Colourful creative office

Office after

My office. A space that’s completely my own. The last bedroom in our house. It’s done. And I’m so happy with how it turned out.

While I’ve used the word “office” to describe this room, it’s really a sewing, crafting, creative space.

It’s filled with the things that I like to do. The things I like the most and that mean the most to me (Bill!). I love that I now have an organized room that I enjoy being in.

Favourite things in the office

This wall used to be filled with boxes that had been packed since we moved in five years ago. Now, the thrifted china cabinet holds sewing and knitting supplies, magazines and memorabilia–and keeps them all organized.

China cabinet storage in the office

Sewing pattersn and knitting needles

Knitting and sewing supplies

Growing up, I never won a trophy. When we were dating, I mentioned this to Matt. One fall, after I ran my first 10K, Matt presented me with a huge trophy. It meant so much to me that he did that. However, the trophy was truly huge. I took it apart and then put it back together in a slightly smaller configuration, and it fits easily on the shelves.

Running trophy

Reconfiguring the closet was also hugely helpful to keep everything organized. Hanging up my big pieces of fabric makes it easy to see what I have and ensures that I’m more likely to use them.

Fabric stash hanging in the closet

When it came to art, I wanted to display some of my favourite things–like this collection of vintage hats. My Mom taught me how to sew. She learned from her mother–the original owner of most of these hats. In fact, my great-grandmother made one of the hats that is hanging on the wall.

I love the idea of a time where people regularly dressed up to go out, and hats were part of the outfits. I don’t live in that world, but I can still enjoy these hats by having them on display.

Vintage hats hung on the wall

The gallery wall is another showcase of my favourite things.

Gallery wall

The same grandma that taught my Mom to sew also had a collection of Red Rose Tea figurines. Often when we were leaving her home after visiting, she would give us a figurine to take home. A few years ago, I decided to collect a full set of the nursery rhyme statues. Between gifts and flea markets, I got every one. However, I’ve never had a place to display them. Now I do–along with a fun photo of my Mom and I modeling some of the hats.

Red Rose Tea figurines

Another small collection that is finally on display is my thimble collection. Matt’s parents travel a fair amount, and my MIL buys a china thimble for me pretty much everywhere they go. I made a really small shelf to go above my sewing machine, and it holds all of the thimbles perfectly.

A magnetic strip from Lee Valley, painted the same colour as the wall, holds sewing instructions where I can easily see them as I’m working.

Thimble collection

While I’m not an official participant in the One Room Challenge, which concludes this week, it definitely helped motivate me to finish off this room. I love that every item on my to-do list is crossed off.

You can check out all of the official ORC participants at Calling it Home.

Feminine blue and floral office

There are so many little details that make this room work really well for me. And I love the beauty and the sentimentality that I was able to incorporate as well. While the ORC motivated me to finish the office, the room itself is now motivating me to keep crafting. I’ve returned to some projects that have been hanging around for a little while and had a super productive sewing month where I’ve churned out a dress, jacket and several pillows. I’m excited by what else this room is going to inspire.

Thanks for following along on the makeover. Do you have a crafty creative space at your house? What helps motivate you to finish projects–whether big like a room makeover or smaller crafts? Do you have a favourite collection on display?

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13 thoughts on “Colourful creative office

  1. Ack!!! You have tea animals!!!
    Sorry, lol…your room is just lovely! So spacious and minimalist, and every item in it with a purpose or special memory. It definitely would be an inspiring place to work. The colours are vibrant and beautiful. Your great grandmother would probably be pretty amazed to see her hats taking pride of place on the wall, and quite honoured I dare say. 🙂
    Tea animals have a special place in my heart as well. They were just coming out in the boxes of tea when I was a little girl. I was the youngest in my family (by ten years), and with four teenagers, the focus was not on child toys and experiences. My family was not materialistic – we didn’t even get the kind of cereal with the cheapo toy inside. But one thing that was bought on a regular basis was Red Rose tea, and I got the tea animal. Those animals took my imagination to all kinds of heights in my (probably hundreds of) hours of solitary play, and were something I shared with my friends, comparable to baseball or hockey cards, I imagine. To this day I never open a new box of tea without putting my face up to it and inhaling deeply! Ahhh….
    Your beautiful office is inspiring me to do something similar with my own creative space!

  2. I too have an office although it is definitely not as glorious as yours! My son calls it my Workshop 😊. I now call it that because I think it’s more fitting.
    Love the work you’ve done!

  3. Your room looks fantastic, Julia! And boy, do I love your organization!

    I have a “sewing tub” all of my sewing (except for my sewing machine) fits in a 20 gallon tote. But my mom has quite a sewing room!

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