I am getting my own studio!! We call ourselves “Snapdragon Studios”, but up to now that has only been half-true. Although we do work out of two spaces, Kim’s is a gorgeous sewing room in her walk-out basement (think big windows, pretty decorations, lots of storage) and my “studio” is a perpetually messy desk next to the kitchen table in my 488 square foot house. Think nice light, no storage, have to clean the bills/ pile-up off everytime I want to sew. Also think cutting expensive fabric on the same table my toddler smears spaghetti sauce around on.
We have a detached garage that’s extra deep, and up to now it’s been used primarily for storage (not a lot fits in 488 sq.ft.) and for Paul’s work bench. There’s just enough room in the back to squeeze a studio in for me. It will be 7′ deep by the width of the garage, which is 14′, and oh, do I have some plans for it.
Since I don’t have any building progress to share yet (we spent the weekend moving three big storage shelves and organizing the part of the garage that won’t be studio to make room for the new wall), I thought I’d share some of my inspiration pictures with you. (Click on the pictures to be taken to the source.)
My current sewing table/ desk will move out there (and will, incidentally, free up all kinds of space in our house), and we will build cabinets to hang above the cutting table for fabric storage along with some open shelves for my sewing books.
I am also daydreaming about making felt covers for the windows and having a lighting set-up and backdrop wall to be able to better photograph projects, buying a proper dress form instead of my sad little leaning tower of Pisa (who has lots of personality, but almost no use in fitting garments), bringing in a little comfy chair for sitting while hand-stitching or conferring with Kim, and of course geraniums in window boxes and all the pretty little details.
I’ll be sure to share updates as we go along, but please share if there are aspects of your craft room that you can’t live without. What am I forgetting?