Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A Room of My Own


On January 4, I removed almost everything from the guest room.


Today, 10 days later, the room is no longer a guest room, but a "Creative Space" for me.


The bookcases have been filled


with books, magazines,


and various supplies


 in labeled baskets and boxes to make things easy to find.


Finally, there is a place to display my creations


and this darling little bunting I just received from Vicky of Life on Willie Mae Lane.


A wire shelf and containers holding books and papers fill up one corner of the room.


I planned to get rid of the dresser because it needs updating, but the drawers are handy for storing paper, stamps, tools, etc.


I also like that the top of the dresser provides space for more storage.


The sewing machine base came from the living room and we used the old dining room tabletop to create a sewing station.


Wire storage pieces hang on the wall and a shelf between the windows holds portions of my hand collections and a few supplies.


A 3' x 4' trestle table we bought from neighbors provides a work station and my IKEA rolling cart allows me to keep the surface free of tools.


The table is large enough that I set out 4 different projects to work on today -  I actually completed 2 of them.


Virginia Wolff said, "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction."


I won't be writing fiction, but I will be creating - every day.

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82 comments:

The Painted Garden said...

I love - love your new room. A place for everything with so many charming ideas for storage. Can't wait to see what you create first in your new "room of her own". The rolling cart used for storage of your tools is a great idea to keep your work space clear.
Does Lulu like it?
Blessings, Erin

francis said...

* CAROL * CAROL * CAROL * CAROL * * CAROL *
I am so HAPPY for you YOU DID IT . You are such an inspiration for me .
Oh yes I am going to have my own room too ......
I already have the room .....but I am working on other stuf now
with my fysio therapist !
I love to follow you and you always make me smile and feel good .
Thank you for being you and for sharing and
for making such an unique and colorful blog .
Big hug .

fiona anderson said...

Oh wow Carol, it's fantastic, you so deserve and need this space. I remember your creative corner from Steve's studio, then your garage studio, but this is perfect and great to use whatever the weather.
I also have basket envy once again, and you have so many of them, I'm just going to scroll back up to get another look !

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh, Virginia was right, and so are YOU! I need my creative space to read and write all to myself, and YOUR NEW SPACE is perfectly organized, Carol! I am sitting here thinking what a great teacher you must have been to be SO ORGANIZED! Bravo....and I know you are going to be busy making more and more beautiful things.....oh, and I so cherish my little white book my friend. THANK YOU so, so much. Anita

Betty W said...

It looks beautiful and I can see where you will make many creative things in there. Love the sewing table.

Beth Edwards said...

awesome!! i love the book cases. what will you do when a guest arrives? where will they sleep? i love how you went so quickly went from a guest room to your creative room -- that is super cool!! ( :

Kathy said...

Oh Carol, it is perfect and you are going to have SO much fun in there!!

White Weathered Hutch said...

Love it Carol! We all need space to create and call a room our own!!!

ANNE said...

What a great space! Happy creating!!

Melanie said...

Wow, what a fantastic room! So, now more creating in the garage? I guess if you have guests, they can sleep out there. ;-)

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol,
What a cheery, happy, fun filled space to craft and create. Organized and a space for individual expression from the heart. Oh my, the adorable little mouse bookend has stolen my heart. Enjoy your reclaimed room and celebrate in your talent.
Vera

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love it!! So happy for you! I plan to get a creative space of my own this year also...not sure 'when' but sometime in 2014!! Love all your banners!! hugs, Linda

Miss LindaLee said...

As always, I loved your post. You always make everything look so full of fun and life. Love the colors and placement of things. Your new room is so perfect. You enjoy that new space of yours, and this whole new year.

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

That is one beautiful and creative space you have there :)

Rita said...

LOVE YOUR SPACE! I am jealous.
Ciao Rita

podso said...

