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Come behind the scenes at verykerryberry for a #CraftRoomTour and see Kerry's sewing room in Exeter.

This room has great light, double glass doors that open towards the back of the house which is south facing. Our cat and dog come through this room a lot too on their way to our little garden and will come and sleep in here too.

Tell us about your space

The room is approx. 10' x 10' with knocks with alcoves and various knocks and crannies. There's a piano against one wall- I play although not much these days and my daughter plays, music is a big part of my life. I have a radio which is on most of the time. As well as my sewing desk and cutting table, there's another computer desk which mainly I use but it is shared too. I store much of the paperwork and some of the resources for my part time day job which is running music classes for babies and toddlers.

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?

There are decorative items on every surface plus lots more hung on the walls. I am surrounded by colour and by things I've made and that other people have made and given me. It's a busy place and I feel enclosed and safe in all the making around me.

How do you keep organized?

I have a large set of drawers for storing the majority of my fabric - I like to keep it away from daylight. I maximise all hidden spaces- backs of doors, under tables etc with hooks and hang things when I can. Although there's a lot of stuff in one room, I try and ensure that everything has it's place and gets returned there. I do have a tendency to pile stuff up on any available space so I have to fight against it or I lose things!

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?

I have lots of wire baskets from Berylune which are a great way to keep things organised whilst still being able to see what they contain.

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

There are mini quilts and zippy pouches made by friends that I like as display as well as for storage. It makes it feel like sewing friends from all round the world are just a little bit closer.

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?

I have bookshelves that store books, sewing and otherwise that I find inspiring from current and contemporary to vintage carboot sale finds. I have box files for old catalogues, cards and other vintage paper ephemera that give me ideas for colours, shapes or just capturing an era.

Where do you look for inspiration?

I love vintage cookbooks, the colour pictures tend to be incredibly vivid and there are often line drawn illustrations. I also like china and pottery from the 50s, 60s and 70s- Hornsea, Midwinter, Arabia, Figgjo Flint. One of my absolute favourites is John Russell's Dolly Days Hostess Tableware.

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?

I would make all of my wishes about light. My craft space is wonderful in the spring and summer but I always find it sad when I have to resort to an assortment of artificial lights in the other half of the year so being able to have long summer days being able to sew well into the evening with natural light would be my dream space.

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