Come behind the scenes at Floral Prints and Common Sense and see Rachel's art room in South Carolina.
When we moved into this apartment, the only thing I could think about was how I was gonna decorate the garden window! It lets in so much light and showcases my pretty plants!
Tell us about your space
My arts and crafts room is a tiny enclave meant to be used as a dining room. It connects to the living room and the kitchen (for easy snacking), and has 3 windows, which is really important to me because I love natural light. The floors are nice too; they're not real wood, but they look like it!
What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
Everything about my apartment is tiny, but that's okay with me because I like how cozy and intimate it feels. I've decorated the walls with pieces by artists I admire (an ever growing collection). Plants remind me of home because my mom is such a gardener, and I've always found nature inspiring. Minimalist interiors are great, but that just isn't me, so I've got patterned rugs and knick knacks over every empty space! Twinkly lights are always a must.
How do you keep organized?
I use this room for painting, sewing, packing orders, and jewelry making, so I use my desk drawers and baskets to store all my bits and bobs. I find it helpful to do a thorough reorganizing every once and a while to make sure everything's in order.
Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
Using height to your advantage can help a lot in a tiny space like mine. My cabinets are vertical to save space, and I keep larger things like my sewing machine underneath an end table.
Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
The prints and zines I've bought from artists I admire are definitely my favorite and most important parts of my room. I love supporting artists, and I love looking up and seeing inspiration all over my walls! I used to have some of my own paintings hanging up, but I get dissatisfied with my work so quickly that they don't stay long.
How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
I recently started a pinterest (mostly for interior decoration), but other than that I write a lot of things down in my sketchbook. I usually have a running list of painting ideas, and am always adding to my sheet of symbols to use in my work.
Where do you look for inspiration?
When in doubt, I usually look to my inspiration tumblr and find a good playlist online.
If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
Well to start off, it would probably be in the mountains somewhere. Right now the view is of my neighbors porches and Columbia is about 102 degrees daily in August. I would add a closet, so that I had a little more space for storage, and then I'd wish to be rich so that I could buy art from everyone and pin in on my walls!
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