While hosting a party is just the incentive I need to deep clean and organize my house, preparing for a magazine photo shoot made me get in gear and (almost) finish my sewing room. The Spring issue of our local magazine, a beautiful and glossy publication, is including an article about my blog. The article will feature ‘action shots’ from my sewing room, motivating me to quit talking about finishing the room and just do it. It’s 90% complete.
I’ve always been fortunate enough to have some place to sew. In this home, I took over the old play/computer/date room shortly after I started Goodbye Valentino. It was a big open space for everyone to see!
But when you entered the house from the garage you were greeted with this view…..
To reach the guest bedroom, garage or half bathroom one had to walk through my sewing room. I was constantly apologizing for the mess even when the room was clean.
I had choices to make along with a budget to follow, and ultimately let the aesthetics guide my decisions. Functionality is important as long as it looks good
In order to shield my mess, the wall from the bottom of the stairs was extended 15 feet to the guest bedroom and features a 42” open doorway. Now when you enter the house from the garage you see this.
And when you turn the corner at the bottom of the staircase you see this.
Come on in!
- Above is the original long wall.
- Below is a view of the top end of the room…
- …followed by a pic of the lower end of the room…
… and the short niche wall.
The space is smaller but far more organized. As a confessed Scrabble addict, I couldn’t pass on the giant Scrabble tiles. The lamps mimic the geometric design in the carpet.
- Since the room receives little natural light I chose a light neutral color for the walls. The neutral color also serves as a compatible background for colorful and large pattern projects.
- I kept the L- shaped laminate countertops which are perfect for almost all sewing endeavors.
- I made new linen panels to keep the room tidy.
- Behind the panels are sewing essentials such as tracing paper along with the machine cover, muslins etc…
- I’ve never had a huge stash so most of my fabric fits on the 12 shelves.
- Fabric that needs more protection goes in here.
- The ladder-style shelves provide plenty of storage space for notions and books.
- I use Sterilite plastic bins for storing notions since they are sold everywhere. Fortunately, plenty of storage space is still available.
- Rulers here……
- Trash here….. I chose a large canvas laundry basket due to its large size and light weight.
- Mood Samples and favorite remnants here….
- Linings and interfacing here….
- Removable plastic wall hooks are the best!
- Patterns here…..
- The table-top ironing board is stored here.
- I sacrificed space for a permanent cutting table when I chose to close in the room, but it’s easy to set up the portable table as needed.
Left to do:
- Paint acoustical ceiling tile for a checkerboard effect (in my spare time ), and I’m sure other ideas will surface.
With our children grown and living elsewhere, Hubby and I decided to convert the downstairs guest bedroom into a home office. We replaced the bed with a new sleeper sofa and added built-ins with filing cabinets along with a new tube. Now I’m a step away from a sitting area with lots of natural light for handwork.
So while there is nothing fancy about my space in terms of customized features, I’ve got a pleasant environment with a place for everything.
What do you think? …….. I think it’s time for some sewing!