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30 Ideas for Your Crafts Room, Home Office, or Workroom

Southern Living idea house multipurpose

I had a difficult time knowing what to call my newly redone room.  Is it an office? a study? a crafts room? The photo above is from a Southern Living Idea House, and they called theirs a multipurpose room. I thought it fit the room, but boy is that a loooong name to say!  Because my room seems to be a combination of an office, a crafts room, a sewing room, and a giftwrap station, I chose to call it the workroom. Whatever you choose to call it, it is a useful space to have.  Today, I thought we would look at a few of these multipurpose rooms, and see what ideas we can steal  borrow from them.:)

Let’s start with the room at the top.

1.  That Idea House room has a sink, and that would be just wonderful to have! It would be helpful with plants and flower arranging in there and probably come in handy with painting projects as well.

2. The ginormous corkboard is also great in a space like that.  Mine has fabric samples pinned all over it. (My mother nabbed one of those samples last weekend for possible drapery fabric for her dining room.)

3.  Do you see those bin pulls on the drawer by the chair? I have coveted those for some time now.  They really help with organization.  I would have used them in my workroom, except we already had our hardware leftover from other projects (and leftovers are much less expensive than new.:)) Here is a source if you need one:

cast brass bin pull with label space

3 5/8″ Cast Brass Label Holder & Bin Pull In Antique Brass. Brass File Drawer Label Holder.

(My Amazon Affiliate link.)

The next multipurpose room is a display at the Ikea store in Atlanta.  Don’t you just love all the small spaces they set up so that you can see how the furniture really works together? And what ideas can we get from here? (besides all the touches of red.:))  Let’s see…

4.  The open bookcases provide much needed storage in the room – especially if there is no closet.

5. Colorful matching boxes in an accent color brighten up the room and give it a more unified look.

6.  Do you see those red mesh storage bins with lids (available here) below the shelving there?  They hold large items that won’t fit in your typical box.  It looks like they are holding sports equipment in the room below.

I started to say that the big desk unit in the middle of the room is a good idea because of all that fabulous space, but then I started thinking about outlets.  I would have to have some power source for my computer (and a lamp.) The only way to have that work is to have a floor outlet in the room (which I do not.)


Up next is a room that appears to be more office than crafts room.  They have a huge corkboard like we saw in our first room, but there are more ideas for us here….

7.  A desk hutch (like this one) can be used on top of the counter space.  It is good for organizing office items – especially bills.  (Our large desk unit is the desk I use for bill paying.  My smaller desk is for blog work.)

8.  Obviously the cabinets are nice, but I also like the mix of some open shelving with it. Open baskets with labels can easily hold craft supplies. (Michaels carries some nice chalkboard labels lately in their “Make Market” section.  Have you seen it?)

office space built in

There are really a lot of things to love in this next room.:)

9.  Upper glass doors make all your supplies visible – and because they are visible you are more likely to keep them neat and organized, right?

10.  A desk caddie is used to hold rolls of ribbon. I can’t tell from the photo if there are scissors in there with the ribbon, but that is always logical to keep them together.

11.  An open shelf below the countertop is perfect for storing large sheets of paper.


If you don’t have an entire room to devote to crafts/projects/or home office needs, then perhaps one complete wall can handle much of it. Again a desk hutch is used on the countertop, and more good ideas….

12.  Fabric bins for storage in cubbies specifically designed for their size.

13.  No need for labels when you can simply write with a chalk pen on the bins themselves.

14.  Make use of the space up above your cabinets to showcase a collection. (A utilitarian room – despite the fact you have to pay the bills in there – can still be a beautiful space.:))

AMW Design organization

Even a homework station, like this next one, can be a thing of beauty.  There are bin pulls with labels on the lower drawers and…

15.  Lined baskets hide a multitude of messy items. (I would add some kind of label to them so that I remember what is inside each.:))

16.  Jars hold art supplies – from chalk to markers to pencils…easy to see and pretty! (Got to have my jars.:))

RestyleSource homework

The next room is much more industrial than what I am accustomed to, but I do like it.  It seems to work especially well for a workroom. (Love those black spool chairs with the ticking stripe seats!)  

17. Notice all the notebooks there? Use matching 3-ring binders to store your torn out pictures of ideas from magazines.  Just punch holes and then organize them by subject behind tab dividers.  I have several notebooks in the storage space under our printer.  Two large ones hold all the manuals that came with the appliances we have purchased since we built this house.

18.  I am not sure why there are so many stools in this room, but one stool would be handy in my workroom for reaching those high things (drapes!) in the closet.


Here is another industrial styled space that was part of the Country Living House of the Year a few years back. The desk is made from 2 desks then topped with a custom “box” making it counter height, allowing you to either stand or sit on one of the stools to work.  The take-away ideas from this space are…

19.  Include a roll of kraft paper in the room….useful for gift wrap, backing picture frames, making table runners, and countless other things.

20  Use floor lamps in place of desk lamps.  You won’t lose valuable desktop space this way.

21.  Woven shopping totes (like those below the desk) are great for storage and can easily be moved to other locations as needed since they have handles.

Country Living

If you don’t have an entire room that can be used for a workroom or you can’t find one good wall for it, how about using a piece of furniture to help with organization? This is a Martha Stewart Living file cabinet (available here, but with mixed reviews on the quality.)  Some ideas from here:

22.  Gift wrap hung on wooden dowels makes for ease of access.

23. Spools of ribbon can also be hung on a wooden dowel to make measuring off needed lengths an easy task.

24.  Rolls of giftwrap can be stored standing in a basket.


And how about Martha herself?  What can her crafts room/office show us?  Well how about the attic crafts room in her Cantitoe Corners home?

25.  I know all of this furniture is matching from a Martha Stewart line, but you can unify mismatched pieces by painting them all the same color.


26.  Use acrylic drawer dividers to hold scissors and other craft supplies (but who, besides Martha has drawers that are that empty??)

27.  Use a spice rack to help organize jars of glitter or small bottles of paint. (And again, who besides Martha has all their supplies in matching bottles?)

craft supplies

And now my favorite workroom from my favorite house…:)

Do you remember this house that was in Southern Living a few years ago?


