How to create a Zen studio on a budget

What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2018? Is it to start meditating, take up pilates or to do yoga on a daily basis? If so, you’re going to need some motivation, and of course, a place to do it! In this post, you’ll find ways to easily create a small “me” space in the blink of an eye, without spending much money. All you need is a little inspiration. So whether you want to relax or re-energize, read on to see how I created my stylish “zen den.”

For the purpose of this post, I dedicated a tiny corner of my office to set up my pop-up studio. Since there wasn’t much room available, I used a small patch of floor space tucked away by the windows. I find daylight energizing and enjoy looking outside while I exercise. First, I placed my yoga mat, then I added a few things to create the right vibes. A plant to add life, a “peace lady” to instill a sense of calmness, a hand-knitted pouffe to sit on or to elevate my feet, and most importantly, inspirational words to keep me motivated. Having a wall that literally speaks to me is motivating and at a glance it quickly reminds me to inhale, exhale, stay calm and focus on what’s important. It really works. You should try it!

If I were to create this space at home, I would be adding a few things to elevate the good vibes. I like to tune in to all of my senses, so I would add an oil diffuser (my favourite smell is peppermint, it reminds me to breathe) and I’d get some music playing too.

As you can see, the walls were all white so adding a bit of color (well, black) helped warm up the space.

Since my Zen space is temporary, I couldn’t put holes in the walls or use thumbtacks. So I used small magnets – Déco Magnets.  They’re so easy to use. A small disc sticks to the wall, while the magnet sits on top of the paper. You place the paper in between the two to hold it up. That’s it! No tools needed and no holes in the walls. 

As you can see, the white tops sit beautifully on the paper and become part of the art without obstructing it. 

The best part is that the magnets can be easily peeled off the wall and can be reused.  I know, what is there not to like?!  So if you need to move your pop-up studio to another spot, you can easily do it without peeling the paint off the wall.

When I first hung up the words, I used black Déco Magnets thinking that I’d like them to disappear in the background. But after trying the white ones, I preferred them over the black. It all depends on the look you want, what you’re hanging and if  you want the tops to be visible or not.

Here’s a more detailed breakdown of how they work:

Place the round disc on the back and the magnet on the front of your piece.

Peel the backing off the disc.

Position your art on the wall and push to stick. The adhesive works really well, it will stick to the wall and stay stuck until you’re ready to move your paper, poster or whatever it is you’re hanging.

The magnets are strong, they’ll hold a large poster, a calendar, recipe sheets, kids’ art, grocery lists, bus tickets, paint swatches and more. But they’re not strong enough to remove the paint, so don’t worry.

To remove the disc from the wall, simply use the clear pick included to unstick it. And don’t worry, they don’t leave any sticky tacky residue on your walls.

You can change you wall décor in seconds, and create art vignettes all over the house – not only on the fridge. 

If you wanna see the magnets in action, check out this short (25 seconds) video:

Do you like my Zen studio? If you like it and want to design your own quiet oasis too, you can download the 5 posters for free right here.  They’re sized to 8.5×11″ so all you have to do is open, hit print and get motivated! Make sure to send me a picture of your designed space when you’re done, I’d love to see it.

To buy the magnets, go to our online store.

My only problem now, is that everybody at the office wants to use my quiet spot. I promised Shelly she’d be first.

Namaste my friends!

Liette Tousignant
Co-Founder of Under The Roof Decorating


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