I've come to the realization that I'm a perfectionist. As I took these photos I kept thinking, oh wait, I wanted to make this, or change this, or add this and really hesitated taking the photos at all. But then I thought that if I don't take the photos now, who knows when I would feel like it was "complete", and with a baby coming, who knows when I would do the projects I wanted done. So. Here it is, my Never Enough Orange (NEO) Sewing Studio!I covered both my giant antique desk and retro green kitchen table with the same white faux leather I used to cover my sewing bench and sewed some orange and white plaid bias around the edges. I took the knobs off the desk and spray painted some inexpensive ones, saving the old ones for fear that one day we'd take the desk to Antique's Roadshow and they would tell us, if only you had the original knobs, this would be worth 2 million dollars ;).
Now my fabric doesn't even get to reside in my Never Enough Orange Sewing Studio, but I do have most of my notions and other sewing supplies stored under the table in clear containers. I placed an orange sample of what they contain in the front instead of labeling them since little hands would most likely pull the labels off within a matter of minutes. Behind the drawers is our emergency water containers, so the drawers can't get pushed back very far.
I used a paper holder and plastic containers to store some of my supplies such as embroidery thread, beads, covered button supplies, and random odds and ends that I manage to collect. I would eventually like to replace this with a cool vintage miniature cupboard with lots of little drawers (orange, of course) but I haven't happened upon such a treasure as of yet. I also keep handy a few of my sewing reference books on the table for easy access.
Even though they might contain out of date (or uninteresting) projects, I really like the Reader's Digest books for Sewing and Needlework. They hold a huge amount of techniques that I browse through every once in a while when I need a refresher on something or to learn how to do something differently.
I kept killing my orange plants except for the succulents, so that's what I've finally stuck with (and those artificial flowers in the back). My markers, pens, and pencils are on the table top for easy access. Plus scissors. Never too many scissors.
My dad emailed me one day and told me I needed this vintage Florida beverage tray he found on Etsy. Being the obedient daughter that I am, I promptly ordered it and enjoy it with some of my favorite threads and yarns from Habu.
The play kitchen had a makeover as well with some spray paint and wrapping paper as the backsplash. It was a lot more involved than I thought, but worth it. Azure and Clover love this little kitchen and I love to be served their little meals. The garbage can is just a wire basket that I covered with some oil cloth and taped with some decorative Japanese tape.Where I slave away ;). I love how bright this room is. It makes for a happy seamstress. The painting was done by my dad and the felted floral vine I snatched up from ABC Carpet & Home in New York on our last visit. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it yet, but I knew it needed to come home with me.
I filled a vase with glass pebbles to keep my much used supplies easily accessible: fabric scissors, fabric pens and pencils (separated from other types of pencils), and rulers.
In my mini Bisley drawers I keep more beads, needles and other odds and ends I use in my sewing projects.
The drawers in this desk are d e e p, perfect for storing my thread rainbow. Of course when someone accidentally pulls them all the way out, it makes for an annoying clean-up, but luckily that doesn't happen too frequently :).One of the most beloved features is having my ironing board right next to my sewing machine plus a view of the kids playing in the backyard. Still loving my Reliable Iron.
Do you know where to get your very own stars yet?And did you notice my new baby of the plug-in variety? Yes. I'm spoiled. Bernina is closing out their 400 series and so she came home with me for my birthday. She's a beaut. What should I name her? Her little sister won't be going anywhere, but turned into the sewing machine for my girls so we don't have to argue about who took my thread out of here?!
View from the desk: This is where all the art supplies and games are kept.I feel spoiled but very grateful to have a dedicated space for creating after 11 years of marriage, but for those who just have the kitchen table or a corner of a room, it doesn't mean your sewing is limited, you just have to get more creative. We've always had limited space in our petite apartments and houses, but that hasn't stopped me from sewing where and when I can. I once sewed an apron on the floor of a closet. Where's the strangest place you've sewn?