You have been busy and it looks great! It's nice to have it all at your fingertips and you have organized it so well! I even like the old dresser in there --and love your sewing machine table! And it is in keeping with your primary colors/happy look of your home! Happy creating!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

We definitely need a room of our own to 'create'! And you've put together a fabulous room with a place for everything! Love your shelves and unique storage and organizing bins! I'm going to go back and look again and get some ideas! WOWZA! I'm so happy for you! Is there room for 2 in your new room? Hugs!

Acorn to Oak said...

Awesome! How exciting to have your own creative space! I can tell you had a lot of fun creating the space itself. And, I know you're going to enjoy many hours of creative time in there. I have my own creative studio and I love it! Enjoy!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Great job! What a treat for you! It's freeing to have a space to make a mess.

Brittany Ruth said...

So exciting! I've been thinking about turning one of my rooms into a home office/sewing room.

bobbie said...

It is FANTABULOUS!!! Light, airy, full of YOU ~ a dream come true! You might want to re-think getting rid of that dresser though ~ all it needs is a little love in the form of paint and new hardware; and it is so perfect for both storage and display! JMHO ~

Congratulations!!!

Down by the sea said...

Your creative room looks amazing! You wourself having so much space! Looking forward to the new things you will be creating.
Sarah x

Jenny Harris said...

Wowweeeee!!!! What a wonderful room! So happy for you that you get to have a room all to yourself. It makes all the difference in being able to create wonderful things. You've got it very well organized, it looks like! Thanks for sharing!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

How exciting to have a creative space all to yourself!

It's me said...

Love that room !!!!.......have a nice day love Ria...x !

It's me said...

Love that room !!!!.......have a nice day love Ria...x !

Sherry at The Rusty Pearl said...

Paint that dresser girl . ITS awesome. YOU can distress it and make it fabulous for your space. Love your creative space. I bet you will enjoy going in there. I love your life is good pillow too. PRESH .. Have a blessed week my friend

Emma Elliott said...

Wow! What a wonderful space to create Im envious its just.awesome love all the nook for storage. Just looking at it makes me want to make something :)

Lorrie said...

What a great space to create in. You have some wonderful storage ideas in your photos. And I took a good look at the books on your bookshelf in one of the top photos - recognized some, others I want to explore. Enjoy creating!

Jen Ham said...

OMG! CAROL! I just LOVE your space! What an absolute dream! Can I come and create with you! ;) xoxoxoxo Jen

Junkchiccottage said...

Oh Carol a new room just for you and all that creativity. This is just awesome. Love the room. Not only can you be making creative things in there you are making the room so creative. Just fantastic. Love this room for you.
Kris

Merlesworld said...

What a great space it helps to have a room all to yourself for doing your own thing.
Merle

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Good for you that you have a space now to retreat to and create in...I love it!

cynthia lee designs said...

Love your new creating room!! I'm sure you will spend a lot of time in there. I was actually doing some machine embroidery in my room today.
hugs,
Cindy

Vicky Hunt said...

Oh my goodness! I am in love with your new room! It is perfect! I am so envious of all those amazing wire baskets! You have so many goodies to play with. The little bunting looks perfect on the basket too...:) It looks at home! OK...question....what did you make with the aqua blue jar? I am totally curious...:) Have a lovely Thursday being creative....Vicky

Vicky Hunt said...

I meant the jar with the aqua blue lid!

Sarah said...

Carol, this is a fabulous space to create. Love the yellow walls and all your organizational details.

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

AWESOME space, Carol! I'm happy for you!
The shelves are the best.
That's what I want.

chateau chic said...

WOW, Wow, Wow!!!! All you need to do now is to start classes! Your productivity and creativity is amazingly Wonderful!! I love that we get to see it all!
Mary Alice

My Garden Diaries said...

YEP!!! Pure inspiration for me friend! Hands down got my brain spinning for my space! It is stunning Carol! I love everything about what you have done! What a dream to have this fantastic room all to yourself to make whatever it is you would like! You deserve every bit of it! Love the rolling cart from Ikea...and your sewing table and everything for that matter! Happy creating friend! You rocked it! Nicole xoxo

Cathy said...