It belongs to Curt Seymour and Kay Stanley.  Kay is the designer behind the handbag company, Spartina 449 – located on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina.  Her workroom is pure gorgeousness! And there are a few more ideas we can borrow from this space.

28.  Use unusual accessories in different ways.  The three tiered stand below was not designed for use in a crafts room, but it works beautifully for storage.  It could hold thread, yarn, bottles of paint, rubber stamps…you name it.

Daufuskie house

29.  If the drawers in your cabinets (or furniture) do not have the bin pulls with label space like we mentioned at the start of the post, then simply add the label frames to the drawer (and put the labels in them.:))

fabric storagesource

I could work all day (and into the night) in this bright and cheery room with all the windows.:)

Spartina design studio

And finally, while we are wrapping up the subject of workrooms, I wanted to thank all of you for your very sweet comments about my post(s) on my new workroom. I appreciated all of them so very much!:)Several of you asked if I would ever have my guest post that is featured over at A Stroll Thru Life on the blog here. My answer is, I don’t think so. But, I have updated The House page (see the red bar right below the header) with all the info on the room.  I have also included some of the “pretty” photos that were featured over in the guest post.  I think you will enjoy them here because they are much larger on The House page than they would be on the blog post. So click on that link at the top and enjoy.:)

Talk of the House the workroomAnd my final tip for your workroom is this…

30.  Work is hard, so surround yourself in this space with things that bring you joy…whether that might be fresh flowers, a live plant, photographs of people you hold dear, a bright red cup of black coffee, or even a red toy VW beetle. Make it a happy space.:)

What would you put in your dream workroom?

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Anne from Atlanta - March 25, 2015 - 9:13 am

Great post! I learned so much. Great advice to surround yourself with things that bring you joy. Thanks!
Glad you enjoyed it Anne. Yes, do surround yourself with beauty. :)

Jackie - March 25, 2015 - 9:56 am

I converted one of our upstairs bedrooms to my craft studio about 5 years ago and love having my own space. I do a lot of papercrafting – cards and mini albums and it’s great to have a designated place for me to create. I have never had my own room as I’m a twin and always shared a bedroom and went from living at home to being married. I love finally having a room I can call my own! I loved seeing all the work spaces in your post.
I’m so glad you have a space of your own to enjoy Jackie. It is wonderful to have that kind of room to work in, isn’t it? I’m happy you enjoyed seeing all the workrooms here today.

Benita - March 25, 2015 - 9:58 am

Kelly, these are wonderful ideas. And you are right, surrounding the workspace with pleasant things makes the work a bit easier! I love how your workroom turned out. You and your husband did a great job!
I’ll send your compliments along to my husband. :) He will appreciate it! Thank you so much for your kind comment Benita.

Ellen - March 25, 2015 - 10:10 am

Great post you have put together! I love the one next to last with the windows all around and you are looking out into the treetops.
Thanks Ellen! I loved that room too. Those windows…wow!

Cheri - March 25, 2015 - 10:48 am

I love all these multipurpose rooms and all those windows in Kay’s are just gorgeous. I wish I had a room like any of these. I love all the cool things that you find…you are my “go to” person.
I’m so glad liked all the rooms Cheri! That one with all the windows…yes, just gorgeous. And like you, I would love to have a room like that.

Carolyn - March 25, 2015 - 11:18 am

Work! (Maynard G. Crebs’ voice.) What work? That word has such a bad connotation. How about your playroom? You’re retiring. This room is supposed to be for fun stuff (except for maybe paying the bills). A place for your creativity and personal expression (though your whole house is a laboratory for that as you’ve shown us). I know a blog IS work, but I imagine you do it because you enjoy it. I think the emphasis should be more on fun than work. Maybe a playroom in the fun house? Ha!

I love all the examples you’ve shown, my favorites being the first one and the Daufuskie Island one. I can only dream of the space. I can remember at furniture market in High Point one year seeing a Martha Stewart Collection armoire designed as a gift wrap station. All the women loved it and wanted it, but it didn’t make the cut because most of the buyers and all the furniture execs were men and they just didn’t get it. So it never made it in the line. We women knew we could have sold it and were so disappointed.
Work does not always have to be bad. I think productivity is a good thing, so work is not always something negative. Yes, it will be for me to be creative and play :) …but we already have a playroom here, so I am afraid I can’t call it that.
A gift wrap station would be wonderful. You are right. The men just don’t get it, do they? Ha. Yes, it would have sold.

Vicki - March 25, 2015 - 11:59 am

Wow, each workroom is better than the next, and you definitely saved the best for last.
Workroom makes me think of Barbara Westbrook’s Workbook (thank you for the introduction), and how appropriate is a workbook for a teacher? All good connotations for a happy, creative space.
That workroom in the South Carolina house is one to dream about. It is gorgeous with all those windows, isn’t it? Love Barbara Westbrook’s Workroom too. I had not thought about a workroom for a teacher, but yes it does fit. :) Thank you for your kind comment here Vicki!

Peggy - March 25, 2015 - 2:19 pm

I hope you enjoy that new workspace! Stealing your red photo box storage for my closet. All of these rooms are drool worthy. Tucked in my dream book. Space is a premium in old farmhouses.
I am most definitely making good use of all the areas of the room – even the bill paying area. Steal that photo box idea all you want. I love those boxes!

Gina - March 25, 2015 - 2:42 pm

I love all the ideas! Those wrap around windows in the last one are fabulous. Honestly, your room is “publish” worthy. :)
Gosh Gina, thank you for the very kind compliment! I am glad you liked all the workroom ideas here!

Louvina - March 25, 2015 - 6:12 pm

Wonderful workrooms! Now if I could only get all my “stuff” organized! I have been downsizing for a few years but still have way too much! I like how the furniture is one color and how the accessories all look like they go together. I think I need to decide on a color scheme and stick with it! I know I like white furniture so that is a start! Love these ideas! Thanks, Kelly!
I’m so glad you liked them. Yes, liking white furniture is a great start. It will look more cohesive if you choose a color scheme and stick with it. :)
Good luck with getting all your things organized!

