March 26, 2010

My New Craftroom!


I LOVE my new craftroom! This is what it looked like at the beginning of March before I unpacked all my crafty goodness. The window was screaming, "Window seat! Window seat!" I found the perfect storage bench at IKEA which I purchased right away! Now all it needs is a lovely cushion for the top.


It was a bit difficult transitioning from a room with high ceilings where all my shelving was tall, to an attic room where all the walls are much shorter. I needed to purchase entirely new shelving. I chose these small DVD shelves in white to hold my fabric.

As you can see, I now have an entire wall of fabric which resembles a quilt shop! My plan is to turn these Ikea shelves into something that looks like high end built-in bookcases. I will buy some nice moulding to fill the gaps between the shelves and add a larger shelf along the entire top and add a lovely moulding along the edge to finish it.

My craftroom is bright even on a cloudy day! I was a bit worried that the bright sun would fade my fabric but at the same time I would rather have them right where I can see all of it at once so I can spot something and grab it right away... that is just the way I work. I will just have to sew up a storm before the fabric fades ;o)

The shape of the room made it difficult to put my desk in the center of the room. My desk is now against the wall which would be a bother if I worked on large quilts all the time but most of what I make are smaller quilted crafts. This actually solves the old problem I had with pieces of projects falling off and disappearing under my desk. The shorter walls also meant that I had to hang my magnet boards differently too. I quite like the longer look :o)

The first thing I set up was my computer although you would never guess from the lack of blogging! I used the same narrow shelf as before to allow room for the guest bed to open.


The closet space was so fabulous that I just had to remove the doors to open up the back half of the room even more! There is hardwood floor in the closet but unfortunately in does not continue under the old grey office carpet.

Don't you just love the fake clouds sponge-painted against bright blue inside the closet?! (Yes, I am being very sarcastic!) The closet was full of useless wire shelving which I promptly removed. There are currently three billy bookcases in there (one of which has more fabric?? ...Yup, all my larger pieces!) Now I need to fill the billion holes it left and it will be painted along with the rest of the room as soon as the weather warms up.


The colour I chose is called "Garden Party"! It is a lighter version of the first colour. I gave the actual sample to our landlords and it has been okayed :o)

And if one amazing window is not enough, you could decide to look out the perfect picture window! Of course you only get this view if you are standing far back inside the closet while hunching over ;o)

Do I miss my old craftroom? ...not ...one ...bit! Not even the window!

62 comments :

Peg said...

What a wonderful room!!! Anybody would love to have that space. And who cares if you have to hunch down to see the view, it's worth it once in a while.

Toni said...

What a room! It makes me want to move back upstairs to our attic room but my knees don't love the stairs at all.

Marta said...

Good luck in your new craftroom...

Polar Bear Creations said...

That is a wonderful room!
I love the light and IKEA shelfs.I'm sure it will be a place for a lot of fantastic creations!
I miss having a room for all my crafty stuff right now, but my hubby doesn't mind having it all in our bedroom. It's the largest room and wood be a lot of wasted space otherwise.
My time will come I'm sure...
Happy creation!
Sue :0)

Laurie Anne said...

A fabulous new place for fabulous new creations!
I love the window bench!!!!how perfect!
Happy Crafting! xo

Vintage Girl/Marivel said...

wow, all wonderful.
I like it so much ;lovely space,
Great craftroom,
congratulations !

Ann said...

You've inspired me with your new sewing room. It's wonderful!!! Your fabric stacks are a work of art on their own...I have a great love of fabric and colors.

Congratulations!

Lih said...

really lovely! How about making something for me hehe! send it to Brazil!
Kisses and hugs from down under!

happy zombie said...

What a dreamy, dreamy, dreamy new space of yours. Bea. U. Ti. Ful!!!

Gabi said...

I also loved your new craftroom :)
It is much bigger, with more space to organize supplies.
It's a dream! :)
Fantastic!

Omedetou Laurraine-san :)
kissu!

Sew Many Ways... said...

This room is just beautiful!! Love the window seat and the fabric shelves. Wow, it is like a fabric shop in there!! If you'd like to pop over to my blog, on the right side bar is a link to my new sewing room I moved into in November. I also took book shelves, added wooden boxes to the top and then added crown moulding. It really turned it into a nice wall unit with not much money. There are different pictures of it in 2 posts in that link, so you might have to scroll down a bit.
Have a wonderful time in your new room!
~Karen~

Poppyprint said...

Well done! Welcome back and thanks for sharing your amazing space. It's so nice that you've got lots of floor space in case a certain little helper wants to play with fabric, too! I hope C is loving her new room as much as you're loving yours!

What Comes Next? said...

It's a faulous room, and I love all your storage, bookcases and your window seat. You've done a great job getting setup and organized - well done! Love the colour you've picked for the walls - it's going to be gorgeous! Hope you're completely over that nasty cold/flu you had.

Sylvie said...

What a wonderful craftroom, I wish I had such a wonderful craftroom some day....congratulations.

Myszka said...

Absolutely lovely room!

countrycosy said...

I just LOVE your new craft room. I want one like that ! ;-)

Dolci Fusa said...

Welcome back!
And you new craftroom is so sunny! Love it!
Veronica

nanaofnc said...

Oh you lucky, lucky girl! What a fantastic room...the light, the wonderful light! Happy to hear you're getting away from that yellow and the blue you've chosen is fantastic and calming! xo,

Mumin Mamma said...

Your newcraft room is very cute. The room says that it is YOU, it remainds me of you. I liked your old craftroom, too.

I have also an attic room. The bookshelves I had did not fit in the room.

I hope to see the first quilt you make in the new room soon.

Little Green Doll said...

