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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

Tell us about your space

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!

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.

How do you keep organized?

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.

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?

I love the look and organization of a pegboard.

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?

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 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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