Every woman needs her own space: a place where she can retreat to work on creative projects, catch her breath and just be. The five studios below are loaded with great ideas you can adapt for your own space.

This is the studio of fabric designer Heather Bailey. I love the jars full of embellishments on the shelf (upper left) and the soft palette.


If you are short on space, you can convert a cupboard into a creative area.

This would make a great home office, as well as a craft room.


This studio is incredibly organized.





Need to jump start your creativity so you can see your life in fresh ways? I’ve found that the best way to do that is to get out and explore! It really doesn’t matter where you go — perhaps an art gallery, music event or to hear a speaker in the community. The point is to get out the door and expose yourself to new ideas.

Treasures await you at Good JuJu

That was my point when I joined my sister, the original “dumpster diver and thrift shop shopper extraordinaire,” on one of her expeditions this past Saturday. She had this amazing place she wanted to show me at the end of the 12th Street Bridge in Kansas City. We wound our way around old buildings in the West Bottoms and stopped at Good JuJu, a wonderful space with exposed brick, high ceilings and old wooden floors. The place was packed with shoppers looking through an interesting assortment of re-purposed furniture, decorative items , original art and vintage clothing. I bought a restored side table and some lovely pottery but I could have gone hog wild!

"Melted Sound" by Derek Combs ... Some of the art featured at Good JuJu

In addition to acquiring some unique pieces for my home, I felt inspired visiting a new part of the city surrounded by an interesting collection of people all exploring together.

You may think you are just too busy to explore but my sister’s example begs to differ. She is a single mom with a very demanding job. But she still makes time for adventure. On a recent business trip to Chicago, she took time to visit some inspiring stores. Find remnants of time in your schedule — your lunch hour, an occasional weekend or date night with your spouse — to go on an adventure.

Need help coming up with ideas? Here’s what’s on my list for the for the month:

Be sure to jot down the new ideas and inspiration that result from your adventure. You may also want to have a camera with you.

What’s on your adventure list?



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