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Come behind the scenes at Recreated Designs for a #CraftRoomTour and see Lisa's design corner in Ottawa.




I love the vintage pieces through out the space as well as my writing couch. My writing couch is the perfect piece, across from my supplies, to curl up on, edit photos and type away.


Tell us about your space

Living in the capital of Canada, in a completely urban area, means space is at a premium. My craft space/studio is relatively small so maximizing the space is a must. Tall shelving and multiple use storage helps to keep supplies neat and tidy while packing in as much as possible. My studio space, even though small, has room for a couch at one end. It has become my writing couch and with the extra large glass doors in the space the flood of natural light makes it a happy space.

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

I have incorporated vintage pieces that I love into my work area as much as possible. They not only remind me of how much I love history and pieces from the past but also double to help organize my supplies. Vintage pieces also continually inspire me to find ways to reuse what is old in new ways and save something from the global trash stream.

How do you keep organized?

It is constant battle to stay organized in a small space. Having vintage furniture and shelving that I love continually encourages me to keep the supplies organized so that I can enjoy the beauty of the pieces under the supplies. For me, organization is something I have to continually stay on top off so that paint and brushes don't over take the rest of my home :)

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?

I find it really useful to group supplies together that are not only similar (ribbons together, paint together etc...) but also supplies that get used for similar types of projects (out door projects, upcycling etc... ). Vintage tins work wonderfully to hold supplies as do glass jars when you want to be able to see what is inside.

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

My favourite piece of furniture is a buffet I found for $20. It was broken and sad looking out in a snow pile and begging to be rescued. I painted it, stripped the top and lined the large drawer with letters, cards and momentos from my great-grandparents, grandparents and parents. It now sits front and centre in my living room and every time I look at it, it touches me to know that I have all of those special handwritten memories tucked inside.

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?

I keep both a dream board directly across from my writing couch were I can see it every time I sit down as well as a journal full of ideas. I also have a large board that I can pin notes, important milestones and inspiring pieces/pictures too.

Where do you look for inspiration?

I love looking through magazines; old and new. Even though most people look online now I love curling up on my writing couch and flipping through all of the glossy pages of gorgeous photographs and beautiful spaces.

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

Ohh... let's see... I'd outfit it with only vintage furniture (like an old piece with tons and tons of little drawers), add just enough extra space to add a table and add wide plank hardwood flooring <3


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