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When artist Alisa Poole moved into her home, this studio space was drab and the floor was gray. She decided to punch it up with red and white diamonds, and painted the walls a calming green.
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When artist Alisa Poole moved into her home, this studio space was drab and the floor was gray. She decided to punch it up with red and white diamonds, and painted the walls a calming green.

The whole studio is her canvas
Artist uses bold, cheerful palette in narrow space

By Danielle Komis Palmer · 340-2447


Alisa Poole






Husband Pastor Greg Poole, sons Zachary, 16, and Hamilton, 10.


An artist’s studio filled with an easel, sewing table and knickknacks that once was a back porch.

Alisa Poole of Decatur grew up painting. Her mother, an artist, encouraged Poole's creativity growing up, even allowing her young daughter to paint her antique tea cart bright orange.

Today, the creative bug still hasn't left the wife and mother of two boys. The upstairs studio in her home overlooks a garden, and became her refuge to paint and sew when she and her family moved in 6 years ago. Last year, however, was the first time she started to seriously focus on painting. She has many paintings of local churches as well as flowers.

Poole's small, narrow studio space was once an outdoor deck in her century-old home in Old Decatur. The only problem with the room when they moved in was that it was so gray, she said.

"It was just a bland room," she said. "It made me sad walking in here."

But the spunky woman quickly remedied that problem by choosing a calming reed green paint for the walls and painting the wood floors checkerboard-style with white and red diamonds. Then she quickly filled it with her easel, sewing table and other recycled knickknacks.

Where did you get the items in the room?

n Soft green pillow seat — PB Teen, which is a line targeted at teens from Pottery Barn. Poole sits in the seat while she paints at her easel. "It's really comfy," she said. "I can sit there for a long time." Before she had the seat, she simply sat on the floor.

n Bamboo blinds — Lowe's or Home Depot

n Patterned pillow covers — most are made from kitchen towels

What's your favorite part of the room?

Her reading chair, which she sits in for Bible study, passed down to her from her mother.

Poole spray-painted the 1970s era chair white to cover the brown frame and covered the cushion (once a “horrible” pattern, she said) with a cheerful green-and-white fabric.

What did you do yourself?

Because Poole is definitely a member of the “do-it-yourself” camp, she created or altered almost everything in the room. The red-and-white checked floor, which covered up a bland gray floor, was created using porch paint with a polyacrylic finish.

She also created a corner table by cutting a piece of plywood and decorated it with French words and phrases. She set the finished plywood on a pedestal and used a hot glue gun to attach green striped fabric lined with black-and-white polka-dotted trim to hide stored items under the table.

Poole also wound simple burlap around a curtain rod to create easy curtains that complement the line of windows in the room.

What are your future plans for the room?

Poole said she’d like to find a rug to replace her striped rag rug she currently has in the room.

“I’d like a more fun rug that really jumps out at me,” she said.

She’s also interested in painting a beige end table a brighter color, but she’s not sure which one.

She figures the right color will pop into her head soon.


My Space is an occasional feature on local people with unique rooms in the Tennessee Valley. We’d love to feature your room! E-mail your room description with a photograph to Danielle Komis Palmer at dpalmer, or write to Living Department, The Decatur Daily, P.O. Box 2213, Decatur, AL 35609. You may be featured.

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