The big reveal of my new craft studio and home office remodel is here! Welcome! Come in, and take a look around.
On the left is the home office area. On the right is the craft studio. When you walk in the room on both sides you have the lounging area. I wanted the furniture to be modular and purchased corner sections of the Ikea Soderhamn. Pushing the two sections together I can easily create a nice, comfy single bed for a guest, or if I’m sick I can rest and watch TV without disturbing my husband. Even with the sections pushed together there is plenty of room to move around to get to the work areas.
During the staging process I knew I wanted to have minimal equipment on the desks. I’m pretty sure my husband thought I was crazy when I asked him to build me a new computer making demands that the case be as small as possible, have a super fast processor, and it must be white. I learned there are limited choices for white accessories when you are a PC-user, but I like what I was able to find.
Staying organized and having a clean and tidy desk is important to me. Clutter and mess stress me out. The beauty of this design is the hidden space behind the cabinets for cord storage. It also helps that most of the peripherals are wireless. Love! I was excited when I decided to get a wireless printer because that meant I no longer needed to have that beast taking up real estate on my desk. Now it is far away in a perfect spot in the hallway on a printer cart. Actually the cart is the Ikea Alex cabinet. I see these cabinets all over Pinterest. Now I know why. They are a perfect addition to your space for storing office supplies, paper for your Cricut crafts, or other miscellaneous items. Bonus is that you can move them around on the wheels provided, forgo the wheels and stack them, or keep them stationary. What’s not to love? Now I have two. I use the other one for the TV which is not shown in the pictures.
You might have noticed I haven’t hung anything on the walls. Well, you’ll learn that about me… that I like to settle in, and live in a space before I make holes in the walls. Okay, maybe sometimes I take too long, as most of the rooms in our house don’t have art on the walls. Are you like that?
Here’s the craft studio portion. There’s plenty of room to play with my Cricut Explore machine, plus it has a special place in one of the bottom cabinets so I don’t clutter the space when I decide to get out the sewing machine or work on a large project. I’m always cutting or measuring something, so the 30″x36″ self-healing cutting mat always stays out.
I just christened the craft side before the holidays. After the entire room was finished I landed a new full-time job, dove in focusing on that job, and didn’t prioritize being creative. Allowing my creative side to be present is essential to my well-being. My lesson learned after this area taunted me for months. From now on I plan to spend a lot of time here. I love this space.
Even on a cloudy day, this room still gets so much light.
When there’s some down time and I’m not making a mess over here crafting, I can decorate with some of my favorite things. In this shot you see my drawing mannequin bodies which are usually present for those times when I bust out the sketch pad. A favorite figurine from my USA pottery collection. And a few books I’ve been reading, and marking for inspiration for future projects. Who inspires you when you’re planning a home decor or craft project? Grace Bonney’s will always be a favorite. Not only because Design Sponge is one of my go-to-sites for inspiration, but she was kind enough to publish one of my before-and-after projects in her book, ‘Design Sponge at Home’. While my decorative painting business was still in operation, I had a small cabinet I completed with the help of my blog audience who voted on a finish for me to complete. You can read about that project here.
As you can imagine all the drawers offer ample room for organizing craft and office supplies. Even months after moving back in, I’m still in the process of organizing everything. I have a lot of glitter and the bin I was using was out of control and I couldn’t see what I had on hand. The solution. The Expand-A-Drawer Spice Organizer! It’s a beautiful thing, and now I can see the entire collection and access everything with ease. Such beauty, I had to organize by color. Tell me, who doesn’t love color-coded organization? When I’m having a bad day, I just open this drawer and it makes it all better.
I’m still working out the organization for the washi tape, for now this solution works. With so many storage ideas on Pinterest I’m certain this drawer will evolve. Maybe I’ll choose a solution that hangs on the wall.
So, that’s the tour. I hope you enjoyed the reveal and all the previous posts. I’ll be sure to provide updates as the space gets used.
A huge thanks to Jessica with Sweet Eventide Photography who captured the big reveal. Jessica is an Oregon-based, photographer who provides product photography services for artists or makers looking to promote their products in various social media channels. She specializes in product and food photography, plus tutorials. Thanks Jess!