A few weeks ago, Anita at Bloomin' Workshop suggested that since so many were blogging about spring cleaning in their creative spaces, we should have one day to show them off. Today's the day. What a great idea! The deadline definitely caused me to power through where I might have just left a few piles here and there for *another day*. So, come on in!
While this room is absolutely the best sewing space I've ever had, it's not without its unique challenges. This photo is taken from the doorway. My fabric is to the right and the design wall is to the left. The remaining walls, which you can see here, each have ceiling-to-floor windows...great for light, but difficult to work around. Additionally, on the back wall, there are two closets (you can see one above) which, while providing storage space, also make it challenging to arrange workspace.
From the opposite side of the room, you can see that my design wall is still just leaning against the wall. It's fine for now...we plan to get some Z-clips to mount it higher soon.
Here's the shot you were waiting for. I love, love, love these Ikea Expedit units. I pulled the fabric forward for the photos (and will do so when I'm choosing fabrics for a project) but the sections are 15" deep so generally I keep the fabric pushed back to protect it from fading. I was fortunate that the windows came with plantation shutters, so that although the room is a nice, bright workspace, I can darken it pretty well by closing the shutters when I'm away.
This is the heart of the room, my *work area*. The table looks like the only thing that doesn't belong in here yet it's my favorite piece, for two reasons....sentiment and function. It was my grandmother's kitchen table in the 50s and then our family's kitchen table for years. Somewhere along the way it got *antiqued* and although I always had other plans for it, I just never got around to it. Incredibly, *picky me* hardly notices its unfortunate color anymore. The picket-fence chairs have been re-glued so many times that I'm down to just one that's still functional (unless you're a twig). However, sentiment alone wouldn't have saved it. It's simply a great table! While the center workspace is generous, with two drop leaves it can be quickly extended to accommodate a big project. I've basted many bed-sized quilts on it over the years.
When we got the Expedits put together, I loved the clean look of the storage area and decided that the room could accommodate two more small Billy bookcases. I'll use this one for books and fabric for ongoing projects. I haven't sorted everything yet...just put things on shelves to get everything off of the floor. From now on, if it doesn't fit on a shelf, something's going! For years I've had piles and boxes stacked in my workspace and I'm done with that.
When everything was finally put together and a floorplan decided on, I started arranging my books and fabric. I was so excited...everything was looking so fresh and clean. A place for everything and everything in its place, for the first time. And then I noticed something.
I had rushed ahead on this last piece on my own and never flipped it over before nailing the backing into the bottom shelf. So the raw, back edge is front forward. And the finished edge is now facing back and studded with tack holes. This is the kind of thing that really bugs me!
Fortunately, I keep things within arm's reach to help calm me down.
I do prefer a more neutral wall color so eventually I'd like to change that. And I'd like to get some things up on what little wall space there is...a bulletin board, and some small art pieces that are still packed somewhere. But for now, it's wonderful. And I really need to shift my decorating focus to the rest of the house, which has been patiently waiting for some decisions to be made. Soon.
***Added later: So many of you commented on the room color that I researched it. If you're interested, it's Benjamin Moore #634, Forest Valley Green.