Pamela - March 25, 2015 - 7:52 pm

I’m smiling cause I just clicked over to Stroll thru Life and I figured your fabric samples covered cork board would be checks! ;-) I love them too. then I realized you might be the one who has seen outsized Gigham buffalo checks in a lilac or lavendar shade. Let me know if you run across a source for them please.
You figured right Pamela! Try this fabric to see if it meets your requirements:

Design Chic - March 25, 2015 - 11:58 pm

I think the workroom is the perfect name and so many great tips and spaces! I just know that if I had such a multipurpose room I would be more organized…really I would probably just have more “stuff”!! Love the idea of surrounding yourself with things you love…can’t have enough fresh flowers…
Thank you! Yes, it would make you a more organized person. LOL You are so right about never having enough fresh flowers. I would put them in every room!

anita - March 26, 2015 - 10:02 am

I just love all these rooms. So much eye candy here and great ideas to incorporate as well. I wonder how I can set up a roll of kraft paper on the wall. (hmmm! I will have to think how to do this!) I love what you have done in your workroom!
Thank you Anita. Who would have thought that rooms used for work could be such nice spaces?! I am glad you liked all the rooms. I am not exactly sure what you need to hang a large roll of paper on the wall. I bet if you asked at Lowes or Home Depot they could find a solution for you.
Good luck with the project!

Garden, Home and Party - March 26, 2015 - 1:49 pm

What great inspiration to create a space that can help make work more enjoyable. I really like your workroom, but how great to see the ideas posted that use maybe just a small space in another room to help with the heavy lifting of work.
All of these rooms are beautiful.
Thank you Karen. There are so many good ideas out there. I know everyone does not have the space to devote an entire room for working on things, but there are good ideas for utilizing small spaces to make them more efficient. That is exactly what my son is going to have to do with his 180 square foot apartment at Yale next year.

Carmen - March 28, 2015 - 6:26 am

Love this post! I’m creating my own craft-office room right now and it was really hepfull!
I’m so glad you could find ideas here that you could use Carmen. :)
Good luck with your project.

Debra - March 31, 2015 - 10:17 am

Love the last room you featured. That is my dream room. How wonderful to craft, sew, read…..while being surrounded by nature. I think it is my inner desire for that glassed in porch, I wish to still add on to our current home :( I had a small glassed porch with our first home. I miss it. Isn’t it nice to have your own space now Kelly? Your room turned out wonderful.
Wasn’t that room with all the windows just perfection?? Glad you loved it too. I would like to glass in our porch (and add a fireplace while we are at it! :) ) Yes, it is quite wonderful to have my own space, but even more wonderful to have it all organized! LOL Glad you liked the room.

Talk of the Weekend #19

porch table place setting for Eastersource

Happy first official weekend of spring!  I am glad to see that you have taken a break from working in the yard to stop by for a visit here.:) You are going to be glad you did!  I’ve got so much to share with you today!

Let’s start with this amazing house:

Amelia Island

We have driven by this house many many times.  It is located on Amelia Island in Florida.  I always thought it was pretty from the exterior with its Old Florida style of architecture, but I had no idea how gorgeous the interior was until I found a rental site that showcased it.  Take a look at one of the many bedrooms inside….

Amelia Island rental

and its amazing kitchen.

(Hard to believe this is a beach rental!)

Amelia Island rental

You can see many more photos of the house on the rental site here.

Now let’s jump across the pond to England.  I featured some work from Laura Ashley when we looked at British design last year. (The post is here.) Did you know that there are Laura Ashley hotels? One is named The Manor, and the other (their newest) is called The Belsfield.  It’s The Belsfield I want to share with you today.

Laura Ashley Hotel

It is located in the Lake District National Park in England on Lake Windemere.  There are 6 acres of gardens on the hotel’s grounds.

Laura Ashley Hotel dining Brasserie

This particular region of England is where Beatrix Potter was  known to live.

Laura Ashley Hotel accommodations

Obviously the interiors were done by designers from Laura Ashley. The seating area below is part of the Family Suite.

Laura Ashley Hotel

The lake view – especially at sunset- is simply gorgeous.

Laura Ashley Hotel sunset

Now swim back across the pond to see this beautiful kitchen…

kitchen island great

And it even has a desk to go with it!:)


While we are looking at kitchens here is a cute salad I ran across the other day.  You know it would be perfect for Easter!


And while we are on the subject of food, I really must show you this precious cake.

beehive cake from zoe

My mother’s birthday is Sunday, March 22.  (Happy birthday Mom!) She does not want to be called anything that sounds like granny…grandma…grandmother, etc., so all of her grandchildren now call her B. My brother and his daughters were in town, so we have already celebrated with cake and ice cream, but if I could do a party, I thought this bumble bee themed one would be perfect for her.  (I am saving the idea for next year.:))

bumble bee

And finally, there is big news for all the Jan Karon fans here.:)Her new book that is scheduled to be released in September now has a title! Ms. Karon tells the title and a little bit about the plot in this video she posted on her Facebook page (March 19).  You are going to love her news!

Can’t wait to read it!
That wraps up all our randomness for today.
What are you doing on this lovely spring weekend?
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Town and Country House - March 22, 2015 - 12:27 am

Great post, Kelly. My husband and I just booked our beach house (with his sister’s family) for this summer; unfortunately it is not quite up to the standard of this house on Amelia Island, but we’ll have a great time nonetheless. Just tonight, I watched the movie “Beatrix Potter,” which is currently available to stream free from Amazon Prime. Such a sweet story with lots of Lake District scenery. Next, I do love that bunny ear salad, and my mother-in-law goes by “Honey Bee,” so I will be borrowing those ideas, too. Finally, I’m so excited to hear Jan Karon’s news! Thanks for sharing all these tidbits! Paula
Thank you Paula. You are so smart to have your beach house already booked. They do seem to go quickly. I will have to check into the Beatrix Potter film (while it is still free.) “Honey Bee” how cute! I am glad you are as excited as I am about Jan Karon’s news. Love what she has planned for the plot!!
Hope you have a great week!

