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…
STUDIO AREA:

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! 
(Hi)
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!). 

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Hi, I’m Kelly Rae Roberts! Before I picked up my first paintbrush at the age of 30, I was a medical social worker. I followed my whispers and started playing with paint, and everything changed.

I’m now a full-time artist, author, and Possibilitarian who helps women explore their creativity, nourish their souls, and build thriving creative businesses.

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