Doorway to Design Giveaway

22 Apr 2009

Fabric designer Melissa Averinos, whose studio graces the cover of the Spring issue of Studios, doesn't have a lot of room to work in. Her 10.5- by 23-foot space is not only narrow, it has two windows and three doorways. So, where to put a a design wall?

How about right on one of the doors?

Melissa simply tacked on sturdy string "clotheslines" to the bathroom door. There she clips on an ever-changing array of inspiration pieces, including vintage scarves, fabric swatches, her own painted doodles, found papers, colored fibers--anything that strikes her as interesting and stimulates her senses.

Her solution to the design wall problem is not only fast and budget friendly--it's instant decor as well.

Would you like to create a similar design door? I'll give the tools to one lucky commentor!

Just leave a comment stating your favorite studio design or organization trick from the Spring 2009 issue of Studios. I will draw one winner randomly on Monday, May 4, and that person will win this 45' line of hemp cord, chic black clothespins, and vial of shiny tacks, all from Canvas Home Basics.

Let the commenting begin!

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pcoxdesign wrote
on 30 Apr 2009 3:27 PM

Wow! I could totally use that! I am currently using the curtain rod in my family room and blocking the view to the outdoors! I don't have the new issue yet. Waiting for pay day.

on 30 Apr 2009 7:50 PM

I can only pick one...This is so hard:)  I love Melanie Testa's thread collection storage, Christine Marin's use of clear jars, Gaye Medberry's stamp shelf, Monica Solorio-Snow's decorating theme and oh I must have Mary Carlson's cozy couch.  I love it all:)  

Jennifer Morlock

LiseV wrote
on 1 May 2009 3:09 PM

I love to quilt with other ladies so I store all my tools in platic container like the fishermen use. When you open it there are 2 other trays that come out....I am always ready to go....

Jody Johnson wrote
on 1 May 2009 6:09 PM

Issues of the magazine usually take a few extra weeks to get up to Canada. I can't wait. I keep checking the shelves. My personal favourite for my studio however is a couple of old oak letter trays that were my grandfathers. They are perfect for storing my containers of paints.

MaryB@127 wrote
on 2 May 2009 3:40 AM

Lesley Riley's shopping cart baskets made me wonder why I don't just make part of my process part of my storage...And Yvonne Porcella is my American Idol- I took a class with her in LA abt 25 years ago and it changed my approach to quilting forever- Thanks Yvonne!

Artvisionz wrote
on 2 May 2009 8:02 AM

What a great idea!  A few months ago, I moved into an apartment for the first time in 22 years so it's been an adventure trying to make the most out of the space I have.  This would be a really great asset to my smaller space!

Maggie89 wrote
on 2 May 2009 8:18 AM

The wonderful thread storage of  Melanie's was great. Wonder what her space looks like now back in NYC? I love the black clothes pegs. so chic

momuvtwins wrote
on 2 May 2009 9:09 AM

I LOVE (covet) Margie Woods Brown's studio.  Love all the light, the great (huge) work surface, the storage.  We recently moved to a new home and I am dedicating our (don't tell DH) unfinished walkout basement to my art studio (except for one little exercise corner and a corner for storage).  I want to create a wide open airy space just like Margie's.

SewLindaAnn wrote
on 4 May 2009 5:56 AM

What a great idea!! My room has 2 doors and 2 windows and is in the first room to the right when you enter my house. That would be a great idea to put on my 2nd set of doors that lead into the den...No formal living room for me, I took it over to make my own creative space. Who needs another couch anyway!!

Thanks for the pictures, I'm inspired...Linda A.

on 4 May 2009 7:51 AM

I like the clear jars anything clear - but I do something similar with the clothespins - I had an old post it bulletin board that didn't stick post its any longer - I glued the backs of clothespins on there and use it to display pieces of inspiration, ideas, notes.  Not near as cool as the door idea above with the chic black clothespins and hemp cord!!

cindyl57 wrote
on 4 May 2009 12:14 PM

Great idea! I've gotten so many ideas from the last 3 Studios magazines and have been able to implement some of them. I love Melanie Testa's thread storage and Cyndi Garcia's studio mainly because it's the same color as mine! Also loved the story behind Deb Taylor's studio!

on 4 May 2009 12:26 PM

Have yet to see the new issue here in Ontario...but I love the idea of the clothespins on the line - just did that with some laundry :)  My favourite way to store all of the little paper pieces that I cut out for my paper collages is to put them in snack size ziploc, and pin them to my homemade bulletin board (wood and fabric) so that they are always easy to access and see - I think I may have seen something similar in one of the previous issues of Studios??  Now that I've read the comments, I can't wait to see the new Studios Spring issue!  

on 4 May 2009 12:52 PM

i like using vintage ice cube trays to store my butons!

Marilynne wrote
on 4 May 2009 3:01 PM

Using a tackle box and trays are a great way to store goodies.  I also use a extra spice rack to store all by beads.

designdot wrote
on 3 Jun 2009 9:37 AM

I am going to be buying a house, I have plans to have a studio. My problem is that I'm in a motorized wheelchair, has anyone else put together a studio around a wheelchair?? I am really pleased that my art quilt will be entered in the National Quilt Show in Columbus,Ohio.

Dot from Yellow Rose Designs.

hawnwann wrote
on 5 Jun 2009 6:17 AM

RE: above design wall  --  Good idea to use doors for design walls, but no tacks on my doors.  I'll drape w/ flannel & hang string & rods from the top for the non-stip items.  I like orange too.

Artsyrose wrote
on 5 Jun 2009 6:44 AM

Another great idea for behind-the-door storage is a see-through plastic shoe hanger-- the kind that hangs over the top of the door and has bags for about 18 shoes.  I use mine to store my collection of punches... they are always available at a glance!

on 5 Jun 2009 6:51 AM

I love the use of  "clothesline" on the door.  Very easy to see and to change.  I have things hanging off my shelves above my work table, and a lot of things in clear jars.  I save almost every glass jar that comes into the house.  They're great to put just about anything in.

GCantor wrote
on 5 Jun 2009 11:14 AM

I tend to have a lot of different projects going at one time, so if I get bored or stumped, I can switch for awhile. Things used to get scattered all over my studio until I found the 2 gallon size ziploc bags, which are perfect for storing all the pieces, thread, pattern, etc, for that particular project. Plus, I can easily see which project is in the bag. It's worked great for me and made a lot less mess in my studio.

on 5 Jun 2009 12:34 PM

I love the door display dea. Not everyone sees my studio each time they visit, but they all see the bathroom door!

Quiltnan wrote
on 5 Jun 2009 2:46 PM

I love the idea of using the door it has now given me the idea as i don't have any wall to use

.I allways end up putting it on the floor or the kitchen table.

SaraQ2 wrote
on 6 Jun 2009 11:11 AM

That is a great idea. My space is tiny as well and shelving takes up a lot of room. Why not use soth sides of the door (s)!!

puppygirls wrote
on 6 Jun 2009 9:59 PM

This is so fun.  I say, put it where you'll get to see and enjoy it all the time.  Possibly decopage the door of your craft room with all the stuff you really like:  lace wonderful colors fortunes from cookies garden pictures from magazines all that stuff.   It could and will be beautiful

Have fun...Sue from Tacoma, WA

screechowl wrote
on 7 Jun 2009 9:41 AM

The hollow-core metal door I have is too difficult to push pins into, so I use ready-stick hooks that are easy to remove. I really like the idea of putting up "inspiration pieces" on the door. Great way to keep the ideas fresh in my memory, especially since I dabble in numerous crafts so I often forget which inspiration went with which craft. Thanks!