New Wide Angle Studio Pictures (Studio, Back Entry, Storage Room + Bathroom)

After I finished up the studio bathroom, I was trying to update my house tour page, and I realized that I don’t have any full, wide angle pictures of the studio as it stands now. I have full view pictures from back when I was installing the floor, but nothing since.

I’ve been working on getting my studio completely cleaned up so that I can build the second work table, so after finishing up with the cleaning yesterday, I decided to take all new pictures of the studio/back entry/bathroom progress so far. Of course, the back entry and the bathroom are finished, and you can see more details of those areas here…

And here…

The studio, on the other hand, is far from finished. I have one big project — building the second work table — and one MAJOR project — building the cabinets. Then I have all of the finishing details, like installing baseboards and the rest of the trim.

But I still wanted to get some full view photos of where the room stands right now, before the cabinets go in. First, let’s remember how it started back when it was our garage. At its worst, it looked like this…

And this is how it looked cleaned out, with a couple of pieces of drywall removed, and with the garage doors removed.

Both of those “before” pictures were taken from the same angle, with me standing in the breakfast room doorway.

And here’s the progress so far today from the same angle from the breakfast room doorway. The wallpapered wall with the windows is where the garage doors used to be…

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It’s hard to believe that it was ever a dark, dirty garage.

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It’s going to look so much different when all of the cabinets are in, but I sure hope it doesn’t make the room look smaller. I love how big and open it looks!

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The doorway on the right in this picture leads to our breakfast room. Obviously, that door and the portico door still need to be trimmed and finished.

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My work tables will be the work horses of the room. Right now, I only have one. But hopefully in a few days, I’ll have the other one made. The work table is amazing and big (about 60″ square), and when I get the second one made, I’ll put latches on them so that they can be used together as one big table for projects that require loads of space (e.g., draperies).

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The floor is holding up very well. It’s red oak that I whitewashed, and I kind of figured out the process as I went along. 😀 But I’ve been very pleased with it. It did get a little bit darker, which I expected since I used white finishes over red oak. But the change hasn’t been drastic, and it still looks very light and bright.

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The French doors in the back entry lead out to the carport, which will eventually be converted into my workshop. I ordered the windows for that project at the same time I ordered the windows for the bedroom/bathroom remodel that’s coming up. But I can almost guarantee that it’ll be next year before I can even think about starting on that conversion. We have way too much going on right now.

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From my desk area, the newly finished bathroom is visible when the door is open. And right now, I love seeing those fun, bright colors, so I keep the door open all the time.

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The storage room on the other side of the back entry is still a work in progress. It doesn’t even so much as have a light in it yet, but eventually it’ll have loads of shelves for storage. It also houses the indoor unit for the HVAC, so it’ll be a pain to work around that, but I think it’ll work out.

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And this is my favorite view ever — the view from the back French doors towards the front of the studio with the bold floral wallpaper. I hate that the wallpaper always shows up darker in pictures than it is in person. In person, it’s bright and colorful and amazing.

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Here’s a closer view so that you can see all of the gorgeous colors, and in person, those flowers are big and amazing.

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Right now, I love getting a glimpse of the bathroom from the back entry. So for now, the door stays open. I might eventually decide to keep it closed, though. But probably not. 😀

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Every once in a while, I’ll have someone ask me how the green in the back entry ties in with the studio. Well, that green came out of the wallpaper. I tried to get a picture showing both together, but it’s kind of difficult since they’re on opposite sides of the room. But you can kind of see in this picture how the wallpaper has lots of green in it. The green I used in the back entry is a bit brighter than the green in the wallpaper, but it still coordinates nicely.

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And I’ll leave y’all with my favorite view — the studio with just my one single desk light turned on. I love to work in here at night (or on dark, rainy days, as is the case today) with the soft glow of just the one light. There’s something a bit magical about that soft glow.

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It’s come so far! I’m anxious to have it done, but my goodness, am I ever dreading the cabinet build! There are just so many of them, and this will be my biggest cabinet build yet. So far, the pantry holds that title, but this room will require about twice as many cabinets as the pantry. But I’m confident I can do it!



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  1. I’ve been a long time reader and in awe of how far everything has come! This looks so amazing, my home office space is jealous 🙂

    1. The wallpapered wall will have cabinets as well as some behind her desk. I was trying to find her archives to point you to, but haven’t found them yet.

  2. I know you can do it but maybe you could find some components already built to take some of that pressure off you. What window treatments are going in the studio? When does demo of the other rooms start?

