Phase one complete! I had $1,000 saved up and needed some inexpensive storage immediately, as well as workspace. Bringing no furniture from the last home, it was quite literally a blank slate. The goal was a light, bright, and an inspiring space that I just had that sigh of happiness every time I walked in. Even though it isn’t complete yet, I’m definitely on the right track!
A few details about the space: the room is 23′ by 12′ in the main space. There is also a wide hallway and a bathroom that isn’t part of this dimension. The room is over the garage, and it gets chilly, so secondary heat was needed. The floors are Bruce 5″ solid hardwood in Country Natural Hickory. The come prefinished in the tongue and groove interlocking layout, which need to be nailed in (or glued depending on subfloor).
Here are the items I’ve purchased for the space so far:
- 58″ Kallax shelving units in high gloss white. Trust me the sheen more than makes up for the increased cost. (IKEA.com, $169ea.)
- Alex desks in white and placed back to back. The cord management is the perfect thing for those pesky necessities. I hide a power strip in there so only one tail shows to the floor. (IKEA.com, $129ea.)
- Mint Stockholm organizers. This seems like a splurge, but it definitely makes up the cohesiveness for organizing that is open to view. I chose the bigso storage box, magazine holders, photograph boxes, paper drawers and binders. I spent $200 this round but they’ll be going on sale next month during the annual office sale which coincides with tax time. (Containerstore.com, $9.99-$24.99)
- Russel+Hazel acrylic organizer. It was perfect for my quilt Ruler storage!(Containerstore.com, $24.99)
- Snille chairs in white. (IKEA.com, $14.99ea.)
- RealFlame electric fireplace heater. (Lowes.com, $575.00) —this one wasn’t part of my storage budget.
- Mint colored LED Desk Lamps. (dorm sale seasonal) (Walmart.com, $5.87 ea.)
I just keep envisioning a small scale loveseat near my fireplace and hope to arrange the room to accommodate one. But I think it’s more important to have space for storage and a cutting space (still brainstorming that one!). I hope to buy a few sets of drawers for fabric storage. I’ve thought and debated with myself about how to best store my collection. While I don’t get direct sunlight, I do get dust. I decided on drawers to add another layer to hopefully keep it off the fabrics. My side walls are 66″ until the ceiling angles, so a few tall chests will work since any bookshelf I loved will be too tall.
I also am going to tackle my DIY thread storage solution soon and make up a tutorial. Thread is another thing I try to keep out of light and dust, but let’s be honest…. those cutesy organizers in the stores will never work for my hoarding of spools. I just have too many for the embroidery work, and I like to keep them easy to find. Stay tuned, friends!