Product Review: IKEA’s ANTONIUS Insert

Hello, crafty friends! It’s Suzanne here today with a product review of IKEA’s ANTONIUS basket insert. I really love the versatility of this product and use it quite extensively in my own craft room… you may have noticed it in some of the pictures I posted a couple of weeks ago in my craft room tour, here. While this product was designed specifically to fit in the wire baskets of the ANTONIUS shelving/drawer system, there are many other uses for this basket insert, both in and out of the IKEA system.

My favorite part about this product is its $3.00 price tag! Although I find it quite long at 14 5/8″ x 9 1/2″ x 2 3/4″, if you can get the ANTONIUS to fit in your drawers, baskets, etc. then you will have the opportunity to get a really great organization piece at a very affordable price.

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I searched the web to see how others were using the ANTONIUS basket insert and came across some great ideas! While most of the inserts were being used in the IKEA system for craft storage, there were also some unique uses that I would have never thought of myself. Let’s take a look…

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Project Life Cards and Accessories

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Craft Punches

Tools and Accessories

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Source: Crafty Nest

Sewing: Thread and Accessories

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ANTONIUS Used 7 Different Ways!

What great ideas for using the ANTONIUS basket insert! I especially love the use of the insert in the pantry and fridge. I never thought of that! I hope that you have enjoyed a look at this versatile storage item and have access to an IKEA to pick some up right away! How do you use this product? Let us know in the comments below!

Suzanne

Contributor Craft Room Tour: Suzanne Webster-Lowrie

Hello, it’s Suzanne here today from Scrapbookingsue.com. I am so excited for today’s post, as I get a chance to share my very own craft room with all of you! I will probably always consider it a “work in progress,” as I add and delete new items, and try to match everything a bit better. However, it is well organized, functional, and utilizes a system that works for me! Also, I am a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant, which is yet another reason why my space has to be so functional, because it is not only for fun, but for business as well!

Since my blog has a TON of pictures showing my craft room (My Craft Space: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3), I have selected a sampling of pictures for this post. Please feel free to visit my blog for a more in-depth look at my room!

This is my main desk area, where I do most of my scrapbooking, stamping, painting, etc. Within arms reach, I keep my basic supplies (scissors, glue, distressing tools, etc.), stamp pads and cleaners, markers and colored pencils, ready-made cards and envelope bases in white and off-white, ribbon, and some basic embellishments.

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Directly opposite the main desk is what I like to call my “Cricut desk.” This desk holds an Expression 2 Cricut machine, a jar full of tools, a laptop computer, and a Canon Selphy picture printer. Oh yeah, there is a cute owl clipboard that I made as well… just for a pop of color for the picture!

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Next to one of the windows, I have an IKEA 8-cubby storage unit. I have so many different types of things stored here, it would be hard to list them all. But perhaps most notable, the pink baskets on the top shelf hold some of my retired stamp sets. On top of the unit is my small ribbon storage. I wind the end pieces of ribbon around jumbo craft sticks.

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I picked up these long pink baskets about 8 years or so ago at Walmart for $5 each. These baskets are the perfect size to hold my retired stamp sets that I plan to keep.

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Above the storage unit, I keep this frame of cards. I made the frame myself by purchasing an old picture from Goodwill that had an ugly, but sturdy frame, and then re-purposing the frame with paint and crackle-medium. Very rustic!

The cards inside are switched out seasonally. Right now they feature fall / Thanksgiving cards, Christmas / Holiday cards, and the November Stamp of the Month.

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On the other side of the window is the pegboard that I created earlier this year. As you can see, the board holds my decorative scissors, embellishments, a few tools, Mod Podge, and my embossing gun.

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The final wall houses my very large IKEA 25-cubby storage unit, as well as my home-made paper rack. This large unit holds the majority of my scrapbooking supplies. All of my paper kits, pages in progress, albums in progress, vintage catalogs and retired paper colors have a home here. The paper rack holds all of my current CTMH papers, as well as my paper trimmers, craft mat, and score board on top.

