UPDATE: I've kept on keeping on in this room and did a bit of an overhaul on it. Check out the update post with lots of pics HERE. :)
I have been itching to do this post for a long time now, but I've held back because the room is not "done" yet.
What does "done" even mean? Especially when referring to a creative space? This room has evolved quite a bit already in the short time that it has existed, and I'm sure will continue to as my tastes and projects change.
I have been living in our new home since May and this is the first time that I have ever had a room all to myself since I've been married. It is downright heavenly. There are days when I'm stressed out, tired, crabby, feeling completely blah about everything . . . you have them, you know what I'm talking about. Sometimes I just tell Mr. Skooks, "I need to go sew." (He can usually tell without the words needing to be said.)
It's like having my own personal retreat center in my house.
Sometimes I sew, other times I clean up and organize my supplies in there (I find it much easier to let the creativity flow in a clean space), and sometimes I just take out a notebook and jot down some ideas for things I might try to make someday.
Let's face it. Sometimes I just go in there and savor the solitude. Even if it's only for a half hour.
It is easily my most favorite place in my house (and I really love my house so that's saying a lot!) Someday I'd love to paint the walls and put up curtains and get a few more storage solutions in place, but for now I'm just glad to have my little Mom Cave.
Bonus: It's a whole room I don't have to worry about baby-proofing. When I'm done doing my thing in there I can just SHUT THE DOOR. No one's allowed in without Mom. Hooray!
|Mr. Skooks gave my old bedroom furniture a face-lift by painting it antique white and giving the brass hardware a new coat of "brushed nickel" spray paint. One of the dressers and the desk are the same size so I put them back to back and threw my cutting mat on top. I love my "cutting table" and all the storage it provides!|
|I got these little rails and clips from Ikea. I LOVE how versatile they are for being able to accommodate any size picture I throw at them. I also like how many pictures I can hang up at one time without having to buy frames or use tape.|
|Somehow I don't have a picture of my actual sewing table with my machines on it, but here's a pic of the shelving unit Mr. Skooks put up for me above that table. Eventually the cubbies will display things in a cute way . . . at the moment it's a bit haphazard in there.|
|Most of the time my ironing board is set up underneath my inspiration wall, but when I need to get it out of the way I hang it on the back of the door. You can see the corner of my sewing table to the left of the door. I used to be WAY into knitting but have scaled back a ton since I started sewing a few years ago. Still good to have some on hand though. ;)|
|To the left of my sewing table (and to the right of my cutting table) I hung this ruler organizer. It is dandy for keeping all my measuring stuffs in one place so I can find whatever I need when I need it.|
|The piece de resistance. Here's a closeup view of my other dresser and hutch. I store all my fabric in the drawers as well as ribbon and trims (except, as you can see, for the adorable fabric I leave out on the shelf because I love it so much and want to look at it every time I'm in there.)|
P.S. For those of you without a room to yourself, don't despair! For the longest time I only had a little rolling cart to myself. I later upgraded to a corner in my living room which worked great for me in my old house!