Come behind the scene sat LBG STUDIO for a #CraftRoomTour and see Vanessa's office and studio.
I'd have to say my favorite thing about my space is that it is a dedicated space. I attempted to learn to sew (and failed miserably) several times when I was younger but the amount of time I had to spend setting things up and putting them away each time was a big roadblock. It wasn't until I had this space where I could leave my machines, in progress projects, and messes out that things started to click for me. That and the light in the fall and winter! When the leaves have fallen off the trees I get an amazing amount of natural light in my room.
Tell us about your space
My studio / office space is fairly small - 10" long x 7.5" wide. My house is fairly old and this room as well as the room next to it were originally a partially enclosed porch. The floors are concrete as are two of the walls and there is actually a window that looks into my kids' bedroom. Unfortunately, due to the lack of storage and closets in the rest of the house, the large closet in this space is used for my husband's clothing and general storage. The two dressers in the room which serve as my cutting table are also used to store my husband's clothing. The rest of the space makes up my studio and office.
I use this space to sew, to design pdf sewing patterns, to do graphic design work, to edit photos, and to draw / paint on occasion.
What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
After spending the first few years dealing with boring beige walls and beige carpet, I painted the walls bright white and removed the carpeting. I am a huge fan of white walls so this made such a difference in the space for me. It's brighter, looks cleaner, and is more "me". I also added a few plants - I'm a bit of a crazy plant lady so of course I had to bring some into this space as well. I am easily distracted so I prefer to keep the decor to a minimum. I think the small pops of color from my books, supplies, fabric, and projects are more than enough to brighten things up.
How do you keep organized?
IKEA! This room would not exist without it. I find my desk to be the key to helping me to stay organized. I use 3 of the narrow Alex drawer units with two table tops along with several drawer organizers to give everything a place and it's easily reached from where I sit. I spend a lot less time looking for things with this set up. I also only buy fabric for specific projects and that helps minimize ending up with excessive amounts to have to store.
Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
Give everything a place! And be mindful when deciding where things should go. Tools that I use most are stored in the top drawers of my desk so that they are really easy to reach. I also use a lot of divided containers to help keep all the small bits organized - bag hardware, scissors, sewing needles, pens and pencils, and so on. Not having to dig around is such a time saver.
Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
My favorite possessions in this room would be my iMac, my Janome sewing machine, and my laser printer. I couldn't do any of my work without them!
I have a wall hook where I hang bags I've made to display them. The bag that is currently on display is one that is probably my most complicated project to date. It's a project that deserves to be displayed!
How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
I mainly use Pinterest for inspiration and I also have a folder on my computer that I use to store photos, etc. for ideas. I have a few notebooks that I sometimes to use for magazine cut outs or sketches. I really want to start sketching more and hope to start making that a habit.
Where do you look for inspiration?
Online I mainly use Pinterest and Instagram. I also take photos of things that I find interesting while out and about to use as a reference.
If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
More outlets! There is only one for the whole room which limits where I can put things. Unfortunately, due to the concrete walls that is not really an option.
I hope to update the ceiling light fixture to bring more artificial light in this space for when I work at night. It's rather dim in here at the moment.
I'd love to put some cool tile on the floor which would be an improvement over the brown painted concrete.
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