Carol, I love your room. There is just something about being able to go to a dedicated room and working away from all the distractions of life. I turn music on and just get lost in mine. And then I close the door on the mess and it is contained in there. Love it.... yours is beautiful as always and love all the unique storage you came up with... Cathy

Anonymous said...

LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!! So glad you made a guest room your own. Too many of us have "guest" rooms and no "me" rooms. How often are the guest rooms left idle for OTHERS who don't live there full-time? Life is short...too short to not meet our own needs, not those of "occasional" guests! Craft on, girl!

Cate <><

NanaDiana said...

Carol, I just love it! Good for you for doing that. What a happy space to create in-one that takes you away from the kitchen table -one you can start a project and walk away and come back to it later-without having to shift everything around. Yes, indeed, I love it...but NOW where shall I sleep?:>) xo Diana

Jen@Driftwood Gardens said...

I'm green with envy! That room is spectacular - you must be So inspired to create!

Patty Antle said...

I'm so happy for you, Carol! It looks wonderful! You even have the Ikea roller cart that everyone drools over. The dresser is great for holding so many things. We have two large spaces that are unfinished. The one above the garage hopefully someday will be my creative space. I am wanting it more than ever now since I am retired. I hope to share a post like this someday!

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

Hooray and congrats!! Your new room looks fabulous and I can't believe how quickly it came together!! Wow! I hope you enjoy every moment in your new room!

Laurel Stephens said...

Congratulations on your new space! It's so beautiful. It's so you! I know you're loving it!

Poppy said...

Carol,

You've got a great collection going on: colour, cubbyholes and creativity! You're set for new adventures!

Poppy

Scribbler said...

Lucky lucky you! This is what I am striving for in my garage. Don't know if I will ever get there!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

What a wonderful room to create! I'm sure you'll be inspired here. And I love how you reused the former table top, which I noticed on its first picture!

Deb said...

fantastic space to create! looks like it is filled with wonderful treasures.

My Little Home and Garden said...

I can only imagine all of the fun you're going to have in that room, Carol. Enjoy!
-Karen

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I'm sooooo happy for you. You're so organized and it all looks so inviting. Can I come play in your room? I have a long dresser with awesome store in my creative space. All it needed was some paint to update it and I love it. I think that's all your dresser needs...the storage is just too good.

Jann Olson said...

How fun Carol! So many wonderful storage pieces and the entire room is just cute, cute, cute! You are going to love this new space!
hugs,
Jann

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

What a great space and you look like you have TONS of stuff to play with!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

It turned out great, Carol! I am ready to move in with you!

Renee said...

Looks great. I know you will be so busy with projects. I love how light it is. Looks like you have everything so it will be handy to use. Makes it so much nicer when you are ready to do something and you can find things.

I do have a room of my own, but it has so much stuff in it. I'm going to do some more reorganizing and purging.

bj said...

WOW...I am sooo impressed with "a room of your own". You have done a fantastic job on getting everything out and in sight, so you can sit right down at any time and craft. Very nice ! So many of us have a "guest" room and have guests maybe once or twice a year.....why not use that room for fun things, like crafting...those inflatable beds they have now are very comfy...perfect for overnight guests.
O, and I LOVE that large dresser you say is out of date. I would love to have one just like it, painted either a creamy white or jet black. It's beautiful.

Donna Wilkes said...

I could just move right in and start working. A wonderful creative space filled with inspiration and charm. Do you ever leave this room? I would be hard pressed to leave it.

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

What a great craft room! I would never want to leave. I got stuck on my craft room project, but am working on it again. Can't wait to have it blog worthy! Thank you for sharing this at What We Accomplished Wednesdays!

