Before: As you can see from these 'before' photos, this place was pretty cluttered. I'll admit, I'm a stacker. Stack of sketchbooks, stack of magazines, stack of fabric. I do love a good stack, but this was getting out of hand. Nothing had a permanent home and the room became more of a catch-all for the craftiness than a workspace. But, this room also has some great features, such as the wood plank floor, high ceilings, original woodwork and beautiful windows. Really, aside from puttying the plaster walls, it was pretty easy to whip into better shape.
(The door in this first photo is not the entry, but actually a closet that is also home to the attic staircase.)
After: Aside from the drafting desk, I hauled every last thing out of the room and into the spare bedroom across the hall... putty, paint and some help from Ikea in the storage department and it's become a well-functioning, well-organized place for me to spend my days. There are still some piles, but at least they have a home in the shelving unit now. And hey! There's a possibility that I will eat supper on my dining room table in the near future (if I clean up the painting projects that have taken over the sewing machine's former home)...
There are lots of details in this space that I would love to share - so look for some of those in Thursday's post (sources, DIYs, etc). I *might* post on the artwork in here too, and some of the other pieces I've worked on in the last couple of weeks, if I can get over the self-conscious factor. Maybe...
It's all errands this morning: supplies to pick up for a commission, thrifting for some vintage lace, etc. Then home for a latte and sewing in front of my sunny windows... Lovely.
--- I'm playing around a bit with the look of the blog, so bear with me while the kinks get worked out! I'm still planning to tweak a few things (banner and sidebars included). For now, photo cred. to Russ Dueck for the banner photography and left sidebar photo!