At Work With Katie Stratton

At Work With Katie StrattonYou might remember Katie Stratton from her gorgeous home tour with us a couple of months back. Katie is here to share her equally amazing work space with us today!Katie Stratton's gorgeous work space"I'm a freelance artist and painter—working on custom pieces and commissions for private clients and also for Kinfolk magazine. My work is pretty heavily influenced by the seasons and colors here in Ohio. I just started working in this new studio space, which has been so much fun after working from home for years. My goal this year is to make my work more accessible and start selling prints and originals online (sometime this fall, fingers crossed)!"

Katie Stratton's gorgeous studio via A Beautiful MessLovely painting supplies"On a normal studio day, I take my son to school at 8:30a, and baby Phoebe and I head downtown. I'll load up supplies and the car seat on a dolly and take the freight elevator up to the 3rd floor. Once we're in the loft, Phoebe will play in her playpen or crawl around on a blanket and chase the building cat, while I touch brushes and sit with my tubes of paint. I like to take a minute with all of my things to find my bearings. If I'm working on something for Kinfolk or a commissioned piece, I have a specific direction in mind. Otherwise the painting process is pretty organic, depending on my mood or what music is playing! The next couple of hours are spent throwing paint, kissing baby cheeks, sitting and thinking, and painting some more. Working with a little one around is tough. And some days it just doesn't work. I try and get some alone time in the studio at least once a week!"

The beautiful Katie Stratton in her amazing work space"I share my space with another artist, Brooke Medlin.  It's amazing having another person's creative energy to bounce off of, and it's something I was certainly missing working by myself from home. The entire building is filled with makers and creative types: photographers and artists. It's a little village that inspires me to no end! Plus there is a building cat named spooky that roams around and sweetens the deal!"

Beautiful work space via A Beautiful MessKatie Stratton's beautiful work space"The floors in the studio are so old and filthy and beautiful. To help protect them from my mess, I made a faux cowhide rug out of a drop cloth. To make your own, go to a specialty paint store (sherwin williams, etc) and find a nice size rubber-backed drop cloth (I used a 9'x11'). Spread it out and trace a hide shape and cut it out with scissors! The rubber backing will keep the canvas from fraying and help grip it to a bare floor!"

At Work With Katie Stratton via A Beautiful MessThank you so much for sharing your inspiring work space with us, Katie! You can find Katie over at her blog Katie's Pencil Box or see her work in issues 2-8 of Kinfolk Magazine here. xo.

  • Katie’s blog is one of my favourite feel-good reads and her studio space is divine! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

  • Where is this studio? I live in Columbus and would love to know which space this is!

  • to katie: designer emily henderson @ is designing an event space in la & is looking for original art. she wants california craftsmen as well as other artists. she has someone finding the art for her, you can find their contact info on her blog, if you’re interested.

  • As an artist myself, I love, love, love seeing where other artists work and their creative space! Great post as usual. xx

  • Wow! This is my dream in pictures.

    I live in a tiny apartment and it holds me back a lot when I want to do my crafts. It always makes a mess and a lot of things I just can not do in my home.

    I dream every day of a place where I can just let my creativeness flow! <3

    This is just wonderful!

  • i want to LIVE in a place like her studio. talllll windows and ceilings, exposed brick. my dream!

  • Wow, that space is gorgeous! So perfect for an artist. Something like that would be my dream space <3

  • Oh, wow, her studio is gorgeous – and so is she. I’m so pleased to have found her blog! Inspiring 😉

  • lOVE THE POST! Your blog is amazing! I would be so happy if you could check out my blog and say what you think!! and maybe follow?! Thanks so much! xoxo from MEXICO!

  • so entranced by this studio space!!! i love peeks into artists studios. please keep sharing them!!

  • A real dream – I will go to bed tonight determined having a work space like this – big, bright + painted bricks where creativity and wonders will spark!

    Ciao/ Bella from Hong Kong

  • your photography is inspired and so is this post.
    love your blog.

  • WOW! What an amazing space 🙂 and such beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing.

  • Beautiful work space, I dream with a place for my work and creativity.
    thanks for sharing


  • Her studio space is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing her space with us.

  • This blog gives me hope! A beautiful studio space and doing what you love! Thanks for sharing! I’ve been following your blog few months now and simply love it, keeping rockin it girls!

