Cathe Holden’s Inspired Barn Workshop Studio Tour

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It’s been a very long time coming- the full, finished craft studio and a blog post to share it all. As a former graphic designer working from home, I once needed little more than a corner table in the bedroom for a computer. Becoming a professional craft designer, blogger and instructor has required quite a bit of spacial change. I outgrew the small craft studio we’d carved out of our garage and ultimately was able to acquire much more space for the various materials, supplies and tools I now use. I’d been dreaming of a wonderful, large space at home to gather others for creative classes, workshops and events, and therefor less travel to teach at other venues, and I’m excited to share it with you now.

We have a 1000 square foot outbuilding on our property just steps from our home’s front door, charmingly referred to as the barn. You can see it to the far left of our house in the photo below. We live on one happy acre just north of the town of Petaluma, California.JSIMHolden-House To begin the barn tour, let’s kick things off with a bit of before and after comparison.Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-01The barn is about 25 years old and in great structural shape. After 13+ years of using it as a storage unit and boat parking garage, I was able to take ownership of it from my husband to create a crafty oasis for working and teaching. (Goodbye dangerous-but-fun rope swing, old friend.) Together, Jeff and I cleared it out, dolled it up, and filled it up. Of course, the entire process took around two years from start to finish at our own DIY pace.Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-03 The compiling of furnishings, storage pieces, materials, tools, collections and decor is of a journey spanning many more years than that, much of which was more recently stored in two rental containers parked in our driveway. I kept rolling racks of craft supplies and materials accessible within the containers and worked from them daily for over a year.Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-11After some beautiful interior trim work by our friend, Jake Burgess, the barn walls and ceiling were primed and painted with Valspar paints sponsored by Lowe’s. Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-02Here’s Jake painting the back wall of the barn a fantastic green to coordinate with my thrift-store vintage sofa. (Click on the link for another barn before shot.)Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-04Jake, my husband Jeff, and my son Bennett installed this amazing craft studio floor in one day. This Pergo’s Whitewashed Pine, available exclusively at Lowe’s, was generously sponsored for the barn by Pergo. After a full year of having the Pergo flooring in the barn during the long and slow move-in, several craft workshops, and various craft projects, I realize for certain I made the perfect flooring choice- it’s durable and beautiful.Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-05Slow and methodically I began the move from containers to workspace.Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-06Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-19 Many of the studio furnishings were purchased from thrift stores, flea markets, Craigslist, and antique collectives over time. These two matching metal office cabinets, one from a second-hand store and one from a neighbor, were spray-painted up nice and spiffy for my sewing nook area.Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-09The large apothecary unit is from Sienna Antiques in downtown Petaluma, shown below left as found. The sweet kitchen cupboard, center, was a find on Craigslist, and the 3-drawer dresser a score from a neighbor’s garage sale.Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-10I needed seating and lighting for the workshop/classroom area, so I turned to They very generously sponsored four beautiful double-bulb bronze table lamps for table task lighting and all of the workshop seating- silver Tabouret stacking chairs in sets of 4. I purchased four metal counter stools to match the chairs.Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-08I bought the three adjoining farm tables on clearance at Cost Plus World Market. Jeff installed canned lights in the ceiling and three beautiful brushed nickel chandeliers from a local home improvement store and shown on the left in bronze. He installed them down the center of the room. All together the lighting and glow from the four large windows, create a beautifully bright work environment.Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-07

A place for everything, and everything in its place.

