Day 14: My Creative Space

October 20, 2022

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Wow! It’s the final day of the “Before and After Parade” and time to show you my creative space. First, I want to thank everyone that’s followed along. It’s been so much fun sharing my home with you ❤️

Before and After Parade Day #14: My Creative Space

I definitely saved the best for last… Welcome to my creative space! I’m not sure why the previous owners built this little cottage in our backyard, but I’m so thankful they did! I knew the minute we saw it, that it would be the perfect studio.

Before Creative Space

Here’s what the outside looks like. Isn’t it the cutest???

Tessie Fay's backyard art studio and office

Here’s what the inside looked like before we renovated it in 2020.

It had no running water, no plumbing, no air conditioning and no real heating system. We decided to completely gut the inside and even took out the ceiling.

After Creative Space

And here’s the after!!! Pretty incredible right???

Tessie Fay's creative space with chandelier

I blogged about the entire renovation back in 2020 and you can see the full process HERE and HERE.

After using this space every day for 2 years sometimes I still can’t believe it’s real!

Tessie Fay art studio and creative space green sofa

I truly am thankful for it EVERY day!

Pink cabinets and wet bar in Tessie Fay's art studio

Even though the studio has everything I need, there was one spot that wasn’t quite working out.. my painting/creative area.

Tessie Fay's studio computer and painting area

It worked well for doing computer work, but when I painted the space felt a bit restrictive and cramped.

So I popped another table in front of the window!

Tessie Fay painting desk and creative space

It’s the perfect place for me to SPREAD out and get MESSY!

Tessie Fay's painting desk and creative space

It’s a small dining table from Target, but works beautiful as my art desk.

Painting table and creative space

I’ve got my rolling cart of paints next to me, with everything I need. I usually paint with Holbein Acryla Gouache. I love the opacity and vibrancy of the colors.

Holbein acryla gouache

And here’s my painting palette that I designed last year at a creative retreat! I love it so much.

paint palette

There’s nothing quite like being in the “zone” while you’re creating. Time seems to stop and I love the meditative flow of paint on the brush.

Tessie Fay painting

I’m still working to establish a daily paint practice. I go through spurts of creativity where I’ll paint daily for a bit, then take long periods off.

I used to get down on myself for not creating every day, but I’m learning how to give myself grace and ride the creative wave when it comes.

Tessie Fay painting in her creative space

Thank YOU for supporting me in this creative journey!

Although I love to create for creations sake, I truly find the greatest JOY in sharing my creations with others.

Tessie Fay painting in her creative space

So thank you for every comment, every word of encouragement, every like, every share, and every click. It means the world to me!

Let’s both continue creating ok? Whether you create with paint, food, words, or fixing up your home… There is great POWER in creating something that wasn’t in the world before.

Tessie Fay painting in creative space

Changes Made

  • Added a new painting table – LOVE!
  • Soooo many changes! See this post for the studio renovation “before” and this post for the reveal.

Lessons Learned

  • Using a small dining table as an art desk is perfect!
  • I need space to spread out when I’m creating.
  • There’s nothing quite like natural light pouring in from a window.



If you’re just catching up, here are the previous posts in the “before and after parade!”

Thank you again for joining me every day for the last two weeks! I’d love to help you with a space in YOUR home.

I’ll see you next week!

xo, Tessie

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