Most of the storage in the middle section is from the Dollar Store. Trendy buckets, baskets and clear storage containers are both easy to find, and affordable. To see inside some of my storage containers, make sure to go to Part 3 of the craft room tour on my blog. The green and blue boxes are from Pioneer. I purchased them white and then painted them the colors in the my craft room to match.

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Here is my entire collection of wooden rubber stamps! I’m sure that many of you have WAY more than this, but less than a year after I joined CTMH, they came out with the clear, unmounted stamps; therefore, I never really had time to amass a large quantity of rubber stamps.

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And finally, here are my home-made sponge daubers. Although the quality is NOT great (they tend to tear and shred with continued use), I wanted so many of them that they have saved me a great deal of money over purchasing the name brand daubers. I use floral foam to hold them in place inside their containers.

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Thank you so much for touring my craft room with me today! If you are interested in seeing a lot more pictures of this space, peeking inside some more of my boxes, or learning about my Craft Inventory Binder, then please join me over at my blog for Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of the tour!

Suzanne

Ribba Picture ledges for small storage-DIY

I came across this great image on makeupsavvy.com. Here’s a link to this specific page.

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These Ribba picture ledges are just the perfect shelving solution for small bottles such as Ranger Stickles, re-inkers and Distress Inks.

 

They come in black and white – personally I just love the white and think I shall have to incorporate some of these into my craft room.   A great idea would be to source some little jars or bottles that fit and have a rainbow of jars full of sequins – how lovely would that look against a white wall?! However, I won’t be asking my boyfriend to put the shelves up for me – his DIY skills leave a LOT to be desired!

 

Have a great day!

Sharon

 

 

 

 

Craft Room: {Hello. I’m a Paper Addict}

November is here and it brought the cold weather with it. Hopefully you all are warm and cozy in your craft rooms and crafting away.

I’m sharing Cathy’s Hello. I’m a Paper Addict room with you today. She’s inspired a couple of our organizational posts but we haven’t shared her room with you yet.

Cathy is very into Project Life, Smashbook and Filofax and she’s taking full advantage of 2 Raskog carts to keep it all right at her fingertips!

 

Here’s a closeup of the tray holding her stamps. She found her’s at Home Goods but I see these all the time in second hand stores. Perfect for wood stamps.

 

Washi anyone? I thought I had an obsession. LOL. Cathy recommends the vareria box from Ikea for organization and has these across the back of her desk.

 

I hope you enjoyed these little snippets from Cathy’s craftroom. There’s lots more to see. HERE is the link to all these pics/posts and more details of the making of her room.

 

Happy Crafting!

Cicily

 

 

Craft Room Tour: Buttons n’ Bows

Hello, it’s Suzanne here today, taking you on a tour of a stunning craft room! This beautiful room belongs to Babs, from the website Button n’ Bows. When I first saw this room, I was instantly drawn to it… the blue/grey walls, striking white furniture, ample storage space, and the cute little chandelier over the center desk. Just look at all that storage!

The center crafting area is made up of a table and two end units, all from IKEA. The desk was made counter height as Babs like to stand while creating. To the right of this desk is a comfortable sitting area for computer work. The desk and drawer unit are also from IKEA.

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There is plenty more storage behind the center desk! The ribbon holders are actually storage units made for the pantry, but Babs found that they fit her ribbon collection perfectly. If you take a look at the furniture, you will see even more pieces from IKEA.

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There are some adorable elements in this room, including all of the buttons and flowers, neatly tucked away in jars for a uniform look. The chandeliers and lamps, both real and vinyl, add such an elegant look and feel to this room.

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The final section of the room holds Babs’ Cricut machine and supplies, stamp pads, and embellishments.  For a list of what’s included in the boxes, check out Babs post here. The boxes and furniture are also from IKEA.