With all moved in, unpacked, and organized over many, many months, here are the final results of my new craft space, lovingly named Inspired Barn.Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-47Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-50Follow me around the room beginning with the desk area where I am typing this blog post right now. My long computer desk was a $100 Craigslist find that I’ve had for some time. Like most desks, it stores paper, files, discs, and general office supplies. The vintage office chair was a $40 find at The Thrifty Hippie in Petaluma. To the far right is the main entrance door to the barn.Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-45I keep my assortment of Washi tape in berry boxes tucked into an old wire store display. Below that is a mail slot unit with every other divider removed and cardboard bins inserted. I covered the fronts of the bins with paper patterns I designed and labeled with contents. To the left is a $5 wire paper rack found at the recycle area at our local landfill (aka: Recycletown), which holds all letter-size papers and label stock. The pink file cabinet houses all of my printer paper in various weights and colors.Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-004The barn has a large roll-up door at one end that is not easy to hide and still keep clear for opening. I utilized a few reinforcement bars on the door as shelves for my three vintage chalkboards. Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-003 This simple shabby shelf unit painted up nice works so great to house my paper punches, button jars, scrap ribbon jars, and liquid dyes. The lower cupboard was a Recycletown find, and the tall storage cupboard from a local consignment shop. I added vintage aluminum spice racks to the side of the large cupboard to hold my various glitter bottles.Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-44The large cupboard stores workshop supplies and I utilize the cubby shelf in the middle for my sewing and textile related books.Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-24Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-42My yellow sewing table was once our kitchen table. On it is my sewing machine with table extension, all under a DIY dust cover. The two large and fabulous jute studio area rugs are Allen+Roth sponsored by Lowe’s, one shown here and the other in the couch area.Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-23 I keep my iron on a little shelf above my vintage ironing boards, with the cord wound and hanging on a coat hook just under it. The green units are old watchmaker cabinets from the flea market and later spray painted. The four-panel wallpapered screen behind this area was a cheap find from a local tea room going out of business. The gold floral armchair in my sewing nook was recently pulled from my late father-in-law’s home and headed to the thrift store. Not on my watch! Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-43The wire scrapbook paper racks below were more $5 finds at Recycletown. The wall shelf is made from the top of a too-damaged vintage desk resting on iron brackets. I keep rolls of wrapping paper, crepe paper, and vintage wallpaper in an old wire shopping cart and large vintage food cans.Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-40On the shelf are my vintage racks of old and re-designed vintage wood-handled rubber stamps.Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-41 The multi-drawer glass-front cabinet was found at the Alameda Flea Market. It turned out to have a pretty cool past as shared in the comments of this post. It is the most practical piece for organizing many small collections and supplies.Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-39I cleaned up that old garage-sale dresser to use as large storage for cutting pads, Xyron machines, and more. I attached vintage brass label holder hardware to the front of each drawer. On the dresser are a collection of graphically-pleasing vintage tins to organize everything from glue sticks and markers to craft knives and paint brushes.Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-36This vintage cardboard drum was another $5 find at the recycle area. I added a 3-wheel potted plant caster to the bottom and it’s now one of the most practical items in my entire studio. I wheel this large trash can all over the place, depending on where I’m working. And it’s wide enough for long-tossing trash, (I’m usually a pretty good shot.)Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-37The large counter-height table is my main crafting area and was once our dining room table. I tuck a drop-leaf farm table below that slides out for more crafting surface area as needed.Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-38Under the tall table are the counter stools with vintage hardware aprons attached.Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-26There’s also an apron tied to each of the workshop chairs. I began collecting these aprons about two years ago. It’s funny that when you decide to collect something how easy it is to spy those things at flea markets and second-hand shops. I purchased several as well on Ebay and Etsy when I found them really cheap.Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-27On each chair I placed a piece of non-slip drawer liner and padded chair cushion. Tucked in the pocket of every workshop chair apron is a guest-book-journal for attendees to write in, collage a page, or doodle something nice for the next person who sits there. Each beautifully illustrated ruled notebook is from The Art of Instruction Notebook Collection sponsored for the barn by Chronicle Books. I savor every written page each evening after a workshop.photoThis large primitive shelf unit that has been around our house for nearly 20 years was a trade from Bird’s Nest Antiques in Santa Rosa, CA. It now holds lots of things used in setting up workshop kits and stations. On top are my jars of various colored Divine Twine spools… can anyone ever have enough of that?Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-35Here is my corner full of cubbies & drawers. The top piece is an old hotel lobby or mail slot unit filled with what-nots- fun little items with minimal purpose but sweet aesthetic that gravitate to a pigeon hole of its own. Below is an old $10 bookshelf storing small parts & watchmaker cabinets filled with actual watch parts and other interesting vintage components. In the far corner is a primitive art drawer unit made from antique metal cigar tins. Below that are a few wooden office and library cabinets storing small ephemera pieces.Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-34The 9-foot apothecary cabinet holds jars of crafty goods atop drawers of workshop supplies below. Above it stores workshop paper maché cabinets waiting to be embellished.Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-33The black library card cabinet is a refreshed version of it’s previous life. On this shelf unit I also store boxes of vintage greeting cards, and wooden drawers filled with soldering supplies. The little cardboard trash bin to the left gets further embellished whenever I have interesting residual ephemera from craft projects.Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-32Wire plate display racks are excellent holders for my design markers, bottles of old shoe leather dye, and bottles of Martha Stewart craft paint.Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-31 The racks are attached along the back of an old kitchen cupboard.Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-30That old kitchen cupboard is a favorite piece of mine with a great amount of storage space. I spied it in the barn loft at the home of one of the parents at my kids’ school nearly 10 years ago. He sold and delivered it to me for only $50. I added a smaller drawer unit at the end using ornate iron brackets below, creating even more surface area above. The tall yellow cupboard at the other end stores cleaning and utility supplies. I attach small shelves and coat hooks to many of my cupboards for added display areas.Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-005 I made a little station for paper and twine with an old fold-top card table from the thrift store. The large roll of kraft paper in the old store dispenser found at Goat Hill Fair is great for covering surfaces for crafting. The smaller dispenser attached holds a roll of lightweight painter’s masking paper for wrapping things.Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-28The workbench below is another $5 find at Recycletown. I added casters to the legs that I painted red. This area is where I drill, hammer, screw, and solder. On the lower shelf are all of my Dremel power tools. That contraption hanging on the right leg of the table is a very handy wooden jig for holding glass pieces in position while soldering, made and sold at Fusion Glass Studio in Springfield, Mo. I collect large miscellaneous brushes, like the one hanging on the left, to keep around the studio for dusting off craft surfaces.Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-29Below is the resource, daydreaming, and visiting area of the barn. The fantastic large bookshelf was custom built for me by North Bay Plywood in Napa, California in trade for a new logo I designed for their company a few years ago. Most all of the books and magazines on the shelves are related to crafting and design, several are vintage and rare. The shelves are also the best place to display my vintage toy wagon collection.Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-20 See that delicious fruity-colored quilt over the sofa? That beauty was handmade and gifted to me upon opening my barn by the ever-so-talented Suzy Bauter, aka: Suzy-Homemaker. Needless to say, I cried when I opened the shipping package that day from such a dear friend. That beautiful quilt has added so much sweetness to the entire space. Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-21Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-22My coffee table, a roadside find, is an old blanket chest that holds my favorite magazines. I added vintage rubber casters to the bottom for added height and easy moving.Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-001I made a little extra work area from a two-tiered office cart from Recycletown. I painted it black and placed a wooden Parcheesi game board upside-down on top. Atop that are three antique wooden starch boxes that hold my sketchbooks. The whole unit can wheel to my computer area for extra table space or tuck away by the bookcase.Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-46There. We’ve made it full circle. Visit my previous blog post for more detailed Inspired Barn craft studio organizing information and images. You will find even more by searching #inspiredbarn on Instagram.Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-16 I am so honored to have my barn studio featured in the current April 2014 issue of Country Living magazine. (Follow that link for the full story on organizing crafts.) Here are a few beautiful shots taken for the feature by photographer James Baigrie and styled by CL’s Style & Market Director Natalie Warady. Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-15  Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-13 Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-12Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-006