  • Yay! So cool to see the studio photographed by someone other than myself! 😀 I knew I loved it, but now I love it even more. That light! *swoon*

  • Gorgeous, inspiring, open space. And your photos of it all are amazing as well! Thanks for sharing 🙂


  • This is my dream work space! So much light and space! I’m very envious!

  • I love Katie’s work. It’s beautiful! I will definitely be a costumer when you begin to sell your art.

  • gorgeous! i love katie’s blog and style. thank you for sharing!
    andrea >>he calls me wifey

  • What an amazing space, I really could get used to working there! xx

  • What a beautiful work space. I also love Katie’s blog, it always inspires me. I hope you keep up with this series. It’s great…

  • I love these pictures, looks like a lovely place to do some art.

  • What a great place to work in!)

  • What an amazing workspace!I wish I had something like this; someday… when I have my own house, maybe.

  • Wow! Completely amazed by her open and artsy work space. Definitely want to incoporpate my own individual style my space. Loved this feature!

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  • What a beautiful space! I love those warehouse windows with all of that natural light!

  • I love her studio!

    xo Jennifer

  • This is my dream space! I also love the tip for the faux cow hide drop cloth!

  • I love the decor!

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  • Wow! What a dream studio for any kind of artist! Perfect light, I love it:)

  • Katie’s studio space is gorgeous! I’ve always dreamed of having my own space to work in like this one. I’m a huge fan of the brick walls.


  • Such an amazing work space, I would just love it if I was working there. So inspiring!


  • Wow, this work space is to die for! Great atmosphere, even in the photos!

    xo Julia

  • I was a fan of Brooke Medlin’s jewelry way back when she just had a little Etsy shop, so it’s cool to see she’s working with some other fun, creative people! I live in the Dayton area as well, and it’s nice to see people here doing their thing!

  • Wow. what a beautiful space! Love these photos. Such a fun post.

  • Perfect and beautiful work space! Open spaces are wonderful and its great there’s so much light shining through those huge windows.

    Lulu xx

  • That seems like an amazing studio! So jealous! Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing!

    Juliette Laura

  • GORGEOUS work space and gorgeous lady! It’s so inspiring to see her art and her creative process! Thansk for sharing!



  • Wow, amazing pics and I feel so nice energy there. Perfect post..

  • This is my favourite at work with so far, so creative and inspiring! Thanks for sharing an insight 🙂

  • Wow! Lovely place…really inspiring..I love its atmosphere!

  • I LOVE Katie! Check her blog everyday! She’s so pretty, and creative. She has the most beautiful photos on her blog. Her hubby is very atlented in the tatto dept as well! Lovely family!

  • I love the big windows and the aery feeling! love it

    tsiou, from

  • i love katie’s work and blog! this look inside her studio was so fun.

  • This space is divine, as is all that Katie does! Thank you girls for featuring such a lovely lady and her beautiful work I am a big fan!!

  • Ohio, really? There are places like this near me? Lies, I say!
    But wow, this is beautiful. And inspirational. We have a tiny apartment but this makes me want to up and change it to be more inspirational. We have a 3 y/o son and yes, being creative with a little one around is tough. But at least we can let them be involved sometimes! 🙂

  • Aww, I love Katie’s blog and even more, I love seeing her on A Beautiful Mess! Thanks for this sweet feature. xx

  • I love her space so much!!! I’ve thought about renting a studio away from my home. I LOVE her drop cloth idea. At first I thought it was real and couldn’t believe it was in her studio, haha. ♥Lindsay

  • wow! her work space is absolutely gorgeous! so much sunlight and so cool that she does something interesting and artistic. love the skirt shes wearing. thanks for sharing this! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @

  • Wish I could have seen more of her work when I still lived in Dayton. What a beautiful and inspiring studio!

  • Her space is so dreamy! I thought the drop cloth is a clever idea, and something I want to put in my future painting room 🙂

  • What a cool workspace/loft! I’m inspired to redo my study now.

  • Katie is as beautiful as her work! I love reading her blog and seeing little peeks of her paintings! Thanks for sharing her new space with us!

    xx Ashleigh

  • WOW, this space is gorgeous! No wonder her paintings are so lovely; it’d be hard not be inspired there!


  • This is a dream studio ! Love it !

    XX Luba

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  • This is absolutely beautiful. I would adore working here!


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