craft room makeover

Dylan and I primed, painted (and painted again) the amazing built-in that our neighbor handcrafted in our Stitch and Stretch room!

Dylan and I primed, painted (and painted again) the amazing built-in that our neighbor handcrafted in our Stitch and Stretch room!

When we moved into our home six years ago, the front room with the biggest window and the best light in the whole house got designated as the “yoga room.” Over the years, it has gotten moderate use - there have been stretches of time (pun totally intended) when I was dedicated to a home practice and was in there each morning, but there have equally been times when I haven’t even crossed the threshold of the doorway for months. We once grew plants in there, but when Takk came around, the window became his domain, and he’d often laze the day away curled up on a blanket. 

During the dark days of winter, Dylan and I decided that the room needed a makeover. Since it is arguably one of the best rooms in the house, we needed to use it more and infuse it with energy. That’s when the idea came to turn it into a craft/yoga room, or as I like to call it, a Stitch and Stretch room. 

I have been waiting for months to reveal the transformation, and it’s still not 100% (only needs pillows and air plants), but it is ready for its debut! Since its 'near completion,' I have been in the room daily -stitching or stretching, or both. I am often joined by Takk, and I’ve even been joined on occasion by Dylan! (To be fair he hasn’t been home much recently, he’s working so much down in Atlanta.)

It’s everything I could have dreamed of and more. I get so inspired in there! From the huge window revealing a playground for birds, chipmunks and bunnies, to a perfect place for my yarn stash and every other craft item I have been trying to find room for, to enough space to spread out/make a mess/move around/sit and be still, I feel that the room has finally realized its potential (and its helping me to do so too!).

The piece de resistance is a custom built-in, made by our neighbor who was a woodworking teacher in high school some years back. Two large “bookshelves” frame the window, and a storage bench spans the distance between them. My books, projects, yarn, sewing machine, fabric, notions, blocking mats, yoga mats and props all have a home within the shelves and bench. He took great care in crafting it, and it shows. This is a piece that we’ll treasure and get great use out of! We got the bench cushion made by Cushion Source, a ‘Made in America’ company with an environmental commitment to employing sustainable practices and using eco-friendly materials. 

We complement the form and function of the built-in with a small bookshelf and desk from West Elm. (A lot of the furniture in our home is from West Elm, whose products are often sustainably sourced, Fair Trade Certified, handcrafted organic and/or local) And because that still wasn’t enough storage (!!) there’s a small bookshelf with baskets (from Target) in the closet, along with my DIY dress form, ironing board, ball winder and swift and other odds and ends. 

I would be in there all day long if I could, but for now I’ll just relish the hours I get to sneak in for knitting, sewing, yoga and meditation, minute by minute. 

If you'd like to see where some of the other components came from, I'll list them at the bottom of this post. For now, let's take a look at the before/after! 

BEFORE: The sparsely decorated "yoga room" 

BEFORE: The sparsely decorated "yoga room" 

AFTER: The window bench is all storage, and houses yoga mats/props, blocking materials, and some sewing essentials. The built-in already feels like it has been there forever!

AFTER: The window bench is all storage, and houses yoga mats/props, blocking materials, and some sewing essentials. The built-in already feels like it has been there forever!

A little more storage (and there's even more in the closet!) 

A little more storage (and there's even more in the closet!) 

These floor protectors were irresistable - orange tabby cat paws! 

These floor protectors were irresistable - orange tabby cat paws! 

Here's a short list of the other components (not already mentioned) that helped this room come together - some of which I've had for years!

Knitting bags: Fringe Field Bag (grey), Fringe Porter Bins (natural), Twig and Horn Crossbody Tote (camel)

Wall Hooks: World Market

Hardware for built-in: Anthropologie

Desk Chair: Wayfair

Lamp: Lamps Plus

Salt Lamp: Evolution Salt

Curtains: World Market

Stool: Crate and Barrel

Pin Board: Pottery Barn

Paw Socks: Amazingly Cat

Yoga Frog: Pier1

Meditation seat: Gaiam

And that's a wrap! Time to get crafty :)