Friday, April 17, 2009


For most of us, we can never have too much storage space. In my studio I am always trying to upgrade and find different ways to store all the many supplies it takes to create with. Unique jars, shelves, containers and even an old roasting pan to hold paint bottles. I love to be organized and keep clutter limited. At times, my room looks like a tornado has gone through it with stuff everywhere and glitter covering most surfaces. That's when I stop, regroup and clean up my mess just to start making a new one. I know many artists who create best in a mess. I am not one of those people. I have a need to keep things straight in order to be accomplished. This seems to work for me and I am always looking for new ways to keep my studio organized. So I thought I would share a few ways I use to hold creative supplies.

If you remember past posts of my creative space, you know I have a black toile decor taken from Inspiration in a Spring/Summer issue of Romantic Country 2007. The following year I redesigned mine, inspired from elements in Fifi O'Neil's toile studio. Since then it has changed a few times to meet my daily work load and needs.

Toile fabric skirt I made to hide the clutter under the work table. It is attached with velcro to easy remove when I need to get supplies underneath.

Chest of drawers I purchased from Hobby Lobby for a huge discount because one of the drawers had a crack in it. That's not a problem for me, a little distressed never hurts anything. The drawers hold ribbons, trims and other embellishments. On the top is the vintage lamp from my sweet friend Ann from Ann's Finds. I covered the unique square shade with toile fabric and it just adds a cozy feel to the room.

Recently I added this white wicker chair I found several years ago at a tag sale. Added a cushion and soft toile quilt with pillows for a cozy spot to read or take a break. I realized something about myself when I moved the room around to put this chair by the window. And, that was, I love to position a cozy spot by a window. I have done this in several places throughout my home. In this case, I can see those pretty roses dh planted.

Tall storage cupboards hold product and display a few favorite aprons.

Desk area where I blog and work on the computer.

Side of an old sewing machine where the drawers would fit. Turned on it's side and hung makes the perfect shelf to hold pretty treasures.
Old shadow box house that my dad made, now holds tons of paint bottles.

Pink wood tote to hold, what else, lots of pink paints!
Storage right under the work table to roll out when needed.
Lots of jar storage. Large jars hold trims and baby food jars hold gems, buttons and silk roses. Canisters hold more embellishments in a decorative way. While an old roaster pan painted pink holds more paints.

Victorian boot my mother made years ago holds sponge brushes.
Lazy susan great for brushes, pencils and other items used often.
Drawings of sweet Miss Beazy Lee.

The search for unique ways to store and organize will continue.

Where I paint~~

Where I blog~~

Blessed with La Job~

Do you have ideas for unique and fun storage using items you have in a different way? It is so much fun to give new purpose to old objects or collectible treasures.

Till next time, I'll be in the studio, with brush in hand.

Remember, leaving a comment enters you in my 100th post giveaway. Be an active blogger, be able to supply your address and leave a comment. Drawing will be May 9th and the winner posted on Mother's day.

Blessings and Blue Skies, Celestina Marie


Abby Lanes said...

Wow! I am blown away by your creativity. Thank you for all of the magnificent ideas. You've left me awestruck!

Rebecca Nelson said...

Are you kidding me? My studio looks NOTHING like this!

Ok...NOW I'm inspired to clean up my MESS!

Beautiful girlfriend! Beautiful!

Love to you...Rebecca

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Hi Celeste! I never tire of seeing your lovely studio. And now, you've added even more to it! I am soooo in love with the black sewing machine drawers framework/shelves!! Everything is so neat & tidy! You've just GOT to show us a mess at least once!! :0)

Big Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Pearl said...

What a beautiful creative space you have. Very beautiful

Anonymous said...

Your Studio is eye-candy!! I too need a neat & clean place to paint. I can't stand clutter in my work space. I probably spend more time straightening it than actually working....LOL!!
Hope You have a Great Weekend!

Angela said...

You give me so many ideas that inspires me....I loved that boot filled with the brushes. What an awesome idea. Thanks for sharing. I love your craft/work room. It is SO pleasing not only to my eye but my heart girl.

LindaSonia said...

Enjoyed seeing your work space very much. Looks like a space I'd like to spend time in. LindaSonia

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

I love your studio. Your studio and Fifi's were part of the inspiration for my office area in my studio, only I used red toile.

I love all of your creative ways to store your tools and pieces of your art.

I clean my studio after each project is finished. There is always broken pieces of china everywhere!

Unknown said...

You truly are an INSPIRATION! Your room is just so lovely as are YOU and your creations!

