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Studio Tour: Sarah Neuburger of The Small Object

by Grace Bonney

Earlier this week, we got a peek inside the Decatur, GA home of artist Sarah Neuburger of The Small Object and her wife, Edurne, who works as an RN in a medical intensive care unit. I was so touched by all the personal details in their home, and the stories behind their artwork and the objects they chose to decorate their space. Sarah keeps a home office in their family home, with a separate entrance for clients, and she was kind enough to send photos of that space in addition to their full home tour. I’m so excited to share this today and see where some of my favorite stamps, books and posters come from. I hope you’ll enjoy this peek inside her home studio as much as I did — I wish I could borrow that rotating wheel of stamps for a day, I would give every book in our house an “Enter the Universe” stamp. xo, grace

The Small Object studio! This wreath was made from old cigarette boxes. (Not made by Sarah, but purchased at an antique store.)
The print of mistletoe is from an old book that Sarah and Edurne used as a guest signing for their legal wedding ceremony. The thumbprint poster is Sarah's and the bookcase holds the titles she's released with Chronicle Books.
Sarah's mother found this card catalog and gave it to her as a gift. The cat bed on top is from a local wine shop that turns wine crates into pet beds!
This hanging lamp was a gift from Sarah's sister when she moved in to this house. The desks are both from IKEA. "One is technically a kitchen island, but it's a great standing work height with drawers all underneath it. Storage is top priority in this space!" Sarah says.
The taller wooden piece is another mail sorter from an elementary school that Sarah purchased at one of the school district's annual sale events. They open their warehouse to the public once a year and you can go place bids on items! The white cardboard boxes were purchased online and just happened to fit perfectly. Sarah added small metal pulls on the bottom, which are technically for stretching framing wire on the back of a framed artwork.
The Small Object now sells mostly custom rubber stamps which Sarah illustrates. These are a few of her rubber stamps on a vintage turning stamp rack that she painted yellow.
The piece straight ahead is a puzzle keeper for a classroom, but is a great sorter for plastic divider trays. The picnic basket on top holds prints. The collage is by Camilla Engman.
Sarah's tabletop shows many years of use. The drawers are filled with Sarah's drawings and ribbons she uses for her custom wedding toppers.
Sarah's fabric collection is held up by a spine-style book tower.
These white drawers are from IKEA and hold most things Sarah needs for making custom wedding toppers, like: lace, ribbon, sequins, flowers, miniature pets and more. The drill press she uses when creating the wooden figures and the photos are favorites of her wife, Edurne. The collage piece on the left is by Ana Ventura.
The IKEA drawers are home to Sarah's serger, one of the wooden birthday cake toppers she used to make and the wedding topper she made for her wedding with Edurne.
Some of Sarah's miniature flower collection that she uses in creating her wedding cake toppers.
Sarah uses a small vintage vanity as her computer desk. The curtains are by Fred Shand for Anthropologie.
Sarah and Edurne's shoe storage is from IKEA and on top is a contemporary painted parfleche box from Gatlinburg, TN. Most of Sarah's shoe storage is in the the woven basket, while Edurne's are inside the cabinet. Sarah said, "Her shoes are a little fancier. :)"

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  • I’ve followed The Small Object since seeing Sarah’s stamps at Renegade in 2008. I still use the stamps I got then all the time. Love her work & drawings, so it’s so nice to see where she makes!

  • Thanks for sharing such a beautiful and well thought out workspace. Fingers crossed, by summertime I’ll have a tiny studio space. Now I have great storage ideas.

  • I love this space. All the details and the beautiful cabinets! Her organization is green-eyed envy. I’d love to see a maker profile on her and here more about her process, how she got into making stamps, etc.

  • I love the Small Object! I also purchased Sarah’s products, early years, at Renegade Brooklyn. I have a great little alphabet poster, “the little small people” postcards and I just washed my cute tso icon t-shirt today :) Thanks for sharing her bright charming (and super clean) space. I aspire to be this organized!

  • What an enchanting, personality-filled space. I’ve been a fan of tso for years and it’s nice to get a peek into this world. Thank you!

  • This studio gives me inspiration to make my own (garage) studio a destination space. I work with clay so it’s bit more of a challenge – but it can be done!

    I’m infatuated with the repurposed grade-school items. How fun, what an interesting idea, and what great, playful soul for an art space!

    Thank you Sarah Neuburger and Grace Bonney!

  • Holy moly this space is so frickin cute…. As a sewer myself, I am totally drawn to the utility and beauty of the room. Many ideas, so inspirational!!!

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