Craft Room Redesign

 We are in the middle of our winter here in Edmonton. There are roughly three more months of cold and snow left to get through. It’s such a long time and, usually in January and February, some of us start to feel antsy. It’s a great time to work on the inside of your home. We spend so much more time in our homes during the winter months, and organizing and refreshing our spaces can give us a real pep in our step, and make our homes that much more of a respite for ourselves. Reclaiming Home offers a service called Room Redesign. I come to your home for the day and we refresh one of your spaces, usually using only what you own. Earlier this month I had a chance to work with Sylvia on her office/craft room. Sylvia is a crafting queen and has a ton of supplies for all the scrapbooking, card making, and sewing she does. Not to mention the fact that she is spearheading a new non-profit thrift store. Her space was overwhelming her instead of giving her the room and ability to work and play. So we spent one day together editing, changing the layout, and styling the room into a functional, beautiful space just for her.


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Before we took this picture there were four extra big black tote boxes with other craft supplies on the ground. The first order of business was to remove anything that didn’t need to be in the room and remove anything that was on the floor. 

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Sylvia is a creative person and she had so many treasures she has collected over the years to work with.  We made her display shelves both beautiful and functional. This helped us make room to get things off the floor. She really wanted to make sure that the open shelving were pretty. So we went through the items that were important to display and then edited the rest. We added some pretty and functional file folders among the other things she wanted to display. It’s still beautiful and it adds much needed added storage for her supplies. 

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Removing one shelving unit from the space really helped us with the layout of the room. It was mostly to display pretty things without a lot of storage and it was forcing the desk to float in the middle of a smaller space. By moving the shelving unit out we were able to make her desk a peninsula against one wall. This created a clear walkway all around the desk, giving access to all the shelving units.  

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By moving the items that were on the floor to a dresser we really opened up the room. We also utilized the top of the shelving units to display some of the items she had on the shelving unit we removed. By moving the desk to this wall Sylvia is still able to look out her window while making the room feel much larger.

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Sylvia already had these two matching narrow shelving units in the space. They hold many items she needs ready access to. So we placed them side-by-side to create a very narrow console feel, and we did a command centre gallery style wall above it. We removed the one shelf she had in the room, and it will be used in Sylvia’s new thrift store. I hung up her curtain in the closet so that it was much cleaner. Sylvia had spent time organizing the closet before I came to the house. So adding the curtain gives a cleaner and calmer look when she doesn’t need access to the items stored there.

This is phase two for this room. When they bought the house it looked like this.

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When I have the opportunity to design a whole new room, with new furniture, paint, and some renovations, it is always a wonderful experience to see such a radical transformation. However I also love showing the HUGE impact doing a simple redesign can have on a space. Having someone come along side you and help you reimagine your home with the things you already own can transform a room in a single day. The fact that you are using what you already have is also a major plus for your wallet and the environment. Do you have a space in your home that you need help with? Have you taken on any organizing or refreshing projects this winter?

























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