Thursday, April 22, 2010

My Small and Efficient Studio Revealed!

I finally have most of the components of my studio completed! A little tweaking here and there still needs to be done, but for the most part, I'm quite happy! I had a choice of several different rooms in the Squash House, some were much larger, one was smaller. I'm glad I chose this room as it seems to suit my needs perfectly!

All of the descriptions will be above each photo. First is the view outside the north-facing window! We have four white Dogwoods in the front of our house - each is at least 50 years old! I took this photo right after a good rain and the sun wasn't out yet.

Here are my shades. I went with roller shades and a matching valance for simplicity. The choices were endless so I finally just pointed to something pretty! They roll from a pully on the side rather than handling the shade itself.
Check out the rug I found at Home Depot. It has a similar design to the shades and although you can't tell from the photos, it is nearly the same color as the shades. Mr. Squash was amazed (as was I) that I went with such a light color, but so far it's been easy to keep clean!
Starting from the left side when entering the room...my 56-drawer chest and the new Perfect Caddy all stocked and ready to go! I am in a quandry as to how to display quilts! I'd like to rotate them, but will need something less permanent than what I have now - perhaps a curtain rod with "pinchers" that goes all the way across the wall - that way I can display any size quilt. (I'll be posting a giveaway soon in exchange for asking your suggestions on this topic.)
Here is a slightly wider angle shot. The quilt on the left is mostly behind the door when it's open.

Just look at the Perfect Caddy! I ordered an insert for small items for the top drawer yesterday. Other than that, it's completely filled with lots of necessities!
Here is my Koala table set up for cutting and sewing. That is the window that looks out on the Dogwood trees. I used both my Sony digital and Mr. Squash's big Canon to take photos. I am surprised at just how hard it is to photograph a room!
Continuing on around the room you now see my desk and the north window. Karen over at Short Story Long took the photo of a ladybug that's on my computer desktop and graciously allowed me to copy and use it! Thanks, Karen, I love it!
Now you can see my design wall. I don't have it affixed to the wall and not sure I will just yet. But it's very functional. It's a piece of insulation board from Home Depot. I attached another piece of Warm and Natural batting to it using double sided carpet tape. The two wicker baskets to the right of my desk hold fabric and other sewing stuff.
This is my green primitive cupboard that I use to store all of my quilting books and other notebooks. The door next to it is the tiny closet and then the door leading out into the hallway.

Check out the inside of the cupboard - stocked full! Do you think I'll ever use all of those quilting books?
This is the inside of the closet. It's filled to the brim with another Bernina for backup when one is in the shop, my embroidery unit, another chest filled with sewing and office supplies, thread and several boxes of blocks I've started for different quilts! It's also where I store my ironing board, and the clothes that need to be ironed. When I'm sewing I set up the ironing board in front of the 56-drawer chest.
Looking in from the hallway. You can see that all I need to do is pivot my chair from my desk to the sewing table. A while back, two of us were in the room cutting a quilt and we seemed to have plenty of room even with the ironing board set up!
So there you have it. Nothing special, really, just a comfortable room in which to have a lot of fun!

36 comments:

Quilt Hollow said...

Nothing Special you said? I think it is very special and wonderful too to have such a lovely space. Thanks for the peek into your studio.

Karla said...

I think it is just perfect! I have a sewing room of my own also and feel very blessed to have a space to retreat into where I can create to my heart's content. It's tiny but I get lots done in there. Thanks for sharing your space with all of us :-)

Orcsmom said...

Thank you for sharing. It looks like there are a lot of hours to be spent in such a fine room!! The wallhanging over your perfect caddy, what pattern is it? It looks like a Jan Patik. Can't wait to see your next project!

Hugs!!

Pam

Sharon said...

Looks perfect for you. What a great sewing table/cabinet/cutting area. I might splurge with my tax refund and get one of these. Thanks for letting us peek into your studio!

Julia said...

Perfect..Great room to retreat to and create...lots of room and light..
Love the cabinets you have for storage..
Julia ♥

WoolenSails said...

I think it is a wonderful room, lots of storage in a small space, but still feels roomy. One way I like to hang quilts is with clothe pins. You can use a rod, or a dry rack and change the quilts out that way. You can place a ladder sideways, as well and hang quilts from that.

Debbie

Karen said...

A beautiful space. I love all those drawers in the wood cabinet.

ferne said...

Very well thought out and comfortable...looks pretty special to me. I am still in the living room, but I do have a large closet for storing stuff and that is sure handy. I love the Koala and the perfect caddy!

Thanks for inviting us in veirtually!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh gosh Believe me it is special. To have a place for everything is amazing. I love it, thanks for sharing.

Ulla said...

You have a perfect studio, thank you for the tour! What amazes me most is that it is so tidy, but I suppose you have not yet used the room for sewing. My place always gets messy with piles of fabric.

AnnieO said...

The title of your post says it all! May you have many many happy and creative years in your lovely studio. Someday I would love to have a sewing table just like yours!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Candace, your studio is wonderful and I love your perfect caddy. I have my back to the window in my sewing room and I need to turn my table around. Love your space.