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Make sure to visit the Buttons n’ Bows website to read all about this amazing craft room. Thank you for joining us today at Craft Storage Ideas. I hope that you found some inspiration for your own crafting space!

Suzanne

 

Minty Fresh Makeover: Noelle McAdams of paper & ICE/part 2

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Hello, CSI readers! It’s Noelle here today. I hope you all are doing well. I got a total wild hair earlier this month, and decided to COMPLETELY overhaul my studio. It was something that desperately needed to happen. I’d been ruminating on the changes I needed to make for a long time. And then, our ancient desktop computer died, and with it died the need to keep this massive computer desk in the room. I began sharing with you about this project on Wednesday, and now I’m back with the budget and additional details. :)

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It was weird to me to paint a room CREAM instead of some color. I ruminated on yellow walls for a while, but in the end I decided I wanted the neutral backdrop of cream and white. The main pop of color would come from the craft table, and of course I had all my vintage items (many are blue) to accent the space with. In fact, 90% of this makeover can be attributed to paint. I’ve had at least three people tell me they can’t believe this is the same room.

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I went with white for the shelves, the desk top, and this bookcase unit that I’d had stashed in my basement. This shelf and drawer unit used to be my Gramma’s, in fact they are part of a wall unit, but provided VALUABLE drawer space! The bottom drawer holds much of my theater items, as well as one shelf. The middle drawer is supplies and tools, the top drawer holds some embellishments, my stamping blocks and paper trimmer.

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Here’s what I bought for the room:

 

One gallon Behr white high-gloss paint-shelves/furniture-30$

One quart Behr Rockwood Jade paint in semi-gloss-furniture-18$

One gallon Behr Eggshell Cream paint in Satin-walls-26$

One can Rust-O-Leum Hammered finish spray paint in Bronze-hardware-FREE (I already had this).

Two Kallax 2×2 shelves from IKEA-70$

Two packages 4” Capita feet from IKEA-24$

Four Drona fabric storage bins from IKEA-24$

One package (two boxes) Kassett boxes from IKEA-7$

Three bird drawer pulls from Hobby Lobby-18$

One long mint storage box from Hobby Lobby-15$

One glass doorknob inspired picture hanger from Target-5$

One 4’ x 8’ piece of plywood-35$

Two 8’ pieces of trim-30$

Two 8 foot 2×3 boards-6$

One pint of Polycrylic to seal table tops-9$

Two packages of bronze robe hooks from Target-6$

Carlisle Counter Stools in Navy from Target-80$

Ikat fabric for curtain and slipcover: 65$

so, a little under 500$. I had the spray paint and a lot of the hardware and faux finishing supplies already. Can you imagine how much more it could have been had I BOUGHT furniture instead of painting it?

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The desk (formerly black with a wood top…) got a facelift. I didn’t want to get rid of it entirely, since I need flat space still and it would be good to have a place to use my sewing machine and Silhouette. I did the same faux finish technique on the base and painted the top white.

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I got new boxes for my stamps, because the Dollar Store baskets I showed you in this post were flimsy and always bending when I pulled them out. These are kraft photo boxes, only 2$ each & much sturdier, plus they are a bit bigger!

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The filing cabinet, and shelf with the curved top stayed the same. I put my Silhouette & Big Shot on my vintage trunk and inside the trunk are all my alterable items, and empty scrapbooks, etc. I hung my cutting mats on the wall.

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I did a vinyl treatment on the wall featuring my blog name using my Silhouette. I love the way it turned out!

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One other small project I took on was this Ribbon Frame. A cheap frame from the thrift store, some paint I already had, ribbon, and dowels and this was good to go!