If you build it they will come.

Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Studio-007Inspired Barn workshops have gotten off to a really great start beginning with monthly craft events. I’ll soon be posting smaller classes and am open to creating custom workshops for groups such as bridal, corporate, vacation, and other special events. Be sure your on the email list for upcoming happenings at the

I hope you enjoyed the tour. I’d love to know what you think!

I give so much gratitude and an enormous Thank You! to the many who have supported this endeavor with advice, materials, time, product, support and encouragement. I give my unending appreciation to my husband Jeff for supporting and helping to create yet another creative endeavor of mine, and to my children for the years of patience during all of the many transitions and inconveniences. And, of course, glory to God for making every single bit of this possible.

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97 Responses to Cathe Holden’s Inspired Barn Workshop Studio Tour

  1. #1 - Debra NaDell says:

    I am so happy for you!! I have always loved your style. Such a beautiful place. I would never leave ;D. Thank you so much for your tour. It makes me want to do better.

  2. #2 - Jeanne Crockett says:

    Oh. My. Goodness! I don’t know what to say! It is overwhelming! I’m very sad that you are all the way across the country—too far for just a short workshop. Can I move in? I’ll cook and clean for you. Seriously, this is the most incredible space!! Enjoy!

  3. #3 - Christie Brooks says:

    If that awesome sofa turned into a bed, I would sleep in heavenly bliss there! What an uplifting room to create in! And I love the fact that you used older pieces to recycle and still have it’s original charm kept in tacked.

  4. #4 - sharon stanley says:

    well, this is every crafter’s dream come true. I love every inch of it and would plan a pilgrimage just to see it if I was on the west coast! well done you.

  5. #5 - Hannah says:

    Your barn is absolutely stunning. And what a privilege to get to see not only the before, but the during pictures. It makes the journey so much more personal. Congratulations on your space, and well done you!

  6. #6 - Christina says:

    So inspiring, I wish I still lived in CA!! I have dreamt of a space like yours for years, the nearest I got to it was in Carlsbad where we had a 6 car garage but i had to share it with a couple of cars! Now back in the UK 🙁

  7. #7 - wendy baker says:

    what a phenomenal posting of a labor of love. i am so impressed and inspired. thank you for sharing. i too am trying for a studio upgrade. i will send pics to you when i am done, so you can see how much influence you have had upon my efforts. xow.

  8. #8 - Nicky Ovitt says:

    Wow! So much I didn’t see in person— how could you take it all in during one visit?! Wonderful tour, Cathe. Big Congrats. I remember well when the barn was only an inspired DREAM. xxx

  9. #9 - shari says:

    Cathe ~
    love the TLC you put into this studio…. a piece of your heart with it! We will get there to visit you. Congrats! Have mentioned you on Goat Hill Fair’s sites. So happy that you found some items when you’ve visited our event! I have shared some photos!!
    xox Shari

  10. #10 - Melodee says:

    Cathe, it looks WONDERFUL! I imagine you’re having a blast there. I’m going to have to check into Recyletown next time I’m down there. I drive through twice a week now. It’s truly a beautiful room.

  11. #11 - Suzonne says:

    What an extraordinary amount of work you’ve done! Just amazing. I can’t wait to see it in person. Bravo! xo

  12. #12 - Mary Wolf says:

    Oh Cathe, you have furnished your Inspired Barn with so many practical and imaginative storage ideas. I love how you’ve relied more on creativity than cash to create such a beautiful work space. It turned out amazing and I enjoyed the “tour” you’ve shared with all the pictures and descriptions.
    Wishing you many happy memories in your wonderful new space!

  13. #13 - Jeanne says:

    Cathe your barn is so awesome. I can’t stop pouring over the photos . I love all the vintage storage pieces you put to use. Congratulations on such a fabulous labor of love.

  14. #14 - Lynn says:

    The most beautiful, coolest studio/classroom that I have ever seen. Thank you for sharing every wonderful bit of it. Love the “antiques” that were incorporated into the design. Sure wish you were in my neck of the woods!

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  16. #15 - Lou Lott says:

    LOVE IT. Its a little piece of heaven. I have no doubts that you and many others will have countless hours of joy and creative in your amazing work space.

  17. #16 - Monica says:

    Beautiful!! I love it! I’m so happy for you and your new space and I love all your creative storage areas. You do amazing work!

  18. #17 - Joan Jay says:

    I thought I was jealous when I saw your stash of crafting supplies. I am way more jealous of your fabulous barn. The work you put into collecting and arranging all those wonderful finds really paid off. Great job Cathe.

  19. #18 - Suzy Bauter says:

    You are too much. You know I want to move in.

  20. #19 - Patty Bjorgo says:

    Swoon!!!! The perfect studio! How can you not be creative here! I wish I lived in your area to take classes!

