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Clever Craft Room Makeover Ideas
If you have a special place in your home carved out for your crafting endeavors, you know how easy it is to accumulate supplies and materials. It's also easy for those things to become clutter, making for a less-than-functional craft room. READ: Project Mod Podge: Taking Decoupage Above and Beyond The shared work space/craft room of Pennsylvania newlywed couple was a pile of stress and ribbons, devoid of inspiration — and, for that matter, shelving. Real Simple transformed it into three tidy zones that foster calm and creativity.
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A Dedicated Desk (With a View):

BEFORE: Jess, an executive recruiter, had hobbies and work life fighting for her attention on the crowded desk. The laptop was jammed in with the sewing machine, so even answering e-mails was an exercise in repositioning. Because the desk had no drawers, important papers and office essentials roamed free. AFTER: Exciting Bulletin BoardA dreamlike “abstract landscape” makes sitting down to work energizing. The fabric board is perfect for posting sketches and to-dos and is easy to make. (Buy a piece of Homasote at a hardware store; stretch fabric around it, making hospital corners; and staple in back.) Cute and Contained DeskA scaled-down model with deep drawers does everything Jess needs without taking up a lot of floor space. The striking chair to the left relates to the color scheme of the board while adding a complementary pattern. It’s a nice spot for visitors (or Aubrey, the family cat). Small and Large FilesGiving every paper and accessory a home keeps the focus on work (no more wasted time scrounging around for a paper clip). A six-door desktop organizer ensures push-pins and the like stay visible but corralled. The bottom cabinet allows Jess to categorize paid bills, receipts, and household papers. To buy:  Bedford small desk, $468, potterybarn.com. Logan Pharmacy table lamp, $210, circalighting.com. Modular flip-out bins (white), $14, containerstore.com. Drafting chair, $288, schoolhouseelectric.com. Fabric for bulletin board: Edo Linen by Groundworks Kelly Wearstler Collection, $196 a yard, leejofa.com for info. Reupholstered midcentury vintage chair, $650, chairloom.com for similar styles. Fabric for chair: China Seas Aga Reverse New Navy, $200 a yard, Design Professionals, 212-759-5408 (ext. 204).
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A Sewing Zone With Not a Stitch of Wasted Space:

BEFORE: Craft supplies, gift wrap and bolts of fabric cluttered the floor. “I was afraid of making a mistake, so I hesitated to even put up shelving,” says Jess. The ironing board was this corner’s only “furniture.” AFTER: Tools and Spools in a RowA clear acrylic pegboard keeps supplies handy and surfaces clear while fading into the background. The long, narrow worktable is spacious without being bulky; a stool slips underneath it when not in use. The accordion-style lamp sheds light on sewing work, then retracts. Pretty, Practical ShelvingJournals, albums and decorative items, like a shell collection, find a home on suspended shelves. Yarn and knitting needles, once tangled and strewn, occupy a sweet basket. A sleek white console tucked into dead space under the window holds photos and scrapbooking supplies. Magic CarpetAdding a pleasant patterned rug to a practical space (even on top of wall-to-wall) can be transformative, joining the room to the homey feel of the rest of the house. This latticework option adds movement and echoes the wall color, which provides a calm backdrop for Jess’s rainbow of supplies. To buy: The Fold desk, unfortunately, has sold out, but see other styles at cb2.com. Tall round Makati bin (under desk), $20, containerstore.com. Clear plastic Peg-Board organizer kit, $47 for two panels, stacksandstacks.com. Asker containers (white, on Peg-Board), $6 each, ikea.com. Utility stool, $165, schoolhouseelectric.com. Spindle thread rack by June Tailor, $20, joann.com. Accordion Modern swing-arm wall sconce, $189, shadesoflight.com. Round date-leaf basket (holding yarn), $40, containerstore.com. Ekby Järpen shelf with Gällö brackets, $45, ikea.com. Model One radio by Tivoli (on shelf), $150, tivoliaudio.com. Chill mini media white console, $349, cb2.com. Semikolon CD photo boxes (in console), $27 each, seejanework.com. Fallon rug by Jill Rosenwald for Surya, $385 (five by eight feet), rugsusa.com. Paint: Cape Hatteras Sand in Aura, $66 a gallon, benjaminmoore.com.
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Clever Craft Room Makeover Ideas

If you have a special place in your home carved out for your crafting endeavors, you know how easy it is to accumulate supplies and materials. It's also easy for those things to become clutter, making for a less-than-functional craft room. READ: Project Mod Podge: Taking Decoupage Above and Beyond The shared work space/craft room of Pennsylvania newlywed couple was a pile of stress and ribbons, devoid of inspiration — and, for that matter, shelving. Real Simple transformed it into three tidy zones that foster calm and creativity.

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