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I want to make a curtain and office chair slipcover as well. This ikat print is the perfect color scheme and I love the rustic elegance it will add to the space. One of my big concerns about using mint as one of the main colors was I didn’t want it to feel immature or too cutesy. One of these days (soon!) I’ll get around to stitching those projects up! ;)

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I also need to mention that I took over FOUR BAGS of garbage out of here! I cleared out, went through and reorganized everything, even my scraps bin! It feels so good to have a clean slate.

 

Pen storage, twine storage, and many other things were just brought back in the same way they were before. If the system was working for me, and I liked the containers already, why the heck not?

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I did pick up this cool wood box at Hobby Lobby for all my tools. The colros and style were perfect for the room and the mini pail I’d been using previously wasn’t working for me. I know some crafters like to separate like things together; all scissors together, all adhesives, etc. But for me, it has always worked well to have all my tools together so I’m not looking all over for a paper piercer!

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I really wanted to buy this cute pail system from IKEA in the cream color for my gems and embellishments….. Maybe some day I’ll splurge, but I had these cute pails already, and these hooks were so much cheaper than buying a whole new system with the same functionality for my space.

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I am still also trying to talk myself out of the Raskog cart that I know most crafters own, and love! It would be a great solution for my sewing machine, but for now it sits perched atop my grandparents vintage suitcases. The smaller suitcase holds my sewing kit.

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All in all, I am just loving my new space! It was a lot of time, stress, and expense…. But fully WORTH it all! I hope it inspired you as well. Thanks for stopping by CSI!

Noelle

 

 

 

Minty Fresh Makeover: Noelle McAdams of paper & ICE/part 1

 

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Hello, CSI readers! It’s Noelle here today. I hope you all are doing well. I got a total wild hair earlier this month, and decided to COMPLETELY overhaul my studio. It was something that desperately needed to happen. I’d been ruminating on the changes I needed to make for a long time. And then, our ancient desktop computer died, and with it died the need to keep this massive computer desk in the room. Here is a before shot (a completely MESSY before shot….) and you can read all about my old studio here. 

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This meant I could claim the room as COMPLETELY my own! It’s still small, but mine! I feel so blessed to have this space to work, I know many people are working on their kitchen table. So exciting, yet intimidating. There were multiple problems with the space as it was. I knew there was a lot more work to be done than just removing the computer desk and adding a craft table. I had mentioned previously that there was no window, so no natural light. This room is the first room on the right as you enter the front door of our home (in below photo, that blue door is my front door), and the room has no door on it, so it’s visible to anyone who comes in. The desk I intended to keep was not working well for me, either. I recently read a wonderful article here that so perfectly explained many of the frustrations and concerns I also had with my room.

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Additionally, I was way short on storage space. This room is my craft studio, office, and theater storage. I run this website and my own blog, plus I design for CardMaker Magazine Blog, and The Cat’s Pajamas Stamps as an artist. I also teach theater to kids and instruct through a couple different organizations. I needed to have a place to store all my books, props, and costumes. Up until this room re-do, they all were in tote bags on the floor of the office-not so organized or accessible! With as many little jobs as I have, I knew it was critical that the space be FUNCTIONAL above all other goals and desires.

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So, I ended up having multiple goals with this room; here are a few of them:

 

  1. Lighten and brighten the space. I had come to avoid going in the space, it was just so dark and dreary. No window means I needed to employ other tricks to brighten the room. The black furniture and blue walls that I loved 8 years ago? Well, let me just tell you, I was SO over them! They no longer looked classy to me, they just looked…. Dull and dark.
  2. Highlight my vintage items. I have several vintage and antique items in the studio, ones that I loved. But with all the stuff everywhere, they were getting lost in the shuffle.
  3. Add more flat space and more storage, including a counter height table for standing up work. Also, add a place to craft with a friend, or my kids!
  4. Make anything that went in the space removable. Not that I had budget for built ins anyway, but even if I had, I wouldn’t have done them as we have been tossing around the idea of moving lately, and if when that happens, I don’t want all our hard work to go to waste!
  5. Make the space a MULTI-TASK room, one that would work well for storing my theater items, using my computer for planning and blogging, scrapbooking, paper crafting, sewing, and more!