Martha - March 22, 2015 - 8:05 am

What a great post (of course, all your posts are great)! I love the rental on Amelia Island….wow! We go to Emerald Isle, NC with all the kids and grandchildren every June for a week. The house we rent is very nice, but what a fantasy to be able to stay at place like that……I’m still dreaming about it.
Love the bee hive cake. One of my sons started keeping bees last year. They gathered the honey in August and had over 16 quarts from one hive.Last month he placed a hive down in our garden and yesterday he brought over the queen and 10,000 bees. I kept the grandchildren at a safe distance, but even with his netting and gloves on, my son was stung several times. I think I will attempt to make that cute cake for Easter dinner as a surprise. Also the bunny ear salad is adorable and I’m going to try to replicate it too.
You are so kind with your compliments Martha. :) I would say that house on Amelia is a fantasy too. I would have never dreamed it was that gorgeous inside! How wonderful that your son is a beekeeper, and 16 quarts of honey from one hive is a lot. Wow! I hope you can make the cake and the salad. I thought both were so cute!

Gail - March 22, 2015 - 8:06 am

Hi Kelly: What a gorgeous post! So love that rental on Amelia Island! So inviting and a keeper post for future vacations. The salad is adorable…probably will use that idea for Easter. Thank you!!!! BUT the very best news of this day for me was the announcment of yet another Jan Karon novel coming in Sept.!!!!!! My heart literally skipped a beat at that wonderful piece of news! Can’t wait! Many blessings sent your way for such an uplifting post!
I agree..the best was Jan Karon’s news! I am so glad it could brighten your day Gail. :)
Happy Spring!

PATTI - March 22, 2015 - 9:28 am

Did I see red AND plaid in the Laura Ashley pics???? Hmmmm. :p
You most certainly did! There is quite a bit of that plaid in a number of rooms in the hotel – including the casual dining room! You need to make a trip to England. :)

Jackie - March 22, 2015 - 9:59 am

Great timing on the new Jan Karon book. I just emailed you yesterday thanking you for introducing me to the Mitford series. I’ve started Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good yesterday. I have wanted Dooley and Lacey to start a life together and I’m excited that will happen in the new book. Can’t wait to read it!
I knew you would love this news Jackie! I can’t wait to read her next book, and hopefully, she will have another book tour with it.

Carolyn - March 22, 2015 - 11:17 am

Hard to believe that house on Amelia Island is a rental! There’s so much about it that is personal – original (looks like it, anyway) art, all the books, accessories that don’t look like they were bought by a decorator all at one time, the grand piano – I could go on. The kitchen is amazing, that powder room is a glowing jewel box, the master suite is fantastic, not to mention the glorious location. I love the neo-Craftsman style of the exterior. Great house, sigh.
I would love to travel to the Lake District, but would prefer to rent a little cottage. Maybe a Laura Ashley decorated cottage in blues and cream for me!
I read all the Jan Karon books set in Mitford when they first came out, but haven’t read any of her newer ones since then. I’ll have to reacquaint myself with them. It’s been a while.
Thanks for all the good tidbits.
You are welcome for all the good tidbits Carolyn.:) Wasn’t that the most amazing house?? The piano really blew me away! How often do you find THAT is a vacation rental?? I think a little blue and cream cottage in the Lake District of England would be perfectly charming. Great idea!

Peggy - March 22, 2015 - 11:46 am

Wow! The Amelia Island rentals are gorgeous. I may have to plan kidnapping my husband and his twin sister next year for a get away! We are smitten with the beach.
That little cake is adorable. The bee theme would be so much fun! And that bunny ear salad — I am so ready for spring!
And last but not least, I love these weekend trips with you! I want those little red plaid chairs sitting in the Laura Ashley hotel room. Oh my!
Have a great weekend! Spring is coming!
You have a great plan there Peggy! Hope you can get to Amelia Island for a trip. Wasn’t that just the cutest cake? Not sure I could get the frosting to do that beehive look though. I want the red plaid chairs too…there are several places around here that they would work in.
Hope you have a great week of springlike weather!

Dawn - March 22, 2015 - 12:02 pm


I love how much Spring is in this lovely post of yours today! The Laura Ashley hotel is so nice and welcoming. All those pops of red! The Amelia islands look like a great place to vacation. That rental house looks more like a personal lake house than a possible rental. I hope you had a good birthday celebration with your Mom. Thanks for sharing everything with us. Take care.
We did have a good birthday celebration. I offered several main courses for her birthday dinner tonight, and do you know what she chose? Hamburgers…always hamburgers! :) (They were good, along with homemade chips and pound cake with strawberries…I’m stuffed!) Spring has arrived, but I know we will get another cold snap around Easter. It never fails. Thank you for reading and taking the time to leave your comment Dawn.
Have a great week!

Debra - March 22, 2015 - 1:58 pm

Happy Birthday Mom! I hope you have a pleasurable day, whatever it brings. Kelly, that Honey Bee party would be so fun. I see Williams Sonoma has some new cute little Royal Icing Bee Shapes for only $6.95 and a cute honeycomb mold, on sale. Now you have me thinking… My (Ouch)) Birthday is coming in July. Hmmmm…. Bee ware…. I think I am going to put in a special request.
My mom says thank you for the birthday wishes Debra. :) And I thank you for the heads up on the all the bee items at Williams Sonoma. Love your “Bee ware.” Too funny!

Joan - March 22, 2015 - 3:53 pm

O, Kelly, you did it again. Made my day. It’s always fun to travel all over the place with you and soak up all the prettiness.
So welcome after a long grey winter. But the sun in finally shining today and you helped things along by telling us about a NEW Mitford book. Which reminds me that I didn’t finish the last one due to taking care of a sick friend. Better getting reading so I’m caught up with things. Thanks, Kelly. Happy Spring!
I am glad the sun is shining in your neck of the woods Joan! Yes, you better get reading on the other book so that you can be ready when the new one comes out in September. Happy Spring to YOU!

