Workspaces That Inspire {Nostalgic Summer}

I was looking for the perfect gift to give to one of my girlfriends back at Christmas and I remembered these cute vintage necklaces made by Renee of Nostalgic Summer. Some of you may recall the Etsy Feature and giveaway I hosted back in November. While gathering info for that particular post, Renee made a real impression on me and I knew she was someone I wanted to keep in touch with. What stood out to me was her kindness, the care and detail she puts into her craft, her love of integrating old and new, and the story she has for each of her unique jewelry pieces.

Workspaces That Inspire- Nostalgic Summer Vintage Jewelry Studio

While I was on summer break, I started thinking about new topics to write about for the blog. I began making a list of all the things that inspire me and I remembered some photos I kept of Renee’s workspace for creating her jewelry. One that stood out in particular to me was her inspiration board. My intention was to eventually share this photo along with other interesting boards I’ve gathered over the months. Instead, the thought went a bit further and led to the idea of starting a new series: Workspaces That Inspire. I think it’s only fitting that Renee’s space is the first I’m sharing with you.

Renee's Inspiring Workspace- Nostalgic Summer Vintage Jewelry Studio

After deciding on the series, I asked Renee if she could send me a few more photos of her space. I wasn’t at all surprised to see the vintage styling. Just like her jewelry pieces, everything is carefully chosen, right down to the clever storage containers.

 

Vintage Bead Storage Jars

 

Vintage muffin tins for jewelry supply storage

 

These dress forms are perfect for storing finished necklaces, as well as for displaying pieces when taking photos for her etsy shop.

 

Dress forms for displaying jewelry

 

Renee’s passion for collecting shows in these beautiful tin containers she has found at garage sales, flea markets and second hand shops. Her friends are also on the lookout for her, even sending photos from Goodwill for her to pick out her favorites.

 

Renee's vintage tin collection in white painted hutch

 

Currently she is displaying the tins on the open shelves crafted by her husband, but they’re actually inventory for her newest jewelry line of bangles, earrings and necklaces. Aren’t they beautiful!

Repurposed Vintage Tin Jewelry | Nostalgic Summer

Finally, here is the striking red inspiration board that caught my eye in the first place. Renee uses it to hold thank you cards from clients, a photo of her dad who was a talented artist/wood crafter, a collection of ball gown postcards from a museum exhibit on the history of ball gowns, interesting vintage jewelry, a few handy charts and more. Also notice the 1940s enamel top tables.

 

Renee's inspiration board and work table | Nostalgic Summer vintage jewelry studio

 

I asked Renee, “What about your workspace makes you feel inspired?”

“I love the color of the room, the soothing blue walls, vibrant red furniture and all the colorful tins seem to help get my creative juices flowing. One of my vintage body forms has my collection of antique mother of pearl rosaries and m.o.p. beaded necklaces. I don’t get too attached to the vintage things I use in my jewelry… with the exception of the antique mother of pearl beads. I love the patina they develop over time.”

After seeing Renee’s workspace, it’s easy to see why her jewelry pieces are so creative and interesting. Being surrounded by such beauty on a daily basis can only rub off.

Do you have an inspiring workspace you’d like to share? Contact me for more information on how you can be part of this series.

 

And the winner is…

Wanting to know who won the $25 grab bag of ribbon from Ribbon Revelry? I announced it here. Also, come back tomorrow to find out who won Satori’s Blogiversary Event giveaway day 4!

About Shauna Oberg

I'm Shauna, founder of Satori Design for Living. I absolutely love decorating and organizing and consider myself extremely blessed that I am able to live my life creatively and thoughtfully everyday. My passion is facilitating transformations that inspire, nurture and fulfill ... Learn More About Shauna

Comments

  1. What  a charming space ~ her tin collection is gorgeous, as is her unique jewelry!

  2. Wow! I love her workspace! That is truly inspiring.

  3. That is the best workplace I’ve seen!  I can totally understand how she creates such beautiful pieces.

  4. Heather Oberg says:

    Rene’s work space is has such a vintage feel and very inspiring, I love it.

  5. The photos alone are very inspiring!  I could spend hours in her workspace!

  6. Rene’s workspace is beautiful. I love the vintage vibe, and how cheerful her colours are. And those bracelets! They are very cool! :-)

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