May 10, 2013

New Digs

I don't think people realize that when they start to become part of a community, that community misses them when they disappear for a time! I did get your emails and facebook messages, and I missed you, too!

Over the past year my husband and I decided to make a big shift in our situation. I took on a second job, which didn't leave me any time to sew or do other hobbies. The result of all that hard work though, is our new house and a dedicated sewing studio with two huge windows! Now that we have moved, and life is trickling back to a more relaxed atmosphere, its time to get the studio into an organized space. In our last house, it shared a room with the guest room. In this house, the guest room is downstairs so the sewing studio has it's own space!

A lot of people ask me how I make a color decision as they are often overwhelmed with color choices. Previously, I would recommend flipping through magazines to see what colors they loved and then work with them to find a way to marry them into a scheme. Today, we have Pinterest! What would we do without Pinterest?? Its pretty well laid out for you!!


 Sadly, being a designer does NOT mean my new house is in flawless order. Quite the opposite. The former owner had an Easter obsession. The master was bubblegum pink. The two other bedrooms are lavender and grey. The living room is soft pastel green and the kitchen is a soft yellow!! The basement is just a disaster. We won't go there yet.

Back to the sewing room: it's lavender. Problem #1: the new color.

Back to Pinterest!! I know the problem with Pinterest is that it's somewhat "pie in the sky" in its images. Who in their right mind has a sewing studio that looks like Martha popped up with Oprah's pocket book and gold leafed the walls?? Nobody. My budget is $60 for paint and $100 for MDF to make some built in work surfaces. Later, my budget will have some room for a new light fixture but for now it's limited to work surface and color.

So there is what I'm thinking....

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Lighter than lime green. Love it. With white shelving and the wood floors, white window trim, and some sort of patterned drape would be really pretty. I love how fresh green is. I don't like white walls, but I love white as a furniture piece!! Is it bad that I love that little scallop trim?

So: I will blog about the sewing room transition in stages so you can see how we do this because right now it's a big mess with plastic bins holding all my stash... that ever growing stash..... It's amazing how I've pawned stash fabric off on all my sister in laws, but it still keeps growing.... !!!

Re-do to-do list:

1. Pack up the studio
2. Pick a wall color
3. Tape and prep for paint
4. Pick a built-in color
5. Design the built-in
6. Paint the room
7. Paint/Build/Trim/Touch up the built in
8. Unpack and Reveal!!!

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