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Monday, January 12, 2009

Sewing room makeover

I recently received a business call from a woman who said she had rearranged her sewing room until she was blue in the face and still could not get it to look right. She said that she had a $300 budget and asked if I could I help.


At the consultation I immediately knew it would be a fun job, but very challenging. She had several knick knacks that were very precious to her and they would all have to be incorporated in the room redesign. The was the head on BEFORE shot:


The head on AFTER shot:
At times a wall of cabinets is a good thing. But in this case, they really made the tiny room look even smaller. I told her I wanted to separate the cabinets and take the doors off. To keep costs down she and her husband did this while I worked on other parts of the room.
BEFORE:
AFTER: Ah, breathing easier. The cabinets to the left were anchored into the wall. Its height is balanced by the big quilt.
This wall needed a bit more personality.
BEFORE:
The tchotchkes were moved around on the shelves and like items were placed together. An art grouping helps to balance the strong quilt on the opposite wall.
AFTER:


Left corner BEFORE:


AFTER: (Whoops, I forgot to remove the cardboard tube for fabric.)


Right corner BEFORE:


Right corner AFTER:


One of the biggest obstacles I face as a decorator are the HGTV devotees who believe everything can be done in 30 minutes. (Smile.)
This room took four hours with 3 people working on it. There was no sewing or painting involved and the removal of the cabinet doors doesn't exactly qualify as construction.



But all in all, a very cute redo that was very budget friendly.

49 comments :

jewelstreet said...

I think that is the most awesome redo! It looks so lovely, and I bet she could spend hours in there working.

Princess Of Pink said...

I love what you did to that room! Indeed taking th e doors of the cabinets give more breathing AND moving space as well!!

Wonderful ideas :)

Mildred said...

I love what you did in this room. It is absolutely adorable! What a fun place now for her to sew and create! It must have been a nightmare to hang the letters "S-e-w-i-n-g" like that. Great job Laura.

The Kramer Angle said...

What a difference between the before and after shots. It looks much fresher and more inviting. I'm sure she was thrilled.

cottage farm villa (aka cottagecharm) said...

Wow, Laura, what a great redo!!!! Your client must be sooooo happy! This room turned out wonderful. I am very impressed. Did you have to purchase anything....or did the client have everything we see pictured? Tell me, where did you put the ironing board (on wall, behind door?) ~Cheryl

Terri and Bob said...

That is adorable! I did a bedroom redo (come see, I'd love your opinion!) and it took me, by myself, two days, with no painting or construction!

I'd love to know the break down of your expenditures and where you shopped for things... if that's not too private.

Neabear said...

You did an awesome job with the sewing room redo. Lovely! Looks like a great place to retreat to and sew to heart's content.

Kass said...

So well done- I'm in the midst of fixing my sewing room as well. Ill be posting my pics when I finish.

ceekay said...

Very nice. She has some great collections! I would want them out too!

heather said...

You work wonders woman!
Great job!!

Liz said...

Very Cute room! Sometimes it's just worth it to pay the pro to come in and see it differently! : ) Il'd say that she got her money's worth.

~Liz

Anna Lindsey Sailer O'Reilly said...

You did an amazing job! I love it!

Tracy said...

Cute and smart, Laura. Goes to show what a huge difference just a bit of tweaking can do for a room. Four measly hours to get results like that? Time (and client money ☺)well spent!

Anonymous said...

Great job !!!


Kathy :)
jokaj@comcast.net

Miss Sandy said...

The room looks so much more breathable in the afters, love it! Isn't it funny how a few simple twists can make a tiny room more spacious. I love the way you grouped her collectibles too. Great redo!

Barb said...

wow...I love it...love the pictures, jealous of her sewing room. You did an awesome job....Thanks for sharing.

ScrappinAway said...

Love that you took the doors off and then added the back lighting, really makes it pop! Those giant scissors are fab...do you know where they came from?

Kristen said...

You did great and you can now head to my house, go upstairs, and you can't miss my craft room!

I will definately save this post so I can refer to it when I tackle my room!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Much better, Laura! You really improved that room. And yes, it does take a lot more time than people can imagine.

Felicia Eis said...

