The Finished Studio Back Entry

The back entry of the studio is officially finished! I finished the second curtain panel earlier in the week, and then finished up the paint touchups last evening. Just don’t look too closely at the floor. 😀 It needs a good scrubbing, but I had a cold yesterday and was completely drained of energy, so I only gave it a half-hearted effort. The rest will have to wait. I also didn’t have the energy to get things organized in the carport, so you’ll have to see my tools and work tables through the doors. But other than that, it’s done!

This is the second time this back entry has been “done”, and I hope it’ll be the last for a good, long while. The first look was this Kelly green, black, and white look that I did back in 2019…

I liked that look, and it was fun to put together, but when I started working on the studio again last year, that back entry looked way too harsh to me. I wanted a softer, more feminine look to go with the new, larger floral mural and pink and gold cabinets on the other side of the room.

Here’s a side-by-side look at the previous look and the new look of the back entry.

For those of you who may be newer around here, let me take a minute and go way back to the very beginning. My studio used to be our garage, and the area that is currently the back entry, with the studio half bathroom on one side, and the storage closet on the other side, was originally this storage area through this doorway at the back of the garage.

Once you stepped through that doorway into the storage area, it looked like this to the left. That’s the area that is now the half bathroom. But you can also see how low the original ceiling was in this area. That back wall on the right, where the French doors are now, wasn’t even eight feet high.

So when the original framing was done to turn the garage into my studio, there were no plans to raise the roof in that area. I was prepared to deal with the low roof/ceiling that barely cleared the top of the French doors.

When we decided to add a carport to the back, that made it possible to raise the ceiling because of how the carport tied into the original roof. So now, the back entry has this wonderful, tall ceiling.

And then in 2019, the view of the side of the back entry with the half bathroom turned into this…

And now that view looks like this…

The other side, with the door to the storage closet, looked like this…

And now that view looks like this…

I love the softer and more feminine look of the “new” back entry! I liked the first one, but those harsh contrasts just didn’t work for the overall look I was going for in my studio. The new one is much more me.



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  1. Looks so much more like YOU now! Have you thought about maybe adding some window cling to the panes so it filters out the carport view? Just a thought …

    1. I have, but when it’s cleaned up, I love the view of our back yard. So I think I’d rather find some good storage options for my tools to keep the area tidy so that I can always look out of those doors and see the back yard.

  2. It is so gorgeous. I loved the first one, and don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with a lot of in-your-face color and design, but oh how lovely this looks now and truly ties into the overall feel of the room. You are so inspiring, now I just need to energy to get my projects done. Cheers.

  3. Both are beautiful but you’re right about the coordinating look. Thank you for sharing your life, talents, and beauty with us.May

  4. It’s gorgeous! The colors are perfect and it’s so fresh and bright! Feel better—I have the Texas cold that’s going around too so I sympathize! 😷

  5. Love the transformation!
    After installing that huge wood floor, then staining and sealing it, then painting the two toned diamond pattern and again sealing it……do you wish you had considered using a vinyl tile?? I’ve seen some beautiful samples.

  6. it’s lovely. I know you struggled some with this, but you made all the right choices. The green walls, the eggplant doors, gold highlights and that gorgeous fabric for curtains! All are the perfect complement to the room. Congratulations on a job well done. Now go enjoy it!

  7. I didn’t think I could love it more than the black and green but I stand corrected. I still love the black and green, but the soft green w/ the floral is just so beautiful. Hope you’re feeling better.

  8. So much nicer and calmer looking. So glad you redid it again. A lot softer looking. It doesn’t hit you in the face like the green and black did.

  9. Though I’m a fan of high contrast including black and white plus color,
    I find that your latest redo has a sophistication that the first did not have! I am loving the back entry!
    It doesn’t need to shout – it seems to say ‘Welcome to Kristi’s custom studio’
    – maybe with a slight English accent!

  10. Why do I always agree with what you have done to what you are doing. I love the transformations as your taste changes , and I seem to always agree. You are a master! It all looks so beautiful

  11. I loooove the new color, Kristi! That is a fabulous green. I really liked the first one you did and waited anxiously when you talked about changing it. This new one is just perfect. Yet another color you pick that I enjoy so much. Do you stand at spot everyday and admire that corner. I hope so. 🙂

  12. So beautiful. All of the time, thought, planning, and work, you have done here has paid off. I love it. Those eggplant colored doors flanking each side just makes the entryway really pop.

  13. Definitely LOVE the new look! Excited to see the studio completed…all good things take time! Hope you feel better soon! Sit back and admire all your hard work!

  14. Wow, Kristi–it all looks great! Love the new, softer version! Well done, you visionary artiste you, well done. Congratulations!

  15. Absolutely perfect. Worth every minute of decision-mulling and execution. A smooth transition into the studio. A happy spot, but aren’t they all?

    Is the small bathroom on the docket to finish? Can’t wait to see how it will tie in.

    Have a good soak in that beautiful deep bathtub.

  16. I love the softness of the “new back entry” The Kelly Green colour scheme just knocked me in the eye whereas the new entry is like a soft place to fall. Well done !

  17. Kristi, that is simply beautiful! So upbeat and inviting!
    Is it just me or is there a minor motif of circles and spheres happening in your home?
    -Bubble light fixture in hall and bath
    -Pixelated round-bead artwork
    -Scalloped green mirror
    -Artwork with layered coffee spoon ovals radiating in a circle
    Whether it was intentional or not, I like all those instances. You are truly, deeply creative!

  18. Looking at how you reassess your space and your fearless ability to change it up is an inspiration! I’m getting ready to tackle our bathroom … maybe I’ll start today.

  19. Dear Kristi, you said in this post that you are ill, so not getting any more news from you last week is explained by that – if sorely missed. I just wanted to let you know that I think of you and wish you a speedy recovery – not only so that we can read about your newest fabulous ideas and progress, but foremost so that you feel better and cxn enjoy life to the fullest!! Love from Germany

  20. I love how it turned out! It coordinates with the flower mural wall but is it’s own fresh look as well. I especially like the doors. From the coral of the entry outside to the purple of side doors.