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Craft Room Love

I was asked by WeWork, to write about what I love about my work space.  The request seemed to come at the perfect time as the craft room has been pretty neglected lately. Not only have I not written about the space in over a year (gasp!) I haven’t done anything to further customize the space in just as long.

Although the room is still far from done, the request from WeWork to see pictures, sparked some momentum towards organizing the space.

The original organizational idea centered around cube storage systems we had set up between the two windows. In theory this was great, it offered the choice between open shelving or pull out baskets… in practice not so much. The cubes were an odd size, in order to utilize them for fabric, it needed to be folded JUST right, and the pull out cubes required the fabric to be placed standing up, which would only work with the perfect folding job. Keeping everything so perfectly folded made me scared to use any fabric, and thus the cubes remained predominately empty for over a year.

They were also set up in between the two windows which seemed to close the room in and would infringe on my future plan to make and display some beautiful curtains. Once I finally accepted that they were not going to work, Ken helped me map out and execute a new organizational plan.

The small cube that housed the TV was turned on its side and one of the two massive cubes was moved next to it to display the TV, creating a 3 cube high, 5 cube wide storage area that now works well for yarn storage.

Hicks House | Craft Room

 

Craft Room | Hicks House

The second 3×3 cube was donated to a friend for their little girls playroom and replaced with two IKEA dressers. They offer the ability to keep my fabric organized in drawers and out of site, should they not be immaculately folded.

Craft Room | Hicks House

What I love most about this room is that it is a sanctuary for all my crafts and projects that is now set up to best utilize the space. The sewing desk is right next to the fabric dressers which is next to the fabric cutting table. This area looks across the room towards the TV so I can watch HGTV while I’m working away (a must have feature). The windows are now free to accept my upcoming custom curtains and the whole room feels light and bright.

Hicks House | Craft Room

Hicks House | Craft Room

To recap past posts and this one my favorite things about the room are:

  • The beautiful patterned chairs
  • The new amazing organization of the space
  • Having my own personal craft and project space where I can close the door off from the rest of the house

Still to be done, need to be updated:

  • Paint the room
  • Make and hang custom curtains (more grommets anyone?)
  • New fabulous uber-girly light fixuture

So what do you think? What do you love most about your work space? Check out some of WeWork’s other locations here.

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Craft Room Stage 1

Back in July I posted my mood board for the craft room inspiration. I am one step closer to a beautiful room and well within the functional room.

sewing table

sewing table

The room features separate areas for sewing, ironing, cutting, storage as well as housing the computer for the house.  Ignore the box in the corner, that hasn’t been unpacked yet.

In the left side of the picture you can see a cube storage system which will eventually house all of my fabrics so that they are all easy to see and quickly grab what I’m looking for.  I’m still trying to figure out the best method for how to lay that out.

In the back in the sewing table, complete with awesome patterned chair – which will compliment the curtains I have yet to sew and the walls I have yet to paint… That’s Stage 2 and Stage 3.

To the back right is the ironing board and to the right is the massive cutting table complete with table sized cutting mat.  It’s all set up so you grab your fabric – cross the room – cut the fabric – iron it – then sew.

cutting table

cutting table

Here is a closer up photo of the awesomeness that is the cutting table and the chair.  Having the computer in the room, is ok simply for the fact at how happy these chairs make me.  Seriously how can you not be happy looking at this chair?  It’s slightly different than the one in my original mood board, but it was on super sale and I think I actually like it better.

It’s a step in the right direction! I can’t wait to get the curtains sewed and hung, walls painted and a super girly sparkly chandelier of some sort to top it off.

What do you think?


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Organized by Rev a Shelf

Before we bought our house, even before we started thinking and looking for a house we would often find ourselves in the kitchen organization aisle at the home improvement stores.  You know the ones, they have every gadget you could possibly imagine, that you never knew you needed until you saw it and realized how you never needed it before because its the BEST THING EVER??!!! Yeah… that aisle.

We would dream and say if we ever built our own house someday and were able to get in there from the very beginning we would have the most awesome organized kitchen we’d ever seen.  Well we didn’t get in to the house before it was built, so we didn’t have any say in the layout (I think the builder is very grateful for this – we’re kind of annoying).  Despite that, we still wanted to do some customization.

Enter Rev a Shelf.  They make all these handy pull out organizers and things for your kitchen that you can install after the fact. Look at all the awesome things they make! (Note: This post is not sponsored or supported by Rev a Shelf)  We wanted it all.  Seriously, we debated in the aisle forever trying to narrow down to a reasonable number.  So we started with this:

Its the basic pull out two tier shelves

Its the basic pull out two tier shelves

They only come in set sizes, so first measure the interior of the cabinet you want to install it in and get the size closest that is not bigger than your cabinet or it will not fit.

dry test fit

dry test fit

screw in one side

screw in one side

The shelf is actually only attached on one side which is how you can get away with a size that is slightly smaller than your cabinet.  Which for us turned out to be useful since the right side of our cabinet doesn’t open all the way due to it being next to the stove.  We were able to combat the problem by screwing the shelf into the left side and it just clears the door.

Shelves installed

Shelves installed

look at that slide!

look at that slide!

pots and pans in the new shelf

pots and pans in the new shelf

The shelf is amazing!!! I seriously don’t know how we ever lived without it.  We used to have to take out every pot and pan just to get the one we wanted out of the back of the cabinet.  The slide mechanism of the shelves makes such perfect sense I don’t know why all cabinets aren’t built this way to begin with.  Everything is so easy to find now, and when you see the one you want its easily removable without having to empty everything out.

We loved it so much we put in two more.  Each of the cabinets that are in the center island also got a rev a shelf:

island cabinets

island cabinets

The install isn’t quite as easy as the directions suggest.  They had a complete install time of 30 minutes and it took Ken closer to an hour to do the first one, and he’s an above average to expert assembler.  Despite that, even he says its worth it, and was willing to tackle the project two more times.

So what do you think?  Do you want to install your own?