  21. #20 - Lyn says:

    Love the studio. I really want to take a class, I can be there in an hour and a half so will be signing up for something eventually when finances allow. I don’t know that I can get anything done in a class, I’ll have to spend at least a hour just staring at all the goodies and touching everything. I’ve had the problem all my life that I can’t just look with my eyes, I have to touch. Love to shop in the area, going to have to find Recycletown. Love Antique Society and Ray’s Trading and Heritage Salvage where I got my mantel. Definitely time for a road trip with all the beautiful spring weather.

  22. OMG this leaves me almost speechless and green with envy lol
    It is indeed a crafters/artists dream come true! Lucky you!
    Everything looks very beautiful and inspiring!
    Wish I could attend a workshop at inspired barn with you one day Cathe!
    Sending you my sincere congratulations!
    Carola from Germany

  23. #22 - Jules says:

    Oh my goodness…I just drooled my way through that entire post. Fabulous creative space! Looking around my new craft room now and ideas are sparking…if I can just empty the last boxes from my house move in November I can get started…Thanks for the inspiration! – Jules

  24. #23 - Diane@InMyOwnStyle says:

    Hi Cathe –

    What an amazing space!!! A labor of love and passion that you will surely enjoy for a long time. I keep looking at every photo down to the smallest detail – you are so creative and organized and I bet you know where every last item is. I wish I lived close to you so I could attend one of your workshops and see this fabulous space in person.

    My best- Diane

  25. #24 - Emie says:

    OMG….. *SWOON*

  26. #25 - Donna says:

    What a journey! So many amazing pieces put to such beautiful use. Love that we have matching desk chairs!

  27. #26 - Petals Daye says:

    That is a dream, WOW Congratulations on a job well done

  28. #27 - Alys Milner says:

    A friend just shared this via facebook. As a crafter and organizer, I’ve been drooling over every single photo. You’ve created a remarkable, detailed, creative, original and over the top space for crafting and teaching. To think this amazing space once housed a boat. Well done, well done!

    Congratulations on the magazine feature. I applaud your success.

  29. #28 - Wanda says:

    Wow Cathe…thanks for sharing. With a studio like that I wouldn’t even need the house…lol It’s simply beautiful. You have quite an eye for finding and using things. Boy…I “need” to find a recycle place like yours!! Love that trash bin too….sooo handy. You made great choices and I wish you a lifetime of enjoyment in that space!!

  30. #29 - Carla Collier says:

    SO lovely!!!

    I get Country Living ….. saw these lovely pictures and had no idea it was you!! It’s perfect ….ENJOY your new space!

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  32. #30 - Cathwren Warner says:

    A dream come true…and certainly worth the wait. Thanks for the tour.

  33. #31 - Zsoka says:

    Oh, Cathe! You did a phenomenal job. I’m so coming up for a class sometimes soon!!! Wishing you endless continued success!!!

  34. #32 - martina says:


  35. #33 - Tracy Altieri says:

    I have sent my husband the link to this post. In the subject box I put “this is all I want for Christmas.”

  36. #34 - Ali says:

    Wow! First off, what an awesome flippin couch. Second, upon just discovering you/your blog/the Insprired Barn, I can say it is and will continue to be very inspiring for me. Thank you!

  37. #35 - Tricia Richner says:

    Oh my great lands. On a click over from Everything Etsy, and now a new subscriber. I do not think I have EVER seen so many great ideas and supplies. Wow. Just wow. We are building a craft barn here in central texas but there is no way it’ll be that full or gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

  38. #36 - Kelly Young says:

    I’m drooling!!! You definitely have something to be very proud of!!! Everything is GORGEOUS!!!! I love all the creative storage and displays you have. I hope to have a place like that someday.

  39. #37 - Danelle Fuqua says:

    Wow! Your Inspired Barn is just that, “Inspiring”. Thank you so much for the tour and sharing your ideas with us for years. I hope you continue to have many, many years of creating bliss!

    I agree with all of the other commenters…I would not want to leave either.

  40. #38 - Isa says:

    All the things i love … in one place! <3 <3 <3

  41. #39 - Julia D. says:

    Absolutely fabulous! I thought I had a lot of crafting supplies, but girl you’ve got us all beat. Lovely collection and so happy for you to have such a dream job.

