Dreama Tolle Perry » Artist and Writer

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Studio Makeover



As in a shabby chic chandelier!




All good action films have at least one cliffhanger.
For my studio story, I have two…curtainclimbersEddie Bill and  Eddie Pierre, which accounts for why the sequel has trailed so far behind the initial offering. (To Read Part I, click here)
Anyways, if you remember where our story last ended, we were just getting to the good part—placing all the stuff that we liked back into the  studio:)
When you are doing this in your own work place, it’s really worth giving thought to what has good neuro-association for you.You know, what your nervous system feels like when you look at certain things.For instance, say you had a gift/vase from a family member who always refers to you as thepoor nit-wit artist of the family, –Might not want said vase in your creative space.Just sayin’;)

“Sea glass gathered on a memorable day in your life, a priceless work of art by your child/grandchild,

a B & W photo of you and your sis when you were kids–anything that brings JOY, smiles and peace to your heart–that’s what you want in your space.”

Some of my feel good things:)

A horse feed bag to hold extra paper towels on my easel.

(This came to me from a mischievous friend, filled with candy:)



My favorite man Vincent is well represented

A cat named Mort who has been in every studio I’ve had for the past 20 years.

Laughter, wisdom,& inspiration–lots of it– between these covers!



 Favorite jars, lavender sachets, and a license plate from my California girl days–which Phyllis the Mouse keeps a close eye on for me:)!
Original paintings and inspiring author/friends:))

All things that conspire to put the mind in the right place for creating:)!!


Gettin’ Down to Business
I love reassigning items. Something that was originally intended to be used in a different way brings some delightful surprises into your studio space when given a new job:)

A Home Goods find–hiding in the kitchen section:)

My old jewelry chest, after it’s shabby chic makeover, is the most perfect monitor holder-brush holder-paint storage thing you can imagine. (I have included my recipe for the makeover at the very end of this post)

 What used to hold necklaces now holds my stash of favorite brushes and tools:))


So from my mirrored table turned palette

To a chair to nest in for reading a good art book or writing my next blog post…


Some one time gold frames, now made-over for my prints…

Eddie and I agree on one thing.

We Love Our Shabby Chic Studio:))


P.S. The lighting I use for painting is track lighting mounted to the sloped ceiling–I face it away from my easel and let it “bounce” the light back into my work area.  I use a blend of cool and warm lights:))
P.S.S. My easel, jewelry chest and frames were finished with the ingredients below.  On my frames, I mixed a bit of blue acrylic paint in with the Swiss Coffee color.


  • Lisa - October 10, 2015 - 6:01 pm

    I’ve been a fan of your paintings for a while and the luscious color that you use! Hope to take a workshop one of these days.

    My question for you is about your easel. I have a very similar one, but to get a small painting up at hand/eye level for painting, there is a piece of wood that runs into my ceiling. Yours doesn’t look like it does this and I’m wondering if you have modified it somehow and if so, would you share how you did so? Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne Ray Snead - October 3, 2014 - 7:56 pm

    Wow! I love your studio.ReplyCancel

  • Sherra Carsuo - April 10, 2014 - 1:09 pm

    Great studio! Your easel .. Was it made or did you buy it. I love the paper towel idea .. but how did you make that happen? Also, do you stand the whole time you are pairing? I have been sitting at a table top easel .. I guess I need to rethink all this. Can’t wait to take one of your workshops!ReplyCancel

  • Marianne Mölgård - September 29, 2013 - 6:07 pm

    hi,, you have an exelent artroom,,,,,,,,,

  • James Snuffer - August 28, 2013 - 5:22 pm

    I love your palette. That is the first time I have seen a mirror as a mixing surface, does it make a difference in your ability to judge your colors?ReplyCancel

  • Beth Badger - August 10, 2013 - 11:36 am

    Love your space, it’s warm, inviting, a place I’d want to paint in….ReplyCancel

    • Dreama - August 11, 2013 - 8:12 pm

      Thanks Beth :-)!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Martin Piros - March 29, 2013 - 12:55 am

    Hi Dreama! I was wondering if I had lost you again. So , glad you have been out playing hookie from school (Artist classes). I can’t believe you went and saw Adam Levine oops I mean Maroon 5 TOO !!! They were here in Birmingham on my twins b-day 3/26. People from my husband’s work were given tickets to go see it as a group outing paid by the. Company he works for. I can’t believe how much fun it was I felt like I was in high school clapping, screaming having a great time. My husband had to slow me down so I wouldn’t run out of energy. I’m sure you have a long lost relative that you are dying to see in Birmingham, Al. Maybe your daughter wants to see the sights in Alabama. We do have beautiful white sand in gulf shores and its a lot less expensive than silly old San Maarco Island. You are too funny , you make me laugh my head off!!! Loved the tour of your studio!!! “These are a few of my favorite things” etc etc.. Great info thanks so much, Nancy Martin Piros♡♥♡♥♡♥ReplyCancel

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