There you have it! Of course I will continue to share the projects I complete to make it even more orange-y orange :).
I love it and all the details are so thoughtful and functional!ReplyDelete
Love your new sewing-studio! I'd just love to have a room like that. I do my sewing whereever there is enough room to put my sewing machine!ReplyDelete
All the best for the last days before the baby comes!
Such a gorgeous room! I have a sewing corner, at least. I actually took my sewing machine to college, and did a fair bit of sewing in my dorm room!ReplyDelete
I have Studio envy!!! It's beautifulReplyDelete
Such a beautiful space! How exciting about your new machine too :)ReplyDelete
What a bright, cheery and wonderfully Orange space you have created. Congrats on your new room and I hope it inspires you more amazing projects.ReplyDelete
now that is just an extremely well done space. love the space for the ironing board to stay permanently up and the views both into and out from the room.ReplyDelete
I have never really cared for the color orange but you have made me LOVE it!!! I am so jealous of all those windows! I love that you have the play kitchen in your studio... I have a little coloring station set up in mine so my girls can be creative while I am :)ReplyDelete
Oh I just love it! You've done an amazing job making this space not just your own, but one that the kidlets will be able to join you in. I especially love all the windows/natural light! Ohhhh you give me something to aspire to. Lovely job, just lovely.ReplyDelete
Uauuuu!!!Is wonderfully, love,love, love orange!ReplyDelete
Love it. So cute!ReplyDelete
Great job! I love the letters and the artwork.ReplyDelete
Another wonderful Katy creation. I too, wasn't always fond of orange, it is now one of the colors I'm craving more of.ReplyDelete
Great job!! Such a cheerful place and the little girls can still be part of your private place.
Such a tease! I even knew this post was coming...but I thought "The Great Reveal" meant we got to know if it was pink or blue :) Beautiful studio, though!! I love it.ReplyDelete
Great perspective on the last window. Almost storybook like.ReplyDelete
Gorgeous...love all the light.ReplyDelete
I often feel guilty of having my very own room to myself now (took me 10yrs to get it. I just remind myself of the times I crammed my machine at one end of the kitchen table while the boys ate at the other end. The worst place: sewing in the bathroom once. We were in a 2 bdrm temporary apt with 3 boys, 2 dogs for 6 months.
I'm in love!!! what a perfect orange space :)ReplyDelete
finally the great reveal! I'm in love with it . . . especially the 2 walls of windows . . . nice natural light to sew by . . . heaven! :)ReplyDelete
oh i love it! Beautiful, cute, makes me want to sew in there. And that family photo is gorgeous. Well done Katie!ReplyDelete
I love it! Just beautiful! And I love that you can see the yard from that window.ReplyDelete
Enjoy the last few moments of pregnancy!
Andrea @ TheTrainToCrazy
Amazing! I love how you put space in there for your girls to spend time as well!ReplyDelete
Your room is absolutely lovely....and there is just the perfect amount of orange :)ReplyDelete
This is a dream!! I'm so jealous, I love it all. I have half a room that I have to evacuate whenever we have company :) Someday...!ReplyDelete
what a dream space and how nice that it includes kid stuff. You can all be working and playing TOGETHER =) (I've been checking your blog diligently to see if you've had your baby. I'm past due as well...)ReplyDelete
very nice! I love the windows, so much light! Congrats on the arrival of your Bernina!ReplyDelete
Oh so wonderful and dreamy. I love your windows in that room so much! So bright and cheery!!! Now it's making me re-think my future craft room!ReplyDelete
Such a gorgeous room! I love all the light (and, of course, all the orange :)ReplyDelete
It really is beautiful!
I love it and orange is my least favorite color. I'm starting to rethink orange now.ReplyDelete
I would LOVE to know where you buy your fabric for sewing clothes. I'm having trouble finding some stores, and that is REALLY what I like to sew, clothing for my two little girls too:)
Oh how I would LOVE to pick your brain about garment making in your beautiful studio!
