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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.


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