We are so much alike too...right now tho, my room is a mess which I must get some order back into. And I too am always rearranging and looking for additional ways to store what I have. Thanks for showing us again your amazing room!!! It is just gorgeous!

Also, give your dh a hug from me. He has been such an encouragement to both DH and I. You both are just so kind and wonderful! I pray GOD's richest blessing over you both!

Love and HUGS...Lorena

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Celeste!

Your studio is fabulous! What an inspiring place to create in!! I love the black & white theme and the toile is icing on the cake. You are so organized and I love all your methods of organizing. Great use of things many of us already have or could find at yard sales & refurbish.

My sweet sister, Nancy, made the same Victorian shoe for me! I was so surprised when I saw yours. I love mine and it is a real treasure from her. I miss her so much.

I can hardly wait to hug you dear Celete!! Sherry

Only 3 weeks!!

Brenda said...

What a great way to use all the space in your room - it is so pretty and who doesn't like toile? Now that I have seen your studio I feel the need to get in mine and do a makeover. Thanks for the inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Great ideas, Celeste! ♥ Wow, what efficient use of space. i think that's the key isn't it? Thanks for showing us. The shadow box for a paint holder is the best! Wouldn't think to turn the paints on their sides like that... We need to extend our creativity to our organizing, eh? Love your whicker chair my the window. I love to sit by a window, too.

It's time for me to clean up my craft room again because I'm finding that I'm not crafting in my craft room! It just holds everything and then I bring what I'm working on out to the dinning room table and then it's a mess, too. I let my craft rooms tables get too cluttered to use! I know there's a solution and I think it's called diligence!

Thanks for the inspiration!

Unknown said...

I love your studio! It looks like a very beautiful and inspiring environment to work in! Good for you for making it work for you! It's so pretty, too! :)

You're so lucky to have beautiful items your parents made!

Thanks for the sweet comment you just left on my blog! :)

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Love your studio and love the black and white. Great idea for the that!

Rue said...

Hi Celestina :)

Your studio is so wonderful and I love all your ideas for keeping the clutter at bay. I need to do it too, now that I'm looking around me ;)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Joyce said...

Oh my!! Your studio is simply gorgeous! what an incredibly talented inspiration you are~ Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Gone said...

What a "creating" space you have!! It's gorgeous...I love the toile.

See you soon (I hope)!!

We're OFF!!!


Anonymous said...

Well, there you are! I've stopped by a couple of times this week so I knew you were knee deep in paint or crafts of some kind.
I loved the tour, Celeste. It's hard to keep things need in the middle of a project, isn't it! Little bits of this and that all over the place. I have to stop frequently and clear away the debris. Like you, I think better and work better in an organized space. Yours is truly lovely!

Nélia Botelho said...

Como vai Celestina?

Vim passear um pouco por aqui para me encantar com as suas maravilhas e desejar... um bom domingo!

Kris said...

Celeste, I think you have another career in the workings. Creative Organizer!! I would love to be your first client. :) could you do that pro-bono? I'm a starving artist. hehehe

Love your space and the colors. I could spend all day there painting and creating. Looks much better than my small kitchen closet turned art supply/studio/hide my mess. Oh' and the dreary basement for larger projects.

Have a happy day


Shirl said...

Hello Celeste, wow your so organized there in that beautiful craft room. I like to work in a neat organized place too. I just made 20 tags for a chruch event and boy did I have a mess after that. I'll be posting pics of that stuff on Monday. I'm trying to get more organized here, I do use some of the same organizing items that you use. I like the idea of having all your pink paints together. I might do that with mine. I've just started seperating my sewing room from my craft room, too much stuff in one room. I have alot of sewing supplies and stash over the years. Your painting is beautiful! Love the pink with the black toile also!
Bless you, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Celestins Marie,

Thank you so much for showing us your beautiful Studio. I am in love with your black and white theme.
Great to see all your wonderful storage ideas and where you do your blogging and loved how the things your parents made for you, must have special place.

Such a beautiful place to work and you must just love to create and paint there.

Have a happy weekend

Arleen ~ The Tea Room said...

Hi Celestina. Wow, what a beautiful room. I love all the black and white, especially the Toile fabric! I also love that you stored your sponge paint brushes in the shoe your mother painted. I love how the shapes of the sponges compliment the toe of the shoe. Very clever!

Thank you for sharing all these beautiful photographs of your creative storage ideas and of your beautiful room. So inspiring!