P1220049-imp  I have to tell you, I had a lot of anxiety over this project. It knew it was just so important to my productivity and my peace of mind! And for two weeks the entire main level of my house was completely trashed, since I had EVERYTHING that normally was in this room in the dining room, and spent so much time painting and working on projects for the room, that….. well, lets just say the rest of my house went somewhere in a handbasket! ;)

 

But, in the end it was so WORTH all the stress, cost, and mess. I adore it now. It all started with this table…..

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I found this post online about creating a standing craft table from 2 IKEA Expedit shelves (now they are called Kallax, these are the green 2×2 ones). I loved that I could gain BOTH critical storage and flat workspace with this table. I have seen similar tables made from bookcases, etc, but I knew 12” storage was needed for my scrapbooking supplies. I opted to forego the hanging bar system I’ve used for years, and instead put my bags of themed items in these Drona bins that matched the green Kallax bases.

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Speaking of the green, I tried to talk myself into a white table, but alas, that fresh and minty color just sucked me in. It attracted me SO much that I decided to make it the main color in the room. It was a bold choice, since when I started there was very little green in the room. I have NO mint green in my house actually, lots of sky blue, navy, sage, beige, deep teal, and olive, but no mint! But I am so glad I took that plunge now! It’s so fresh feeling, not to mention a whole LOT brighter! It still marries well with the other rooms in my house, since it’s just different shades of blue and green anyway.

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The table top was made by my hubby and the top was faux painted by yours truly. I used the color Behr Rockwood Jade, which was a good match for this shade of green from IKEA. I faux finished with some sanding, some craft paint, and some antiquing medium. I used the same painting technique I featured on the dining room hutch here on my own blog. The top is a plywood top, with a frame underneath made from boards, and then trimmed out with some pretty trim. The frame underneath the plywood helped lift the top up to the proper height, ad make it very sturdy as well. The table is 5’ long and 30” wide. The feet are Capita feet from IKEA, but I spray painted them bronze, since I was going for a vintage look.

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My Cropper Hopper paper holders had to be cut down slightly to fit in these shelves, but it was an easy fix. The new CH holders are designed to fit these IKEA shelves, so never fear if you are getting new ones and you have EXPEDIT or KALLAX shelves. These are about 10 years old and had some sticker residue, etc on them, so I gave them a little makeover with some patterned paper. The narrow ones got a new look with washi tape!

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Here is the link to PART 2 of this makeover. It includes a budget breakdown and more details. Hope you can check it out! Thanks for stopping by CSI.

Noelle

The Studio (Neil Burley)

Today I’d like to share with you a studio that I’ve seen in person (and am just a little jealous of!).   A few months back I went on a Promarker colouring workshop with Neil Burley in Leicester (for those of you in the UK, I’d highly recommend the class).

Neil has created a beautiful studio in his garden where he runs regular workshops and classes.   Here’s a view of the studio from outside.

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Neil has used mostly Ikea furniture to kit out his workspace, and most of his supplies are stored in large wardrobes from Ikea with sliding doors which means the room doesn’t look too cluttered.

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Here’s his description of what is housed in these cupboards:

“The four Ikea Pax wardrobes, with sliding doors, which allows mounting of thin items on the ’slide behind’ doors, ideal for colour charts. Thicker samples are on the front doors. First has Printing, Acrylics, Big Shot Pro and dies, Ideaology kit and items for altering. Second is pictured in Cupboard with 12×12 papers, storage boxes, ATCs, tags, stamps, inks, Cardio-stamps (in labelled tins) and more items for altering (mainly frames). The drawers are deceptively spacious and I use the small plastic trays to organise and layer smaller items. Third cupboard has beading kit in Really Useful Boxes, and all the other media in the drawers including glass painting, napkin decoupage, Powertex and clays. Fourth is for my quilting  and fabric projects. You can also see a six drawer plan chest, ideal for paper and card storage, and on top the drawing board with shelving behind for all my liquid/spray media”.

