This started back when I moved my quilt studio from the front bedroom to the back bedroom. It had been Jos' office before that and we turned the smallest bedroom into his office so I could have his room and make the front bedroom which overlooks a school yard was once again the guest bedroom. Phew! Is that confusing? With me spending such long hours a day in the studio, Jos thought it would be more peaceful for me to move it to the back of the house. I moved everything and we stained the bookshelves to a lovely Colonial teak color. Jos bought me a beautiful desk and wall cabinet for my sewing antiques. I refinished some drawers with fabric fronts. I seemed all set but I could not feel right in the room. I really need to create an atmosphere in this space to make it my own.
I was watching an Oprah show recently and there was a show on about a woman who was a hoarder and they were trying to help her. There were some experts with her walking her through the process. Now I don't have that problem but I was able to pick up a great piece of advice. One guy said that before you even start, you must have a vision of how this space should be for you. Something clicked with hearing that and I now think I know what I need to do with the room.
I had already brought up my antique embroidery table with a pretty lamp and chair. I had hung some lace curtains. These are all things working towards that vision. I have a very practical but not very beautiful chair at my desk. This needed a makeover! It was a plain red fabric...
...and now it has a chintz fabric remnant I bought years ago at a Laura Ashley shop. Behind and around the chair is total choas. Stacks of patterns and books and fabrics needing sorted and organized. I feel like having redone the chair will help encourage me to start more of the organizing. I will keep sharing things I do to the studio as they happen.