Happy February everyone!
I know the communications from SEW Useful Designs has been quiet of late… and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if you had imagined tumble-weed rolling across my studio floor (or bunches of tangled threads!) But in fact - I have been a busy little beaver - and the SEW Useful Studio has been a hive of activity!
Just before Christmas, Mr SUDs and I took the plunge and re-decorated our shared office/studio space. I’ve never been brave enough to show photos of the “teenage boys’ den” area (aka the office) before because it honestly wasn’t a pretty sight. A mish-mash of op-shop desks, shelves that didn’t quite fit on the wall properly and were held up with wood off-cuts… cables, sticky notes, pieces of computer hardware discarded by others and finding their sanctuary under Mr SUDs’ desk (to befriend the dust bunnies)! You get the picture? Yep! Not pretty!
I had a wee make-over just more than a year ago and it has worked well for me in every aspect except for one – storage. And I really was over the yellow walls! Our entire house was painted yellow (both the walls and interior doors) when we moved in eight years ago, and we are still in the process of painting it neutral, room by room. So the new Studio/Study was born! After lots of measuring, planning, and visits to IKEA, we are delighted with the results. Let me give you a tour!
Here is my studio space, currently neat and tidy (but don’t let that fool you!!!) The Expedit bookshelf system from IKEA fitted perfectly in to my storage nook and holds so much more ‘stuff’ than the reclaimed pine sideboard I used to have there. It’s so much easier to keep organised now that everything has its own place. I even have a box labelled “new fabric” so that I know where to head when I want to fondle my recently acquired goodies. (I’m sure there is a word for this kind of behaviour… but its maybe a bit rude for the blogosphere?!!!)
Being able to see the floor space makes me feel calm and serene. I guess if you could sum up my style it would be ‘organised clutter’. I like to be able to view lots of things, but they have to look like they should belong where they are.
The lighting over my desk is wonderfully warm and bright.
The door opens out in to our garage, so this room is a through-route which is another good incentive to keep my fabrics from spilling on to the floor!
The ‘printing station’ (I just made that up – doesn’t it sound posh?!) sits in front of the window, and holds our family files and magazines. And of course - no room would be complete without an indoor plant!
Mr SUDs added legs to this Expedit unit so that the heating vent wouldn’t be obstructed, and as they keep telling me on Better Homes & Gardens, having raised furniture gives the illusion of more floor space. I think I agree with them!
The office area accommodates Mr SUDs and young Miss Rosie. But in case you’re wonderin’… yes I did tidy the desks profusely for this photo shoot!!
I have allowed one shelf of my desk to be just for displaying sweet things… so that I can change it periodically to keep my mojo happy.
But this is my favourite place to be…
… sat at my desk, in front of my sewing machine (smile). There’s been a lot of action here this past few weeks! I’ve just completed a quilt top, and have been designing for some magazine commissions, and my mojo has returned with all tails blazing! I have planned to blog twice a week because I really have missed you guys – so I look forward to chatting with you again on Friday with some more show and tell! In the meantime I’d love to find out what you would consider to be your dream studio?! What is it like?!!!
Till then! Vikki x
(ps. If you are interested in seeing my last studio makeover, check out this post xx)