Renovating the Studio

Have you dreamed of having your own stitching studio ?  Somewhere that is just yours with your own space to sew, stitch and do anything you wanted ?  It can sometimes be difficult when you love to sew, stitch or paint but have nowhere to do it.  The dining table can be fine sometimes but what about all the constant packing and unpacking of your creative stuff ?

We recently moved into a new house and for the first time in my life I have a creative space that is just my own.  Trouble is, the room is a total mess !  While we sorted lots of things with the move there is still not enough space to make everything nice and neat. I find it hard to focus when I am surrounded by mess and a lack of order.  It’s therefore time for a craft room/study “makeover”.  The room needs to accommodate a sewing machine and overlocker that are permanently available for use.  None of this packing away every day.  There needs to be a office space for sorting bills and for any work I need to do at the end of the day when I come home from my day job.

There are some amazing and inspiring beautiful studios.  So much inspiration.  Best of all the craft room/study does not have to be huge space.

Here are some of my favourite craft spaces from some of my favourite crafters and designers on the internet;

  1. By Fryd – Jeanette Lunde has a beautiful blog with gorgeous photos of crafts, flowers, interior designs.
  2. Yvestown blog – Yvonne Eijkenduijn’s studio is fresh, white with a touch of pink.  Gorgeous, light, airy and feminine.
  3. Eline Pellinkhof –  Freelance designer and author of craft books and her creative space is full of beautiful “crafty” materials and textures.
  4. Posie gets cosy – Alicia Paulson’s studio is gorgeous.  Alicia has created a peaceful and beautiful space for her studio.
  5. Allsorts – Jenny Harris of Allsorts is all about color, color, colour everywhere.  Her studio reflects this completely !

These fabulous ladies are an inspiration for my own modest studio.  My studio is about 3.2 m x 3.5 m and currently painted the small “blah” beige that the rest of the houses is painted in.  The previous owners were a gorgeous older couple who liked the inside and outside of the house to be painted in the same “beige” colour.  There is nothing wrong with the colour at all.  It’s just that I would like to change the colour to suit my personal tastes.

The plan is to repaint the studio in white and install new furniture all from Ikea. I am on a “tight” budget and while beautiful furniture would be lovely I think Ikea will provide just the furniture I need for this makeover.  Now for the actual doing of the renovation.  It is one thing to plan it and dream about it, but quite another to get up a ladder and start the project.  I’ll keep you posted on the progress as it is likely to take some time.

Do you have a craft room or studio ?  If you don’t where do you sew and how do you keep everything nice and neat while you work on your crafts ?

Wishing you a beautiful and happy day !

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