Garden, Home and Party - March 22, 2015 - 5:31 pm

I am behind on the Jan Karon books and need to read the last one so I’m ready for the new book! She is such a lovely woman, isn’t she?

The BHG kitchen is a favorite. I’d love the windows and that island, wow.

The cake is charming and it looks fairly easy to frost.

I got lots of work in the garden finished this weekend and this evening our son from Austin arrives…he had to come a day ahead of the rest of his sweet family since he has to head to San Diego tomorrow morning for work.

Spring has arrived here, I hope you are enjoying some sunshine as well.
Hi Karen! Do catch up on Ms.Karon’s books. I just know we are going to love this one with the upcoming wedding. Those windows in the BHG kitchen are wonderful! I hope you had a great time with your son there, and I am glad you were able to get some things done in your garden. Yesterday was a pretty day here, but it has rained on and off here all day. Our April showers seem to be arriving early. :)

Amy O'Quinn - March 22, 2015 - 5:45 pm

I can’t wait until July to be back on Amelia! My children started counting down after Christmas! :)I’ve seen that house too, but I would’ve never guessed how lovely it is on the inside!

And I can’t believe you nailed down another place I want to visit in the very same post. I’ve long wanted to go to England’s Lake District and Potter’s Hill Top Farm. If you haven’t read it, get Susan Branch’s book, A Fine Romance: Falling In Love with the English Countryside. You’ll love it!

I’m excited Jan Karon has another book coming out! Exciting news all the way around this weekend! :)

Have a great week!
Lucky you headed to Amelia in July! Maybe when I retire we will be able to go in the off season more. Like you, I was very surprised with the interior of that house! I will take your advice and read the Susan Branch book. I have almost every one of her cookbooks, but I do not have that novel.
I hope you have a great week too Amy!

Kathy - March 22, 2015 - 6:51 pm

OOOH, I like that title, Come Rain or Come Shine. I have to get started on her books. Thanks for the reminder. Wow! Who would have thought the interior of that Amelia Island house would be so beautiful? I hope Amelia Rentals gives you a free week to go down and do a post on more of their houses. My weekend was extreme. My husband and I drove four hours to attend my uncle’s memorial service which was sad but perfect. We left there and were in the car another five hours to attend the remainder of our dear friend, Josie’s birthday weekend at Lake Keowee. So, we went from one extreme to another. Interesting that you had a cake on today’s post. I would like for you to see the cake I made for Josie. Oh, and Katrina and her husband were at the lake. It is always so fun to see her. Our friends, DiAnne and Mitch are always so gracious to share their lakehouses with us, especially on special birthdays.
Now that’s a great idea about the free week on Amelia! (Not likely to occur though. :( ) Yes, your weekend went from one end of life to the other. I am sorry to hear of your uncle’s passing. You did a lot of driving this weekend. How fun to spend this first weekend of spring at the lake, and how lucky you are to have friends who so generously share their lake house with you! I know that had to be fun!

Nancy - March 23, 2015 - 10:25 am

You ought to check out the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels, Maryland. It’s a lovely-looking inn that was run by Laura Ashley’s husband (I believe a chain has bought it now) and one of the big draws has always been that it was a Laura Ashley-decorated inn.
Yes, I have heard of that Inn. It IS absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for reminding me of it!

Design Chic - March 23, 2015 - 11:59 pm

This gets me so excited for Summer vacation. My parents rent a 10 bedroom house every year and take the 22 of us (my sisters and their families) and it is the greatest week! Can’t wait for Jan Karon’s new book…it’s going to be amazing!
22 of you! Wow! And yes, you would need a 10 bedroom house for that many, but then the house could actually be a hotel!
I too can’t wait for the new Mitford book.

phyllis - March 24, 2015 - 11:27 am

I had to come tell you what just happened… dealing with several piles and situations in my house… I paused, took a deep breath and asked myself, “WWKD?”
What would Kelly do?

Hope you are having a sweet Tuesday :D thanks for being you!
Hilarious! I am dealing with piles of comments and emails, but yours made me laugh out loud!! Thanks for your always clever and funny words Phyllis!

My New Workroom Revealed (Finally!)

the workroom revealedIt seems that this project has been in the making for a very long time.  It is not that it took that long to complete; the problem was that everything else kept jumping in front of it – like school children cutting in line.  And being the well behaved workroom that it is, it politely let everything else get ahead of it…parties, Thanksgiving, Christmas, my husband’s new office, photoshoots, you name it.  Everything else took priority over it. Well I am happy to say that it has finally had its turn, and it is absolutely. totally. finished (except I still may change out the chairs if something else catches my eye.:))

Unfortunately the photos are not here.  Sorry.   They’re not… but you can still see them if you will hop over to Marty’s blog, A Stroll Thru Life. They are in a post I wrote for her over there, so just click here and you can see the whole shebang. And then…please come back here afterwards.  There is a Part 2 for you here when you return. Okay? Now don’t peek by scrolling down or you will be as bad as those children who cut in line!

See you in a bit.


(some music while I wait for you to return  )


toy red vw workroom vignette

My New Workroom Part 2

Welcome back and welcome to the kind readers from A Stroll Thru Life!  I am so glad you came over here for Part 2 of the Workroom.  I promised details of the organization and storage in my little room, so here we go.


I have a new/old desk that has been dressed up with paint and beadboard.  On the side of that small desk is a compartment that originally held a computer tower, but because I work off a laptop, I have no need for space for computer parts. desk storage

That compartment makes a handy spot for my photography equipment and all my blogging calendars and notebooks.  (I store my camera in an insulated lunch bag.)


