As you may know already, I moved to Nottingham from London quite unexpectedly in late February this year. After being informed that our rent in Lee was going up, Aneurin and I decided that we would like to be able to save money and Nottingham was the best place we could live in. I especially was a little sad due to having to leave my family (including cats!) and best friends behind but I was also excited for a new chapter as well as curious what it was like living in another city because I’d lived in London for 15 years.
The room of my studio was meant to be living room (because it is in ground floor and next to the kitchen) but we decided to put our living room in one of our three bedrooms in the loft, because it was the coldest room (and we soon discovered – hottest in the summer) and we would be less likely to be found in the living room. It is very cosy up there with a projector as our TV with ton of blankets available though! We just avoid being there during summer.
As Aneurin was using the smallest bedroom for his new office and it was inappropriate to put our bed in the ground floor room, especially because that there is no hallway leading to kitchen/dining room and there won’t be any privacy. So, my studio ended up being downstairs and I was cool with it, because it is the biggest and maybe brightest room of all. But in comparison to my previous studio, this studio is actually smaller and has less light – as always I am so thankful to even have a dedicated space to myself, enabling me to run my business and do what I love full time so I try not to let it bother me at all.
When we moved in, there was a feature wall I really didn’t like and we agreed to redecorate after getting a yes from our landlord. Naturally I went for white walls. Dreams come true! I bought some new plants to add greenery and happy to the space. I also recently added hanging planters for an oomph. My love for houseplants is out of control! For an everyday inspiration, I slowly add beautiful art on the wall in front of my desk and I love it. It might be not clear to see in pictures that I have a ‘painting table’ in the middle of the room where I work on bigger and messier pieces. As it is drop leaf style table, I fold it down if I am not needing it to make more space.
There are a few things I would change – removing the fireplace, replacing the curtains, and wall lights but since we are only renting, except from curtains I don’t think I can do anything about them.
I only started to feel attuned to this new studio (and Nottingham, hurrah!) few months ago and while Aneurin and I plan to stay here as long as we can, I am trying not to get too attached. I think I was gutted to leave my old studio more than I thought and I was only there for little less than a year.
Send me links if you have your own ‘studio tour’ post, I’d love to have a look!