Here’s a photo of his workspace (and it’s an action shot of work in progress which I love, rather than a ‘tidied up for the camera’ photo!)

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You can also tell from this photo what great light Neil has – having floor to ceiling windows the whole length of the studio really helps.

We’ve been talking a lot recently about the Raskog trolley from Ikea. Neil has a larger trolley in his studio, and I’m impressed by how much stuff he can fit on this version.

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My ‘Distress Trolley’ – more accurately my Ranger product trolley. This has all my ‘go-to’ sprays, inks, powders and usually has all the masks on it too. Ideal for moving next to you”.

The one issue Neil came across when designing and setting up his studio was installing a sink.   Installing plumbing proved to be cost prohibitive so he came up with a very clever solution.

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Innovative water supply solution: using an ultimate hosepipe to supply water front the house and a wheeled waste water container designed for use with caravans. I have an under sink water heater, so have hot and cold running water for a fraction of the cost of running pipework to the studio.

Neil also has a few top tips to share from his experience of setting up a studio from scratch:

“put small things into trays or boxes and put them in drawers or on trolleys – that way you can just pull out the whole range, use it and put it away so much faster. Label the front of drawers or boxes. Put frequently used things at waist height – less lifting or bending! Return everything to a home at the end of the day – it’s quicker to work on a project the next… not something I follow faithfully given the state of my work tables today”!

If you’d like to see more photos, pop over to Neil’s blog. Thanks for stopping by CSI!

Sharon

 

Studio Tour: Jonathan Fong Style

Studio Tour: Jonathan Fong Style

Hello all, this is Suzanne here with my very first Contributor post for CSI! I have an amazing studio tour to share with you today. While perusing through Pinteret, I scrolled onto a studio so bright and cheery, it immediately caught my attention. If you LOVE color, then you will find plenty of inspiration in Jonathan Fong’s Studio.

While there are many elements that caught my eye in this creative space, the most intriguing is the wall of colorful cabinets.

Using Ikea Besta cabinets, Jonathan turned the door fronts into giant paint chips! Each “painted” panel is actually a peel-and-stick mural that he had made to match the door fronts. Since his murals are easy to apply and remove, he has the freedom to change the colors and styles as he sees fit.

While the paint colors are matched to actual Pantone colors, Jonathan chose his own names for each color, creating a personal vision board for his space. He even has a matching paint chip mirror that he created for the studio!

For some clever storage, he uses clear paint pails to match his overall studio theme.

Jonathan’s studio includes some great storage inspiration, from the clear, stacking paper trays in his Expedit shelving, to the adorable ribbon tower next to his wrapping supplies. Did you notice the “rug” in the center of his room? It is actually artificial turf! A very creative alternative to carpet.

A big thank you to Jonathan Fong for allowing us to share a tour of his unique studio. You can see more of Jonathan’s studio, storage, and creativity here. Have a look at the additional pictures on his blog, you won’t be disappointed!


Suzanne


 

Just 1 Tip: Paint your Raskog!!

Hallo to all my fellow storage enthusiasts.  Once again, it’s Hazel all the way from currently not-so-sunny South Africa.  Yes, winter finally arrived down under with lots of rain but in between – the most glorious days that you just HAVE to spend outside.

When the weather is not that great, I stay inside and craft a bit more. And while searching for inspiration on Pinterest I found this GREAT idea:

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A white Raskog!! Ever wanted one to fit your color scheme? Cathy from “Hello. I’m a paper addict” tried it out and I love it.

Hop over to see her original post here and to get all the inside info. Now, you have to excuse me …………………………. I’ve got some painting to do.

Have a great day an please leave me and Cathy some comments. I would love to see and hear what you think and do.

Hazel