You saw the skirted table with the large bulletin board over it.  Well it is a workhorse of a table; plus the storage underneath is wonderful!  Since I use that table for sewing and wrapping gifts, the space underneath has my sewing supplies, the sewing machine, a shopping bag full of bubble wrap, and boxes for gifts. (There are a lot of smaller gift boxes inside that big green one.)

under the work table

And then there are 8 red boxes in the upper part of the large desk unit.  Each box holds ribbon that has been sorted by color (with 3 boxes full of red ribbon alone!)

ribbon storage

the ribbon organizationNext to the large desk is a wicker hamper.  I am using it to hold gift wrap.  I had it at the end of the work table because it made sense next to the gift boxes, but when we put up the large bulletin board, the skirted table badly needed centering underneath it.  Then there was no room for the hamper.  So it was moved to its current location.

the gift wrap storage basket

Here is one of the drawers in the big desk unit above.

desk drawer organization

Going on around the room is the cabinet my husband built under the window.  It is my favorite organization space in the house!  One of the drawers holds paper, envelopes, labels, and pens for my lettering projects.

drawer organizationThe other drawer holds tags and a zillion markers (that I should probably organize by color.)  One of the red boxes holds assorted color circle tags.

cabinet drawer organization

There is space underneath the drawers for all my craft project supplies.  They are in labeled clear plastic storage boxes.

organization in the cabinet

organization of workroom supplies

And finally, there is the closet with a pole and all those shelves.  A collection of old drapes hang from the pole, and fabrics and throw pillows are housed on the shelves.  (I’ve mentioned before it obviously shows my addiction to checked fabric.:()

drapery fabric and pillow closet

In my post over at Marty’s blog, I promised you a list of sources for the room.  So here you go:

  • flooring – Lowes Style Selections Heritage Pine laminate available here
  • beadboard – Lowes Empire Company 8 ft. wood wall panels available here
  • upper wall paint – Lowes Valspar Lyndhurst Timber
  • lower wall paint – Benjamin Moore Brilliant White
  • drapery rods and rings – Lowes Allen + Roth Mink curtain rod available here
  • drapery fabric: Ikea Berta Ruta available here (drapes are lined with Walmart white sheets)
  • lamps – various yard sale finds from my mother:)
  • desks – old Broyhill pieces from Havertys painted the same color as the upper walls
  • chairs:  old Ballard Design wicker chairs – discontinued
  • rug: Target Threshold Chenille Jute in Light brown available here
  • fabric for table skirt:  P. Kauffman Perth in teastain available here
  • paper cutter:  Martha Stewart Crafts Deluxe Paper trimmer available here
  • red storage boxes: Stockholm photo storage boxes available here
  • brass stapler, scissors, and letter holder:  Target (Nate Berkus line)
  • bulletin board: an old one from Pottery Barn; a similar one is here
  • picture frames:  Format museum mat frames available here
  • wicker hamper: an old one from Target
  • red paintbrushes:  Michaels
  • red planter:  a very old one from the K-Mart Martha Stewart line
  • desk calendar:  Sugar Paper for Target (no longer available)
  • jars:  Target, the lids are spray painted red
  • telephone:  PB Grand phone from Pottery Barn available here
  • black desk Lazy Susan:  from Homegoods, a similar one is available here
  • black desk photo caddy: Bedford photo caddy available here
  • toy VW beetle:  Kroger

Talk of the House new workroom

desk caddie

And there you have it – my new workroom all finished.

Talk of the House the workroom

Thank you so much for taking a look around here… in the closet…inside the cabinet…under the table.:)  The room is really not that large, but by putting a great deal of thought into how I needed the space to function, I was able to make the most of every part of it.  Planning was a BIG part of the work for this room – from the layout to the organization.  And if you are like me, you are always looking for ways to be better organized, right?  So I’ll end this long post with a question for you

What’s your best organization tip?

We’d love to hear!

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Anne Boykin - March 18, 2015 - 4:35 am

Hi Kelly, I couldn’t find your post over on A Stroll Thru Life. But I love what you’ve done with your room. You are my organizing inspiration, hands down. And it’s crazy how much I love a picture of your closet with your checked drapes, etc. lol.
Darn. I was so afraid she would be sending her readers over here before I had my post up, that I guess I beat her to the punch. We have several hours of time zones between us, so please check back mid morning Anne if you get a chance. Thank you for your very kind compliments. I appreciate you!!

Martha - March 18, 2015 - 6:48 am

Kelly, I couldn’t find your post either…maybe Anne and I are early birds and it hasn’t posted yet. Love the room, it is an amazing feat of organization with a lot of beauty and style.
Yes, you all are early birds.:) I hope she has it up by mid morning. Thank you for hopping over there and trying to find it though Martha. She said it would be out on the 18th. You will just have to read the posts in reverse order. So sorry. :(

GSherry - March 18, 2015 - 7:09 am

I couldn’t find your post either! I do love what I see here! Great job!
She doesn’t have the post out yet Sherry. If you can find the time later, I would love for you to check back over at her site. You’ve just had a sneak peek here. :) Thank you for your sweet words!

Mary - March 18, 2015 - 7:30 am

Kelly, your room looks fantastic! So organized and pretty. Your pillow storage and wrapping paper basket are great ideas. I love all the red touches, including the adorable VW. Nice job!
I am so glad you liked the room and the ideas Mary. We need to start a fan club for all of us who love red!

Linda - March 18, 2015 - 8:00 am

Couldn’t find your post either but the other pictures are beautiful.
I’m so sorry the post wasn’t up. Hope you were able to find it later. Thank you for your sweet comment on the photos of the room Linda. :)

Nana Diana - March 18, 2015 - 8:06 am

LOL- Marty must have slept in this morning! Anyway, your room is just perfect! I love it and you have done a great job in a smaller space. Those are the real challenges. I have a small workroom, too, so I know every inch counts. xo Diana
Thank you for giving me a laugh Diana! :) I am very glad you liked the room! Yes, you are sooo right that every inch counts – especially when you are trying to cram so very much into it!

Barbara H - March 18, 2015 - 9:07 am

Everything looks wonderful, as usual. My best organizing tip would be to marry a man who knows which end of the hammer to use…lucky you!
Amen! I could do very little if it weren’t for my husband’s great carpentry skills. Thank you for appreciating what he adds to our home. :)

Gail - March 18, 2015 - 9:09 am

Hi Kelly: Amazing organization!!! I am an organizer in my heart but can’t seem to produce it in real life. Now that I am older, the drive to do what you have done has somewhat disappeared regrettably. Perhaps it comes with living with a husband who is a packrat:-)))) However, I do try to keep my frig organized. Does that count????:-) My hat is so off to you for the wonderful gift you have been given. You are truly an inspiration and the space you have created is beautiful.
Oh…a packrat. Those ARE a challenge! (My husband is a packrat of t-shirts…from every team he has ever played on since high school and every church youth event he has been involved with….MAJOR amount of t-shirts here!) Yes, keeping your frig organized counts! LOL Mine is a mess currently (and to think I want one of those glass door kinds.) Thank you for your very sweet compliment. I hope I have given some idea to help someone with their organization in their home.