Hm I need you to come and redo my little collage apartment! We are going to be here for a couple more years at least and I wish that it looked as cute as you make things.

Susancnw said...

Oh goodness you are quoting my DH word for word (he's a custom cabinetmaker). He really hates going in and 'fixing' what was already started by someone else. And he is REALLY picky about what we do at home...gives me a really hard time about painting furniture. I got a nifty old chest from freecycle and between him and my sister...apparently it is quarter sawn oak and I'm having to strip and refinish it! :D That's okay, it will be lovely when I am finished...now to figure out where to put it!

Lady Dorothy said...

Beautiful! Definitely money well-spent and well-earned!

I, too, was wondering about where the ironing board went...

beth at aunties said...

It turned out darling. I know my creative juices would love to get flowing in there!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Hi girls:

An ironing board holder was installed behind the right double door.

sandra/tx said...

Great job!

~♥~ Monica S said...

Sweet! I really liked the after shots... you did a WONDERFUL job!!

Monica

creative gal said...

I love it!! Those are some great ideas!

Shimmy Mom said...

YOU are beyond amazing! I need you to do my whole house. hehe Every make trips to Utah?
Thanks for sharing!!!
*hugs*

carolinagirl said...

Very creative! You may just need to fly to NC to organize my entire house!

Blondie's Journal said...

I finally get to see a professional job of yours!!(although everything you do or redo has a professional touch :-))
You have been quite busy with before and afters, you are making me feel lazy girl!!

xoxo
Janie

~*Liz*~ said...

Wonderful! LOVE the new look. You give me hope for my office!

~Liz
http://www.AGiveawayADay.blogspot.com

Mimi Sue said...

You did a great job, as usual. Much warmer and more inviting. Mimi

Tracey McBride said...

You did a fantastic job. Very clever use of space and existing items!! Thanks so much for sharing.
Warmly,
Tracey

Cote de Texas said...

Great job! and on such a budget!!! just like hgtv!!

Wanderluster said...

What a great transformation! Now the room sparkles with personality.

The Berry's Patch said...

She has so many cute things! I would love to have a sewing/craft room. I could create to my heart content. Great job with the makeover!

Mom in High Heels said...

OMG! I'm so jealous at how much space you have and how lovely your room is. What a fantastic job!

Glenda said...

It turned out really well. Love the color choices too.

Sometimes it just takes another persons eye to see how things can work.


Ciao

LADY JANES' EMPORIUM said...

I love it,as a decorator I know what you mean about peoples thoughts on "time" and their "treasures" that we need to make look "in place"! But you really did a lovely job...what were here had to have treasures? I am in the process of starting a sewing studio upstairs as mine is currently downstairs (ugh..up,down,up,down), so I did see a couple of CUTE ideas! Especially the "oversided "ScissorsThanks for sharing!

Sharon said...

Lovely! And so is your blog!!

Cheryl said...

really well done- it is such an unusual makeover...such creativity!

Tea Time With Melody said...

I don't know how I missed your poss recently! These are all great, I love all the creative ideas. I started on Saturday with a little redecorating around the house and it got way out of control lol. But, now the place has a different look and all I did was move a few pics to other rooms etc... amazing. lol

Mary Ann said...

I love it!
Taking the doors off of the cabinets really did the trick.

Jess said...

I LOVE your sewing room!!
Will you help me with my Scrapbooking room?? :)

Sheila Adkins said...

Love that makeover.. I realy love your little antique kitchen pieces on that shelf.. Brings back the good old days for me. Sewing for me is next to impossible,although i am about to take on the task of making a rag quilt.. I love the look of a rag quilt and it is suppose to be pretty easy to do. We will see. love your blog.. Sheila

Jen said...

You are a genius! What a wonderful job you did and kept all of her things. Nice work!
♥Jen

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Cute, cute, cute! Love what you did.

XO,

Sheila :-)

Coastal Sisters said...

Laura..this is amazing what you did with this room. It's so much more "cozy" than before. I bet your client will love being in her new nest!

Fabulous job :)

LuLu~*

Jean said...

My office and workspace can only aspire to be so organized and pretty as this one! Maybe someday.