craft room

All month we have had fabulous studios and crafty nooks and craft room features – I have been getting some fabulous ideas. Its obvious that one of the main resolutions for crafty folk is to reorganise, de-clutter, simplify or just get some more space in which to craft craft and craft.

So you have de-cluttered and rearranged your furniture – set it up how you like. Next you need decorate – make it a space that you want to be in.

Here are some decorating ideas to inspire:

Lots of natural light in happy song’s studio : sweet little corner with light : aqua painted walls and lots of embroidery and vintage linens hanging up at soulemama : colorful and fresh studio space : a corkboard is a perfect inspiration board : this fresh room makes the space look not as busy as it is.

This might be a good time to give the space a fresh lick of paint – get rid of drab colors and heavy curtains – install blinds or light colored fresh curtains that let in light and don’t take up a lot of space.

Choose light colors to maximise the light – hang up some of your art and your craft pieces – install an inspiration wall.

Once you have freshened up the space you will want to spend more time in there – make it your calm space your zen zone – your crafty hideaway.

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All month we have had fabulous studios and crafty nooks and craft room features – I have been getting some fabulous ideas. Its obvious that one of the main resolutions for crafty folk is to reorganise, de-clutter, simplify or just get some more space in which to craft craft and craft.

After you have de-cluttered next you need to re-arrange. Ok – so you have pared things down a bit – thrown out a lot of rubbish and donated a lot of your stash to charity.

Take this moment to re-organise the furniture, decide on storage solutions – do you need more shelves – a tool box – perhaps an extra work bench – or you may need to get rid of furniture – is the crowed space getting you down?

Take some inspiration from these great storage solutions:

Old kitchen hutch is perfect : creative kismet storage cabinet : cabinet with doors to hideaway the stuff : cane basket stack is a great idea : cabinet with small shelves perfect for yarn : old lockers are a perfect solution : Ikea is always a good standby.

How to do it:
Visualise the space – move things around – you might like to situate your work area near the natural light – have a spare chair so others can chat to you or help while you are working.

If you only have a small space then prioritize and minimise – check your work bench is the right height and your work chair is comfortable – is the feng shui right – are the ergonomics correct – what about the lighting?

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All month we have had fabulous studios and crafty nooks and craft room features – I have been getting some fabulous ideas. Its obvious that one of the main resolutions for crafty folk is to reorganise, de-clutter, simplify or just get some more space in which to craft craft and craft.

Does your space look anything like these studio ‘before’ photos from the craft room flickr pool? if so read on…

planet treasures jewelry table : gemgirl art beading room : flying michelles’ craft table.

You will need to clean and declutter – Some people say that the best way to get into a declutter habit is to spend 20 mins each day working on one section of your space – don’t tackle it all at once as it can be overwhelming – give yourself a target – drawers today – fabric stash next time, notions and tools then work table and patterns etc etc – work methodically and you will eventually get to the end.

I am usually more impatient than that – I am an all or nothing gal and like to get stuck straight into it – making more mess as I go – which eventually starts to clear and finally I can see the light at the end. As my husband says “to create you must first destroy”.

Whatever your method – ask yourself a few questions as you sort – do you love it and do you need it – will you use it? Everything that is a no – then straight to the garbage bag to be donated – for the yes things then you will sorting these into categories later.

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studio tours

by kath_red on 26/01/2009

in Home+Decor

Meg sent in this pic of her fab new studio space – see more at her website. Some highlights of the space – that gorgeous eggshell blue wall, the burlap sack inspiration wall – and that super long white work bench – luck you Meg.

craft studio

And Missy has transformed a small corner space into a very clever sewing nook – see lots more pics here. I love her use of Ikea storage devices and her magnetic wall is nifty – she has also used a curtain to block off the space when it is not in use. And oh my I have just spotted my sewing machine on her desk. Yes I have one exactly the same – it must be 35 years old and belonged to my grandmother.

craft studio

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Martha Stewart has devoted her whole top attic to a crafting space. It looks like she has about 7 desks in here – each one devoted to a different type of crafting. It all looks so beautiful and while I wonder if she ever uses it – there are some excellent creative storage solutions for your new year resolutions.

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