    1. I’m not sure about window treatments yet. I love a woven shade, but I might go with a fabric shade in here.

      The other rooms start sometime around November 15th. Not sure of the exact start date yet, but it’ll be around then.

  3. Thanks for these pix! They provide such a different perspective give of the studio and back entry than all your other photos have so far. That rolling work table is huge! Such a fun, happy and open space.

  4. It’s all so beautiful! I can only imagine the satisfaction and excitement you get when you are in there. It’s great you have this large room especially with the next Phases coming very soon. You will have your happy place to retreat to and work on your projects as they work on the renovation. Exciting times ahead!

  5. wow!! I’ve been following you for several years, back when you were also posting on FB and my goodness! you did GOOD!!! I love your style, humility,frustrations, joy, uncertainty, all of it! You are like most of us in our adventures of design and decorating 🙂

    One question……I LOVE LOVE LOVE the bold wallpaper in the studio and it’s exactly what I want for my office. Where did you get it? Is it wallpaper or decals?

    Thank you & keep doing your thang girl!

      1. We are all so excited to see your beautiful progress!!!

        Kristi, in the photo of your desk with the light shining down on it, I noticed a window a few feet from your back window, is that a neighbor’s house? If so, a privacy film like you mentioned before in one of your posts would do the trick on the bottom portion of your window.

        1. It’s the neighbor’s house. It looks really close in the picture, but it’s really not close at all. Privacy isn’t an issue because I think those are their bedrooms, and they always keep their windows covered. I’ve never seen those windows uncovered.

  6. A big congratulations on your beautiful result – you definitely earned it! I know you have more work ahead, but I’m glad you are enjoying each milestone along the journey. The joy you get looking at these spaces and sitting at your work desk makes me so happy for you! The cabinets will obviously take up some visual space (in spite of being white) but they will add so much personality and function! Looking forward to watching! 🙂

  7. I admit I wasn’t on board at first but seeing this picture I’m so glad you decided to go with hardwood floors. It looks amazing!

  8. Your space is amazing. Could you give us the link to the lenses you bought to take these photos. They are lenses for the phone ? I need to take some descent photos of our remodel but the lenses I have I find lacking. Thanks I have tried searching your site but could not pull anything up about the lenses.

  9. It all flows so nicely together!! Kristi, you did a wonderful job. I can only imagine how proud you must feel every time you walk into the room!

  10. I’m with you on that wallpaper! I LOVE it so much, I would not want to cover it with furnishings! (cabinets and shelving) I would keep the ones at either end, with doors on the uppers, and leave everything from the middle open, unless you could put just a counter that would not block the paper much. I so love the studio almost bare, I hope all the cabinetry doesn’t shrink the room too much, but I know how valuable they will be for storage. And that last shot is awesome!

  11. It is stunning. I love the floor because it is both light and airy as well as cozy. I especially love the green entry with that amazing chandelier. I love that wallpaper, too. I cant wait to see the finished product.

  12. It is just amazing, the transformation you’ve accomplished, most of it with your own hands. There’s a story behind each design element and piece of furniture, so proud for you!

  13. Kristi, it looks amazing! It’s a wonderful looking room and huge! I don’t think the cabinets are going to close it up at all. The colors came together wonderfully! The view Into the bathroom with the wallpaper is simply beautiful! Be very proud, you did an amazing job and no doubt you will finish those cabinets in a snap!

  14. When my mom started making drapes as her business my dad built her a “L” shaped table with the sewing machine close to the center. That way she could feed the fabric from the long side and right into the sewing machine. It kept the majority of the fabric off the floor.
    When you make your second work table you might try setting them up this way when you sew.

  15. Wow, wow, WOW!!
    You are amazing!! I’m just in awe. Congrats on everything you’ve accomplished, and good luck in creating everything else – the cabinets!!
    I’m interested in the cost of some of your projects. Am I imagining it, or did you not once tell us the price of things? I’m specifically interested in the marble countertop in the studio bathroom, the what your custom windows cost. (I don’t know about Texas, but windows are a big deal (i.e., EXPENSE!!!) in Arizona, so I’m wondering what they cost there, and what kind of windows are you purchasing? i.e., dual pane, triple pane coated, tinted? Since our weather conditions are similar, I’m wondering what you went with.

  16. This room is literally the prettiest studio space I’ve ever seen!! I’m incredibly excited to see the cabinets go in and be painted. So far, the colors really put a smile on my face, and I’m sure it’s the same for you! You’ll have to remember to schedule in “fun day projects” during the cabinet build process!!