Monday, July 11, 2011

A Tale of a Living Room Corner

Often I find myself drooling over freshly uploaded pictures of peoples' crafting rooms. I love looking at them, dreaming of the someday when I might get my own room to decorate and craft in and leave as messy as I want. I used to craft at the kitchen table. That had one major drawback. People always wanted to eat there, which meant cleaning up my mess and putting it all a way. Every. single. time. One day after drooling over internet crafting spaces I was sitting in my "formal" living room, when I got an idea. Why not use this space? No one used the formal living room because there was not a tv in there. No one really sat on the couches except for the cats. (And most of the time they were happier to scratch the couches instead of sit on them). So I thought, "Hey self, why not use that one tiny corner there. Its just one empty corner, no one will even notice." And so in the beginning it looked like this:
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A tiny little gate leg table- which I could fold up when not in use. A little shelf on the wall. I took over the shelving unit on the side as well. A couple of things on the table top. No big deal. You hardly even notice such a thing.
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When it was time to craft I would lift up the table side and spread out. I borrowed a dining room chair to sit on. Easy peasey. But then....
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It started to look like this. All. The. Time. I started crafting on the floor because as you can see there was no room on the table! And I bet you can guess how often it got all cleaned up. You will also notice things started getting added to the wall. I needed more organizational space because frankly I had lots more stuff! Stuff started to sit on the floor and on the couch. Things were beginning to get out of control. Sooooo.....
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I purchased this! Cute enough to be in the formal living room... look how pretty the top is. Nice neutral color. We had gotten a new wood floor and it went nicely with that as well. And the sides had cubbies... lots of extra room!
So you would think that by now I really wouldn't need anymore space... but you would be wrong because somehow I always needed one more little thing. Which brings us to today. The newest acquisition:
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A ribbon shelf! A whole lovely shelf devoted to ribbon! Look room to grow as well! Built for me by my husband... and since he built it maybe he doesn't care that I am slowly taking over the entire living room.
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And here is the final result... for now anyway...

9 comments:

Sue Ann said...

I showed Curt this ribbon holder ......... I think I see one in my future in the new house AND he said he would even add a beer opener for me on the side ..... that husband of mine is ALWAYS thinking :) Fantastic thought from your hubby......... LOVE IT!!!

Jennifer Scull said...

I have a wall in my bedroom. we use what we got! ;) love that ribbon holder!

Amy said...

Love it! Thank you so much for sharing your space with us.....I think that shelf is amazing and your hubby did a FAB job!!

Claire Brennan said...

Pat on the back that man!!! fabby! I could sell those, that is such a neat shelf!! hugs!!

Cheryl said...

Okay, I didn't realize that my daughter was still signed in to her gmail account. This is what I really wanted to say: I like knowing that someone else has as much stuff as I do...It makes me feel not quite so alone. Also, congrats for staking your claim!

Suzanne said...

It's so awesome! You are one lucky lady to have such a nice hubby!! :)

Nancy said...

Wonderful transformation, Michele!! Love your story . . . and the last words "for now anyway." :) The ribbon shelves are beautiful - you two make a good team!

Jennifer K said...

Hee hee. Love the before and after and how you slowly started taking over the room. I say you just go for it and make it official and make the whole room yours!

Danielle said...

lolol! I love how you showed what your corner turned into. I started with a small corner in our office, and thankfully now have a room (since we had our basement finished). Unfortunately I'm still waiting for the furniture to arrive, so for now I am crafting on the floor!