Do you have a dream craft or work space? I had a dream of enough table space, you know, so that when I was crafting I wouldn’t end up working on to the floor. Ha! I also wanted my supplies off the floor in storage boxes so that the room looked less cluttered. I dreamed of a room that my children could also play while I worked. When we were house hunting last fall, I saw a house with a family room that had amazing potential. My husband fell in love with the house too and my dream became reality last month!
Here’s what the room looked like when we saw the house for the first time. The space would make a wonderful family room behind where I am standing in this photo, but can you see the potential? I sketched out my ideas and proposed them to my husband, Dave. This was by far the biggest DIY project I have attempted and with Dave’s help we did it!
I would love to take you on a room tour! I hope that while we look around, you are inspired. This is both my work space (as I work from home) and my craft space. I will add a shopping list at the bottom of the post if you are wondering where I got each piece. So grab a cup of coffee, tea, or hot cocoa and come on in!
This room drops down from the living room and has an entry to the garage. I love that it sits away from the rest of the house, however, you can still see the entire room from the top of the stairs in the living room. So, I wanted to make sure that guests couldn’t see all my supplies and if they could it would be intentional (because they were pretty)! With the slanted ceiling, I loved the idea of having something hanging there to see from the top of the stairs. Heidi’s 12″ Marquee Love letters were perfect (how-to coming soon)!
I created an L shaped desk, putting 2 tables together to work on the computer. Creating this shape gave me craft space while still being able to see the rest of the room. I also wanted to be able to see out the window.
If you need more space, like I realized I did, just add another table to the end of the L. It’s hard to see where one table starts and the other ends, which I love. However, it is right in the middle of the Silhouette Cameo 3. There’s perfect space to spread out or have some friends over to craft!
I wanted to make sure to incorporate a Lightbox at my desk for monthly inspiration! To hang it, I used Command Picture Strips on the back and plugged it in. The inserts are so easy to slide in and out of right off the wall! To make it stand out more (and hide the cord) I hung the Gallery Wall Frame right over it. No need to add more holes to the wall because the frame sits right on top!
I am a visual person, so I love having small dishes that sit on my desk to use while working on my current projects. Here is the new Memory Planner and Magnolia Jane inspiring me to use it right away! When I am thrift shopping, I look for those dishes that would match my white and gold theme. This keeps me from overspending on things that will not fit in my space.
It was an easy decision to put the computer here so that right above it would have a place for a message and inspiration center. Heidi’s Gallery Wall Clipboards keep calendars and important notices and the Crate Paper Craft + Office Storage collection is a perfect place to add my favorite pens and pencils. The Crate Paper grid is magnetic so adding magnets to some painted bull clips was a lot of fun! I can’t wait to add photos or pictures to the Heidi Swapp magnetic arrow and clips! Another Gallery Wall Frame fits right on the grid with the grid hooks. I love the way it looks!
My pens and pencils were always hidden away and I always forgot to pull them out to use them. So, one thing I wanted was a great way to keep them on my desk. I share more about how I use these on my blog here.
For the shelves, I designed an inexpensive but chic way to store my supplies. I stained three pieces of 8’x12″ Pine Board with Walnut Stain and put them up on the wall with Dave’s help (how-to coming soon!)
To store my supplies, I labeled white IKEA storage boxes and magazine storage boxes.
Also, I made sure to add a trio of my favorite photos of my kids. I mean, this is why I create every single day – they are my inspiration.
Paint is up high away from little fingers… so is glitter. Ha!
Some places on the shelves have been set up for little vignettes… just because I know what is coming in 2017 for the Heidi Swapp brand. I am making sure there is room for it!
I love this bookcase I got at IKEA! The clean lines of the book shelf doesn’t distract from the opposite wall and was deep enough for my albums, Bazzill cardstock, We R Memory Keepers Paper Trays, and planners!
The top shelf is perfect for the Lightbox in all sizes! The gold tall insert albums sit in the back and the rest of the insert albums are on the second from the bottom shelf for easy access! Can you believe I have almost all the letters and icons Heidi has available in these albums?!! I think I have about 9 sets of alphas in each album! Best storage solution ever.
At the end of the table I have hung more supplies using Crate Paper’s Craft + Storage Grid panels and storage baskets. It is a perfect way to keep supplies up away from little fingers, but also have easy access to those everyday supplies.
Mini Color Shine bottles are stored here for when guests come over they can use them. Friends that share Color Shine are friends forever.
One of the reasons why I chose white and gold for the color scheme of this room is so that the color of the products could be displayed without looking cluttered. Now the washi tape rolls just POP off the wall. They look lovely.
A little personal motivation never hurt anyone. This print can be changed out with this magnetic wall hanging display. It hangs over my 12″ wide We R Memory Keepers Typecast Typewriter. There’s nothing like working on a layout and being able to turn around and type right on the page!
When designing the new office my goal was to make sure that what I owned didn’t max out this space. I am going to be here for a long time so, I wanted to be able to grow into the room more. Here are some of my other ideas for updating and upgrading the space as it is needed.
– More storage can be placed under the tables
– Storage can also be added under the shelves later if more storage is needed
– The Marquee can be removed and more shelves can be added to the wall if needed
– Storage bins were bought to match now and sit empty on the shelves for later
– Trim can be painted white
– Sheer window covers so to not block the light
– Carpet can be removed to add hardwood floors
I hope that this inspires you in some way to make your space your own. I can’t tell you how happy I feel when I am in this space. I feel energized, ready to work and play! Visit my blog, Create Often, for more details how I organized my space along with a giveaway!
Shopping List: I created a Craft + Office Pinterest board with all the items in this makeover so that you could find links to it all or pin now to DIY later!
Desk: IKEA Table, IKEA Stools, Heidi Swapp 12″ Marquee Love Letters, Heidi Swapp Create Wall Art, Heidi Swapp Lightbox, Heidi Swapp Gallery Wall Frame, IKEA Message Board, Crate Paper Craft + Office Storage Collection, Heidi Swapp Hello Marquee Love, American Crafts Gold Scissors, Heidi Swapp Gallery Wall Bull Clips, Heidi Swapp Gallery Wall Clipboards, Totally Tiffany Desk Maid 4pc Set, American Crafts Gold Stapler
Shelves: 8′ x 12″ Pine Board, Screws, Brackets, IKEA Storage Boxes, IKEA Storage Boxes, IKEA Magazine Storage, Heidi Swapp Chalk Art Paint, Heidi Swapp Instax Photo Display, Crate Paper Storage Boxes, Canvas Storage
Bookshelf: IKEA Bookshelf, Heidi Swapp Lightbox Collection, Heidi Swapp Memory Planner Collection, Heidi Swapp MemoryDex, Bazzill Basics Paper Cardstock, We R Memory Keepers Paper Trays, Crate Paper Craft + Office Storage Box