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We're off to sunny San Diego in California today to take a tour of Debee's colourful studio. We love her sleek white furniture matched against pops of bright color from her supplies!

"My favorite thing about my studio is how bright it gets. The contrast between the white walls + furniture + floors really brightens up the colorful supplies and hobby items I love. It really is my little corner of the world that makes me happy. :)"


My craft space is one of our 3 bedrooms and is located in the sunniest corner of our home. The studio measures approx 10ft x 10 ft. kind of small but I'm very happy to have a wee space to ponder in :) My space is also home to my online shop Inspire Lovely on etsy.



Is this also your work space?
My studio space is my primary office "work" space but the rest of our home is fair game. I crochet, scrapbooking/paper art and graphic design in the space. A little bit of designing on the computer at the desk, some crochet in front of the telly and lots of paper punching spread around the kitchen table. A beautiful mess everywhere :)

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
I have surrounded myself with several things i really love: my collections of ribbons, yarns, and thrifted finds. They all bring so much beauty and life into my "work" space. I love looking around at things that inspire me while I create. It makes it fun to get creative and not think of it so much like "work".

How do you keep organized?
I would love to say that I am super organized but I'm not. I have so much stuff I constantly have to clear the mess off my desk and start over. It often happens when i start one computer design project, then start another scrapbook project and have a crochet project I'm itching to start all at the same time. I keep most of my pending projects in specific bins that i like to move around with me either on the go or to another room to be with the family. My husband always refers to me as a gyspy hauling all my stuff around with me hehee. I like to be prepared for some crafty time. I do have a big supply stash and most of it is stored away in storage.I have a large bin for each color of the rainbow.

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
I keep my large bin supply sorted by color then by kind ( all buttons together in a bag, all ribbons together etc) in clear plastic bins. It's become so much easier for me to find things and create new things for my shop this way.

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
I love my old sewing machine Nena. She's not top of the line, but she's pretty awesome. I love adding crazy sewing lines to my art projects and she always delivers. I also love my oversized typewriter I got for free a while ago. I love that it types scattered and funky. Kind of like me :)

I do make things and live with them for a while, then sometimes I like to give them away to family & friends or end up in my shop shelves for all my lovely etsy customers to love.

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
I find that it helps to just do what you love. I will keep a virtual sketchbook ( folder ) on my desktop and add photos i've taken on my phone from shopping adventures. Most times as my tastes change i go back and delete photos.

Where do you look for inspiration?
I love color inspirations from the yarn aisle, the paper store, gazing into store front windows etc. Everyday beauty is what I'm looking for.

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream craft space?
I'd love to wish for 1) a WHOLE wall just for yarn from top to bottom
2) A larger seating area with a huge rug and comfy couch to sit and create
3) gustav klimt's "The Kiss" hanging on my wall :) It's so beautiful and oh so inspiring!

Outfit details:

  • Cardigan, hat and shoes - Charity shop
  • Top - c/o Clothing At Tesco
  • Jeans - New Look
  • Necklace - Primark

DIY Spike Studded Shoes

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How would you describe your style?

I'm like an Andy Warhol painting when it comes to clothing, you may see familiar things but in a different way it's bold and punchy. I like to keep my style playful, I don't like to take it to seriously, life is to short not to have fun with fashion. I love colour, so if it's bright and patterned it's going in my wardrobe.

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

A charity shop granny style cardigan, it's a massive chunky knit and multi coloured. It's so stupidly crazy and bold, but fabulous pieces it makes me feel like if I can make this work I can rock anything.


Who are your style icons?

There are so many, I love looking at photos of my mum in the 70's she had such great style back than. I admire so many people from mainly the music scene, No doubt (back in the 90's) Gwen's hairstyles were so cool and I love her ever changing clothing style. I adore Bjork, she's wears what she wants and I adore that. I also love Karen O from Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs again she has this bold, raw style. Grace Coddington is a fashion legend, she's so talented when it comes to fashion styling and was the reason I use to buy Vogue growing up! Cher in Clueless, I remember when it first came out and thinking that I needed knee high socks as soon as I finished watching it.

