by Megan Nutley of Silhouette Blue
Hi there! My name is Megan Nutley, and I’m the owner and designer behind Silhouette Blue Stationery & Invitations. My studio is in the spare bedroom of my apartment in Forest Park, Illinois (a near west suburb of Chicago). I spend so much time in this room and have really tried to make it a warm, cozy space that is both peaceful and energizing. I get great light from the two windows, and the space is large enough that I don’t feel trapped in an office all day. The room is about 100 square feet, and is awkwardly long and skinny.
The built-in shelves were here when I moved in, which sometimes makes me feel like this room was destined to be my studio. I use these shelves to store almost all of my supplies – paper, envelopes, boxes, ribbon. I love the easy access these open shelves provide.
I spend most of my time at my computer desk, which is an Ikea tabletop and legs. I kept this desk small, since I have a tendency to let papers and notes pile up. The less space, the fewer piles!
My work desk is my favorite place to be in my studio. I made it out of a hollow core door and Ikea sawhorse legs, and it’s perfectly huge. I hung wire across the walls where I clip little pieces of art that inspire me. Next to my desk is a clothes drying rack, which holds tissue and wrapping paper. (The large closet on the back wall would be great for hiding away more supplies, but I use it for my clothes instead. The closet in my bedroom is tiny!)
This ugly and boring picture is of my equipment. I have two printers – one to print my work, and an all-in-one for test prints, documents, scanning, etc. I’m still on the hunt for the perfect printer shelving system, so for now they rest on small tables. The white desk houses my heavy-duty paper cutter, and my paper scorer is on the bottom shelf. I don’t know how I survived before purchasing these tools!
I use a shoe rack (customized with beautiful printed paper) to organize orders waiting to be shipped, and my vintage library card catalog holds small supplies like sharpies and craft punches. This is my most treasured piece in the whole room. (Fun fact: the trophy on top of my organizing cube is the only sports award I ever received: Most Improved Swimmer!)