I have trouble with envy. I envy those who are blessed to have the beautiful and spacious studios we see featured on Pinterest. They are gorgeous. Maybe you are thinking, “Same!” How could we not be inspired and productive in such amazing spaces? But we are all in different stages of our lives, with varying levels of family responsibilities and financial budgets. So for those of you who, like me, are not able to claim a whole room of your home to use as your space, here are a couple of ideas to help you carve out a “Craft Nook” to call your very own.
This is my little corner in the master bedroom. Everything you see, the armoire, the sofa table, the marble-top buffet, both chairs, even the lamp, were all purchased second hand.
First, I found this gargantuan armoire on Craigslist. My husband and son dutifully loaded it onto the truck and carefully transported it across town, threaded it down our hallway, and into my bedroom. . . where we placed it in front of the window, because my room is so crowded that there is nowhere else to fit another piece of furniture. Then my son said, “So, is this the gateway to Narnia?” And, “ I never understood how Lucy and Edmund could fit through the wardrobe.” Now we know it is possible.
I found this awesome marble top buffet on Craigslist, also. Between the Narnia wardrobe and this marble-top sideboard, I am able to store all my paper craft supplies.
Next, to offset the large armoire, I repurposed the sofa table from my living room. It is now my desk. Small yes, but it works in my space.
And this old fashioned wood office chair that swivels and has wheels and a lever to adjust the seat height. I love it!
Finally, a lovely upholstered chair. Mostly just there to look pretty. Oftentimes, laden with sweaters, which I move to the bed because I want my little corner to be nice. But sometimes my son will come sit in the lovely chair next to me while I am in my craft nook thinking. He will tell me stories about his day, which is a wonderful thing. If you, like me, have a child who tells you about his day, you and I are pretty much the luckiest people in the world. And then I realize that I don’t envy those who are blessed to have glorious craft rooms. I know that I too, am blessed.