Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Craft Room - Office Reveal


I feel like a very lucky girl... You see, I haven't always had an entire room, filled with my favorite things, to escape to and create.  It's been quite the opposite for the last 5-6 years of my creative journey!  I used to dream of a space like this...
...A place to store all my jewelry-makings, paint and paper supplies, decorating books and publications, favorite vintage finds, but I honestly never thought I'd ever have "my own room".
I started off long ago with a can of paint, paintbrush, and a piece of furniture and a desire to decorate my first  small home for as thrifty as I could.  It slowly grew into a small business to keep me busy after leaving my career to stay home with my little ones.  I would sell out of shops and set up booths at local vintage/antique shows, all the while I was working late nights and a few nap times from my tiny dining table and the three-foot section between my bed and the wall!  A family of five in a 1,900 sq ft. home with a creative, inventory-based business wasn't always easy.  There were many times before big shows that my house looked like a store itself!


After our family's move to Raleigh last year, I was completely ecstatic to just have the back of my walk-in closet in our new house to set up shop!  This closet is so big that I had an entire table in there and multiple shelves that were already in place.  After settling in and beginning to work on projects for my home and the Luckett's Spring Market last May, the back of an upstairs closet wasn't great for keeping an eye on my toddler during the day and I slowly started taking over my husband's office downstairs (which he never used!).
Since last spring, I've slowly picked away at setting it up, but I knew that I wanted the space to reflect my love of vintage finds and black and white.  Basically, my clock collection inspired and set the tone for the whole room. Each of the clocks vary in style and color, but the predominate black, white, brass, gold were pulled out to carry through to wall color, furniture hardware and paint, fabric, and accessories.
I scoured for furniture deals to stay in a tight budget and I was able to score a $65 sideboard, $75 curved desk, $65 heavy arm chair, $50 craft cabinet, $30 printer table, and a $5 chippy frame for my memo board to cover most of the big pieces.
The tall black bookcases are from IKEA that were purchased for my husband's office, but incorporated in. With a little paint and elbow grease, I worked on one project at a time to get the look I wanted.  To add some character to the builder-basic room, I added painted architectural salvage like old shutters and corner molding pieces above and around the window for mere $5...
For the window treatments, I also saved money by using electrical conduit for my bay window curtain rod and dressed it up with drawer hardware for finials and shopped fabric deals and had them sewn (thanks Mom!) versus buying expensive ready-made panels.
One of my favorite aspects of my new work space is being able to display my favorite collections and vintage finds like all of my vintage alarm clocks...
...and a vintage phone and typewriter...
as well as having all my materials for creating things at arms-length in an organized fashion!


This room is pretty much a dream-come-true for me and every time I walk in there, I feel so lucky to have the space...yep, I'm a happy, crafty girl now!

Kristen

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76 comments:

Brooke A said...

Oh mi gosh! This room is stunning! I love the play on yellow and black, and all the fun vintage touches! What a room!!! I'm sure it's going to add a ton of inspiration for your work!! :D

Andrea said...

Kristen, it is gorgeous! I am lucky enough to also have a craft/office/sewing space to myself and it's my refuge! LOVE all your vintage elements!

Pamela said...

It is beyond fabulous lady!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

This room looks amazing--you are a very lucky girl!

chandel314 said...

All i can say is WOW!!!! Love the clocks, love the baskets, love the desk...you get the idea :) LOVE IT!!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

it looks amazing! glamorous yet slightly rustic- love it!

Jenny S said...

Jealous!! I have a corner of my living room! Your pieces are beautiful!

Rasonda @ Lake Cottage Dreams said...

Oh my gosh! Its seriously gorgeous. Looks straight out of Ballard Designs. I am LOVING those clocks.

Cindy Ritchie said...

What a fantastic space! Just beautiful! It must be so nice to be able to work in that room.

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

I just love that you designed the room using your clock collection as your inspiration. What a beautiful space to create! Congratulations on your dream come true!!

Pamela said...

I stopped by earlier and didn't realize you came to path at my place! Thanx for taking the time to share Kristin at THT.

~ Liz ~ said...

Top to bottom gorgeous!
Liz

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Love the desk!!!!!! I just started a vintage clock collection last summer. I'm glad I did. Can't wait to have as many as you do!

Sara Pliske said...

Kristen - I love your craft room / office!! LOVE the desk! It is adorable. And I really love your display of clocks! Such a great collection :) I love the vintage accessories and I love the lamp shade! LOVE it all :)

Blessings - Sara

Finding Home said...

Oh my goodness, so lovely and what a great place to think. And I rarely use the word swoon, but that clock collection - swoon!

