Plans: Decorating the Studio

The House: Plans for the Studio | Erika Gibson

A few days ago, I introduced you to what is (no surprise) probably my favorite space in the house: my studio.

The studio is an obvious add-on, or possibly an enclosed porch of some sort. It’s very large, as big as our entire living room. The floors are painted concrete, the walls are wood panel. There are two built-in bookshelves, eight doors to a long built-in cabinet, and a window seat. Four windows, an exterior door to the garden, and a door-less entryway to the living room. From the living room, there is a step-down to a platform and a step down to the rest of the studio. There is one single, sad light in the center of the ceiling… which is made of some sort of textured, tiled material. There are two sets of the original exterior windows that the previous owners covered with shutters and trim.

It definitely has a lot of character, and I love it. But it definitely needs some work.

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DIY Window Frosting

DIY Window Frosting | Erika Gibson

My first project post for the new house! Are you excited? I’m excited.

The house is located on a corner lot, with lots of windows facing both roads. Having three cats with sharp appendages, curtains weren’t the right path for us. And since the giant one likes to climb through blinds, that was definitely out.

I was looking into window frosting, but all my options seemed expensive. Or bad for brain cell health, since all our windows are painted shut.

I found a few mentions of an inexpensive DIY window frosting. No real photos, no how-to. Just quiet little internet whispers of the possibility of something fantastic.

And that is how I took my first leap of faith into home projects – with just two inexpensive ingredients and a few simple supplies.

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Guest Post Round Up

Guest Post Round Up | Erika Gibson

Hello, hello! I missed you guys!

I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season. I spent the majority of mine painting and moving, boo.

While I was gone, we had quite a few guest bloggers. A huge thank you to everyone that helped out! Moving is a pain in the butt, and knowing that I didn’t have to write posts made it easier for my to focus on what I needed to be working on. Be sure to stop by their blogs and say hi! [Read more…]

Guest Post: Parmesan and Thyme Potato Gratin

Guest Post: Parmesan and Thyme Potato Gratin | Erika Gibson

I’m off moving, painting, and generally doing new house things. In the meantime, I’ve got a great line-up of guest posters coming your way. I’ll be back in January, but, until then, enjoy these fantastic posts from the great people I’ve met both in person and online.

This is a guest post by Fashion. Food. Flair. Fashion. Food. Flair. is a Toronto lifestyle blog sharing the life of a fashion and food obsessed city girl. From beauty hacks to recipes, and personal style to luxury travel, FFF always has something new to share!

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Guest Post: Lessons Learned From Art & Fear

Lessons Learned From Art & Fear | Erika Gibson

I’m off moving, painting, and generally doing new house things. In the meantime, I’ve got a great line-up of guest posters coming your way. I’ll be back in January, but, until then, enjoy these fantastic posts from the great people I’ve met both in person and online.

This is a guest post by Hector of Acuna Artworks. Hector is a two-dimensional artist who primarily works in oils, pastels, watercolor and charcoal. 

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