beauty you share regularly - what a treat!!

Hugs and Blessings,
Becky S.

PS - I have not forgotten your sweet tags for me to play along with ("6 words" and the one about the current book I am reading...)I am still in crazy "ketchup" mode as I describe on my blog, so they will be coming soon!Thanks again! - B

Sherri James said...

Your studio is just beautiful! I "stumbled" upon your blog for the first time tonight. We even have the same blog design!! Many blessings! Sherri

Mary said...

Celeste, your studio is beautiful. So many pretty touches. Love your window treatments. You look beautiful at your canvas. Your blog is a favorite of mine. I love seeing your home and the beautiful painted items you create.

Rue said...

Hi Celeste :)

You took a beautiful design and made it your own. It's gorgeous and I don't blame you for spending most of your time in there.

How wonderful that you were asked to design an ornament for the president and his sweet wife!

I love the dining room chair from your grandmother's table. Is that the original paint? It's precious :)


Nola said...

Your use of black and white is absolutely inspiring! I want to run out and redo one of my rooms! Thanks for the tour.
Nola from AlamoNorth

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I have seen bits and pieces of your room before. It is so pretty and you know by my blog paper that I am a black and white girly girl!
Your art is so beautiful and I always love that Christmas special when they decorate the white house. How fortunate you were to be able to do an ornament.

Alison Gibbs said...

Oh wow - sensational studio

Carla said...

Beautiful AND spacious! Thank you for sharing!

Fifi Flowers said...

So FUN to see in your work space and others... great idea! said...

Celestina of the beautiful name, you have a beautiful studio!!! Rachaelxo

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

what a lovely studio you have! I wish I could have one like yours.. i love it!

Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

Sorry I missed this post! Beautiful studio for creating!

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Celestina Marie
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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..