Jessi Nagy said...

hey there sweets,

eeekkk i se my apron on your wall. woo hoo.
your craft space is awesome!!!
love it.

The Muse said...

great tips...all laid in an easy and white map of sorts.. :) LOL....yes I dare say that creativity is a bloom there in your little haven!

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Thank you so much for sharing pictures of your organized studio. It looks pretty and functional. I too like to have things organized, but it doesn't always happen!

Unknown said...

CELESTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love everything!!! You have the prettiest work space of anyone on earth! Those drawings of Miss Beazy are awesome!!! You are so multi-talented Celeste, it drives me crazy, lol! I wish I lived closer so you could teach me! I would get so much done if I had a space like that! Just fabulous!!
Love you,

Ruth Welter said...

I know I've said it before Celestina but your work room should be in a magazine, it is just gorgeous. I like how you surround yourself with your art as well. I try to do that too...I try to hang as many of my paintings as I can in my own house, so I can enjoy them until they sell. Again, just a lovely space you've created here.


Lori said...

Wow!!! I can only dream of having a fourth of all of your room and supplies!Tantastic!!! Lori

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

I haven't seen you in awhile so I thought I'd stroll by for a visit.
This is the most beautiful motivation for me. I've been collecting hat boxes and various Parisian accessories for my studio redo. Thank you for sharing your room of inspiration!
Come for a visit. I'd enjoy your company.

Sweet wishes,

Joyfulsister said...

Hi Celestina Marie

I was blessed by your visit today when I came home from our Women's Ministries Camp. Thank you my sister for you words of encouragement. Wow I love your creative space, I am like you as wel,l I need to create in a place that is organized and neat. I love the different items you used to organize your supplies. Thank you for sharing, it inspires me to want to go and re organize my craft shelf lol. I would love to enter your give away. my email is

Hugz Lorie

Shirl said...

Hello again Celeste, I had to stop back to tell you that I love how you make a cozy little area with a chair by a window. I love that too and try to make a little setting like that in every room.
To answer a few questions that you asked. Yes that little Faux cake that Jen made me is a box and it does open. Thank you so much on your sweet comment on my ocean front window. It makes me smile everyday. I miss the ocean so much since moving to WV, in NJ we were only a 45 min. drive to the beach. I have not posted pics of my Americana bath yet but I'm going to start it next Monday on a Blue Monday post. I will do it in three parts since I have so much in that room. Alot of needlework since I love Americana so much. Thank you for asking and I appreciate you giving me advise on the color of paint to use.
Love ya, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

vickie said...

Wonderful space for creating! You have so many pretty pieces of eye candy in your studio. Love it all!

Jennifer said...

Celeste,I just love your studio so much.It is such a inspiration for me to do mine up when we are finished redoing things here.I love that plate with the deer on it!! I have a red toile with deer and a hunter it reminds me of it.Ibought it from Au years ago. Miss Beazy's pics are wonderful did u do them too?I love all the jars and the storage units.It took a few times of me loading your blog and doing dished but I finally have it loaded on this old dial up.LOL Hugs to you!Jen

A Hint of Home said...

Hi Celestina,
Glad to see your post. Your workshop is such an elegant place to work. It's a "dreamshop"! You've done a great job organizing and making it functional.
My roses are opening more every day. We I return in ten days they will be gorgeous. I will post them in the near future. Enjoy yours!

Connie said...

I think it looks great, honey. Why is it we always have to redecorate when it's beautiful as it is??? Jack is always wondering why I change so much around all the time.

Kris said...

Hi Celeste,

Hope you're doing well. I just wanted to stop by and invite you to enter a giveaway at my blog.

Have a happy day


Ronda said...

Oh My,
What an absolutely lovely space to be in. It is just beautiful. I want a room like
Love & Prayers,

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

It was wonderful to see how you made your studieo look nso workable and neat all at the same time.My work place is big but nothing pretty like this.I may have to start work on it,right after all the spring cleaning outside.We are still mowing.XXOO Marie Antionette

Unknown said...

Hey Sweetie!
You so inspired me that I finally got my room cleaned and I made sure I mentioned you in my latest organizing blog!

Give your Hubby a HUGE hug from me...he has been such a blessing and sweetheart!


~CC Catherine said...

Bonjour Ms Celestina Marie! ;) I totally love what you've done with your office! It's right up my French alley! ;) Seriously, the colors and the way you've got everything organized is super! You are so artistic, I'd love to spend a day just watching you at your craft! I'm a writer and I've often said I wish I could paint., but the closest I can come to painting is when I have my pen in hand! My canvas? Just a pad... ;) You are very blessed! Thanks for not burying your tremendous talent! ~AuRevoir! ~CC Catherine (I loved the "LA JOB" signage! ;)

Anonymous said...

