The Robin Studio

Leslie Harpole

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Clear the Clutter!

So the season of the purge is upon us. When we purge and shed the old year like dead skin and look forward to what the new year will bring. Resolutions are good for those with the stick-to-it-ness to get them done, but the rest of us live in the real world and making a resolution just spells failure. Who wants to set themselves up for that?...more

Finding My Way Through the Blogging World

In these past few months I have had more time to view and research the Blogging world. It is vast and fun and colorful and influential and creative and...and...a million more things. Professional blogs have become a force to be reckoned with, especially for women...Image via Desire to Inspire...more

New Old House: Mudroom Makeover, Finale?

A completed project for a designer is a lot like a finished painting or a sculpture to an artist; its wonderful to see the the creative result of what started as an idea in your head, but its hard to let it go to whomever it belongs to or buys it when its done.Read more here, Mudroom Makeover, Finale? at The Studio Blog...more

New Old House: Mudroom Makeover, Finishing Touches

While this project didn't take long, I waited a long time to do it, so it doesn't surprise me that I'm lingering over the last few additions and details. What I wanted it to turn out to be has been in my head for a while and I'm savouring all the elements finally coming together!...more

New Old House: Mudroom Makeover, Part IV

The reason I love to paint so much is seeing the end result. Where a wall or a room had been colorless, or drab or unfinished, a good paint in a lovely color can make such a startling transformation!   ...more

New Old House: Mudroom Makeover, Part V

So, as I gather all my bits and bobs, baskets and hooks, shelves and curtains and begin to put things together in the room, I am pleased to see the approach of my goal! As the groundwork finishes up, the details come in to play!    ...more

New Old House: Mudroom Makeover, Part III

Clearing out this space is certainly not the most fun part, but it does allow me to really take stock of what I have in the room.Read more here, Mudroom Makeover, Part III at The Studio Blog...more

New Old House: Mudroom Makeover, Part II

Today, I’m gathering together some items I have been collecting for the room. Fabric for curtains and color samples. I’ve gotten some sample pots from Farrow & Ball and will use them to test color right on the walls....more

New Old House; Mudroom Makeover, Part I

Thank Goodness!I am so happy to be finally getting this project under way. I have been gathering items here and there and can’t wait to tackle it. It’s a small project that will have a big impact, if done right. Making good use of a small space is tricky and takes some planning. I’ve way over-thought this due to the wait to actually begin, but it has let me be sure of what I want and what I can do. Sometimes that’s just the way of it.Here are some before pictures. There is so much promise in this room it makes me giddy. Giddy, I tell you!...more