Thursday, July 7, 2016

The Sewing Room

Ok - ready for some pics?  I also need your help.

First, the drawing and paperwork table, which is also the eating and playing games table, lol.


The other chair is over by the cutting table for kitty - it needs a new foot, tends to scratch the floor.

The computer/sewing table.


The cutting table is just behind it.  I put it up on bed risers, and it's now the perfect height.

Rear Wall O'Windows.  Cutting, ironing.


Tracing table [yay don't have to put my heavy x-ray light away] and Ikea cart - that holds hand embroidery stuff.  I can roll it where I need it.


Next to that is my grandpa's dresser, holds all kinds of stuff which must be organized someday.


Then the design wall, which is blocking the doorway, which is getting a door someday.  This house echoes so much - I put it there to help with noise, so I don't disturb anyone.  Of course they're mostly disturbed already.




And now my dilemma.


Sigh.  The guy who lived here before had two fish tanks, under those shelves.  It's a mess.  I love the shelves, and someday hubby wants to put two 90 gallon fish tanks under them, flush with the shelves.  I think that will look awesome.  The room behind it will become the fish room - he'll have access to the tanks, and store all his fish stuff.  However, in the meantime I'm looking at a mess!!!  

So, my question for you is, can you think of any creative way to block that off, as a temporary measure?  I had thought of getting bookshelves there to fit, but would have nowhere to put them once the fish tanks are in.  And bookshelves are expensive!  I welcome any and all suggestions.

I still have to put up all my little quilts - I've hung things up with the nails that were already here, haven't put any holes in the walls yet.  I have things that were made for me by you lovely people, and I want them up where I can see them.  That will take some planning.....although I only have one wall where I can do that.

Pics of the rest of the house will be coming soon - we're still moving stuff in!

Love,
Allie



40 comments:

Kigwit said...

I recommend getting some tension curtain rods and making little curtains out of your favorite fabric to cover the storage places. Then arrange the shelves to your liking. I think your studio is wonderful! I share my sewing area with my husband and he likes to have piles of stuff every where and I like my things tidy.

edith csokmay said...

I love book cases. They are great options for additional storage space. The curtain idea is great too because it can be changed with your mood and tension rods are relatively inexpensive. They'll be easy to remove when the time comes too.

We have a big fish tank too. When all the fish died, we decided not to start again. It was the perfect opportunity for my new china cabinet :) But we loved having the fish and it's amazing how relaxing it is to just sit and watch them swim. My roses loved having them too because they got the water when it was time for cleaning.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

What a huge space. You could teach classes in there. If you do, I get a 2% kickback for the idea.........giggle.

Fiona said...

Just lovely and so well organised already.... I wonder if painting that area is allowed? If it was light like the rest of the room it wouldn't shout at you so much... then the pretty curtains over the big gaps.... the shelving is useful...

Hugz

Terry said...

Everything looks fabulous! I agree with the suggestion to put up some curtains on tension rods. I think that would look great! :0)

Rachaeldaisy said...

Your sewing room looks huge!! and so much beautiful natural light. The suggestion of curtains is a great one.

B J Elder said...

What a great space you have! Loving it. My first suggestion is to hang quilts there. If you don't have ones big enough, hang a background (sheet or other fabric) and put some of your smaller quilts on it as a temporary gallery. Tensions rods top and bottom would hold the fabric on there. Another idea is make it into two smaller design walls, again using fabric (flannel) and tension rods. The ideas of cute fabric curtains would also look fabulous. Can't wait to see what you decide upon.

Karen said...

I spy those 50's tables. Love it.
It was already suggested to have curtains on a tension rod and that is what I would do. Maybe some 50's look fabric?? My grandmother's kitchen had one of those porcelain sinks that went up the wall. You could see the pipes underneath. She always had a curtain type affair hung there.

Yvonne said...

I love your spacious room! But I do understand your thoughts about this part. I should paint it white and make some colorful curtains for the Lower part. Happy Stitching!

Jeanette said...

I agree with curtain idea & painted in a lighter colour. Hugs, xx

Jenny of Elefantz said...

I am swooning in delight for you!! LOVE your room...room to play, room to display, room to entertain, room to create, room. xxxx

Nancy J said...

Love it all. What about the normal size solid curtain rails, on a plain wall, and you can swap over the quilts on a wall that way. And can you get foam boards easily? Cut two to size to cover the gap, just up to the shelf height, leaving them to be viewed and admired, with a little overlap on the width, have pale flannel on them, and drape a quilt over the front. That way you have another display, and a cover up all together. Mine just stay propped up against 2 big cupboards and I slide when I want to open one. Fab to have everything in one room, and you so deserve all this, maybe you think it is a little like Heaven. Hugs from a cold and windy NZ at our place.

Lin said...

Looking great Allie. I thought either curtains or quilts. xx

Little Quiltsong said...

I also think hanging your quilts in front of those two openings would look really special; and this way you still have that space as storage, but it is covered so nicely!

sunny said...

I would definitely hang curtains or small quilts over the problem area. I also use tension rods. One question about your sewing room. No sewing machine?!? I love the tables and all the space. I'll be over for a visit soon. It looks like you have plenty of room for me. :-)

donna said...

Your sewing room is awesome. Love seeing pictures of your home. You know could get some of those springy curtain rods and add some sweet fabric to hide things for now?
Hope you have a wonderful day.
Hugs
donna

paulette said...

