Here is a good look at my playpen. The desk you see has many, many drawers on each side. I purchased some plastic inserts that turn the drawers into 16 square storage spaces. I fill those spaces with findings and stones. In the beginning, it was a great storage solution and I could store all of my materials. Now it's another story. I can probably only fit about 1/3 of my stuff into the desk. I recently purchased the wooden contraption that is sitting on my desk. It is designed to hold tools and has a dowel that can be used to store and use beading wire and wire. I haven't gotten it completely loaded up but I love it. It is so nice to be able to just reach over and come away with whatever length I want. It doesn't look nice though so I may have to do something about that. We'll see.
The rug in my studio is just there because we didn't have anywhere else to put it when we moved in. It is a shag rug and it eats beads and findings. Seriously, if you drop something on this rug, it disappears forever. Obviously, I need to get a different rug in there. The walls are painted lime green. I want a contemporary rug with crazy colors. Maybe lime green and black. I'm looking now but I haven't found the right rug yet.
The best thing about my studio is that it is on the first floor. It sits between the family room and the bathroom. It has one wall of windows so the light shines in nicely. It is so nice not to have to go to the basement when I get the urge to create something. I don't feel so isolated this way. Also tied for the best thing is the fact that it has double doors that can be closed. They're not French doors. They do not have glass in them. When you close the doors, you can't see the mess that lurks behind those doors. That is a very good thing.
That's the tour of my studio space. I'll post some more pictures when (if) it ever gets completed. If you have some unusual storage solutions, I'd love to hear about them. I'm always a bit disappointed in all the systems that I use.