Recently we decided that our formal living room was not useful. We never went in there. Like, ever. It was lovely to look at, but we all walked right by it on our way to the comfy family room that is connected to the kitchen. We also had a formal dining room that we used quite rarely. At my husband’s suggestion (for which he won 1 million husband points) we moved the formal dining room into the living room area, so that we had a pretty and formal space as you walked into our home, but then used the now empty formal dining room for a SEWING ROOM!
But the space is still downstairs, in the “company” part of the house, so it is necessary to have it look nice. That means I have to clean up after myself on a regular basis (probably a good idea anyway) and it means that I had to buy nice looking furniture and decorate it in keeping with the rest of the downstairs. The paint on the walls is Restoration Hardware’s “Silver Sage” and it continues throughout the entry, hall and dining room.
I can set my pattern instructions right on the gray buffet while I’m working on a garment. The white dress form with the bows hanging off it is not used for fitting; it is from a store I used to dress windows for and the measurements on it are nowhere near a normal human being’s measurements, so I just use it as a giant pincushion. I sure wish it was a tiny bit smaller so I could use it for my little girl’s clothes, but the shoulders are too broad.
The most wonderful part of the room is the giant cutting table. It is the most luxurious thing to be able to lay out 2 yards of fabric and cut it standing comfortably. The table is 12 IKEA “Lack” tables I glued together in two layers. My husband plans on putting a finished front with beadboard and trim on it so you don’t see under it when you walk by, but for now it works well. I like having easy access to all sides.
On the backside I have a bar to hang my works in progress so they aren’t cluttering up my table. That bar is usually very full but I cleaned it off for picture time. And I left a large area open so I can lay my patterns flat. Especially those PDF patterns on regular paper…they just don’t fold up easily.
You might be wondering where my patterns and fabric are. I couldn’t possibly only have 4 green buckets full. You’d be correct! Most of my stash is in the under the stair closet right next door. I won’t scare you with pics of that.