studio tour. . .


Finally! This post has been a long time coming and am so glad I can finally share my little sewing space with you. I started the make over process some time ago but just put the finishing touches on the room this week. It's been quite the process but sooooo worth the time and trouble. When I first moved into this house, I wasn't sure what we were going to do with this small quirky space. I put my computer desk in it to start with and eventually added a "craft" table. I didn't get into sewing until a few months after moving in and once I bought a sewing machine, the room went downhill quickly. Fabric and chaos took over. Fast forward about 4 years and I couldn't take handle another day in what I felt was the world's messiest and ugliest room. I bought paint, bought new furniture, and made plans to tear out the carpet. I spent many hours on Pinterest searching for ideas (you can see my office space/studio board here) and walked the aisles of Ikea for hours trying to figure out what would work best in my space. My room has its fair share of challenges. . . it is small, there is either a window or door on each of the 4 walls, and there is only one outlet for the whole room (right by the entrance.) I ended up with a very Ikea studio, which works for me because I love the Scandinavian aesthetic and made the makeover feasible budget-wise. It is light and bright, it is really organized, and the room finally reflects me!

While I usually love seeing 'before' photos of a room makeover, I didn't include any before photos  here because I only had a few iPhone pics and they are just plain depressing. Let's just focus on the after. I am in serious love with my new desk. Those drawers. . . they are perfect. I no longer spend 20 minutes searching for my seam ripper because it's got a spot in a drawer now. I grabbed several organizer trays from the Ikea kitchen section which just so happen to fit these drawers perfectly. All my office supplies and sewing notions are stashed away neatly. The black dressers are the only thing from my old room to be transitioned to the new. They hold the hubby's clothes and the tops serve as my cutting table. I got a new bookshelf and a new cabinet with glass doors to contain my fabric. I got two new chairs since my old rolling desk chair died. I tried out just about every chair at Ikea and ended up with the Tobias chair for my desk. It is comfy! I got a less expensive folding chair to use while sewing. 

The floor. . . I had originally planned to paint the concrete floor after pulling up the carpet but decided that it would most likely result in a nervous breakdown. It was going to be way more work that I had energy for so I left it as is. Apparently whoever painted the ceiling before laying carpet flung paint all over the place but hey, it adds a little character to the room!



My tour is part of a series over at 2littlehooligans - make sure to stop by there to check out more sewing spaces!


36 comments

  1. vanessa I am in awe of this room! i love everything about it. and what a huge transformation! thank you so much for sharing it with us. a room this beautiful needs to be shared:)

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  2. i love love love this Vanessa! Especially since i got to see the before shots... wonderful job!

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  3. Wow, that looks GREAT!! Yeah, I can't believe that is the same room?! And did you get that printer for free when you bought your computer? We have the same set :-)

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    1. thank you! huge change, right!! i wish i got my printer free - i'm pretty sure i bought it before my computer. i do like it though…it's latest longer than any other printer i've owned and the ink isn't too terribly pricey.

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  4. Great sewing room!
    I've got the same Ikea drawers and cabinets on my work room too.

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  5. I am loving the white, Vanessa. It makes all the decorations pop! If you hadn't said anything about the floor, I originally thought it looked like tile with white flecks and streaks. It looks great in the space. Fantastic makeover!

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  6. what a BEAUTIFUL space Vanessa!!! oh my, it's just perfect. I have that ikea letter rack too, love it! Great job! xo

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  7. SWOON. Its so pretty Vanessa. I love the glass door storage.

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    1. thanks! i really wanted one of the Billy cabinets with glass doors but couldn't make it fit so found this instead. helps keep things looking a little neater :)

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  8. I love it! So chic. Good job.

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  9. Ich mag diese Klarheit und die Übersicht, ich würde mich hier sehr gut fühlen.
    Liebe Grüße

    Margarete

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  10. I love how bright it is! I'm in transition with my space so I love see a happy finished project :) I feel your pain with the paint on the floor- I pulled up carpeting to reveal someone had gone crazy on the hardwood underneath, WINCE. -Rachel

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    1. thank you!

      oh no! there is hardwood under the carpeting in our living room and bedrooms but i took a little peek under one corner and it looked really, really rough. sad! i was so hoping to be able to just tear up that carpet as well but don't think that would be a good idea.

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  11. This is just gorgeous.....and comfortable.....and neat. PERFECTION!!! A happy sewing place. We want one desperately, but can't figure out the logistics to do it :).....

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    1. thank you! i think what i love most is that it easy to keep neat with all the drawers, etc. hope you're able to figure something out for a space of your own soon!

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  12. wow, how bright and beautiful and white and clean!! inspirational for sure!

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  13. Awesome! I wish I had my own sewing room one day ;)

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  14. Vanessa it is just gorgeous!!! I'm dreaming of my own sewing room as well :)

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  15. looks amazing! I'm totally happy you are all nice and situated in your space. So beautiful. Makes me want to come visit. :)

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  16. What a beautiful place! And love the floor with that marks of wall whitening :) (sorry for my English).

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  17. I LOVE your studio! It's absolutely perfect (and clean). Sigh. I wish mine looked that organized. Where did you get that file folder holder that's hanging on your wall? I would love to get one like that.

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    1. Thank you!! I found it at Ikea in the office supply area. Love it!it is pretty heavy though so I made sure to get heavy duty drywall anchors to make sure it stayed up.

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  18. Looks so fresh and clean! I'm considering moving mine from our lower level (finished basement with a walkout.....although there's a big sliding door/winder, it's still kind of dark) to our main level. It's nice to see how others have organized their work space! The glass doors are a nice touch, too. - Deanna {sewmccool}

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  19. THIS IS SO CLEAN AND TIDY!!! I AM SHAMEFUL ON MY TABLE :P

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  20. THIS IS SO CLEAN AND TIDY!!! I AM SHAMEFUL ON MY TABLE :P

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  21. I LOVE your wall calendar - did you design it yourself?

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    2. thanks! it's by paislee press. you can find it here: http://the-lilypad.com/store/2014-Poster-Calendar-Kit-paislee.html

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  22. What a gorgeous sewing studio! Mine is a complete disaster most of the time, LOL.

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  23. Such a lovely room, Vanessa! I love how bright and airy it is, and being a lover of IKEA myself, I think its aesthetic is perfect!

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