Renae said...

STUNNING! ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! I enjoy following your blog.

Gail said...

Oh my, what a fabulous craft/office space! Thanks for sharing and the inspiration. My plans are over the winter to work on my craft/office space and you have given me some ideas. Enjoy your day, Gail

Sharon said...

Its Gorgeous! I could move right in! No wonder I enjoy your blog so much...I have the same old typewriter, phone, clocks...I love collecting these things! You're really blessed...enjoy!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Just lovely, Kristen! Your patience and hard work paid off! Love the bookshelves and the buffet piece. Great idea to use conduit for your drapery hardware and make the drapes yourself. You can definitely get creative when you are on a budget.

designchic said...

You did an amazing job. Love your desk and oh, to be so organized...heavenly!

Hi I'm Shannon! said...

What a visual treat! I can't imagine having such a gorgeous place to create. It's wonderful!!

Love all your mantels too! I've seen the one with the cotton around blog land and it's stunning. Happy Fall.

107 Vintage said...

This sure gives me a little "JOLT" that I needed to go
on and finish my office re-make in process.. I am
super jealous of your fab desk- love the shape.
And the graphic ptints / black & creams are wonderful to keep it fairly neutral but punched at the same time.

Diana

107 Vintage said...

This sure gives me a little "JOLT" that I needed to go
on and finish my office re-make in process.. I am
super jealous of your fab desk- love the shape.
And the graphic ptints / black & creams are wonderful to keep it fairly neutral but punched at the same time.

Diana

All About Vignettes said...

Wow. I love the room. I love the black on the bookcases and everywhere in the room. I would love to have that room. I'm impressed with the clocks. I just pinned them. Great job.

Crane Farms said...

This looks great! Glad you have your own space!

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

This craft and office room just blows me away, Kristen! That desk is amazing, and the curtains are just perfect in the space. I love your vintage clocks--I just bought one to put on my bedside table yesterday :)

Claire @ The Rustic Pig said...

Oh my goodness!! I LOVE everything about this room!! You did an AWESOME job and have inspired me to start collecting antique clocks!! I LOVE how they look all together!! I think I may need to move in!! LOVE it!!

Bethany Lee said...

This space is soooo lovely! Great job!

Dawne at D Magazine said...

Oh my gosh! That room is striking. I love everything about it. The contrast is crisp!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

this is just a wonderful space, Kristen. you've decorated it with such a unique and stylish vintage vibe. So glad you finally have the space you've always wanted and needed!!

Emily said...

This is SO beautiful! I love all the tiny details, down to the labels on the glass jars. It's fabulous! Way to go!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Oh, My! This room is stunning. The desk if fabulous and I adore your clock collection! Thank you for sharing this inspiring room. Visiting from FMFPTY. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/10/make-it-pretty-monday-week-17.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Mary Ellen said...

Such a pretty craft space! I love your clock collection too- impressive!

Erin Kaven said...

You are indeed lucky to have the space but talented in knowing what to do with it. Exquisit!

Sandra said...

What a beautiful room~everything is perfect. Love that window, the desk is to die for, there is nothing in that room that I would change. You are certainly blessed!(and it was very sweet of your hubby to give up his office!)

It's All Connected said...

That room is so WOW that it's a good thing you told us how long it took you to get it or we would have thought you very spoiled! You've done an amazing job of creating a beautiful room in which to be creative! ~ Maureen

.........Michele @ Portlandia Vintage said...

Fabulous! You are so talented!
Michele @Portlandia Vintage

suzyq said...

What a gorgeous room ( I love that desk more than I can say )
Beautiful job!
Hugs,
Suzan

Ann said...

This is one of the most beautiful craft rooms I've ever seen. I'm sharing it on my Once Upon a Firefly FB page.

Cecilia Bramhall said...

Beautiful space! I just love how you were able to get inexpensive pieces and make them all look fabulous! Love, love, love this! All I can say is WOW!!

Devan Gaddie said...

This is one of the most stunning and inspirational craft rooms I've ever seen. I'm going to print this out and save it as inspiration for my own craft room!! Brilliant!!

Devan
Super Messy Supermommy

Leslie Harris said...

Kristen, I'm joining the chorus of admiring conmments, this looks fantastic and shows off your artistic talents! Wow. I posted today on my own office re-do and there's so much inspiration here I don't know where to look first. My office will be a plain Jane next to this!!! I'm so happy for you.
Leslie (aka Gwen Moss blog)

pam {simple details} said...

Your love and excitement for your very own space comes shining through in your description of all the details ~ it's beyond perfect, Kristen!

kekaylor said...

