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January 4

My ‘new’ Sewing Room

I’ve been on vacation from work during the last week of December and got a bunch of stuff done, the main thing being the overhaul of my sewing room (aka dining room).

In the rest of my apartment, cool tones are quite prominent and I believe this is the first room that now has a warm tone, and I absolutely love it!  It’s the perfect shade of coral for this room.  Initially I wanted something a bit darker, but even the mid-tones of coral were competing with the reddish-brown woodwork so I picked a lighter shade that felt toned-down while still looking coral.  The shade I used is Sweet Nectar from Behr.

Here I am mid-stream in my painting gear:

Do you see how red/auburn the woodwork is?! It was quite a challenge to find the perfect shade that would work…  This image came from Felix’s blog in which he captured some images of the room as I was in the middle of painting.

Not only did I paint the walls, but I also decided to spray paint some of my metal containers that house some of my sewing notions.  I found I couldn’t stop there and also decided that I wanted to do a major re-organization of everything in this room (every surface, nook and cranny got overhauled).  While I’m not fully done with the room, I was able to make decent headway during my Christmas vacation.

Here’s the final result:

I don’t think my dining room has ever been this pretty, clean & organized before!

After picking out my coral shade I came across this color palette on pinterest and was inspired to try and incorporate some of these hues:

I tried spray-painting one of my containers a lime green (but the shade was NOT good).  So far I have only been able to incorporate the blues & teals, but I’d like to get a bit more charcoal and a darker, contrasting coral color incorporated into the space.

Starting with some detail shots, going from left to right:

The bookshelf on the far left I have (top down) are my sewing books:

Stitchcraft magazines, pressing tools, and some of my yarn stash:

What’s great is that this shelf isn’t quite full yet so I have a bit of space to grow into.

My mantel has all of my fun, cute things:

Vintage owl planter, my fancy-birds wedding cake topper created by my mom and my automatic buttonholer:

Three new Christmas gifts from two of my sisters: the perfect vase from Stacey and more bird items from Katie.

The bookshelf on the right houses most of my sewing notions.

At the top I have a clear glass container with all of my trims so I can find everything easily.

Next to that are three containers with random notions (soon to be labeled).

The clear glass container on the 2nd shelf has zippers and a few trims and in the image (below) are the insides of the cream container with all of my smaller notions (machine needles, machine feet, hooks & eyes, snaps, sewing needles, bobbins, and much more.

In the opposite corner of the room I have my dining room hutch and a built-in bookcase that houses all of my sewing patterns:

I have all of my patterns organized by general eras (40’s, 50’s, etc.) as well as types of garments (separates or dresses).  Having everything out and in clear protective envelopes makes finding the perfect pattern a cinch, and I love going through them all for for both motivation & day-dreaming.

In the top shelf of the hutch I have all of my threads, pins, scissors, marking tools and other odds and ends:

I was debating removing everything from this drawer to put on my bookshelf but this drawer is right behind my sewing machine so I opted to keep it where it is.

From a different angle you can see where my sewing machine is in respect to the hutch.

Having my machine at the end of the table provides gives me the best view in the apartment: a straight shot of the bun-room (aka sun room)!!!  :)

Baxter is right up front by her water dish and Quincy is underneath the chair in the far corner.

I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to finally have a pretty and also organized sewing space.  I do wish the space were 100% mine (since it’s also the dining room) but I really can’t complain.  Especially since my awesome husband let me paint this room to my own liking (and the poor guy only sees it now as the pink room).  heh

I’ll leave you guys with a great “before” shot of how disorganized it once was:

(Felix caught me as I was doing some sewing-research.)

Let’s hope I can keep things nice and tidy from now on and *YAY* to the pretty coral-color that is now my sewing room!  :)

  1. Clare S / Jan 4 2012

    Aww, Liz, this looks beautiful! I love your organisation! That cream container with the clear drawers is amaaaazing – this is exactly what I’ve been looking for. And I love that you can wave at the bun-buns while you work (or they can watch you and pick up some sewing tips!).

    That is a great colour palette: teal, slate, coral and a pale grey/eau de nil – some of my favourite colours! Maybe the green will work if you go for a more avocado rather than lime colour? I think it needs that softer, buttery colour. It’s hard to get that kind of green right – my mum had a lot of problems when she was trying to get a zingy, fresh green for her kitchen.

    Oh, and for pure prettiness – love your crockery set and the owls and the vase!!! <3

  2. gail / Jan 4 2012

    Looks fabulous! Well done!

  3. Corinne / Jan 4 2012

    What a lovely creative color. Your plan is good, it uses your space very well without looking cluttered. I am in the midst of moving my studio and reorganizing too. I have been sewing for a long time and have 7 machines to deal with so storage is essential. Your photo’s inspire me. Thanks. Happy New Year, and Happy Sewing Year!

  4. Linds / Jan 4 2012

    What a great room! I love that everything has a place, something that I struggle with in my own sewing space. Your room is an inspiration!

