We moved into our new house this past weekend and it’s been a non stop frenzy of unpacking chaos! I had moved a good portion of my kitchen ahead of time so I had a little bit of a head start which and I managed to get the rest of the house unpacked pretty quickly. It’s just about all done although I’m sure I’ll be moving things around for the next few months. I started unpacking the studio yesterday and I’ve made really good progress so here’s a little photo tour of what it looks like so far…
My studio is in the atttic which is a very spacious room. The only drawback is that I don’t have a lot of windows to look out onto the property which is disappointing but I do get some really good natural light in here because of the skylights. When you come up the stairs and look to the right you’ll see my main working area:
This side of the room measures a pretty generous 16′x 20′so I’ve got a good amount of space to work with. You can see I have my ironing station and my sewing table all set up. I will put up all my thread racks on either side of that window.
My Sweet 16 machine is still in the box and the table needs to be set up for that. It’s really heavy so I have to wait for hubby to help with that. I’ve already hung up all of my long arm rulers behind where the sweet 16 will go and along the short wall in the photo I’ve hung up all my rotary cutting rulers. I’ve ordered a new cutting table which will be here later this week and that will go in that empty space. My worktable from my other studio was too wide for them to bring up the stairs so it’s now located in the basement of the house where the workout studio is.
We’ve installed bookcases all along the left side of the room which you can see in the first photo and I’ve used two of them for most of my books. I have more but I didn’t want to use up all the shelving for books so I’ve crammed as many and I can into two of them. they still need to be sorted by category but at least they’re out of the boxes!
I’m using the other side of the room to the left when you come up the stairs as my office space.
My main desk is where I sit and do computer work and the watch cabinet to the left is where I sit and draw or use watercolors. I’ve filled the drawers in that cabinet with all my markers,pens,and watercolor supplies. I love that cabinet! To the left of that in the photo is my desk credenza. That still has to be mounted to the wall and once that’s done I’ll be able to unpack the rest of my office supply boxes. This side of the room is pretty spacious too measuring 16′x 12′. I even have a nice spacious closet on this side to use as storage:
There are only a couple of drawbacks to my new space –the wall color is yellow which I hate. I really prefer to have white walls in my studio so I don’t have to worry about the wall color making the fabric colors appear differently. And the floor has carpeting. Since the floor has carpeting I won’t be working with any paints up here. We have a room in the basement set aside that will become a separate dye/wet studio for me complete with it’s own dedicated washing machine so I won’t have to drag dyed fabric through the house to the laundry room to wash it out. If I end up staying up here I will repaint the walls, put in hardwood flooring and add a couple of dormer windows. Right now the plan is to only have to be up here through the end of the year until we move my husbands wood-shop into the carriage house once construction on it has been completed. Then we will convert the two car garage that’s attached to the house into a permanent studio for me. We’ll see though,I may end up being very happy up here –it’s a bit like being in a studio tree house. Right now I’m just happy to be unpacked,set up and ready to get busy making some new quilts!