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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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Finishing Touches to the Garage

One of the things that comes with a “brand new house” is a completely un-finished garage.  I didn’t think anything of this, after-all aren’t all garages un-finished?  The answer to that is two-part, they are un-finished with regard to the rest of your house i.e. concrete floors no paint on the walls etc.  However, most are insulated and dry walled – ours was not.  With the sweltering hot days we have experienced up here in New England this summer, with several days in a row coming close to exceeding 100 degrees, the garage would heat up to a comfortable 150 (estimating, but not exaggerating).

Considering how Ken planned to turn the garage into tool central, the heat was not providing a enjoyable work atmosphere.  Also necessary in order for him to fully enjoy the space was more electrical outlets.  The only two the builder provided were in the ceiling to connect the garage door openers to (the house didn’t come with openers either – but that is another post).

So, before Ken could get to insulating and sheet-rocking the garage he had to run electrical.  This he did himself, although for the average person I wouldn’t recommend it as you could get electrocuted – duh.  Ken is no average home improvement weekend warrior, he knows a lot about how things work, had some basic electrical knowledge and learned what he needed to know before starting to avoid that whole electrocution thing.

That orange light means it works!

That orange light means it works!

Then insulation was put in between all the studs:

Insulated!

Insulated!

And sheet rock put up:

finishing stretch!

finishing stretch!

We unfortunately didn’t buy quite enough to finish the entire garage, but the back wall was the most important as this is where Ken wanted to build and put his tool bench. Even without the entire garage being completed there is still a HUGE difference in the temperature out there – but that may also be because we haven’t hit 100 in about a month… but I’m crediting the insulation.