Studio Tour!!

Jun 2, 2015 | Home + Studio Tours, Studio Tours

We moved into my new studio/office about 4 months ago. We’re settled. We’re in love. And I still sometimes pinch myself that I have a dedicated space, all to myself, outside of my home. I’ve come a long way on this creative journey – ten years next year! Amazing. And I am so grateful. 
Let me give you a tour! All photos by the lovely Tiffany Kirchner Dixon
This space is housed inside of an old high school, and our office/studio is housed in one of the old classrooms. 
This is what it looked like BEFORE:

And this is what it looks like now: 

(that’s me drawing hop scotch on the floor)
We have this space (about 875 sq feet) sectioned off into several different spaces that we use on a regular basis…

This is the painting area….

I love that we painted the floors a bright teal. Not only can we drop pain on the ground, but it’s huge pop of color for the entire space. Screams joy. 

I’m using a basic table that my dad built from old farm wood. It’s a perfect size for me. I mainly paint here at this table and occasionally on the easel that is behind this table
Chalkboard rails are a perfect little ledge. 
The rolling carts (mostly from Ikea) are perfect for supplies. Love. 
My dresser from my Creative Co-op Collection holds papers and other supplies. 

An old door is a perfect spot for aprons. 

My Desk Area:

This is my admin happy place……

We bought our desks from a liquidation center here in Portland. They’re old teacher desks! 

Parasols are a must, no? And the rug is from Target. Lamp is a vintage base paired with a shade from Home Goods (love that place!)
Inspiration behind my desk. 
Nichole’s desk:
This is where Nichole, my Community Care & Engagement Manager works her magic each day…
I’m so in love with her desk. So much light. And those chairs (also from a liquidation center) are A+ cozy.
We crafted a little mobile for above her desk. Love, love, love.
Lounge Area
This is where I often write, dream, and hang out with anyone who stops by. 
The couch on the left is from my old collection with Creative Co-op and the green couch is a very old Pottery Barn couch. Rug is also a Target rug. 
Entry way:
Where we hang our coats up and are greeted with color! 
The clock is original to the high school. Love that it’s still here from the early 1900s! 
We fashioned a coat rack with a huge magnet board + hooks atop an old trunk I’ve had forever. 
Kitchen/Storage Area:
Nichole and I have our weekly meetings here over take-out. The table to the right holds our dishes, small fridge, microwave, teapot, and more. 
Paintbrush chandelier I made years ago. 
Behind our kitchen table is a small storage area we created using two 8′ doors hinged together with curtains on either side. Works perfectly

That’s the tour, friends!
The mission for this space is to use it to create, build my team, admin work, writing work, and perhaps an in person workshop from time to time (sign up for the newsletter if you want to stay in the loop!). 

Sending much love,

Show/Hide Comments (23 comments)
  1. Lisa Reed

    Ohmigosh. This is so inspiring. I can’t wait to redesign my own spaces.

  2. Glenda Mattera

    Love your room design! Love your Art work! We have the seeker of all things Hopeful loved-filled, it’s hanging in living room enjoying everyday!. For Christmas i’m always buying your art designs for gifts for other people who adore your work to. So thanks for lighting up our lives with your inspiring words with your beautiful designs your are so incredible talented!Thanks again God Bless! keep on creating! Jesus gave you a wonderful gift! keep on sharing it!

  3. Glenda Mattera

    Love your room design! Love your Art work! We have the seeker of all things Hopeful loved-filled, it’s hanging in living room enjoying everyday!. For Christmas i’m always buying your art designs for gifts for other people who adore your work to. So thanks for lighting up our lives with your inspiring words with your beautiful designs your are so incredible talented!Thanks again God Bless! keep on creating! Jesus gave you a wonderful keep on sharing it!

  4. Casandra Mclin

    As a retired Sp. Ed teacher, now self-taught Vision Board creator/collage artist, I am Sooo up-lifted by your space and creativity. Looking forward to more

  5. Kathy G

    Oh how I love your space! If it were mine, I think I would sleep on one of the sofas and never leave!❀️

  6. Annie

    Kelly, Thank you for the tour, inspiration, and sense of an artistic community for everyone. So valuable to new and experienced artists!!!!!!!
    Buen Suerte todo el tiempo!❀️

  7. Marcy

    Such a beautiful heart warming space to be yourself and create. I’ve always loved your work. Thank you for sharing and inspiring!