I'll stop there as I adore so many in fashion, music, TV and film.

Do you have any favourite designers?

I adore Christopher Kane, his first ever collection back in 2006 with the bandage dresses is still one of my all time favourites. His collections are alway playful and very creative. For classic it has to be Jean Paul Gaultier from his divine corsets, to making the breton top cool. His one of the greats and the costumes he made for the film 'Fifth Element' in 1997 are still to this day beyond cool.


Where are your favourite places to shop for new clothes clothes?

I am a high street girl, so for me H&M, Primark, River Island and New Look. I also love ASOS for online shopping, but to be honest I'll shop everywhere. I think it's good to keep an open mind, I love vintage shops like beyond retro and also charity shops to mix it up a little.

Do you make or customise your outfits?

I have two young boys, so when I get time I do. Before the kids I would always be doing something creative to my clothing, this year I plan on working on more projects as it's fun and de-stressing.


Do you have any great tips for mixing up and personalising an outfit?   

You can wear things you have in a different way, I'm always wearing long skirts as dresses in summer by pulling them up and belting at the waist. Or adding a heap of brooches you have to a beanie hat for the new 90's trend. If you have old clothing that needs a new lease of life, go on You Tube or craft sites like this one and get inspired. Turn jeans into denim shorts, use a cool fabric and sew it down to one side of the shorts and why not add some studs (I stud everything). Easy, cheap and upcycling things you already have in the house. Plus when people ask 'where did you get that?' it's a great feeling to know you have made out of things some people would just throw.


Follow Laura on CO+K to keep up with her projects and check out her blog, That's So Yesterday »

Cardiff, Wales •

The best thing about living in Cardiff is that there are so many different areas within the city and they all have their own character. It’s almost like living in more than one place!



This week we head to Hamilton, Ontario to take a tour of blogger, Love Elycia's gorgeous and trinket-filled office and craft room.

"My favourite thing about my craft space is the wall directly behind my desk. I put photos of friends, prints and paintings I love as well as any little thing that makes me smile. I even have some old Strawberry Shortcake airfresheners stuck to that wall."


My craft space is on the main floor of our home in the back bedroom that overlooks the backyard. I don't know the exact dimensions of the room but I would say that it is a medium sized room, not too big, not too small. The room doubles as my office. It is my favourite place to work from because it gets a lot of light all day long and the way it is decorated keeps me happy and motivated.I share my space with my three kitties. They think they are very helpful while I'm working and like to sit or lounge on top of whatever I am working on.


Is this also your work space?
As I mentioned, this is also my work/office space where I do most of my blogging, email answering and drawing. I really love working out of this room but I can sometimes be found crafting in the living room, on the bed in the other spare room or sometimes at the kitchen table. It really depends what I'm working on, what type of day it is and what else I have going on while crafting. I mostly use my craft space for sewing and I will occasionally embroider, crochet or knit in there as well if I don't feel like sitting on the couch. 

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
To make my craft room a space where I love to spend time I painted the walls a really happy turquoise-y colour that I am crazy about. I have collected a lot of odds and ends throughout the years and I love displaying some of my favourites in my craft room to keep me happy and inspired. I go crazy for colour so the more colourful my room is the better!

How do you keep organized?
At times I can get a little crazy and become a messy crafter but I have a really hard time staying productive and excited in a messy craft space. Don't get me wrong, I love making a good crafty mess but I prefer to clean it up as soon as possible.  For knitting/crochet works in progress I either keep them in a bag (if it is a portable project) or in my little project basket. For sewing, I like to leave the project out on my table until it is complete and for embroidery I have been hanging unfinished pieces on the living room wall to remind me to work on them. My supply stash is pretty big! I have collected most of it from thrift stores because it is really hard to pass up something awesome that you might someday need for something at the thrift store. I store most of my fabric, embroidery supplies and paint in blue bins on my big shelving unit and my yarn has it's own special box that is buried somewhere in my messy closet at the moment. 

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
If my supplies are especially pretty I like to use them as decorations while they are being stored. My prettiest fabric is displayed out in the open on my shelves and crewel thread that I love the colour of is usually in some kind of bowl on the shelf. 