WOW.... you must come do my space!! I have an award for you at my blog. I'd love it if you could come pick it up. I generally don't do the awards but this one is worthy. Hope you'll stop by.

Marydon said...

Come join my Mother's Day contest, tell your friends about it.

TTFN ~ Marydon

Anonymous said...

I love your pillow with the pretty pink ruffle. It is so sweet. I didn't even realize you were having a drawing. My goodness. I got lost in your room. I came back and took a second look for inspiration and found more than enough. Thanks for sharing.

Christine said...

I love your studio. Everything is so organized.

I have a unique idea for storage but it won't work for everyone.

I recently purchased a new plasma TV and decided I didn't want to use my bulky entertainment center anymore. It's nice but rather bulky. I moved it into my craft room and use it for storage. The section for the stereo and components is used to store supplies, books and larger tools. I put plastic rolling carts in the space where the TV would go. The space under the TV with doors stores my many pads of scrapbook paper.

Mine is made of really nice oak but I'm very tempted to paint it in some kind of cottage style. I'll probably end up doing that at some point but it's huge and heavy and I don't want to move it (boo-hoo).

I'm also having a giveawy so pop over to my blog and click on the Martha Stewart book at the top of my blog!


Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

Celestina Marie, you are soooo organized! Creating in such a beautiful and tidy space must be pure joy! I especially like your use of the shadow box to house paints! Repetition of the round tops inside the shadow box is eye catching! Great stuff! said...

Wow, what organization! I'm redoing my studio at the moment, but I don't have any hopes of getting to this level of tidiness! Yours looks great!

Just Between Us Girls said...

My Dear Celeste,
Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such kind comments. I always love to hear from you. Your work space or studio is sumptuous. It is surely a pleasure to work in that space. So organized ...just grand and the black white is splendid. I use old ice boxes to store paints and supplies. They are painted jadeite green and ivory and restored by my husband. I have them in the kitchen. I wish I had a studio.
Take the best of care.
Love an hugs,

suesueb said...

i love your studio space-so organized and beautiful! i've been working in my new area and it's overwhelming sometimes to try to find time to create and stay organized! thanks for the chance to win a surprise-that's always so much fun!! i also need to find the time to blog more! happy week to you and yours!

♥ Noelle ♥ said...

OH MY! Your work room is gorgeous! I LOOOOOVE black and white toile; and its so pretty with the pink mixed in! There is no doubt that you have wonderful inspiration in that room!

Noelle ♥

Déjà View Designs said...

I am completely inspired to redecorate - your tastes are absolutely amazing. Just lovely.

I am new to blogging and happened upon your site. I need to learn a lot!

Thank you for sharing,

Reflections from the Stone Nest said...

What a lovely studio. Just gorgeous. And so organized. I just love how you used the old sewing machine drawer holder as a shelf. Oh to have an entire room for creating and inspiration! Thanks for sharing....

Have a wonderful day

Caroline said...

I love the pink basket with all your pink paints. The handpainted roses are so pretty.

Sonia said...

My word, how organized, creative and pretty your studio is. Sniff, sniff!! I want one!!

Debbie Kay said...

Celestina Marie:

Such amazing ideas, I love the black toile and all the creative things you use in your studio. Lots of love,

Debbie Kay

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

wow Celeste! I want the same studio as yours! thanks for sharing such awesome tips! now I got to clean up my corner! have a good week!

Unknown said...

Hi Celeste!! I miss you :) Just stopping in to see how you are doing. I was so glad to see you this morning!
Love ya,

Caroline said...

Your creative space is very creative!! Love the black and white with hints of pink throughout your decor!


I found you via Edie Marie's Closet - and wanted to say how fabulous that boot looks holding those sponge brushes! I knew I needed a pair of tiny vintage boots for something - now I know why!

Betzie said...

Hi Again Celeste!
I must have missed this are so organized!!! I just love your desk and all your creative storage ideas.
I will have to come back and reread them again. I need all the help I can get!!!
Thanks for sharing girlfriend!!! xoxo

Gone said...

I love your studio, Celeste!! It's beautiful!


Decoracion Vintage Industrial Retro Chic said...

wooww¡ me fascino yo quiero uno asi tambien¡
con toile
pink days studio shabby chic
buenos aires

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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..