I say this every time… but it’s been forever since I did a home update!
So let me show you one of my favorite spaces in the house—the Studio.(If you’ve missed my other posts, our family spent the last two years building a custom home in the Austin, TX area. Check out my previous post from the series here.
Okay. Just down the hall from the kitchen and Great Room is this spot. It’s a bright space, with glass doors, just asking you to come in.
Last time we walked through here it looked like this:
And now it looks like this!
A white open room, with still a lot of work to do.
In fact, this post is more of a “Before” or “Current” status of the room, because it’s a long work-in-progress.In the old house our Office looked like this:
(You can see more pictures and info here).
That space was perfect for our family at the time. But when we started discussing new home plans, we knew we wanted to create a room that was more than office. We wanted a nice large studio space, with lots of windows, and room for the whole family to enjoy.
It would be a workspace for me, a creative room for all, computer room, photo studio, craft zone, dance club (which happens often), and video set for MADE Everyday.
Yep! That wall right there is where the video magic happens (with bookshelves and tables moved around a bit). It’s also where I draft patterns and take photos with an all-white backdrop.
I love this space so much, and feel blessed to have a nice open room… because honestly, the whole family uses it more than I really imagined. The kids are in here every day coloring, writing stories, listening to music. And when friends come over, they drag them in here too.
Of course where do they do all this coloring?
At the big invisible island in the middle of the room!
Yes, we do actually have an island/workspace there, but it’s also a work-in-progress… like the rest of the furniture in here (which feels dwarfed in this larger room).
We always planned to have an island in the middle, but it needed to be just the right fit. All the “pre-made” art tables I found were too small, or not tall enough, or not the right color, etc.
So when we first moved in I started researching simple ideas for making a large craft table, with 4 chairs and some shelves. And you know when you have an image in your mind and you do a Google search and the very thing pops up?? And it’s totally awesome?! Yep. That happened. Thank you Ashley for reading my mind.
So we bought two of these and hauled them in, using our strongest workers.
Honestly, she insisted.
And I started to set up shop in the middle of the room, creating my own cutting table and art station.
Per Ashley’s recommendation, we purchased an oversized construction door to work as our table top, because it’s really hard to find a tabletop large enough, and wide enough to accommodate 4 chairs in the middle.
And for the last while this table has served our family well.
But here’s the problem… it doesn’t look quite as finished and polished as I envisioned.
And–as the art projects show here–there are pen and crayon marks everywhere on the wood (which makes it really hard to use the wood as a photo backdrop… though I do have decent photo-editing skills).
So, (I promise I’m going somewhere with this)… I went back to one of my original thoughts with the table top. If I want something custom… then why don’t I have someone make me a countertop for the island? Just like you would in a kitchen? Maybe a Formica® Laminate countertop?… something I can easily wipe down, that will look awesome, that will pull the room together… and it can be whatever size I want?
And guess what happened?
(just another reason I love blogging)
Last month, the company emailed asking if I’d like to review their new Formica® Laminate Jonathan Adler Collection?!
What? Yes! All they had to say was Jonathan Adler and I would have reviewed anything. He has such a fantastic mid-century modern and colorful style.
But back to countertops.
Formica® Brand teamed up with Jonathan Adler and created 9 new patterns, which you’ll find at Lowe’s home centers and in certain kitchen and bath distributors around the country.
And these are not your grandma’s countertops.
If you haven’t seen Formica® Laminate in a while, it’s really cool, and really current… and can be used for more than just countertops. Look at those orange cabinets!
And I love the tagline:
Countertops that pop. Surfaces that shine.
Could the timing have been better??
So. Now I’ve got a choice to make.
Which of the 9 patterns do I choose for the Studio island?
I ordered free samples from the Formica® Corporation website (which was easy to do and they arrived quickly).
I really love the Lacquered Linen patterns, specifically in Green, Crème, and Orange.
But… you know me.
It will likely come to this…
Because come on:
He and I could totally hang out together.
And… you could totally win a $100 Lowe’s gift card by leaving a comment below!
So, to enter for a chance to win, give me your input–which color would you do?? And how would you use Formica® Laminate in your house?
Okay. I’m off to measure for a new countertop…
We’ll talk soon….
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