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
I have a really hard time picking favourites of anything but I really love the embroidery that Lucky Jackson did of me. I love Jen's work and it made me feel very special that she choose to embroider me! One of the pieces on my big wall of art is made my me. It is an embroidery piece of a ball of yarn. Oh and there is a cute little amigurimi bunny that I made peeking out of one of my bowls. There might be more but that's all I can think of at the moment. 

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
I try to write down all my ideas in a notebook because my common attitude of "this idea is so great, there is no way I will forget it" has failed me many times. Sometimes I have a problem remembering which notebook I wrote my great ideas down in but I always find them eventually. 

Where do you look for inspiration?
One thing that I have learned about myself is that I have a really hard time looking for inspiration. It just has to hit me when I least expect it. I get inspired most by colours, beauitful days and good smells so it can really hit at any time, I just need to be ready!

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream craft space?
Wish number one, I would change my furniture from black to white. I really wish I had have bought white furniture.

Wish number two, I would add a few more windows. My craft space does get good light all day but it could definitely use more. You can never have enough natural light!

Wish number three, I would have one of those huge cat tree things that goes from floor to ceiling. I would love to look over and see my kitties hanging out on that!

You can keep up to date with Elycia on her blog »

Outfit details:

  • Knitted sweater - H&M
  • Shorts - H&M
  • Shoes - Nine West 
  • Blouse - DIY (see below)

DIY Decorated Collar

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How would you describe your style?

I have a classic and feminine style and I love to wear colorful dresses and high waisted skirts/shorts.


What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

My favourite piece is my black high heels. Works with every outfit

Who are your style icons?

I love the style of Olivia Palermo but I usually get my inspiration from lookbooks, streetstyle and fashion blogs.


Do you have any favourite designers?

I don’t wear a lot of designer clothes but I like Stella McCartney and accessories from Marc Jacobs.

Where are your favourite places to shop for new clothes clothes?

I buy a lot of clothes from H&M, Zara, Gina Tricot and Nelly.com


Do you make or customise your outfits?

I don’t make any outfits but I do shorten tighten and remake some of them to fit me better.

Do you have any great tips for mixing up and personalising an outfit?  

My best tips for making an outfit more personal is using accessories. Jewlerys, handbags, shoes and belts are a cheap and simple way of pimping up your outfit. 

Follow Victoria on CO+K to keep up with her projects and check out her blog at Victoriabrikho.se »

Bangkok, Thailand •

Bangkok is a curious blend of modern and traditional, a mixture of tranquility and extravagance. You'll find world-class mega malls filled with luxurious designer products and centuries-old temples that look like they've time-traveled here. The best thing about living here is getting to experience the richness of culture, cuisine, and hospitality. There is also an abundance of activities for one to choose from. Even after staying here for over 30 years, I can still find something new and exciting to do.




We loved Sarah's book Craft-A-Day so much that we couldn't wait to take a tour of her office / apartment / writing space in Hells Kitchen, Manhattan.

"I think my favorite part of my apartment is the daylight. There are windows that face south and east so there is always sunlight streaming in."


I live by myself in a 5th floor walkup studio apartment in the Hells Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan.The kitchen opens up to a bedroom/living area on the right and there's a small craft room and alcove on the left on the way to the bathroom. The whole apartment is around 350 square feet so I would guess that the craft room and alcove is less than 100 square feet. The craft room is essentially a wide hallway large enough for a long desk and a shelf. In the little alcove next to the craft room I store my extra craft supplies in a tall shelf. I think my favorite part of my apartment is the daylight. There are windows that face south and east so there is always sunlight streaming in. I found a cheap pull-up bar and told myself I'd use it whenever I walked by. That plan didn't last very long!


Is this also your work space?
I work as a freelance graphic designer for various magazines, so I'm usually on site during the week. But when I'm at home I typically work from my living/bedroom where there is more space. I like to knit, crochet, and work on paper crafts in my space. I somehow managed to write/craft/photograph 365 crafts for my book, Craft-a-Day!

