Monday, February 05, 2007

Corners of my home

Here's a corner that evokes both guilt and excitement for me. Several times a day I walk in just to flip the dimmer switch and grin with a shiver of excitement. I have my very own new workroom!

Until recently this closet in the corner of our bedroom was the Kiddo's room. We kept the blue ceiling and wall as well as the green floor, area rug, and shelving from this closet's previous life. Just two coats of creamy white paint, some shelving, and a little wooden stool and I now have a cozy corner in which to do my sewing and a place to store a lot of craft materials. I couldn't bear to watch while Todd painted over our beloved dogs, but the result was worth the pain.


Our apartment is about 750 square foot (that's a generous estimate, mind you), and I've just claimed almost 25 square feet as my very own. Wow, that sounds like a lot. It doesn't feel like much space when you step inside, but it's bright, happy, neat, and out of the way. Aside from the guilt, I couldn't be more excited about it.

I'm still hoping to find a local retailer for Homosote so I can make a big bulletin board on the left wall a la Martha Stewart, and then I'll be all set!

22 comments:

  1. jennifer11:06 PM

    love your new area - where of where does little live now? :-)

    wanted to give you a tip about the homosote - it's incredibly heavy and laborious to hang (not to mention a sheet is huge). so on my second go-round with a bulletin board, i opted for lightweight insulation panels from home depot, come 5 to a pack about 1'x4' made of some styrofoam-type material. i covered 3 with fabric and mounted them on the wall horizontally with sticky-back velcro! oh yeah, and the whole project cost about $5!

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  2. oh that is swoon worthy! congrats!!!

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  3. ...looks like someone has been shopping at Ikea...

    I love your new "fort" - you seem to have made fantastic use of such a small space. I dream of a loft conversion, myself :)

    A friend of mine at work has made the coolest bulletin board I have ever seen - sort of a large shallow wooden box filled with zillions of wine and champagne corks. The effect is brilliant and it's more useful than you might imagine, plus it's made from recycled materials.

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  4. what a sweet little workspace! you should enjoy every minute you spend in there. it looks wonderful!

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  5. Anonymous8:29 AM

    I'm so jealous.

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  6. congratulations on your new work space! it is so nice to have a space of your own... and it looks like you have made brilliant use of it, lovely and organized and cozy.
    that heart garland is so cute too :)

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  7. Oh Liesl, it looks fabulous! Such an efficient use of space!!

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  8. Very awesome. I love this. When I was little I used to bring a lamp and my boombox into the closet and write in my notebook. It was such a cozy little hideaway and all mine. Congrats.

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  9. What a great little space! Lucky you to have such a big "closet" in a small apartment.

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  10. What a beautiful area to sew in! Congratulations!

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  11. I live in 750sf with my partner and his two teenaged sons (19 and 17), so I completely understand how delighted you must be to have carved a bit of space for yourself.

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  12. You're all so kind. Thanks!

    Jennifer: don't worry; we gave Little half of our bedroom. She really seems to like actually being able to PLAY in her room, now that she has some space. And thanks for the tips on the bulletin board situation!

    Keli: it's not actually Ikea, but the same concept. Ikea is a long busride from our apartment and difficult to reach with a toddler around. I should have invested in The Container Store years ago, I've spent so much time and money there. And the wine cork bulletin board idea is great. But I think I'll need a little help drinking all that wine...

    Odd Duck: I did too! I wanted to remove all the furniture from my bedroom when I was in high school. I tried to fit the bed into the closet for a real minimalist look. Can't believe I didn't think of that quirk for the "6 weird things about me" post!

    Gina: Wow, I'm impressed that you haven't attacked each other is such tight quarters. Or have you? Gina? Gina? Are you there?

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  13. simply amazing. i wish i could be more organized. congrats on your work space!

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  14. Please explain about the guilt.

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  15. Dacia3:12 PM

    stop with the guilt! it's lovely that you have your own space, and much needed I'm sure. You did a fantastic job with the space!!

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  16. what a beautiful space to call your own! It's lovely, organized and you should be so happy, not feeling guilty! Would you come help me orgainze my craft room? Please???
    I used to live in a tiny house (about the size of your apartment)...with my hubby and newborn....the hubby worked rotating shifts....the newborn had colic....oy! It was a memorable time in my life...I can say that.
    Enjoy your pretty space!

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  17. Wow, that looks a wonderful crafting space. I am really envious.

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  18. I went through the same thing back in October trying to get the Homasote:
    http://www.amstershiresauce.com/amstershiresauce/2006/11/office_sneak_pe.html#comments
    I'm not as patient as you. I just decided to recover a regular bulletin board and saw off the frame. It worked out fine.
    I love your space. Isn't having your own special spot to work the best?

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  19. Oops sorry to clutter your comments with half a link. Anyway, you can see the bulletin board in my October archives.

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  20. Hello!... triped on your blog while looking for something else. what a nice place to land! I was tickled pink to see your little baby bedroom turned office. I thought we were the only pepople who had ever done that!. Our closet was huge and we wanted baby near us.. but people were agast that the baby was *in the closet*.. It later also turned into my sewing space and was very nice indeed. I am now blessed with a 15x15 sewing room but still miss the charm of my small space.

    Maddiemom
    Domestic Anarchy
    www.kertay.net/blog

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  21. OK, I just clicked through to this older post and have to say I am completely amazed that you have the ability to develop a gorgeous pattern company from this humble closet space. It's awe-inspiring. I should be doing more with my "creative life" for all the basement room I have. Love that you made do and made do beautifully!

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  22. Greenchickadee, I should clarify: this is merely my little home sewing workshop/Tsia's closet. We have a large studio space in Brooklyn, where the company itself is located. I'd be amazed if I could run Oliver + S from this tiny space, too!

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