WhatIWore: One of my favorite parts of being a home owner is decorating each space. I’ve transformed one of the upstairs bedrooms into my home office and sewing studio and it’s quickly become my favorite room in the house!
I love decorating with black and white and wanted a soft pink for the walls. We’re also Do-It-Yourselfers through and through and we did all of the sewing, painting and building to make this room special. Here’s how it all broke down…
Before Photos - I’ve found that most rooms in our house that are left undecorated gather clutter faster and look like junk rooms (as is the case with our third bedroom! Ugh). Before our makeover I used a hodge podge of storage solutions and old furniture Adam and I have collected over the years. Time for a makeover!
Desk Area - I painted my old desk with a black enamel paint, re-upholstered a chair I bought at TJMaxx and made new black drapes. I reused the sheers we had at our old apartment in Brooklyn and I love the contrast of geometric and floral patterns. I made a pretty bouquet for photographing the room (out of grocery flowers and my own garden roses!), but I typically like my desk to be clear so I can interchange my laptop or sewing machine (which is tucked away under the right black curtain.) The desk has a handy little keyboard drawer that opens up and I used that for my computer cords/mouse and for my basic sewing tools like scissors, pins and a seam gauge.
Window Seat - the blueprint of the room made the window seat a natural choice for both lounging around and storage. Adam built the frame and shelving and I made a custom cushion to fit on top. I bought two of the pillows (the white eyelet and the circular pillow) and made the large floral out of left overs from the chair. The other geo-print pillow was in our living room and I thought it looked better up here!
Under the window seat I store all of my hat blocks and brims along with books, drawing and sewing supplies. Above it - I finally framed the cover of my book! I have the materials to make roman shades for the window, but haven’t gotten around to it yet (too busy making pretty dresses instead!).
Dresser and Shelving - Adam and I found this dresser for $100 at the local Re-Store, painted it black laquer and changed out the hardware. We initially made it to fold out into a cutting table, but with all of my patterns, fabric and other supplies tucked away, it was too heavy to move on my own for that purpose. I opted to bring back in my open shelves (which I used in my old apartment) to hold all of the stuff that wouldn’t fit into the drawers (and was, frankly, a lot prettier!) There are vintage straw hats awaiting a new life, fabrics organized by color and more of my style/fashion/design books.
Everything Else - This New Year I treated myself to an upgraded, professional quality dress form, which is both pretty and practical. To save desk space (and to keep it clear) I bought a floor lamp that hangs over my workspace. Finally, the rug pulls it all together!
So if you’ve ever wondered where I work at home - this is it! It really helps me to have a separate work space from relaxation space and I can get in such a groove up here that I’ll edit/write/sew for hours!