Ever since I was a kid, I looked forward to a time when I’d have a whole room of my own devoted to nothing but arts and crafts. When we lived in the UK, I made our shed into my art studio, but things like weather, terrible wi-fi and noisy neighbors meant I didn’t last long out there. At one point I converted one of the bedrooms into my craft room, but once Dexter arrived on the scene, it was next to impossible to get in there, and eventually we moved house anyway.
When we moved to the US, I was super excited to buy a place with enough space that Mark and I could both have a home office. Earlier this year, we were lucky enough to get our wish. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to sort out “my room.” It’s a lot harder than it seems. Two small children and not a lot of time or energy means it’s hard to get the time to spend in my little haven.
But this month I’ve had a little reprieve with the kids in daycare, and I’ve been able to set up my own space. Originally this room was Dexter’s bedroom, and then it was Mark’s office, but finally we figured out an arrangement that worked for everyone, and I wound up with this room.
I couldn’t be happier.
I thought I’d share my set up, as it’s working quite well at the moment.
This is my desk. I bought it on sale at Big Lots a few months ago. If you can’t tell, it is made of purple glass. It’s is SO awesome and funky and works perfectly for me. I have arranged this room in many different ways, but I think I like it best with my desk in front of the window. I get no glare on my screen and plenty of light for Skype conversations or other work. And I can open or close the blinds and just watch the world pass by. It’s wonderful.
I bought the colorful drawers from Michaels craft store, again on sale. They house various craft supplies that I use often. Funny story – when I was putting that together, I was pulling it out of the box, and the metal top went flying and flew straight into Daniel’s head! Poor baby had his first bloodshed because of my carelessness. I felt like the worst mom in the world. Funnily enough, it is still dented from where it hit him!
On the wall to the right, I have a lot of storage. You might remember that sideboard from my DIY post a while back. It’s one of my favorite things in this room. It’s full of scrapbooking supplies and various crafting ephemera. I actually found that scrapbook paper holder at the local Goodwill for 50 cents! It works perfectly. And the lamp was another Goodwill find. I had to switch out the shade, as the one that came with it was broken. But it works well. There’s also some artwork displayed, which makes me feel happy.
Next to the sideboard is a metal shelf that used to be in our kitchen pantry at the old house. But since we have a proper pantry now, I threw that bad boy in my room for extra storage. Of course it’s not very well organized, but there’s always time for that later. You can see the little green and blue baskets holding various cardmaking supplies – they were bought from the Dollar Tree.
On top there are a couple of large tupperware storage containers that I found at Goodwill for a dollar each. They hold tons of random crap that I just have no place else to put!
On the wall behind me is my walk in closet. You can see Dexter’s handy artwork on the door, and it is a great little board for passing messages. Inside, it is entirely disorganized. I have loads of plastic drawers which are overflowing with crafting supplies of all sorts. You can just make out a giant canvas which I started painting months ago and haven’t done anything with lately. There are lamps and boxes of flowers and tools and paints and just TONS of stuff in there. I may have even seen a dead cockroach, but… well, it’s better than a live one, right?
I also have some framed photos dotted around the room. I just love displaying those photos that mean something to me.
This is one of my favorite things in my room.
When we moved in, there was an old baker’s rack in the garage, covered in dust and with nowhere to put it. So I rescued it! It now serves as storage for random books, candles, photo albums, artworks, files and random things I like to look at.
The little wooden table next to it is one of my prized possessions. My late grandfather made it for me ten years ago as a wedding gift when I married my first husband.
It is called a Molly Brown table, and it is super cool. That table has followed me all over the world, and is just beautiful beyond compare.
I hope to one day pass it down to my kids as a family heirloom. It means an awful lot to me.
Also, FYI, yes, my room is green. It is a beautiful color by Valspar called Green Water. It clashes beautifully with my stained blue carpet and moss-colored window seat. Oh yes. It is glorious.
And then there is my sewing table and the aforementioned window seat (see the mossy green? yah, that was by choice!). The sewing table used to be in our entrance hall, but when I bought my sewing machine, I knew it would be PERFECT for it. And it is! It is the exact right height for me, and it allows plenty of room for material and other stuff. I have it set perpendicular to the wall so that it makes good use of the space.
The window seat is currently full of Christmas presents (which I lovingly wrapped at my sewing table!), but normally it is fairly empty. That big wicker cube? It’s a storage box (bought for $3 from Goodwill!) full of my fabric stash. It also might house a bag of cookies that I am hiding from the kids… maybe. A place for everything, and everything in its place!
And also – you see the two tiny little windows? Aren’t they ADORABLE!? Those three little bumps on the right one? They are super cute little fabric owls I made.
And that’s about it. My tiny little haven away from kids (ha ha, like that happens!) and where I can just be free to CREATE!
So do you have a space which is yours? I’d love to see it! Heck, I’d love to post it! If you’d like to be featured on a future blog post, send your photos (650px wide, please) and a brief description to [email protected] I’d love to have a snoop!