What a fun and happy place! I love it! :) Congrats on your new machine too. I'm still sewing on the corner of the kitchen table when we don't have company.ReplyDelete
I keep all scissors out of reach from my little ones-- in a container only I can open-- little fingers can cut hair. (happened last week)ReplyDelete
Orange is my favorite color, and I just love your studio. I hope to have a similar space in the future.ReplyDelete
SO FRESH and fun and bright!ReplyDelete
I have studio envy (mine is in a part of the basement with no windows).
Awesome, awesome space! Orange has always been my FAV color! My sewing space is in my bedroom. Hopefully one of these days, I can have a sewing studio like yours!! Wonderful job!!ReplyDelete
I must admit that although I read your post yesterday, "The Great Reveal" made me think "Baby?!"...but soon enough and in the meantime your studio is beautiful!!ReplyDelete
I am a "hogger of the kitchen table" sewer. Someday I will get my own room! I never put my machine and serger away (unless we have company for dinner) so it is always ready and waiting. I recovered my first baby's carseat sitting on the couch with my sewing machine sitting on a very small and low coffee table in a tiny apartment! Love the family picture on the beach of everyone in white and what else, orange!ReplyDelete
I LOVE all the orange..your studio is beautiful! My sewing space is at the back of our walk in closet...lol..I would love to have as much space as you have to sew! :0)ReplyDelete
It's just so perfect! NOW the baby can come. I once took "Little Shop Of Horrors" on the road (drew the short stick while working in the costume shop), and the outdoor ampitheater flooded. Luckily my costumes were on racks, but I had to fix seams by hand while sitting up on cabinets with a half of foot of water on the ground.ReplyDelete
What a fun sunny room. I think one color really unifies a space (albeit a small space) and makes it look so much happier. Definitely something I've learned today.ReplyDelete
PS: I think if you have a baby girl you should name your sewing machine a boy name like Roger. "I think I'll go spend some time with Roger."
Being a lover of orange myself, I think you missed one opportunity to orangify your room. The while ceiling fan needs to be painted orange, or at least the blades. It would look fantastic. Happy sewing.ReplyDelete
love it! the orange makes me happyReplyDelete
Oh my goodness.... so beautiful!!! I'm also very excited because I own the "New Complete Guide to Sewing" as well. Maybe, one day, I'll be using it to make as beautiful clothing for my little ones as you do yours. Enjoy the space! Oh, yeah... one more thing, can I come over? :)ReplyDelete
I love it. I love the simplicity, and the fun little details. I am remodeling a small "office," that will be my craft room. I'm loving some of your ideas. (except, I can't decide on just ONE color!) :) I laughed when I read you've sewn on the floor too! I had to about a year ago when I'd just moved in and had to finish up some headbands for my sister in laws birthday present before I had time to set the machine on a table! :)ReplyDelete
Looks great! I often sew on my dresser top. I have a little built in corner desk where I can do small things, but there are so many other things there I can't really do big projects. And I pretty much always pin/lay things out on my bed, so it makes sense to sew on the dresser. I used to sew on our dining room table, but since I do my sewing late at night and it's now adjacent to my two-year-old's room, that's out. I do my best, but I do dream of someday having a dedicated space!ReplyDelete
lovely katy, I was hoping we'd get to see the whole room together soon! :) beautiful!ReplyDelete
When you bite into a just picked orange- it is truly refreshing! That is how your sewing studio is! Truly a relaxing place! Love it! I am now encouraged to reorganize my sewing nook- right now!ReplyDelete