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
I like keeping my space pretty minimal with black, white or gray furniture. I'll add pops of color with accessories and crafts.

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
Since I don't have a lot of storage, I limit my supplies to what will fit in the Container Store clear shoe box bins. I keep separate ones for glue, tape, scissors, paint, knit/crochet needles, cross-stitch supplies, etc. I have 21 bins and try to organize it at least 1-2 times a year. The bins fit perfectly in one side of an Ikea Besta shelf.

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
I love the look and organization of a pegboard. I bought the plastic pegboard from Lowe's and literally carried it home to my first apartment in New York seven years ago. I recently knit the heating pipe cover and have a mini sock owl ornament on display. The paper raindrop pattern is from my book, Craft-a-Day.

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
Ideas are always floating in my brain. Usually it's just a matter of finding the time to create it or something else like a color or pattern or similar project will trigger an idea and I'll do my own spin on it. 

Where do you look for inspiration?
I get the most inspired when I travel and am away from the daily grind. 

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream craft space?
I'd have a large room with huge windows where I could have storage, working space and a mini photo studio set up.


Outfit details:

  • Embellished T Shirt - DIY (see below)
  • Patched Jeans - DIY (see below)
  • Jacket - Rugby
  • Shoes - DVF
  • Bracelets - Vintage
  • Belt - Made from ribbon

DIY Embellished T-Shirt & Patched Jeans

Recreate the look with Cathy's Embellished T-Shirt & DIY Patched Jeans tutorials:




How would you describe your style?

Classic with a twist.  But, it’s really hard to describe, I like to change it all the time based on my moods and current inspirations.

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

My jewelry. I have a huge collection of vintage jewelry (mostly from my grandmothers) and I also love all my DIY jewelry.


Who are your style icons?

I’m a huge Audrey Hepburn fan. I love her timeless style. I’m always inspired by movies from the ‘40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. I love the over the top style of Rosalind Russell in Auntie Mame.  I try to live by her quote “Life’s a banquet and most poor fools are starving!”

Do you have any favourite designers?

Diane Von Furstenberg, Anna Sui and Isabel Marant. I obsessed with prints, textures and embellishments.  But, I look everywhere for inspiration for my DIY’s, street style, movies, vintage, art, everywhere.


Where are your favourite places to shop for new clothes clothes?

ShopBop because they have everything. I love vintage shopping to find really unique pieces. I also shop for a lot if inexpensive basics to customize with my DIY’s at UniQlo, Joe Fresh, Target and H & M. Unless I know it’s going to be a classic piece I’ll keep forever, I don’t like to spend a lot of money on clothes and I prefer making things whenever I can.

Do you make or customise your outfits?

Yes, I really do stay true to my DIY. I always have on at least one thing I’ve made and/or embellished (usually jewelry). But I try to keep it to a 2 or 3 DIY limit, otherwise it can get a little scary.


Do you have any great tips for mixing up and personalising an outfit?  

Be true to yourself and go with what you like. Don’t try to please anyone but yourself. Be fearless! 


Follow Cathy on CO+K to keep up with her projects and check out her blog, Trinkets in Bloom »

Toronto, Canada •

The best thing about living in Toronto is the multicultural atmosphere all around. At any given time, you can hear several different languages spoken, find restaurants from around the globe and shop for eclectic items with ethnic flare. To top it all off, downtown offers a great mix of bustling city and lakeside retreat at the Toronto islands.




We head to Austin, Texas this week to take a tour of Laurie's bright and cheerful craft space and meet her lovely cats.

"My favorite thing about the space is all the light it gets. When I was looking at this house and I came up stairs and found this really giant area at the top of the landing that was just flooded with light, I just knew this was the place for me."


I believe the room was designed as a game room, but they just didn’t know at the time that it was meant to be my studio. I also love that I have to pass through that space to get to both my bedroom and my office, so all the bright colors and all the textures bring a smile to my face every time I go through there. I share the space with my two cats Fiona and Dexter, but they’re pretty good about not being space hogs.  If I’m in that space, you can bet there are 2 cats close by. 


