A Tour of My Home Office and Art Studio

 

Today, I want to talk about spaces of productivity - places where you think of your best ideas, and make them come to life. I happen to have two of these kinds of spaces in my home - my office and studio. Each place is a sanctuary where I like to start all of my creative projects. I’ll show you around these special spaces of mine, and tell you how I organised and designed them in such a way to really maximize my productivity. Make sure to stick around until the end, where I’ll be sharing a few of my own tips to stay creative. :)

 

My Home Office

Top: Dries Van Noten; Skirt: Dolce and Gabbana.

 

If I were to give a description of how my home office looks like, it would be a “beautiful disaster.” In general, I’m a very tidy person, but I have this artist side of me that just wants my space to be filled with everything I need to be creative. I have all my painting materials on my table, and not stored away in drawers, because when I have something on my mind, I want to be able to execute it right away. I also have a lot of knickknacks - coffee table books, framed photos  - where I get a lot of my artistic inspiration from.

Recently, I’ve been spending more and more time on my desk because it’s where I like to come and edit my videos for my YouTube channel. I bring a cup of coffee, prop down my laptop, and edit away. :)

 

My Art Studio

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Dress - Zara.

 

 My second space of productivity is my home studio. Since my painting process can take up to hours and days, it was really important for me to have it in a nice, open space. I set my studio up in the lanai, which is perfect because I get to paint in the presence of company. So while Chiz is holding meetings or having friends over, I paint by the side and chime in on the conversation from time to time. I find that having my setup in a social environment is what works best for me.

Compared to my office, my studio is a little more neat just because I need to be able to pack it up when I’m finished. One of the best pieces of furniture I’ve purchased is a rolling trolley, which I can easily transport to wherever I need it to be. It also has so many compartments where I can store all of my materials. Having an efficient system like this makes my creative process so much easier.

 

And there you have it - my home office and art studio! I hope you enjoyed this little tour. And since today was all about productivity, I want to leave you guys with a few quick tips that have really helped me in my creative process, and have helped me grow as an artist as well. I hope it helps!

 
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Take Inspiration Trips

A change of environment does wonders for ideation! And it doesn’t even have to take you far - anywhere from a mall to a park can instantly refresh your mind and get those creative juices flowing. 

Study your Inspirations

Once you identify your sources of inspiration, study them well - read, research, and expose yourself to them as much as you can. 

Stock your Supply Kit.

Make a habit of regularly restocking all your supplies so that whenever an idea comes, you have a complete set of materials ready to go!

Don’t Pressure yourself too much.

When you’re in a creative rut, don’t force yourself to come up with ideas. The best thing you can do is to give yourself a well-rested mind, then eventually, the ideas will come naturally. 

Do What YOU Love.

This is absolutely the most important tip! Many of you don’t know this, but I used to think that my paintings wouldn’t be taken seriously - that it would be too girly, too colorful or what not, for people’s taste. But it was my style, so I decided to stick with it. It was then that I truly started enjoying what I was doing with my art, and it was when people started appreciating it too.

 

And there you have it! I would love to hear any of your own personal tips for being productive and staying creative! Let me know in the comments. :)

Thank you for dropping by, and see you next time!

 

These photographs were taken by Sweet Escape. If you’d like to set up a session with them, head over to the Sweet Escape website . You can also use my code, “ESCAPEWITHHEART” and get a $50 discount and 30 additional photos.

Chynna Lim