I would hang quilts there...one big one or some kind of a rack (like a ladder) and then layer your quilts right to the floor. Turn that area into the focal point. I find curtains always look like you are trying to hide something.

paulette said...

PS...Lovely big bright area...LUCKY YOU!!

sherry said...

Another suggestion is to use insulation foam board covered in fabric (you may have done this for your design wall). It is lightweight and relatively inexpensive. You can staple or pin the fabric to it, so the fabric can easily be removed or changed. You could attach it from the back of the builtin.

The curtains on tension rods could be toward the front of openings and then you could have hidden storage for the bins, but still easily accessible.

Lou said...

spring rods and curtains:)

Jocelyn said...

My first thought was the curtains too. But the bookshelves would be very handy, especially since you don't appear to have a closet in this room. Another option is the wire shelving you get from the hardware store. I use them in the closet in my laundry room and they are great for storage. They can be taken down with the turn of a screwdriver. have fun. Your space looks awesome!

Kathy said...

Did you make the design wall you already have? If so, get more supplies and turn that bottom portion into a temporary design wall until you install the fish tanks. Then you can display the items you mentioned and change them at your will. Love your space. You have room to dance in there!!

Sandra :) said...

Yeah I think I'm just going to sneak over to Michigan and steal that room right out from under you. I'll have to come up with a good excuse at the border, though! ;)

Just how big IS it??!!! And so bright - I'm green with envy!

~Laurie~ said...

I, too, agree with the curtains and painting it white or a light color - maybe even a light yellow. If you put up curtains, it will hide your storage bins and you won't have to put in shelving. Everything else looks so bright and pretty - you've done a GREAT job with your space. SO PRETTY!!! Congrats on your new house - you seemed thrilled to be there :)

Shasta Matova said...

I was thinking of curtains too, but I wonder if a foam core board would work. You would have another design wall - and/or potential decoration space.

West Michigan Quilter said...

Oh, Allie, what a beautiful sewing room. I'm so envious of all that natural light. About your question, i was thinking tension rods and curtains too. You are going to have sew much fun!

Verna G said...

I love your room. All those windows! Makes me envious as I sew in the basement.Use some of your stash to make curtains and you can change them off when you need the fabric for quilting!

desertskyquilts said...

It's a fabulous looking room, so filled with sunlight and good stuff. Make your life easy with those curtains. Put the rods through the hems of sheets. =) Get them from the thrift store.

shez said...

Hi Allie wow what a wonderful new sewing room you have,i think i would go with what the other ladies suggested and use curtains,hope you have a lovely day my friend ....

WoolenSails said...

I was thinking of some quilted curtains and just store you boxes out of site, for now.
The room looks great and fun with your retro pieces.

Debbie

Michele McLaughlin said...

Hi Allie! I'm envious of your space!!! I love the shelving unit, would definately cover it with fabric if you can't find shelving for inside of it (you could do shelving and then also do tieback curtains so you can see what is inside of it. I'm not adverse to using crates and boxes for shelving too when needed. The idea of the curtain is perfect. Also check out K-mart for some cheap shelving. I even use the shoe storage unit to store fat quarters. At the time, they cost me about 20-25 dollars and I got mine in white. Come to think of it, I'll take some photos later today and put them on my blog for storage ideas. Also, have you checked pinterest?
Love you gal and am so in love with your sewing room! Love the tables, love the furniture love all of it!!! Hugs, Mickie

Jan said...

Such a nice sewing room! I thought, too about 2 chests of drawers that would fit in the spaces. Be more storage and would put things out of sight. Enjoy your new room!

KaHolly said...

What a remarkable space to claim as your sewing room! After reading all the comments, it's pretty clear you are the envy of many, including moi! And you received lots of great ideas to select from, combine, and expand upon. Have fun pulling it all together! XO

Mary-Kay Colman said...

I just love, love, love your new sewing room! I read a lot of the comments and I have to agree with them. Paint it all white and add some curtains on tension rods. The brown is so dark in a so very light room. And once the fish tanks are added, it would be a bright work space behind for the hubby.

Jocelyn Thurston said...

Wow, what a great space. It is soo roomy and you can spread out your projects which is what I like. There seems to be a consensus to use curtains or your quilts to cover what you don't want to see and I agree too. I love fish tanks too. Happy sorting!!

Terra Hangen said...

That is a spacious area you have for yourself and your sewing and fabric crafts. Can you hang fabric in front of the space you want to cover temporarily?

Sharon - creativity and family said...

Hi Allie, your sewing room is amazing! Sew much space 😉!! My first thought for the shelves was the same, fabric hangings or maybe even quilts to cover the grotty bit and hide away anything you haven't found a home for yet! Xx

Zelda981 said...

How about painting the bookshelves turquoise and arranging your fabric on the top shelf. Maybe your books and Knickknacks would work better. Hanging quilts or curtains would work on the bottom. It maybe hard to let go of the fish tank areas, if you use it for some of your quilting things. Hope this helps. Judy

Lisa said...

I love the idea of a curtain to go across that bottom section and mgive you a hideaway area for the bins. You can go wild with your fav fabric and it just needs a quick hem for tension wire. I would paint the whole shelving unit with chalk paint to lighten and brighten. Again this is quick and easy with no prep as it just goes straight on. Good luck with your decision making

Karen Schurr said...

Oh, Allie! Its coming together so nicely. What a wonderful space. Love all of your vintage things, too. So glad your mum's home is secure....quite a weight off your mind, I'm sure. take care, Sweetie.

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