I am absolutely in love (and slightly jealous) of your craft room! First, it's beautiful and so well organized! I love all of the vintage pieces and pattern throughout. Second, it's enormous! I'm in the process of redoing my office, which happens to be about half the size of yours, but you have provided me with exceptional inspiration. Thank you - and great post!

Stacey Merrill said...

Fantastic! I am trying to turn the messy box room (back) into my art room & this is very inspiring. You scored some fab finds & put them together perfectly!

WhisperWood Cottage said...

Wow! I'm in love with every inch of that room! Great style and thrifty at the same time. You put your creativity to work and made a fabulous space!

Dream Mom said...

Just gorgeous! Love the oval desk and the chair is amazing. Very, very pretty!

Donna, The Decorated House said...

What a great space! You've done such a great job making a working area beautiful as well. I can see why you are so happy to have it!

House on the Way said...

Absolutely gorgeous room! Love the clock collection and the black and white! I'd love for you to share this at my party, Twirl & Take a Bow at www.houseontheway.com
It would be a great addition!
Leslie
House on the Way

Marissa Legg said...

This room is absolutely amazing, you did a fantastic job! Every detail is perfect! Stopping by from Funky Junk Interiors.

thistlewoodfarm said...

You are so amazing! Every time I visit here I am so inspired! You have such an eye for design :)

Thanks for inspiring me today!

blessings,
karianne

CAS said...

Your room is fabulous, Sophia! You have an amazing vintage clock collection.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I love your clock collection, just fantastic and your room is just gorgeous, love how you took the time with it, believe me it shows:)

Bettsi McComb said...

The room is so beautiful! I can see why you feel lucky! You did a great job on making it a place that inspires you.

Beth said...

This room is just crazy beautiful!! I'm not usually a black/white color scheme kinda gal, but the patterns and accents are so interesting to look at!

Terry Moore said...

Such a pretty cool space! I could really craft and inspire in here.

Erica said...

Super duper jealous! Your space is amazing. I love the clocks.

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Stunning, and what a great cool place to create from. I love that desk, so pretty the the shape is awesome! Loving all your clocks, and what a statement they make in your room. but I love that piece of luggage in the middle, my eye went right to it. Simply amazing! Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

How to Nest for Less said...

Wow, absolutely stunning! I'm in total awe of your clock collection. What a great space to escape, relax and create!

Chelsea @ Making Home Base said...

It's a fantastic space! I love vintage inspiration and the clocks are just stunning. Thanks for sharing your amazing craft room. It's just beautiful!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Kristen....I am speechless...and that does not occur often!!....Your office/craft room is beyond amazing!!...Just love your sense of style...A very long standing ovation!!!!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Great room and what a clock collection.

Allyson Pecilunas said...

Love this room!! I can see why you would never want to leave. I am popping over from From my front porch to yours. I am your newest follower. Stop by and see me sometime I'd love for you to follow me back.

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Sherry said...

Oh, my you should be proud! This is pure perfection! Will feature today at HSH! Thank you for joining me!

Sherry

Attempting Aloha said...

100% drool-worthy! Wow. Wow. Wow!

Aloha,
Charlie

Christine @ Let's Get Crafty! said...

I LOVE this room!!! I'm crushing on your desk...where
did you get that?

Amy@eatsleepdecorate said...

Absolutely adorable! I love the vintage clocks and that desk! oh that desk!

Art and Sand said...

I love, love, love your work space. My has been taken over by a visiting child and I'm going through withdrawals not being able to create.

LYNN COLLIER said...

I love your colors. What is your wall color? I love the yellow tone but have such a hard time picking colors. This all goes together so beautifully.

monogramsandmakeovers.com said...

I love your space. So classy! I am dreaming about updating mine and convincing the hubs he doesn't use the gym equipment anymore!

monogramsandmakeovers.com said...

I love your space. So classy! I am dreaming about updating mine and convincing the hubs he doesn't use the gym equipment anymore!

Lauras Crafty Life said...

What a fun space! I share a hobby room with my husband and I have slowly been making changes to make it prettier. I need to paint the room which is a huge undertaking since we have to move everything out, but maybe this year I will be able to do it! Beautiful space. You must feel so inspired!

Stacey-Lee said...

Such an elegant, inspiring space! I especially love the curtain rod detail linking back to your clock collection

Cassi Brightforest said...

I love the curved desk!! The whole room is wonderful

Amber Valdez said...

What color is the paint? It's the perfect creamy goldenrod color.

Marcia said...

WOW! WOW! and WOW! Love this gorgeous room, and the clock collection is fabulous.

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