It's very nice!! So much light!! The views are excellent!! congratulations for your new craft room, you will make great creations here!

Atina AlGa said...

It's so nice. My craft room is not even a room, but just a little dark corner in my tiny flat. I wish I had something like yours, I'm so envious!
I'm sure you'll feel so creative in it. I'm looking forward to seeing it!

Leanne said...

Looks amazing, i'm so jealous!xo

Angie said...

That looks incredible! What a joyful place to sew in and create! Keep us updated when you do new things to it (paint, etc.). It is always fun to see craftrooms and their transformations!

jacqueline said...

You have such a gorgeous new craftroom! I am loving it and loving that window that allows sunshin to come in. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely inspirational room with us! Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

Zzoouu said...

What a beautifull craftroom! Mine is a table and shelf in the TV room !
I'm sure that many wonderfull things will be created there !

lillalotta said...

Looks amazing! You deserve it! You must have worked so hard, and the move must have been so hard. Glad to hear you are all settling in wonderfully! x

Van e Chris said...

What a great room! And the window...and the view!
We love the bench and the way you arrange your fabrics. And don't worry if they fade, you can say it's vintage...
Welcome back!
:)

Bee-Inspired said...

That space looks so inviting. I'm glad you have found a good place to do you crafting - you are a real inspiration.

Sonnja said...

Good luck in your new craftroom!
Bear regards,

Beertje Zonn
Bear from the Netherlands

shrutiz said...

Hey... Congratulations on your new room... It looks great... I was following your blogs for a long time, and while you were away, i did miss you... Welcome back...

Anja said...

Lovely new craftroom! And I hope you kept your sanity meanwhile!
Hope you´ll get a lot of inspiration sitting on your window-bench!

Patricia Neri said...

Wonderful! Kisses, Patricia Neri (Brazil)

jana277 said...

Krásna pracovňa!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

What a fabulous space! And that Ikea bench was made for that window! I bet you will create a storm in there and I can't wait to see what you do!

Sole =) said...

It's perfect! Enjoy it!!!

I love this blog. Regards!!!

Manuela said...

A wonderful craftroom - a dream and a very lovely blog. I will visit your blog again.
Manuela

Jaqueline said...

Parabéns pelo novo ateliê, está lindo!!
Que você possa ter muitas inspirações nele!

Um beijo...

Marysia said...

Fantastic space! I'm truly impressed by your collection of fabrics. I would not exaggerate if I will say that is almost as large as in our local quilting store :)
I love the window and the view. I should never show it to my hubby (he was born in high mountains and now we live in the Netherlands...).

I also have a space on attic to make my craft room but I craft in the evenings only and I love to have my hubby nearby. Perhaps I should ask him to move upstairs when I'm in crafting mood :)

Lots of luck in your new house!

zees5 said...

I love attic spaces and it has always been a dream of mine to turn an attic into living space. We are waiting on final bank approval to move into our new to us home and it has an attic, 5'8" which is perfect 5'2" me! But it doesn't have any windows so we'll have to see what can be done with it. I really need a place to hide my mess, er, I mean, be creative (: ~Page

eva said...

Hello! I have long been watching your creativity and I love your blog:)))
This room is the dream of any needlewomen and I am certainly no exception! It wants to do again and again.

agnes said...

a wonderful hobby room and enough space
kind regards
agnes

Anuszka said...

Oh, lucky You :)

Mrs.Kwitty said...

Wow!! What a beautiful crafting space...and that VIEW! I forsee many lovely new creations coming from your new place ....(yeah, I'm gifted that way, lol!) I love your shelving ideas and love the blue for the walls, it's calming and invigorating at the same time. Have fun!
Hugs, Karen

Silsine said...

Lorraine your new craft room its very cute, SO much light , its perfect for your beautifull crafts

Luciana Kajiura said...

Your new atelie is a dream!!! Congratulations!

cinzia62 said...

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barbara said...

complimenti per il tuo bel posto di lavoro!
Dove compri tutte quelle belle stoffe?
Ciao Barbara -Torino-Italia
http://fili-di-parole.over-blog.it/

Lisa at Lil Fish Studios said...

The room is amazing! You were on my mind so I thought I'd pop in. I hope you're doing well.

Lisa

Katherine said...

Fantastic craft room! It looks like the perfect place to be creative. Enjoy your new place!

monlora said...

It's beautiful. I like it. I'm from Spain. Sorry for my english. My blog is tiempopatchwork.blogspot.com

Nicola said...

A beautiful craft space that makes me green with envy.

cristina said...

Congratulations this craftroom is spectacular, the window is amazing and shelves full of fabric ... I really envy you very much.
I want to see the things you create in this space.
kisses from Spain

Karin på Ösäter said...

Hi I just found your blog through Flickr, inspiration thats you!
I will be back!!
Nice room!

Grettings from Sweden
Karin på Ösäter

Vintage Girl/Marivel said...

hello:
happy mothers day !

ɑɳɗʀɛɑ ɓiɑɳcɦ said...

Hi, I love your ideias... so wonderful... but way, I gonna take some ideias for me, do you mind?

hugs
;)

Julie Neu said...

What a marvelous space! Your beautifully organized stash has me a little jealous, however. :-)

Andrea on Third Street said...

Wow. I think I'm speechless. And drooling. Thanks for that ;)

claudia said...

very nice your blog,Compliments from Tenerife!!!!

BeyondStiches said...

Wow! I'll do anything to have a room like that!!!

myredbike said...

Laurraine, this space is amazing! I love how your fabric is organized. Did you see that Heather at Quilter's Connection is looking for photos of sewing rooms?

Atelier Caseiro said...

Simply fabulous! I loved the reform craftroom.

B. Anna said...

Cool space. I wish I had that much good lighting. Have fun!