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Years ago I started calling my home office space my creative studio. A creative studio is so much more than a home office. A home office is where you take care of obligations, tend to duties and responsibilities, and tackle practical matters. A creative studio is a sacred space devoted to ideas, inspiring projects, and manifesting goals. In a creative studio your to-do list is completed with lighthearted efficiency and your efforts are accomplished with comfortable confidence.
Here are my five tips for designing a creative studio that will elevate your everyday:
Make it Minimalist
A clean, organized space resonates a higher vibration. A higher vibration keeps you feeling motivated. A creative studio does not lend itself to clutter. Focus on the essentials — a desk, a comfortable chair, throw rug, and lamp. Keep shelving and other furniture to a minimum.
Sanctify the Space
Once you have the essentials, sanctify the space by adding items that are familiar to ritual — flowers, candles, crystals, and music — all promote harmony and balance and a sense of ceremony, sanctifying your intentions and efforts.
Honor Heritage Pieces
Heritage pieces are items and goods that have a past and whose virtues and themes resonate with you. I have a vintage letter holder from England that emanates nobility. I have a Jackson Pollock print that signifies expression and Simon Pearce candle holders that remind me of the beauty that comes through one’s attention to one’s craft. Heritage pieces are classic, worldly, luxurious, and intimate. Each has a story that puts a smile on your face.
Beautiful tools serve to honor your work. They are the aesthetic accompaniment to your divine imagination; the corporeal partners to your ethereal creations. I use a Smythson agenda for daily matters, notebooks and jotters from Appointed and Antiquaria. I love Monami and Staedtler pens.
When I was working on my second novel I bought a Strathmore sketchbook in an art supply store in Soho. I don’t sketch. I was in the store seeking out a favorite pen and the next thing I knew I was picking out the sketchbook. Ever since, I’ve gone through hundred sheet sketchbooks at least every eight months. These sketchbooks are my master book. I use them for ideas, notes, inspiration, thoughts — anything and everything to do with whatever it is I am creating. Sometimes I don’t even know what the idea is for and then I’ll look back and realize it fits into something I am working on months or even years later. In fact the idea for my website and this blog came from notes I wrote in a sketchbook two years ago about wanting to create something that would inspire people to give their life a more meaningful hue. ✨