Stephanie said...

Perfect! I'm still on the hunt for a carpet and have seen nothing as pretty as yours ats our Home Depot. It's such a warm and inviting space--a very happy place to sew. Your storage cabinets are terrific, unique and functional! Happy Sewing Days to you. I have a quilt hanging solutions for rotating your quilts. :o) It's what Mr. Creations installed for me.

Kaaren said...

What a super space, Candace. It looks both functional and homey. I would find it very difficult to leave...but that wouldn't be a bad thing now, would it? *wink*

Wendy said...

I love that old library card catalog! What a great way to store things like scraps and notions.

onlymehere said...

I believe that it's a special place! Any place where you can be and let your creativity flow is a special place! I totally love that 50+ drawer chest. Do you know what it was used for originally? I have a very small sewing sanctuary and I had to work around a full-sized bed! It works for me though and truly is a sanctuary. Your storage is very unique and it makes the room very interesting and like a comfortable place to be. At first I thought you were left-handed by the foot pedal but then I saw your mouse was on the right so I guess you're ambidextrious! That's a good thing in sewing, lol!

P.S. I'm still drooling over that perfect caddy too!

Meredith said...

It is so nice. I love the quilts you have hanging on the wall.

Libby said...

Oh you inspire me to get moving and finish setting up the tree house. There are still some boxes to bring up from the basement, then general arranging and organizing to be done *s*

Gran said...

I love everything that you have done in your new home and this room is no exception! It is a treat to see - love your talent in decorating and always your quilting/stitching projects!

Cindy said...

I'd feel right at home...LOL

Can I come play?

Trisha said...

Candace, it is wonderful! So organized and set up so nicely. I would love my own sewing room. I am so happy for you!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I think it's something special Candace! I would love a room like that! Enjoy every minute of it!

Carrie P. said...

Oh, it is very special. All yours and ready for you to sew.
Thanks for showing your studio.
I like your idea of the rod with clips especially being in your sewing room. If you are like me you have several wall hangings that are all different sizes and being able to switch them out whenever you like would be nice. So the rod and clips would be nice. If the quilt is small you could hang other things to decorate the rod too.

Dena said...

I love your 56 drawer chest. It would be great for storing threads. You've created a very functional room for creating. Thank you for sharing.

Beth said...

It is Something Special to you though, that's what matters. My room is a continual work in progress to get it just the way I like it, so I know how it goes, it has to be perfect! I love that little quilt over the caddy, what pattern is that? See, it's always bad when we quilters look at other people's stuff! I see someone else asked too! LOL

Anonymous said...

Oh my you are very organized now. I bet you can hardly wait to get in there and create. I too love that quilt above the caddy. I have always admired the quilt racks that you mount on the wall which have a built on shelf along the top of it. If you make it the right size you could probably accomodate a variety of sizes in quilts and have extra display space along with. Enjoy your wonderful new studio. You have inspired me to go upstairs to mine and purge and organize..It is a total disaster right now..enjoy the weekend! Louise

*karendianne. said...

Wow! This is killer, Candace. Very well organized and very cozy and totally inspirational. LUV IT!!! Look forward to pics of you in there working away....

pratima said...

Oh, Candace... you've put so much thought and planning into making this space so cozy and warm.
Everything fits so nicely in their corners. Your book cabinet is very cute! Thanks for sharing your lovley room :)

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Great room! My plan was to clean mine today, but now I think I should start over!

Jackie said...

Thank you so much for the tour of your sewing studio! I love seeing the 56 drawer chest again. It's my favorite of mine. I also enjoy the view you have from your window!

PamKittyMorning said...

Love the studio tour! And the window view is wonderful. How do you get anything done!

Anne said...

It's absolutely perfect and everything you need is right there for you! Love it and you've done a fabulous job of setting it up. Way to go!

Joan said...

Now THAT is a beautiful Studio. I am sure you will have many happy and productive hours in there - I love the view from your window too....sos much so - that I am off to clean my windows so I can see clearly from mine :) It is sooo neat and tidy - ...wish I could keep mine so. I love the quilts you hve up on your wall.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

That room totally says CREATE. Love it. Good for you. It has lots of light and you've done well putting things in their place.

Rannyjean said...

I don't want to win anything, but my hubby purchased a quilt rack for me last year with a shelf at the top. It is very nice and you can change the quilts easily by draping them over the rack! I love your room, it is so roomy and fun!

Karen said...

Well hello Candace! I finally found a moment to sit and read blogs, starting with yours. I was making mental notes of your post when I was surprised to see my name! You're too kind. Thanks :)

I saw the neatest quilt holder, which I might have to track down, but I believe it would not be convenient to constantly change. I'm looking forward to seeing the suggestions.

I am SO envious of your 50-something drawer piece. I mentally gasped when I saw that picture, it looks so nice under your pumpkin wall hanging. And I LOVE your view!