  42. #40 - RandellynB says:

    Wow, wow, and WOW!!! Amazing transformation! I would say it was definitely worth the time! I’m going to have to check out RecycleTown…and can’t wait to attend a workshop. Congratulations on being featured in Country Living, very well deserved! I’ve been hoarding certain vintage things too for a special room as well. Absolutely love all the card catalogs and cubby drawers and furniture. The green couch is fabulous and the custom bookshelf is awesome! Recently, I saw an old metal post box unit at Redwood Mission Thrift, but no where to put it and it weighed about 500 lbs. but a great piece!
    Job well done! Now relax and enjoy it all! And yes, I will come soon.

  43. #41 - Noreen says:

    Definitely a craft room made in heaven!

  44. #42 - Leann says:

    Oh my gosh! So very happy for you! The barn is beautiful oh so beautiful. I want to make all the photos bigger and really give them a good once over. Congrats on the mag too! Awesome!

    Enjoy it all!

  45. #43 - Kim K says:

    Can I just move in??!! What an amazing and inspiring environment! Thanks for sharing.

  46. #44 - Sheri Elmont says:

    Such a beautiful and inspiring space. I spotted many ideas for things I’m going to look for when the garage/estate sales start up again. I love all that stuff. I knew you were going to be featured in CL but didn’t remember when until I turned the page and knew just by the photos that this was Cathe’s space!

  47. #45 - Donna M. says:

    Your craft barn is absolutely amazing!!!

  48. #46 - Laurie Jackson says:

    Wowza! That is so inspiring and what a lot of hard work (and obviously a labor of love!!!) I want to visit!

  49. #47 - Irene says:

    A-mazing!! What a beautiful studio! My Quilting Studio that my husband built for me measures 30’x18′. It has a full bath too. I am constantly tweaking it so that I can work more efficiently. As an Antiques dealer, I decorate with lots of vintage shelves, cabinets, etc., just like you did. What a joy to see your awesome place! God bless!

  50. #48 - Marsha Klipp says:

    Cathe, this is awesome! I am so thrilled for you! You are such a talented lady! I had the pleasure of meeting you last year at Craftcation in Ventura. I am such a fan of yours. I hope that some day I will be able to take a class at your beautiful Inspired Barn. A perfect name!

  51. #49 - Connie says:

    Hi Cathe! These are all amazing! Wish we have something similar here in Manila. I love to do craft and repurpose things. I drew inspirations from your works and site. More power and God bless you and your family.

  52. #50 - Elaine says:

    Cathe, why must we live on opposite sides of the country?
    Actually, I don’t know if I would accomplish much in a class, I would so be taken up with all the details of this wonderful space.
    I am so delighted that your plans have come together so beautifully; may you receive much pleasure from your giving through years to come!

  53. #51 - Debbie says:

    I am so thrilled to see your site, your barn is amazing! We are from the Midwest, and also embarking on a “facility” to be the home of all I love to do, even along with the class & workshop idea. As in every thing we do, I pray that I am following His plan for our life, not just my desires or dreams, and the line at the end of your post said “if you build it they will come” I burst into tears, as it was yet another subtle positive answer from God. Best of luck and happiness to you!

  54. #52 - Niina says:

    You know how they say jealousy and envy are not really productive feelings? But I just can’t help it! This space is just too many kinds of amazing.

  55. #53 - Jeanine says:

    SOO many amazing pieces. I am almost speechless. You’re perfectly organized, well-designed, and over the top inspirational. If I had a dream left, it couldn’t even compare to this dream you’re living! So happy for you and by our success…wow. The space warmly calls come play with me, let me inspire you, gracefully peacefully and creatively.. It’s like a big creative home. Thank you for sharing this space with your readers and customers 😀 God Bless!

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  57. #54 - Faith says:

    Aloha Cathie! What a beautiful setting for crafters! Wish I lived in your area! I would be there weekly!!,!

  58. #55 - Angela says:

    This is the most amazing thing I’ve EVER seen….beyond impressed and in awe. You should be SO proud of your ((obviously)) hard work and mad talents…wow!
    Thank you for sharing a piece of your ((jaw-dropping)) life!! 😉

  59. #56 - alida porter says:

    beautiful! so inviting too.

