We’ve officially been in our home for three full years now and I have planned to share my creative space on multiple occasions, but just never got around to it. It was always something: babies, kids’ activities, other ideas that were more pressing. That all changes today! Thanks to my sweet friend, Angie, of The Country Chic Cottage, I’ve finally got the big push I needed to make the Craft Room Tour happen. I hope you enjoy my space as much as I do!
Before we dig in, I want to thank Angie once more for organizing this fun blog hop. You should totally check out her Craft Room Tour too!
The room was painted a basic tan when we moved in, just like the other living spaces in our home. Bedrooms are just about the only place where I’m able to convince The Husband that a little extra color isn’t that scary. This was the one room that I got to choose the color all by myself and it still makes me ridiculously happy. I’m not sure exactly what color our painter used, but I just love it.
The large pieces of furniture all came from Ikea, mostly because it was a price tag that didn’t scare me too much. The exact cube units and desk piece that I have have been discontinued, but the Kallax series is super similar.
I like to keep some of my favorite supplies right next to me at my desk: my trust planner and idea notebook, my sewing machine that easily slides out, a selection of scissors, and my ever-growing collection of pens and pencils. I’ve also got oodles of craft supplies stashed away in those white boxes (also from IKEA) and labeled by type.
This is one of my two favorite parts of the entire space. Every now and then, Reagan will sneak her way into the room while I’m not there and leave me little notes and drawings of the two of us. I keep every single one and put them up near where I sit as a reminder to why I work as hard as I do: for my kids. Oh – and before you think she’s telling me that she loves my butt, that’s her kindergarten way of spelling beauty. Promise.
Across the top of the IKEA shelving units, I’ve got all of my glass jars and white serve ware. I’ve got this problem where I just can’t avoid purchasing a glass jar or fun, white cake plate. The top of the shelves are the perfect size and out of the reach of little hands.
Also on top of the shelves are some of my favorite pictures and images that I have yet to hang up, but that definitely need to be displayed until I get around to it. This particular picture was a gift from one of my dearest friends, MaryAnn of Cherish Everyday.
On the shelves that don’t have the boxes, I’ve got my Project Life albums and core kits displayed proudly. Project Life is a passion of mine and I’m so glad to have the ability to keep my family’s memories preserved this way. Bonus: the white boxes totally coordinate with the bright and happy color scheme I’ve got going on.
When you move to the left of the shelving unit, I’ve got a little sitting area for myself. Sometimes I’ll find myself sitting in that chair, brainstorming ideas for projects to come, watching my children play in our front yard. I didn’t care for the fabric that the chair was upholstered in, so I made a slip cover for it and then made over a side table to coordinate. The art was a fun stencil project and the table is topped with some mementos that mean a lot to me: a really old literature book from my grandmother, one of the first children’s books gifted to me when I was in school to become a teacher, and a spoon that has a great message to remember.
If we keep moving left, you’ll pass a group of windows that let in the best light but don’t photograph well, and land on the closet in the room. This area is a giant pet peeve of mine. If I ever strike it rich on the lottery, I’m ripping everything out and putting in a custom closet system. This hodge podge of mismatched plastic drawers is like nails on a chalkboard to me! That being said, it does keep me much more organized (for now!) and gives me places to put more of my endless supply of craft goodies.
For example, I have an entire drawer dedicated to actual adhesive that serves a purpose and isn’t use for decoration…
…and then there’s a drawer that has the decorative washi tape, among other craft supplies. While each drawer may not be super organized inside, I know exactly what should be in each drawer.
When we move left again, you pass the door to get in the room and then see the “linen” closet. See, my craft space was actually meant to serve as a second master bedroom which means I get some extra storage perks. I’ve loaded this closet up with food and photo props, all of my Cricut supplies, all of my paints, and all of the extra office-y type stuff we own.
Not only did I separate the materials by shelf, I also organized each shelf by grouping like items, whether it be paint or items that lay flat.
As for my acrylic paints, I store them so I can see their color in a simple cardboard box. The paint bottles with the colored dots on the top stay upright, but the rest get turned upside down so I can always easily find the exact color I’m looking for in no time.
Another perk to this room being intended as a master suite: the attached bathroom. It doesn’t get used much and I’d love to decorate it more, but it sure is handy to have when we have large gatherings at our home.
We’re almost to the end of this tour! The last place you have yet to see is what little remains (inside my home, at least) of my days as an elementary school teacher. I saved one of every book that I had in my class library for my own children to read, and from the looks of the books shoved on top of others and not placed back how they were originally lined up, you can tell that this space is well-loved by them.
I’ve also got some of my past projects and photos placed occasionally on the shelves as well.
This is my engagement photo and it’s one of my favorites. I love looking back at how young we were and think of how happy we still are, so many years later.
Last section of the room is right behind the black office chair from the first photo of this tour. It doesn’t have much to do with crafting at all, but more with who I am as a person. On the cork board I painted, there are pictures drawn by my children, photos of some of the most important people in my life, and a small homage to this little ol’ blog gifted to me from a friend.
There you have it – one giant, epically long tour of my creative space. I’m so proud of you if you made it this far; now it’s time to visit some other awesome craft room tours! Go check out my friends:
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