Friday Fun: A Room of One’s Own

Although I am the least artistic person in the world, I think an artist’s studio would be a very inspiring place for a writer to work in. Here are some places which caught my eye in the past.

So much light

More achievable, everyday studio inspiration

If necessary, I’ll take these away by force!

Even when they are cluttered, there is something peaceful about studios

Last but not least, when art, interior design and poetic inspiration combine

Friday Fun: Dreamy Spaces for Escapologists

Well, we all know where people who have an impregnably clear conscience go, don’t we? Even after they mess up an entire country? To a shepherd’s hut in the back garden, of course.

Not David Cameron’s hut but very similar, to be found at Melody Farm in Cornwall.

Here are some alternative places to hide from public scrutiny. All come with a beautiful view, if you feel like scanning the horizon. Nothing to disturb your peace of mind or make you think of the people you left behind. Very photogenic, too, for when you hire photographers to take pictures of you signing your resignation letters.

The Scholars’ Library in the Forest, designed by Gluck, from Designboom.

This rooftop study gives ivory towers a run for their money. From

Endless space to create or pace around. From Ancram, NY.

Sail away, sail away, sail away… From Decoist.

The modest country house retreat, from

Proving once again that minimalism is a luxury, from

Another place on your isolated island, where no one will ever reach you. From Youtube.

Friday Fun: Studios for Non-Artists

Why should artist always get the best rooms in the house, while writers are relegated to poky little holes beneath the stairs? I’m reclaiming some of these studios for myself!

The urban penthouse studio, from Apartment Therapy.

The repurposed landing – clearly made for reading and writing. From Country Living.

Vertigo-inducing neatness, from IT Paper Blog.

A sea view is always welcome, from La Maison Boheme.

Comparatively modest and easy to repurpose as a writer’s study, from Living with Pattern.

The extravagant and spacious, from Pinterest.

Everything has its place and yet nothing feels cramped in this light studio, from SF Girl by Bay

Friday Fun: Studios and Studies

This summer, I’ve promised myself, I will get to finish the second draft of my novel. The outcome would, of course, be guaranteed if I had one of the creative spaces below at my disposal. If any wealthy patron of the arts is listening…

The Duke of Devonshire asleep in his library at Chatsworth, picture credit Christopher Simon.

Studio in Devon, from The Telegraph.

Studio in rural United States, from Lonny Magazine.

Little dream cottage on the Isle of Wight, from House of Turquoise.

Light-filled study – there might be a problem with glare on a computer screen though – designed by Michael Haverland.

Japanese study and library, from Flavorwire. No problem with screen glare here. Plus, room to make endless cups of tea.

Study in a porch, from New England Home. The decorative plates might hinder my writing prowess somewhat…


Friday Fun: Artists’ Studios

You’re allowed to laugh. The thought of me craving an artist’s studio is ludicrous, as I am profoundly ungifted at any kind of artistic endeavour. My clay ponies looked like dachshunds in primary school; in secondary school I used the eraser more frequently than the pencil (with predictable results, torn pages and tears). Art was the only class I ever failed. But I love looking at art and of course the light, airy artist’s studios, with their picturesque clutter, look very tempting. Even though I would probably have to tidy everything up first before I could start writing…

Light, light everywhere, and high ceilings, from
Light, light everywhere, and high ceilings, from

Cezanne's studio in Aix en Provence, from artistsandstudios.tumblr
Cezanne’s studio in Aix en Provence, from artistsandstudios.tumblr

Unknown artist's studio, from Reddit.
Unknown artist’s studio, from Reddit.

I prefer the more minimalist spaces, as you can see, from
I prefer the more minimalist spaces, as you can see, from

... but creative mess can be very endearing and inspiring as well, as in this Istanbul studio, from
… but creative mess can be very endearing and inspiring as well, as in this Istanbul studio, from

This is La Boheme romanticism, utterly beguiling - except that it's a miniature. From itmovesmemorelol.tumblr
This is La Boheme romanticism, utterly beguiling – except that it’s a miniature. From itmovesmemorelol.tumblr

The living area of Tove Jansson's studio, where she spent most of her time in Helsinki. From The Times.
The living area of Tove Jansson’s studio, where she spent most of her time in Helsinki. From The Times.

To my surprise, I seem to prefer wide open spaces rather than cosy, closed ones when writing. With reading, of course, it’s the other way round…

Friday Fun: Artists’ Studios

As writers, we may be able to write in a bustling café, on a crowded kitchen table, in a cave with poor lighting, even in the shower with the right tools . But if we did have an artists’ studio, with perfect lighting, wouldn’t we be able to write even better?

Simon Starling, from the Independent.
Simon Starling, from the Independent.


Studio for wildlife illustrator, Chander Construction.

Georgie Wolton's studio,
Georgie Wolton’s studio,

Josh Keyes studio,
Josh Keyes studio,

Bonus point: all those paintings/illustrations/pictures are really inspiring! But perhaps, after a while, you just get so used to them hanging around on your walls that you no longer see them. Over at dVerse Poets, Björn has us re-examining the familiar, disassociating ourselves from it, so that we can see it with fresh eyes once more. I’ve chosen the third of Tolstoy’s techniques  – use of dialect or a foreign language – to create this sense of ‘strangeness’.

Tablouri, desene, întinse pe jos,

pe pereţi, o dezordine în care nu găseşti

şi nu gândeşti


decit inspiraţie.

Nani? Hontoo?

Bitte schwätz langsamer…

(Just playing around in Romanian, Japanese and Swiss German. Translation is roughly: Paintings, sketches, scattered on floors, on the walls, a mess in which you can find and think nothing but inspiration. What? Really? Please talk more slowly…)