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Wow that was a big job! Your craft room is great. It looks like there is plenty of room for the things you need. I like that sewing machine base. I have my husband's Grandmother's singer sewing machine with a wood and metal base but the wood top was damaged and missing some wood and I've been looking for ideas on how to use it. Perhaps just putting a top over it that's large enough to work like yours would be the trick! Visiting from The Dedicated House- Before and After.

Sue said...

I like the above thought "a space to make a mess" and easy clean up with your FANTASTIC organization. It is more than Martha Stewart worthy (cross out that name) It is Carol Worthy!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

OH I love your creative space! Bright and sunny, and everything is displayed beautifully...easy to see and use! Have fun!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

This is fantastic!
I am J.E.A --ellous! it is so cute in there and very inspiring.
It only took you 10 days...it is taking me a couple of years at least.
I love all the wire storage and that dresser is perfect...if you were planning to get rid of it, why not spiff it up since you've kept it to use--- give it some of that Art and Sand Pizzaaaazzz!
Pat

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

It looks like a wonderful beginning to the new year!
I work at the kitchen table, so projects must be cleaned up so we can eat! :)
Enjoy!!!
xo,
Lin

Mary O'Brien said...

Nice job! I am not good at putting things back in the right spot after organizing them so I re-organize a lot. This room looks warm and colorful and full of inspiration! Congrats! BTW< I followed you here from the farm blog hop.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Carol, what a great room - all your own. Now you can create wonderful things and I like all your arranging - everything has it's place. Great job.
Have a great wonderful weekend. Isn't the weather great, except for fires and wind.

Tassell, Tea pot, and life down under said...

Hi Carol, I wish I have as big craft room as yours. Isn't it good to have your own little retreat room, where you can find all your nicknack and little treasures?

Have. Good weekend

18 January 2014 13:48

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

How wonderful that you got a room of your own, Carol! It looks like the perfect size to house all your storage, supplies and creations. It's so nice that you have natural light coming in with the windows, too. My craft/sewing room is what was a storage room here at our condo. As soon as I saw it I claimed it for my own. In our old house I had just a small area in the garage to create at, so I am so glad for my little room.

Sylvia said...

Carol, I'm so happy for you, the room looks great. I'll keep an eye out for your wonderful creations this year. Sylvia

Ivy and Elephants said...

Your craft room is just amazing! Everything stored and organized so beautifully!
You are ready for where bloggers create!
Hugs,
Patti

Mimi Sue said...

I love it! I feel creative just looking at your space. Mimi

Suzan Sweatman said...

What an amazing space to call your own - I feel inspired just looking at it!
Love the sewing machine table :)
XOX

kearley625@gmail.com said...

Lovely room for your crafts. Love how it so organized and neat!

Art @ Home said...

Carol, I love your new space! Your studio is too, too cute. You have so much room now to make all kinds of wonderful things. :D I love the little bunting, too, BTW. So cute!

I also love the pretty photos you shared with us in the next post. I can only dream of 86 degree weather right now. Y'all are so lucky! Our temps are breaking record lows here.

xo,
RJ

karen@somewhatquirky said...

How wonderful for you to have everything all together now! You are so organized. It makes me feel a little inadequate! It's a really fun space. Happy creating!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

This is space to drool over :) It's so warm and cheery and that dresser is fine...you just updated it but putting it to new use plus it's a nice warm wood...

Terry said...

Your room is nice and sunny..but it looks like you have quilts or quilt tops next to one of the windows. The sun will fade and damage them, so you might want to move them.

Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

I'm a little late seeing this, but how wonderful! So happy you have your own beautiful, creative space : )

Susan Clayton said...

Congrats on the space to call your own! Enjoy!

CatieAn said...

Oh Carol I have been MIA for 6 weeks but am so excited that you were able to alter your guest room in to your very own room....it all looks so adorable and so much like YOU. Hope you are enjoying it.

Carla said...

Love Love your room! It's sew sew adorably quaint. I'd love my room to look like that.
Even with trying to organize it still looks like a mess.