    • Kelly Rae Roberts

      Thank you so much, I so appreciate you taking the time to spread this kindness!

  8. Olga Hatzichristou

    I really, really love your place!
    So bright, vivid and inspiring!
    (and the lamp on your desk πŸ˜‰ )

    I am just signing up for the newsletter.


  9. Lida

    un lugar maravilloso, me encanta.

  10. Pamela

    I am seeing a ‘404 error’ when I try to access the photos on the site. I am looking forward to checking out the website. Please contact me when the pictures are available so I can see your website. Thank you, Pamela
    (I am changing my servers so my website is currently down. My alphabet is on

  11. Sally

    Hello Kelly Rae! What a fabulous space! I’m in love πŸ™‚ my sister and I are Iron Orchid Designs, fellow creative entrepreneurs! I just adore your work, you’re incredibly gifted! I have a couple of questions about your space, when and if you have time to answer lol. I’m about to embark on designing my own space (at home and much smaller scale) I want to paint my cement floors also, any tips? Also where oh where can I find that metal stacked lazy susan compartmentalized tray?? I neeeeeed one πŸ˜‚ Have a great day!

  12. Annette

    Wow! I love this so much! I would never want to leave. I would want to put in a bathroom and bed. Such an awesome space. I think this is the most awesome studio I have ever seen. I love the blackboard ledges as display. Being able to hand cool things from the high ceiling. The sitting area! Wow, wow, wow! Can you go there day or night or is the building closed during certain hours? I am most productive at night. There is an old school down the street but I don’t if they are using it for anything. It would be less than 5 minutes to drive there. That would be so cool. If I can’t have it, the next best thing is to dream it!

  13. Shannon

    Absolutely wonderful space- well thought out and so inspiring! I love the mix of vintage, affordable useful, and fabulous finds. Thank you for sharing!

  14. Sandi Hester

    Love love love! What a fun studio – thanks for sharing -was very wonderful to see!

  15. Adriana

    Love your beautiful work space !

  16. Tala

    Oh my! May I come live with you?! What an inspiring and beautiful space. Hope you’re having fun in it ?

  17. Viveca Persing

    What a JOY to work in such a colorful beautiful room ????

  18. Dottie

    I love your new spaces! Love, love, love!!!!!!!! Taught for 35 years, and would feel right at home with the chalkboard ledges and all.

    Just wanted to point out a fortuitous typo (or was it intentional?!) in this post–please don’t change it! You were talking about painting the floor turquoise and being able to drop paint on the floor…only it says, we can “drop pain on the floor.” I think that dropping pain on the floor and flooding oneself with joy is so perfect for you!! This is a space in which pain candrop away, and the spirit can fly free. Congrats on these present moments in your life!

    • Kelly Rae Roberts

      ahhh, it’s like a happy accident, dropping pain on the floor! Thank you for pointing it out πŸ™‚

  19. beth

    hi kelly!! Beautiful and so inspiring!! you help me so much…58 and just becoming True…and I am an artist!!! There I said it…now I just need to believe it!!

  20. Janine

    Wow! I wish! That is such an awesome thing. I wish that sort of option existed here. Instead my local school board sells off old buildings to developers and the poor sad school gets ripped down to make way for town homes or condos.

    What a dream! My studio is my living space in my mom’s basement and my work bench is a several thousand dollar custom wall unit laying on it’s side covered with a painters drop canvas because the wall unit doesn’t fit this house. it was in the way so I decided to make it my work bench. Not the ideal studio.
    you have the perfect space. great lighting and classrooms are the perfect size. I could see it inspiring ideas of teaching as an artist as well. Did you have to buy your own insurance to rent the space? are other artists using the building?

    • Kelly Rae Roberts

      Thanks, Janine. We pinch ourselves often that we live in such an innovative city. And yes, this building is full of other creatives, which makes it feel a bit like a community. We do have to have liability insurance which I’ve had to carry at every space I’ve had. Sending you wishes for your dream studio to take shape!


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