We head to Brooklyn, New York to explore We Can Re-Do It blogger, Kat's arty and organized studio.

"I love that my studio is big enough to accommodate everyone in my house."

Tell us about your space?
We turned the largest room in our apartment into the studio/craft room, as everyone in my house is always working on something. My daughter gravitates toward fiber arts, my partner is a cartoonist and I do a little bit of everything. It was important to us to have a work room that accommodated us all, otherwise our creative projects quickly start to take over the entire apartment! Sometimes that happens anyways. From day to day I find myself working on many different projects. A lot of upcycling tutorials, pattern making and creating finished accessory pieces: jewelry, shoes, handbags.

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
I try to mix my supplies into the decor as seamlessly as I can. Aside from the tools, threads, and other essential work items (always within arm's reach) there are plenty of odds & ends, photos, figurines, and general fun stuff that's there just because I like to look at it. The eclectic mix feels very "me" and  keeps me feeling relaxed and cheerful as I work.

How do you keep organized?

I have to treat myself a bit like a child. Organization seems to be the polar opposite to my natural state of being, but it has to be done or you end up wasting a lot of time. I've found that having a container for each category of supplies is incredibly helpful for me. The way I have it set up now, it's more difficult to be disorganized than just putting the supply where it's supposed to go anyway!

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
Get a label maker. My label maker was my best friend there for a while. Having the words written across the box makes remembering what goes where a no brainer.

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
The funny old school photo of my kiddo, the framed picture of Barnabas Collins, the old Brett Favre figurine, the turkey photo, the dream catcher I made this past summer. 

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
I'm obsessed with Pinterest! I still collect a lot magazine clippings as well, but yeah, Pinterest is pretty much my favorite thing around.

Where do you look for inspiration?
New York is a damn fine place for getting inspired. Just walking down the street is usually all I need to get my brainstorming on. The museums, parks, people: inspiration is everywhere.

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
It would be nice to have a giant cutting table and industrial sewing machine fit in here, but all in all I'm pretty content with the space as is. Probably just more decorations. There's always some statue or print I find on Etsy that I think should have a home here.

Make sure to check out Kat's blog at We Can Re-Do It »




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