I am crazy mad for my little space and LOVE any time I spend in here. I find calm in my room, and for sanity's sake I give this room a different lower standard of clean control than the rest of the house. I am not so crazy as to think I can keep my sewing room neat at all times, but it's almost always sorta clean and sorta organized. I love the freedom to be messy in here, then close the door and walk away. Now with that said, please step inside and poke around, and today I consider it about as tidy as it gets.
The color is Benjamin Moore's Sweet Butter, makes me feel like I'm inside a squash blossom, bright and cheery, sunny and warm.
Step into the room and you are right in front of my main work space. About 12 years ago I employed a teenage friend of my son to put up laminate cabinets. These cabinets and the black and white vinyl stick on tiles were close-outs from Home Depot, super cheap but have held up well.
There's plenty of storage in the cupboards. Boxes and bins of buttons, glues, glitters, shells, stamps, feathers, beads, patterns, trims, and all kinds of fun stuff.
If you can think of something that might be in a crafty place, 'tis here, tidily organized.
Below are two heavy-duty solid oak chests salvaged from a store downtown that was remodeling. We topped them with a piece of Formica which is the perfect indestructible surface for my endeavors. The large swing arm lamp is great, I pull it around to any angle and get excellent light for detail work.
I've covered up the units with some soft black pin-stripe linen shirting. I attached curtain rods to the top of the units, just under the Formica top.
The curtains are really easy to flip up or push aside to access the down under.
|Linen pinstripe fabric was half price at Joann's Fabrics.|
The DVR on this TV has the best stuff saved on it...Masterpiece Theater, Fashion Police, old movies from the 40s. It's a great TV to watch.
But what is behind that curtain below? OK, here it is, get ready for the big stash reveal.
|These drawers are huge!|
In these drawers are some projects that need to be started, like this nice yarn purchased early this year for Veera's stripe study shawl, I would love to get cracking on this.
|Pretty Hand Maiden fingering weight yarn.|
Another tall cupboard with more boxes of trims and laces, needlepoint supplies, stickers, pipe cleaners, paper dresdens, doilies....
My favorite organizer is this DMC thread case. I bought it 35 years ago when I worked at a needlepoint shop. It holds my floss so nicely.
Next is the closet. The room is so tiny that I had to take the door off, it couldn't fully open with the large sewing table in the way.
Behind the curtains are big, deep shelves that contain more shocking examples of the hoarder in me: designer fabric samples I've collected, the remains of a business I used to have and can't seem to let go of, patterns, files, pillow forms, unfinished projects, paper, etc.
The big sewing table is from Ikea as is the notions drawer next to it. Each drawer is labeled for quick access. Another swing arm lamp, I need good light!
The only window faces north and looks onto the quiet street, not much to see but our big pretty magnolia.
My sewing machine is a trusty Viking. This table usually has a project on it, but it's been tidied it up because I knew you were coming!
Above the sewing table to the right is a vintage plate shelf that holds my pretty ribbons.
To the right is this bookcase rescued from a book store in town that was going out of business about 25 years ago (does any Los Altan remember the Book Nest on Main?) It's also oak and super sturdy.
Crayons are in this vintage doll wagon.
All my craft books are housed here, over 40 years worth. Most haven't been opened in years, I use the internet now. Still, I just can't get rid of them. Anyone interested in re-learning the cool craft of macrame? I love my dollies, dressed in cute little knits. I've blogged about these little dears here.
I needed a tiny but comfy chair for this little space and found this at Restoration Hardware. The wool blanket is used even in the summer, did I say this room is cold? A tiny chest of drawers holds handy little items and is topped with another essential reading lamp.
Behind is the built in ironing board. What a great invention. (You can see how I've used every INCH of space!)
Well, we have completely circled around my little room and are at the end of our tour. Thank you so much for coming by!
Edited to add: This post was shared in a blog party over at It's Overflowing with Creativity and a linky party at No Minimalist Here and Naps on the Porch.