wow, the natural light alone makes this the best studio ever. i commented yesterday that i have a orange couch (a real pleather orange couch from a 1970s decorating spree). i also have a antique desk very similar to yours. the drawers (mine has those pully out things on each side too) are deep and wonderful. believe it or not i also have a table just like yours, mine is a funky green plus the comfy chairs. i think your tablecloth/topper is brilliant, i must make one of those guys. this is too loong, sorry. my first sewing machine was in a cabinet with a flip out table top, had it in my daughter's (a toddler then) play room. once i was intense in my sewing, not paying close attention to her, whoops! she had climbed from the chair onto the sewing machine table....tilting, tilting, tilting!!! labor day is right around the corner :>)ReplyDelete
well i do my sewing in a corner of my desc you can are invited 2 watchReplyDelete
great love to read your posts and congrat's on the new baby
terrific space. i love love love the orange.ReplyDelete
So lovely. I especially love the letters all around the room. I'm pinning onto my "future classroom" board (:ReplyDelete
You should name your machine Bernice. It's a perfect name for a sewing machine.ReplyDelete
LOVE the letters! The strangest place I've ever sewn was on the floor of my apartment, in the middle of moving. I was making costumes for a musical, and because of some bad timing issues, ended up having to work on everything while also trying to pack boxes and move. After I'd moved into my new place, I had to finish sewing on the floor because my deadline was so tight I couldn't even wait to get my table put back together. I had to wait two days to unpack so that I could finish the costumes.ReplyDelete
i have a little curly headed blonde boy wearing an orange t-shirt you can have for your NEO studio...although, i should tell you he comes with a VERY smelly nappy (diaper) and a snotty nose.ReplyDelete
ps. you're amazing!
This turned out incredibly fantastic! I am just loving all of your little touches and vintage pieces. I've never really been an orange person, but you might have inspired me to give it a shot in some upcoming projects :)ReplyDelete
I just sewed my daughter a dress with the sewing machine sitting on a tv speaker and me sitting on a small u-haul box! Ha! The things we do!ReplyDelete
I love it ... so bright and fun! Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
It looks great! Enjoy!ReplyDelete
my first apt in NYC was studio that i shared with my boyfriend (now husband) It was approximately 300sqr ft and had 18in of counter space in the kitchen. I'd make sure the dishes were done and the sink was clean and dry. Standing in the kitchen with my foot pedal on the floor, i'd sew my fashion school projects while my work fell off the machine and into the sinkReplyDelete
SO organised and tidy and I can't believe you were doing all this while you're about to pop and have 5 kids already. Amazing!!ReplyDelete
Wow, what a fantastic creative space!!! Love all the orange accents and the fact that you can watch the children play in the backyard with all those fabulous windows!!!! Ideal!ReplyDelete
The strangest place I've sewn anything is in a hotel room. I am a scrapbooker/card-maker and my best friend and I managed a girl's weekend away to scrapbook. We rented a hotel room and did a bit of shopping, but mostly creating. We often use our sewing machines in our projects, so we brought one along. In addition to sewing on the cards we made, we managed to get the dust covers for both our machines done, a project we had been wanting to get done for ages. It was a fab weekend!
I started reading your blog because of NEO! Orange is my current favorite color, and I'm dying over your sewing space--love it. I'm especially swooning over the alphabet letters. And the windows--oh the windows! So open, so pretty.ReplyDelete
This space is pure delight.
I absolutely love it! Great job! Happy sewing in there...ReplyDelete
WOW! It is an inspiring place and deserving of your immense talent.ReplyDelete
Great space, I'm so Jealous! I am a samurai sewer, having sewn in the lobby of both girl's dorms (midnight pajama pant mania!) and the boy's dorm (when I lost my mind and helped them make 32 kilts). I have sewn from the passenger seat of my 68 VW Beetle (with a cigarette adapter!) and on the floor, bed and hallway in my own Dorm. I have always dreamed of sewing outside, but guess that's not terribly practical.ReplyDelete
What a beautiful view you have from your studio! I also love the way you coordinated everything in orange. So bright and cheerful!!!ReplyDelete
I love it!ReplyDelete
Okay, names for your new sewing machine . . .