  60. #57 - Miss Mustard Seed says:

    Every detail is so beautiful and awesome and I love that everything was collected over time. Congratulations on your space. You must be loving it!

  61. #58 - Ashley Calder says:

    What an incredible space! Seriously, so amazing. I think I might be a little bit in love with your olive green couch. 🙂 I mean, your whole barn is just amazing — so many awesome pieces — but I sort of have a thing for couches. I’d probably collect them, if I could.

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  63. #59 - Diana Newman says:

    Oh my! I am ever so impressed! And here I thought I was organized. Your “barn” certainly has taken that to the next level.

  64. #60 - Vicki Ringer says:

    With a fridge, a toilet and a pillow, I would never leave that space. Amazing! I would be delighted to just spend a weekend there looking at everything. Perhaps that could be another business venture for you? Weekends at the barn!

  65. #61 - Cindy Davis says:

    I Love,Love,Love it. All the vintage makes my heart pitter patter. I have never seen a better craft space than this. So full of personality, history and modern touches. I just can’t say in words how much I really love this space. Wish it were mine – or just a third of it. Thanks for sharing!!!

  66. #62 - Mimi Kelly says:

    Cathe it’s BEAUTIFUL!!!! (I was at Spellbound last year and took your classes.)
    You inspire me so much. You had mentioned your barn in the process and I am so happy to see it complete! I am starting a studio of my own here in CT.
    And I have you to thank for being such an inspiration to me!!!!!
    My daughter lives in SF, I have to send her up to your classes!!!!
    Thank you, Happy creating!!!!!

  67. #63 - Denise Gagnon says:

    One of our customers brought us a photocopy from the layout of your craft space in Creative Spaces – August 2014; because our lumber apron from Moynihan Lumber of Beverly was spotted on one of your stools! It is definitely vintage and we were so excited to see that is has made it all the way to California! Let us know if you need a new one for a then and now idea – we would surely send one out!
    ~Denise Gagnon
    Moynihan Lumber of Beverly

  68. #64 - laura volckaertsll says:

    Ever made a visit to Europe…? Belgium…?
    My husband is Belge.

  69. #65 - lizette saaimam says:

    I just LOVE everything you have done, I have a few ideas for my existing craftroom. I need to paint my old wooden containers (white wash) and give my old steel drawers some paint as well.. thank you for charing, I love the collectables. I collect teddy bears and make ones myself but have not got enough space to show this off.

  70. #66 - Renee Williamson says:

    Your “barn” is awesome!!! You are truly blessed to have such a place to work and create and to have friends over to teach as well! I can only dream to have a place 1/4 of this size to create! So many of my friends have seen some things that I create and would love for me to teach them, but I am limited. This has been truly an inspiration! Thanks for sharing!

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  72. #68 - Gail Tudor says:

    So where is this wonderful place at? Would love to come.

  73. #69 - terrie rodrigue says:

    What a beautiful place you have….it was a pleasure looking at it and wished I had a place like that….
    Enjoy your new place and Happy Crafting

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  75. #70 - Linda Duensing says:

    This is absolutely beautiful. I love all the vintage toys that you have mixed with the vintage shelving and cabinets. I enjoy going to Flea Markets and garage sales, but no one want to go with me. We will be in California next month but we are going to Southern California and Las Vegas. Wish we could make it to your area. Happy working in your new area.

    Linda D.

  76. #71 - Jocelan Perry says:

    I want to come for a visit,so I can see the peace I feel from the tour.It is lovely and you have made a great creation.
    Blessings Jocelan

  77. #72 - Ana says:

    Wow, what an amazing craft space. That is definitely any crafters dream come true space.
    You have done a wonderful job with colors. Such a cheerful and happy space.
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful space.

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  79. #73 - Stephanie says:

    Where did you find those pretty wire plate display racks? Love them!

  80. #74 - Lynn Darda says:

    So much to LOVE here! Your organizing ideas are fabulous, love all the repurposed cabinets and storage pieces. My fave thing is the apron/journal idea on each chari. Really cool!