Jennifer - March 18, 2015 - 9:28 am

Hi Kelly,

Congrats on the completion of your workroom! I clicked on the link, but the website was riddled with so many advertisements it took forever to download, then it seemed I couldn’t navigate w/o inadvertently clicking on an ad! (I SO don’t have the patience for that).
Anyway what I can see here looks fantastic! I might be a wee bit jealous :)
Oh dear. So sorry for that! I don’t have patience for that either. I wonder why it is giving some people more ads than it does with others. Could it be the difference in a tablet and a laptop? I am certainly no techie here.Thank you for the compliment on the room, but don’t be jealous. It took a long time to get it to this point, and it has certainly looked MUCH worse than it does now. There is hope for everyone who has a junk room!

Arlene@Nanaland - March 18, 2015 - 9:37 am

Well now I am coveting that room Kelly!! It is just lovely and RED is one of my favorite colors too so I love the little pops of brightness it adds to the decor. Hope you can keep it all organized. That is my problem, I can start out organized but over time I get lazy!! I am trying to do better!!
I really tried hard to not go with red, but it just called for it, so I gave in. (You know how much red there already is in the house!) I hope I can keep it this organized too. There are already a few piles of books and papers creeping in here. My goal this weekend is to get rid of them! I will work hard to keep this room organized and clean. :)

Nancy - March 18, 2015 - 10:12 am

You have done a FABULOUS job! I always love, love your ideas and posts. It is 8:06 AM in Idaho, and I was able to see your part one on Marty’s blog. I will say there were reloads and jumping ads on that site. It might have been my ipad.
Still it was posted and available. Thank you for listing resources and always being willing to share where you found your decor. Wanting to know them is a definite compliment to you.
Yay! I am so glad you found the post over at Marty’s. I am happy that you liked all the details of the room. Your comments are always just so nice Nancy! I appreciate them very much. :)

Louvina - March 18, 2015 - 10:20 am

Oh, wow! You have just made my morning! I remember last fall you were back in your workroom and beginning this project and blogging away. And NOW — well – look at you in your gorgeous Kelly Room! It blesses my heart to think about you all comfy back in there doing your projects. Cannot imagine what all you wil be doing when you are retired, drinking your tea and gazing out the window and dreaming! So happy you take us, your readers, along on your adventures. Oh, the Places we will go– said Dr. Seuss! Count down to Retirement and your New Freedom. PS– I, too, had problems navigating on your guest spot and all your photos haven’t downloaded on my iPad ?? but I can get them on iPhone– which is too small to see everything up close– and you know how I like to “snoop” in all those storage area!:)
Well I am glad that I could make your morning Louvina! :) The room has vastly improved – now if I can just keep it this way. Definitely counting the days down…just 9 weeks to go. I am sorry you had problems over on Marty’s site. Wonder why the photos load differently between the ipad and iphone…hmmm…a technical mystery for sure.

GramiePamie - March 18, 2015 - 11:06 am

Absolutely inspiring post!! I really needed it! But I must agree with Jennifer – the other blog was very slow to navigate. Thank you for sharing!!!
Wow thank you! Glad you found some inspiration here. :) So sorry the other site didn’t work fast for you.

Garden, Home and Party - March 18, 2015 - 11:19 am

This room was definitely worth the wait. What a great work center for you and your crafts/art/office supplies. I love all of the details, accessories are definitely perfect.
Congratulations on its completion.
Thank you for the congratulations on the room Karen. It does seem to have a space for all the things I need and all the projects that keep spinning around in my head. When we first started on this, I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to get everything in there (and organized) but it has worked out very well for a space for everything.

Teresa W. - March 18, 2015 - 11:19 am

Just read part one and it’s wonderful! Thanks for sharing part two with a peek into the drawers and cabinets. Your workroom turned out really nice, and I know you’re enjoying it! I’m in love with your curtain closet! I think my best organizational tip would be the use of the lazy Susan. I use them in lots of my cabinets. They corral all my spices, herbs, and baking supplies. I use them in all the bathrooms for lotions, medicines and cleaners. I don’t like to dig through a cabinet or have items hidden in corners, it’s just easier to spin a lazy Susan and it’s at your fingertips. This is also pretty simple, but purge things you do not use and group like items together. Hope you have a wonderful week!
Aw thank you so much Teresa! Glad you could find the post. I may have to copy your suggestion for a lazy Susan. My mom has always used them, but for some reason I never have. They do make such smart sense!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - March 18, 2015 - 11:32 am

Thank you so much for being my guest today. I am so sorry some didn’t see the link at first. I scheduled it to post at 5:30 AM CMT. I should have scheduled it earlier. This room is amazing and I love, love, love this room Thanks again, you are such a very dear and special person.
The pleasure is all mine Marty! Thank you for allowing me to share the room with your readers. You are such a gracious hostess! I hope you have enjoyed the time with your son.

Cindy - March 18, 2015 - 11:55 am

I absolutely love your office! I just want you to know that it inspires me to do some things with our office…my husband and the dog are often my companions. Some of the things you have done, I know that I can use to make my office/scrapbooking space more efficient. Thanks so much for your blog.
You are so sweet to say so Cindy. :)Yes, you most certainly can implement many of the ideas here. I am glad you are enjoying the posts!

Susan - March 18, 2015 - 12:00 pm

You, and your husband, did a wonderful job on this room! What a marvelous place to gather inspiration and to work in~
Thank you so much for the compliments Susan! It is a space I am really enjoying. :)

Kris @ Junk Chic Cottage - March 18, 2015 - 2:04 pm

Hi Kelly,
I found you over at Marty’s today. Love your sweet blog. I am a new follower. Love your relove of this work and creative space.
Welcome Kris! I am so glad you made the hop over to here and that you are a new follower!!”Relove”…that is a great term for what we did with that space!