  5. Lauren / Jan 4 2012

    Ooh that is the PERFECT shade of coral! I love how it is pink without being overly sweet-pink. It looks great with your wood trim – which I’m totally in love with, btw. Your entire house just looks gorgeous!

    If I move, I may have to steal your coral & put it somewhere in my next house :) Hee

    • Liz / Jan 4 2012

      Thanks Laruen!

      Speaking of which, I have a whole gallon of this paint left over; I really overestimated how much I would need. If anyone is in the Chicagoland area and wants my coral paint, it’s yours!

  6. Meg / Jan 4 2012

    Your sewing space is fantastic!!! I absolutely adore the shade you chose and I love all of your storage. This room feels very personal and functional – Bravo!!!

  7. Qui / Jan 4 2012

    the room looks awesome!! Thanks for sharing. My sewing room is out of control cluttered after a year of sewing. I’m working on plans to organize it, but I’m gonna need a hutch or tall book shelf to house all the stuff I’ve collected. It really helps to see how other people organize–thanks for the ideas :)

  8. Tasha / Jan 4 2012

    It looks fantastic! I particularly love how it’s all so nicely color-coordinated, it looks so great with all the nice wood in the room. It really looks like a lovely place to sew and eat. (And your hutch and its contents are amazing!)

    • Liz / Jan 5 2012

      Thanks Tasha! I was trying to only show the sewing related stuff, but that picture with the hutch kinda snuck it’s way in. I LOVE vintage dishes and have 3 full sets in that hutch. Two of the three sets I have are by Homer Laughlin. I have yet to see a set from that company that I don’t fall in love with.

  9. Stephanie / Jan 4 2012

    I love this color scheme! So lovely! I can’t wait till I have a bit of space I can decorate! My sewing stuff is stashed all over my tiny apartment but I did do a bit of reorganization myself recently. Ah, what a nice feeling.

  10. Elise / Jan 4 2012

    Ooh I love how organised it is! My wool and patterns live in Ikea boxes printed with animals and stripes, maybe its time I went down the more grown up route! :)

    • Liz / Jan 5 2012

      I think Animals and Stripes are cute. I’m sure you could work them into a whimsical, playful sewing room. :)

      I came across my aqua storage bins at Home Depot no less! I think they were only $5 a piece, and they have lots of colors to choose from, too. It’s a new Martha Stewart line that Home Depot is now carrying.

  11. Andrea / Jan 4 2012

    Wow, looks great. I never thought I’d like the color coral in a dining room (or anywhere!), but it works really well with the dark furniture and the blues of your sewing storage. On a side note, I have that same little paper-mached bird on my own mantle, but he won’t stand up straight on his skinny legs. He’s too cute to pack away, though, so I leave him resting on his side, ha.

    • Liz / Jan 5 2012

      Thanks Andrea! I don’t think I would ever had thought to paint a room coral either, but the more I saw this color the more I was loving it. I’m really glad I was able to find a shade that works with the woodwork. It took me a few days to check out the swatches in all of the different lighting situations in the room.

      Isn’t the bird cute?! I wonder if you couldn’t hang yours up somehow since he won’t stand up on his own…. Or perhaps you could prop him up against something else.

  12. Paunnet / Jan 4 2012

    Wow, it looks great! It’s so nice to have so much space. I really like that clear drawer container for notions!

  13. Jane / Jan 4 2012

    Well now, I just LOVE how you color-coordinated your sewing room with your website!
    Looks fabulous, Liz :)

    • Liz / Jan 5 2012

      Thanks Jane! Obviously it wasn’t planned, but a girl likes what she likes. Am I right?!

  14. Jessie / Jan 5 2012

    Oh that is fabulous! How jealous am I? I now finally have a dedicated sewing table though and that was a huge step in how productive I can be. It looks great think of all the great sewing to be done there.

  15. Ginger / Jan 5 2012

    Oh my gah, this looks amazing! You couldn’t help but be inspired in a workspace like this! Great job! Oh, and Felix is a doll for going with the coral flow– I couldn’t get my husband to sign off on the deep salmon/coral I had in mind for our living room, so we opted for a robin’s egg blue instead and I can’t help but feel that the pink would have been amazing!

  16. Barbara / Oct 29 2012

    You have created a wonderful “happy” place and I’m very proud of you! The colors you have chosen are terrific. It is a room that I would love to have. I have just moved into a home where I will be able to transform one bedroom into my sewing room. I have lots and lots of fabric and am looking for specific storage ideas for the closet. It has sliding doors that I don’t plan on removing due to the occasional cat (Donut, Sophie, Daisy and Tucker) that will be wandering in to visit with me. They are always exploring for new places to sleep and I don’t want to give them the option of my fabric stash. So, my plan is to install shelving and using clear plastic tubs for the fabric. As far as additional storage, I am really interested in the notions box you have. The only thing I can imagine as something similar is the kind that can be found at a hardware store with the toolboxes. Is that where you were able to find it or is it specifically designed for craft/notions? Thank you so much for sharing!

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