  81. #75 - MARY BOUCHER says:

    WOW!!!! I just kept saying WOW!!!! What a beautiful and inspiring space! A space like this would only exist in my dreams. What you have done is amazing. I really love you style, ideas, just everything.
    Thank you for sharing this, I am now inspired to organize my space. Even though it’s in the basement of my house I am still inspired.

  82. #76 - Holley Yarberry says:

    Can’t wait to stop by on our next trip to Bodega Bay in a couple of months.

  83. #77 - Karen Hyams says:

    Thanks for the huge post with all of the great ideas that will take me a year to digest. I’m in the process of setting up my own new barn, it’s super exciting. Congratulations! (And I don’t know about you, but I think my new studio is the best place in the world.)

  84. #78 - Kristina Coley says:

    OMG! What a gem of a studio, you have done what many of us would love to have the opportunity to do, way to go… is beautiful!!

  85. #79 - Eileen McCombs says:

    Amazing amount of work, planning, collecting, and diligence! Psalm 37:5-6. God bless your studio and all who craft in her.

  86. #80 - Amanda M says:

    Thanks for the tour. Love the space, now I want a craft barn too.

  87. #81 - Jamie Covert says:

    Hi! Love your space! Where did you get the wire plate holder racks that you have your craft paint stored in? Thank you!

  88. #82 - Laurel Miranda says:

    OMG I am just mostly looking at your photos and I see you mention recycletown and for some reason it clicked and I relook and see you are in the Petaluma area……my best friend since Kindergarten who passed a few years ago took me there several times when I would visit Dillon Beach and for my 50’th next month I wanted to go to Dillon and hit all the thrit places she took me and couldn’t remember the name of the dump…..I am so glad I found you so I can now go….you have made my day 🙂

  89. #83 - Casandra Mclin says:

    I am absolutely in love with your ideas and the wonderful space you have created. I am in Ohio and of course the winters are a concern for me. At the moment my workspace is at my dining room table; my business is called Casandra’s Holistic Boutique. My question:Did you have to install Electricity, and heat for the barn? I plan to expand my workshop space utilizing the Gazebo in the backyard. Thank you very much for sharing your inspiration.

    • #84 - Cathe Holden says:

      Hi Cassandra,

      Heating is certainly an issue. The barn is wired with electricity. The best thing I’ve found is an oil-filled radiant heater that I keep on a timer to turn on in the night so the place is somewhat cozy when I come in each morning. The electric bill is definitely affected by this so I’m careful to keep completely off on the days I don’t plan to be in. Keep in mind, we live in a very mild-climate region. No snow or freezing. So this may not be enough for you. Wishing you the best.

  90. #85 - Kari weathersby says:

    Your space is just beautiful! Where did u find the wire plate racks? I’ve been looking for something to store my paint on and those would be perfect, however I haven’t been able to find anything similar. Thank u so much for your time!

  91. #86 - Sherry says:

    I love so many of your storage ideas. Where did you get the wire plate racks that you attached to the back of the cupboards? I would like to find something like that to use in my space.

  92. #87 - Melissa M. Reid says:

    Can you tell me where you found the wire plate baskets! I’ve lookec and searched so many places to no avail! Thanks if you can point me in the right direction!! Love the idea!! Melissa

  93. #88 - AMANDA says:

    Wow—now that I’ve picked my jaw up off the floor 😉 This is incredible and SPECIAL—incredibly special! I need something cute to store my glitter on. Where did you find the cute wire racks?

  94. #89 - Mona Stenovich says:

    Hi, I really envy your working area and the many things for storage. My question to you–what is the shelving inside the cupboard that you have bottles of paint?? I have so many bottles of paint to store & yes, they are in boxes book cases etc. I have cement walls as well as the fiber board. I do have some book cases that if I had any idea what I could put to separate & make possibly 2 shelves inside the one. The, what looks like some kind of metal containers you have used. I wonder if you can understand what I am asking. I hope so. Mona thank you for any info

  95. #90 - Debbie irwin says:

    Where did you purchase the wire plate holder display racks? They are beautiful and a practical storage solution.

  96. #91 - Teresa Smith says:

    What a great room you have! Mines pretty nice but nothing like yours. Where did you find the wire racks for your craft paint?