Light it up

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Now onto sharing lights for the studio (see full reveal here). Lighting was a very important piece of the project. Replacing the blah ceiling mount lights was a must – I wanted something not only functional, but pretty, since I bring clients in here and I create myself. I believe making every space have personality makes everything enjoyable – even when you have to run to the space to grab a hammer and creativity can happen in creatively designed places., my favorite place to buy housewares (kitchen pot filler and sink) sent me two satin nickel light flush mount ceiling fixtures. It also comes in a bronze finish.


There were lots of beautiful ceiling mounts to choose from but I liked this one because it had a cage – so if I’m moving equipment whether it’s our huge ladder, broom, or lighting, I won’t accidentally break a bulb – and Benjamin too *wink*


I decided I wanted LED bulbs at 5000k daylight (bright white) and dimmable. I found these dimmable filament tubular bulbs on Amazon and thought they would be perfect since they were cute and they would be visible – I look into every detail, function is important as well as style.


I picked 5000k temperature on purpose. In homes I prefer warm light, it is a cozy look. If it’s too cool, rooms can look clinical.

For a photography studio, these lights are what daylight color looks like and I prefer that than have to adjust temperature in post which can often disrupt skin tones. Another option are these Edison dimmable bulbs which are 6000k. I bought this dimmer Amazon recommended with the bulbs, and it was perfection!


I love the way these flush mount lights look in the space – they are so wow! When I was searching I wanted to make sure the ceiling mount didn’t hang too low since clearance was only 7.5 feet. Now I’m ready to see my space and clients better!

Thank you for providing lights and the AC/heater for my studio project.

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Studio Storage and Organization


The most fun part – organizing all the stuff I own! It took us a few weeks to decide what to eliminate and keep. I said goodbye to a lot and gave things to my friends.

Personal Storage

We had a total of seven basic metal storage shelving and we decided to keep 4.

While I wanted to spray paint everything white, Benjamin said he wasn’t going to partake in that tedious project so I opted to paint the boards instead which made much more sense. Of course if it were up to me I’d probably spray paint the shelving gold haha! But let’s be real, it’s to hold our storage so practical with pretty resulted in a compromise – keep the metal gray and paint the shelving boards white.

home-photography-studio-storage-tour-photographer-blogger-arizona-diana-elizabeth-blog-1919Holiday Ornament Dividers

home-photography-studio-storage-tour-photographer-blogger-arizona-diana-elizabeth-blog-1920Clear Heavy Duty Plastic Latch Tote / Black Utility Tote

^^ I also condensed out Christmas decor to two boxes. Ornaments in one, decor in the other. The large plastic tote will have our other two trees – yes I have 3 trees, 2 being small ones for our offices.

Wayfair sent some amazing products by IRIS, lots of general storage for just about everything. It was great to trade out mismatched plastic tubs with missing lids I had collected over the years for the correct size for my needs.

Studio Storage

This is the south wall of the storage/studio which I am able to hide with an IKEA ceiling mount curtain system.


On the north side, which is my photo area, I was able to have more fun!

We headed to IKEA and bought a shelving unit with drawers – a pretty one to showcase my props for photography and blogging shots along with hiding the things I need that are less attractive but I need. These colorful plastic storage baskets came in handy – just the pop of cheer I like. They come in a bright green as well which I have my eye on.

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And of course because I think utility can meet beauty, this 3-step folding step stool in pink was a must have for the times I need to be elevated for flat lay shots, hanging Christmas lights or as you can already tell I’ve used it for reaching high up places to paint.

I liked having everything off the ground, something about it just makes the ace feel more organized and airy.


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Products by IRIS, (c/o) Wayfair

See full studio reveal post here.

Thank you IRIS and Wayfair for providing the storage solutions for my studio.

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