Sunset or Sunshine "Sunny"
Goldie or Golden
I tried to come up with an "orange" name.
So many things:ReplyDelete
1-I am genuinely happy for you that you finally get a sewing room!
2-How did you make your dress form stand orange?
3-Love that you are using your big button box!
4-Whenever I see something orange, I think, oh, Katy would like that!
5-I'm jealous of your new machine but glad you have it, you certainly deserve it. I still have fond memories of you, me and mom getting our first Bernina together.
6-I love you.
Lovely! Now paint the inside of that french door orange and you'll be done! You know you've already considered this. Just do it!ReplyDelete
OMG it's so lovely! I can't wait to get out of my apartment and get a house so I can start my craft room. I'm so jealous, simply Beautiful! Thanx for sharing!ReplyDelete
Every single inch of it is awesome! You completely deserve it! Its so cool how you can see the back yard from it!ReplyDelete
What a lovely creative space. I'm slightly jealous of all that light! I'm a corner of a room seamstress but that is already a step up for me so I count my blessings. I have the Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework book too and even though it's old like you said, it's a great reference!ReplyDelete
Your space is fantastic! It makes me happy just looking at all the gorgeous colorReplyDelete
i just know you have a new dill, or are waiting for labor day. :>)ReplyDelete
Praying for a smooth delivery and healthy mom and baby dill -ReplyDelete
Ya know, I've never really liked the color orange. You've made it grow on me. Well done! It looks like heaven to sew in.ReplyDelete
So nice! Orange is such a good color to play in. Love your style.ReplyDelete
Love your sewing room. Especially love how bright it is, and the orange is great. know you must of had lots of fun planning and creating!! The desk is great, and to have Ryan's picture right there, neat thought!! Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
i'm so jealous of the feeling you must have of everything in its right place! yes, there will always be more to do to make it the perfect space, but i'm already just so jealous of the insane organization!
thank you for the grand tour. so many wonderful ideas you've so graciously shared! may your deeds be as graciously rewarded with a smooth + delightful labor and delivery!
LOVE it. I'm not a huge orange fan, but I LOVE it in your sewing room. I've been visualizing bright orange paint all over the walls, but what you've done is spectacular!ReplyDelete
Looks fantastic, really bright and cheery and just a happy place to be!ReplyDelete
I too have the readers digest book, was my first sewing book and I still refer to it often.
Wow. This is something I can only dream about. Thanks for sharing. I love orange!ReplyDelete
Ohh my !!! <3 <3 I'm drooling!! And I <3 your Habu!!ReplyDelete
Gorgeous space! I hope you are happy with it, though I know the nagging of hte perfectionist mind. I hope the baby arrives soon and wish you well with the arrival.ReplyDelete
WOW. What an amazing space. And also, I <3 your family picture! What a fabulous idea!ReplyDelete
Hi Katy, yes, you truly are blessed. Hope the next one is a boy just to mixed it up some. Wouldn't those girls spoil him if it was. They'll spoil anyway.ReplyDelete
I"m following you now and hope you'll follow on mine too. Helps me to stay in touch.
Blessings, Coleen in Ukraine
American missionary artist
just found this on pinterest and I LOVE IT!ReplyDelete
i am doing a series on my blog about unique craft spaces and would love for you to link this up!
I will be doing a ton of features!
Hi...just found you over at Taylor Made. Love your sewing room. I just added my link to the party too. Seems like we have similar rooms...is yours on a porch too. My room is a three season porch. It has thermal windows, but no heat out there! I'm thankful for my space heater in the winter!ReplyDelete
Absolutely love the orange!!!
What a lovely space!ReplyDelete
I just stopped over from Taylor Made. So many great ideas you have! I am currently trying to figure out how to combine my sewing that is in the basement and my scrapbook which is upstairs in a little room off the Master Bedroom. You have such a wonderful room!
So jealous your room is marvelous!ReplyDelete