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Come on a #CraftRoomTour of Cathe Holden’s inspired barn in Petaluma, California.




My favorite thing about my studio is that it is welcoming, and creativity is accessible to all who enter.

(Photography by Jenny Elwick Photography)


Tell us about your space

The barn is a large outbuilding next to our house. What once was a storage unit for sporting equipment and other stuff, is now a 1000sf oasis of creative space for art, design, and workshops.

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?

Color and funky, found items are what makes my space exciting in my opinion. A large thrifted, chartreuse-green sofa takes center stage for visiting, reading, meditating and relaxing.

How do you keep organized?

With an incredible amount of resource materials, tools and supplies, organization is the most important element of my space. I keep items stored in vintage mercantile fashion with cabinets, cupboards, drawers, and more drawers! I really enjoy the art of organizing in unique ways that I refer to as "Creative Keeping". ( #creativekeeping )

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?

Make it fun, make it creative. Make your own organizational containers by decorating and upcycling tins and boxes with your favorite aesthetic! And label EVERYTHING!

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?

I have a large, antique, apothecary cabinet with glass-front shelves on the top that house jars and jars of supplies. Below are labeled drawers for more goods. It's one of my favorite and most practical finds.

I have many of my own creations on display throughout the studio from years of crafting and creating art.

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?

I keep volumes of sketchbooks in old, wooden starch boxes, filled with concepts and designs doodled over the years that serve as some of my greatest resources for "new" ideas.

Where do you look for inspiration?

Often I will drive to a local antique mall to walk around and look at details of vintage items that almost always spark exciting projects.

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?

I couldn't wish for more than I have here at Inspired Barn! (Except, maybe a forced air furnace or fireplace instead of a portable heater.) Otherwise, it's a dream come true.


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