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 Those Who Don’t Like Studios

If you don’t like studios, that means you haven’t found the perfect one for you yet. There is such variety out there, so much fun to be had in decorating virtually…

Gleefully feminine, from Where Women Create.


Architect’s office in the famous Talgarth Road of houses for artists, London.
Offices for La Granja Design, Barcelona
Another Barcelona studio, designed for and by Miriam Barrio.
Cezanne’s surprisingly modern-looking pad, with painterly view, France
Writer’s study, US. Although, can this be a real writer? There is far too much shelf space available!
Ceramics studio – not for the clumsy likes of me, but very pretty nevertheless, from Heath.
Home office more than a studio, but close enough if you are a graphic designer who doesn’t get messy. From Minimalist Interiors.
Colourful private studio in Boulder, Colorado.

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

Not all of these are intended for writers and readers, but I would be able to convert all of them for you… if you offer me a nice quiet share of a corner and plenty of books.

Swedish light and practicality, from
Romantic reading nook from this-old-stomping-ground.tumblr
A real writer worked here: Pearl S. Buck. From
I was going to say that this studio was wasted on an internet analyst, but there is also an artist called Mark Mahaney and this is his real studio. From
Conservatory-based studio, from
Plain but oh so perfect garden shed, from Katie Robbins Design and Carolyn Carter photo.
Loft ripe for conversion into a studio and study space – who needs a living room anyway? From

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 Can Inspire Writers Too

Artists may require more space and light than writers, but there’s nothing wrong with craving one of their studios for our writerly craft, is there? Although there might be a few too many distractions around to touch, seize, examine…

Masako Miki’s studio, from
Lotta Ieminen’s studio, from
The atelier of Caroline and Michael Ventura, from
Casey Neistat’s colourful mix of a studio, from
A tidier, sleeker (more corporate?) version, from Pinterest.
It’s the landscape for Carouschka Kastreijifert, picture credit Martin Lot.
This does look like an office, but I love that window! From eastatestudio.tumblr

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…