I have set up different areas in the house for my paints in the past year. I set them on a table up in the playroom. There is a little nook up there that would be perfect for a studio. But I would never actually paint up there. For some reason the best place to paint is in the kitchen. The kitchen is always the hub of activity in our house...and it is the place that I spend most of my time. Making meals and snacks, doing laundry (the laundry area is at one end of the kitchen behind some sliding doors). It makes sense that I actually keep the paints where I use them. So I put the bread maker away for now (it is still easily accessible), and set up the paints in hopefully a permanent place.
All of the homeschool books and materials have also shown up in the kitchen. I have shoved all of the canned and boxed foods to one shelf in the pantry and the books have the other two. Pretty soon we won't have to leave the kitchen for anything, except to use the bathroom!
I think the biggest benefit to this work area is being able to leave a half-finished project and then being able to come right back at it....instead of having to clean everything up each time I paint.
That red patterned paper on the fridge came from World Market. What a great store!!!! I told Dave that all of his problems were solved. For Christmas he can get me a World Market gift certificate, also for my Birthday, as well as Easter, Mother's Day, Presidential elections, Flag day, etc....he didn't seem as impressed with those gift ideas as I was :)