a room of my own

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All this crafty sewing joy has made my mind wander and dream about a craft room of my very own.  A functional pretty place with a door.

My current set up is lame.  I was inspired to make our back room off the kitchen into a functional work space after seeing a picture of Soule Mama’s bright turquoise walls.  I loved the colour so much I went out and matched it to the photo in the magazine.  It didn’t quite translate as well in my little room.

That was about two years ago and it remains uninspired and lacking that come hither vibe.  The floor is cold and the light is never right.  As it stands, whenever I want to make something I find myself digging out supplies from random drawers and cupboards around the house and carting the sewing machine et al to the kitchen table.  I quickly spread out {as is necessary for proper creative juices to flow} and either have to finish my project before we make and eat a meal, order takeout, or put it all back in its nooks and crannies from which it came.  So, you see, I am often thoroughly frustrated by the time I have everything gathered and am always missing my seam ripper and left wondering where I may have stashed that pattern or pretty vintage piece of fabric I was hoping to use.

I may have mentioned before that our house is for sale and though I am inspired today to take one last stab at making that space calm, warm and functional it seems like it may be a waste of time.  I suppose it could help with the appeal to sell the house, but it does sound like a large amount of work when we are hoping to move sooner rather than later.  I would also rather put time and money into our next house than this one…unless it makes this house sell faster.  On the other hand I have an unused can of the same verdigris blue I used on the living room walls.  I have always wanted to paint the nasty plywood floor in the adjoining laundry room white and the walls a soft blue so it didn’t feel like punishment going in there.

Oh my.  Now I am dreaming about laundry rooms.

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Here are a few photos I just snapped of the craft room and laundry area.  In case you’re wondering we don’t leave mountains of dirty clothes on the floor {for the last showing I crammed it all into the dryer and washing machine}, and I hung white curtains to divide the two rooms.

Poppy admiring her handy work.
This is the view from the kitchen into the craft room.

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What would you do?

P.S. We just got a call with feedback from our very first showing yesterday and it was all good news with the exception that they are hoping to have a basement {no amount of paint will change that there is no basement}.  So that is a great start!

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  1. Posted February 10, 2011 at 1:56 pm by sheepish | Permalink

    I suffer from the same lack of space and light. My sewing place is referred to as my "sewing hallway". The dark place in the basement on the way to the bathroom.
    Dreaming is good.

  2. Posted February 10, 2011 at 3:28 pm by Kory | Permalink

    I'd say… paint away! A nice bright laundry can only help the sale in my mind, and might bring you a bit of joy in the meantime :)

  3. Posted February 10, 2011 at 7:21 pm by Anonymous | Permalink

    I agree….a little paint may go a long way….when we were selling our realtor reminded us constantly that people don't want to have to 'work' on a house they just want to move in….another nice idea might be some cheap bifold doors to seperate the 2 rooms….yup more work….Kelly

  4. Posted February 12, 2011 at 10:36 am by megsheff | Permalink

    These are gorgeous!
    At my last apartment, I turned a closet-sized laundry room into a craft room. I loved it because it was a little space of my own, but most of all because I could just close the door on the chaos of unfinished projects.
    I'm sure Virginia Woolf would have insisted on a door as well.

  5. Posted February 13, 2011 at 9:43 pm by Anonymous | Permalink

    i'm agreeing with the others that paint might help and not be too much work. as for color, a pale buttery yellow? or perhaps not to fight the lack of light, a beautiful silver or gray? with a little tinge of lavender maybe? something soothing anyway. easier to paint in springtime of course but it's coming! i am a fairly new reader but very much enjoying your site.

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