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Come behind the scenes at The Small Stuff Counts for a #CraftRoomTour and see Emily's craft space in Grinnell, Iowa.




I feel so spoiled to have this space all to myself! Having all of my craft supplies within reach instantly gets me in the crafty mood. If I had to choose just one favorite thing it would definitely be my massive whiteboard calendar on the wall! I love using this to plan my blog posts or just for brainstorming space.


Tell us about your space

You have to see the ugly before photo of this space to appreciate how far it's come! We weren't really sure what to do with this odd room in our unfinished basement, but I am so happy I claimed it as my studio space! It's tucked out of the way so no one ever sees my messy projects except me. A huge bonus is that we have a walk-out basement, and there's a door in this room that leads right out to our backyard which is super handy for spray painting projects.

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

This space is more colorful than the rest of our house, which puts me in a a creative mood. The giant whiteboard always inspires me to plan (my favorite thing to do!). I hung a large roll of white paper from the ceiling so I could use the paper for brainstorm sessions and then tear that section off and pull down fresh paper whenever I need. I added two small yellow chairs that I found at a thrift store years ago, and they are a great place to relax.

How do you keep organized?

I use a variety of sizes of shoe boxes to organize all of my smaller supplies. I display some of my favorite spray paint in an old wine bottle holder, and a big jar next to it is where I stash all of the ribbon remnants left from projects. I curtained off a small wall opposite the desk and have larger shelves behind it to use for storing gallons of paint, tools and all kinds of things.

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?

Having lots of shelving with labeled storage boxes will ensure you can always find what you're looking for.

Oh, and make sure you have plenty of trash cans in your craft space so it's easy to clean up after projects!

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

The director chair and pair of yellow chairs are things I thrifted with my sisters growing up. We've actually passed them back and forth over the years, so they bring back good memories for me. That director's chair was my first furniture refinish back when I was in 4-H!

I hung a small wire above the yellow chairs and use mini clothespins to hang art from it. This display changes frequently as I layer new things on it, usually a mix of my favorite quotes and coloring book pages.

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?

I organize all of my inspiration and project plans via Pinterest. I shared how I plan my room makeovers with Pinterest in this blog post: http://smallstuffcounts.com/plan-a-room-makeover-using-pinterest/.

Where do you look for inspiration?

I see inspiration all over! Everywhere from Pinterest and Instagram, to magazines, nature and real life spaces I visit.

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

The big wish right now would be true heat! Our basement is unfinished and this room was an odd add-on at some point, so there's really no heat in it. It makes working during an Iowa winter pretty cold, but I make do with my space heater!

My other wishes would be room to add a workbench for my tools and woodworking projects, and an entire color-coded wall display of hundreds of paints!


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