Is this also your work space?
I have a separate area where I do my design and digital work. I’m lucky that it’s a bright and cheery space as well. I keep a pin board in front of my monitor is always being added to and has things to make me smile or inspire me. It gets a bit messy up there sometimes, but I like having lots of lovely things close by. Two of my favorite things in my office are a typography print (by Grace Hester Designs on Etsy) and a shadow box of the Brooklyn skyline (by Pepper Sprouts on Etsy). I primarily sew in my sewing room. But I’ve also used the space for screen printing, letterpress, painting and handwork. I don’t have big comfy couch or chair to lounge on so hand work like embroidery tend to happen on the couch downstairs. 

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
Color! I try to infuse everything in my house with lots and lots of color. I’m not so worried about matching styles or about over-designing my space. I just fill it with things that I love so it feels very ‘me’.

How do you keep organized?
I’m definitely a messy crafter. But I can’t stand to walk into a messy studio. A clean start each day really helps to energize me, so I really try to clean up at the end of each day. I can feel a bit overwhelmed if I feel like I’m fighting with my work space, so spending a few minutes each day to put things away really helps me. When I have works in progress, I use note cards for helping me keep track of how many blocks I have/need, or for lists of what I need to do next. Depending on the project and how long I think it might take, a WIP project will either be stored on a shelf or if it has lots of pieces, I may set aside a bin or a box to keep it all together. Not surprisingly, I’m a bit of a fabric junkie. I think we all are aren’t we? I keep all of the fabric I design for Robert Kaufman on bolts on rolling shelves. Keeping them on bolts makes it easier for me to quickly get to what I need for a project or a giveaway. I like to share my fabric, so I do giveaways pretty frequently and its so much faster to cut fabric pulling from a bolt rather than pulling from a pile of fabric I have to stack and unsrack. Then I have big see through plastic bins that I store any of my other fabric in. Like everyone, I struggle to keep my stash organized but try to group things generally by color.

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
I used to keep all of my very small scraps in a big bin and it was a giant mess. I never used the scraps because it was such a mess and nothing ever looked very appealing in there… So I saw a great image on flickr somewhere of someone using mason jars for scraps. So I picked up 10 large ones and use them for my scraps. So not only have they helped to keep me organized, they look really pretty. 

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
I love my green peg board. It was so easy to do (I just painted it and there are 2” wooden spacers behind the board that I used to both attach the board to the wall and it gives enough space behind the board to be able to put pegs in and out). I bought a few inexpensive shelves which just sit on top of a few pegs and used washi tape around the edges to pretty them up. It helps me keep off all of my cutting tools, rulers and my printed ribbon (for packaging) in an easy to get to spot and that way I don’t lose anything. I also have some fun little felt pieces I made up there, so it’s like my own little village. :)

I have few of my creations on display, but for the most part, I’ve displayed gifts that some of my lovely blog and Flickr friends have shared with me. I have quilts from Ashley from Film in the Fridge and from Rita at Red Pepper Quilts. And there’s a wonderful quillow (quit that folds into a pillow!) and pin cushion from Nova at A Cuppa and a Catchup. There’s my Polar Bear Rocket ship hanging from Alex at Teaginny Designs and my selvage whale from With Hugs N Stiches. And I have some wonderful wall hangings, pin cushions and bookmarks that were gifts as well. Each one lives in my studio and I treasure each and every piece. I’m always so touched by people’s generosity and their creativity and feel so blessed when people share something they’ve made with me. 

In terms of my own crafts, you might notice in one of my pictures, there’s a resin deer head that I’ve decorated with some washi tape, but every time try to I hang it, my cat Dexter goes insane and wants to try to get to it, so I haven’t figured out a way to display it without making him bonkers. So for now, it just lives tucked into a shelf space and I’m hoping something will occur to me eventually.

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
I keep a binder where I have mood boards and inspiration for designs. Its also filled with doodles and other goodies. 

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream craft space?
I really love my space so there’s not much I would change! I might consider adding floor to ceiling shelves and I wish I had a big comfy couch or chair in there. But other than that, I’m really happy with the space.

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