A Room of My Own

Our house is decently sized, but a lot of this space is “wasted space”.  We have a choppy bedroom floor plan, and two out of our four bedrooms are too small to do much of anything with.  One of them would maybe fit a twin-sized bed, but that would be pushing it.    Anyway, I was reading Kelsey’s blog over at Minted Life about decorating small spaces, and saw this “new rule” of decorating:

Old Rule: Have a guest room double as an office or den.
New Rule: Turn the room into a single indulgence, like a walk-in closet.

Don’t get me wrong — I would love to be able to dedicate an entire room for a closet a la Mariah Carey…

ZOMG shoes.

… but much to my chagrin, I just don’t have that many clothes.  Or shoes.   Or space, since that looks like it’s the size of our living room. 

I would love to turn one of our tiny spare bedrooms into a sewing room, though!  You see, the space I have right now is severely lacking in style and function.  I’m using our old, small, hand me down kitchen table as a sewing table, and I often have to cut my fabric on the floor of our living room.   Also, good portion of this already tiny bedroom is dedicated to our cat (her food & water bowls have to be up off the floor so the dogs don’t steal her food).   So…I’m brainstorming ideas of how to make this room better.  As always, the internets are full of amazing inspiration.  

This one is just adorable — and I love the idea of using an old armoire to store scraps and fabrics. (Note to self: start trolling craigslist!)  And the ribbon spool holder mounted on the right hand side of the photo?  Totally do-able. 


The organization here makes me weak in the knees.  I love how the sewing table is built in.  And the cubbies! 


I’ve saved the best for last — this amazing room is the pièce de résistance.   I would just die if I had beautiful bolts of bright fabrics lining my walls like this.  And a cutting table with cubbies!  My kingdom for a cutting table! 


This is the other side of that same room — don’t even get me started on how she has a machine and two sergers.  I die.  And the thread!  And the chairs!  And the rugs!   


And finally, one last look at the fabric & the cubbies under the cutting table — genius. 


We don’t have quite that much room, but it has inspired me about how to turn what I have now into something awesome & way more functional.   I smell a winter project brewing…. :)

If you could turn a spare room of your house into a room of your dreams, what would it be? 

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6 Responses to “A Room of My Own”

  1. Yay! So glad you liked it! That sewing room is seriously to die for. I don’t know how to sew yet, so I think I would make my indulgence room a closet. Not that I have that many clothes or shoes, but it would inspire me to fill it. :)

  2. Oh man, what I wouldn’t give for a cutting table that is tall enough I don’t have to kill my back every time I want to cut something on our short dining room table! Dave said I could turn our office into a crafting room but I’ve been too overwhelmed every time I think about what I’d have to do to convert it! These inspiration photos are awesome, though, and really make me want to tackle the project. I can’t wait to see how yours turns out!

  3. My “project” right now is trying to turn our seldom-used, the-first-thing-you-see-when-you-walk-in-our-door dumping ground den/office into a functional library! The room is so overlooked and we just use it to store random stuff–even though our floor plan is open so you can see all the crap when you walk into our apartment. I’m trying to declutter it and turn it into a space I will actually USE for reading and relaxing. LOVE the idea of a sewing/crafts room–what a great use of space I think that would be! Can’t wait to read more!

  4. Oooh, Love! I want my very own space too! Love the spools of thread on the wall in the 5th picture!

  5. I love that cutting table. Square cubby boxes really jazz me!

    Also I had friends who lived in a three bedroom house and one bedroom was tiny- too much so for a person- and one room didn’t have a closet, SO, she used that room as a closet!!!!! It. Was. Beautiful. Don’t discount it too soon :)


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