Sue - March 18, 2015 - 3:34 pm

It is just perfection Kelly. Every detail is spot on and I love all of the red. {esp the pencils:-) } I have some of those jars with red lids and can’t find them any more, I guess I never thought of buying the silver ones and just painting them. Thanks!
You are going to have so much fun in this space. Can’t wait to see all of your new projects that get created here.
Paint cures all problems, right Sue? :) I AM enjoying the room now that it is clean and organized. Thank you for reading the post and leaving your kind comment here.

Carolyn - March 18, 2015 - 4:05 pm

How wonderful, Kelly! I’m so envious. Since moving to our mountain cabin, not only do we have one less bedroom (only 2!), but no attic or garage or basement, either. So, I have no dedicated space for the things you have here. (But I still love our little cabin.) In moving, I did get to organize everything, though, but it was hard to find a place for things like wrapping paper, ribbons, and extra throw pillows, to name a few. Love how organized and neat everything looks in your workroom.

I noted your rug with interest. I have one similar that is jute or sisal with a border, and now that puppy is house trained, I need a replacement. I had gotten mine at Pier One but they no longer carry it, though other places have something similar. Do you like the combination of jute and chenille? I suppose it’s softer than plain jute. The Target price looked good. Did you order it or find in the store? Thanks.

Also, the cabinets your wonderful hubby built in look great. Did he buy a unit with doors and drawers, or did he make everything himself? (He must be a skilled woodworker.) And I love your drawer liner (though red wouldn’t work for me). I never think to line desk drawers. Where did you find it?

I hope you will enjoy many pleasurable hours in your own special space!
Don’t be jealous Carolyn. After all, you have a MOUNTAIN cabin. :) Yes, finding space for all those little “extras” is hard when your space is limited. The rug…I really like this one. It is soft underfoot and this border is a good color neutral. It is carried online, but I purchased (and a couple of runners like it) in the store. My husband built the cabinet “from scratch.” He IS a very skilled cabinetmaker. (Thank goodness!)The drawer liner is simply a red and white houndstooth giftwrap that TJMaxx carried at Christmas, and unfortunately, that 1 roll was all they had then, but you can bet I would have purchased all that they carried had there been more in stock!
Have a good weekend!

Cindy - March 18, 2015 - 4:06 pm

I LOVE IT!!! I knew it would be perfect and it is. I thought I was organized but you take the cake. Or maybe just more color oriented, which I love. Just think how much fun you are going to have when you retire.
Thanks for sharing, I have been waiting for the end results and it is beautiful.
Sorry to keep you waiting Cindy. :) It did take awhile, didn’t it? I am glad that you like the final results. Color “oriented” is probably a nice way of saying “Color obsessed”, right?! :)

Gina - March 18, 2015 - 4:16 pm

Oh wow!! I love it! What a great way to repurpose the existing furniture. I really need to do something like this. We had a small study when we built our house because my husband worked from home occasionally but by the time we finished the house he didn’t anymore so it became a junk room too! It doubled as computer/scrapbook room but it was mostly junk!! We built our garage in and incorporated that room though. :) I love everything about your room!! :)
Thank you Gina. I really like the change in the old desk furniture too. I think it would have been pretty in my husband’s office, but it was too tall for the low and angled ceilings in there. The life cycle of your room sounds very much like mine except for the garage part. Our garage part is my husband’s office. :)

Faythe - March 18, 2015 - 5:06 pm

I love your new work space…Awesome job
Thank you Faythe! So glad you like the new room. :)

Nan, Odessa, DE - March 18, 2015 - 6:24 pm

Kelly, this is grand. I thought you were rushing from St Pat’s to Easter. What a surprise! Lovely room, cozy, light,and functional.

How many days until retirement? That is when you will enjoy walking in this room and doing just what you want to do.

Details on the red spray paint – what shade of red, what company

Also, all these plaid curtains just attach to clips on our rods?
You don’t use pins, pleats, etc?

You will eventually have PART 1 of office on your blog in archives?

Impressed that you and your husband can work so well together –
not all of us can. HA! HA!

How did you decide to use the white paint on the bottom and not on the top of the wall?
Thanks for sharing and especially the source list!

Thank you so very much for the compliments on the room Nan! No rushing to Easter here. The green plants are still growing profusely on the dining room table. :) Glory at all your questions! Let’s see if I can answer them all. :) 1. 40 days until retirement! Counting them down. 2. The red paint is Krylon Colormaster Paint + Primer in Gloss Banner Red. It can be purchased at Walmart. 3. Most of the curtains around here are on the poles with clip on rings, but all the ones in my bedroom, the ones in the hall, and the red buffalo check ones from the dining room and kitchen have sewn on rings. I am thinking that when I retire I will sew rings on to all the ones that have clip on ones. It just looks so much more “finished” if they are sewn on. 4. I don’t think I will have part 1 in my blog archives…sorry. BUT when I add the info on the workroom to the page called “The House” (see the bar at the top of the post) I will include some of the “pretty pictures” that were on Marty’s blog. So some of the pictures will be over here. 5. Yes, my husband and I do work together well, but he is such a perfectionist that it sometimes drives me crazy (and I am usually a “let’s get this finished” person which drives him equally crazy! :) ) 6. The decision to paint the room the way we did was easy. I wanted it to match the hallway that leads into that room. I was going for the “flow” – hopefully eliminating some of the choppiness of that area.
Phew! I think that covered them all.:)

Peggy - March 18, 2015 - 7:47 pm

You are such an inspiration. Thank you for motivating! Peggy
Goodness, thank you Peggy! You are so sweet to say so. I am glad you could find ideas here.:)

Dawn - March 18, 2015 - 7:48 pm


I love all of your organization and labeling. It is all so neat and ready to go. It is such a Kelly space now. I really like how you have all of your throw pillows organized and at the ready. You have a spot for everything. Thanks for sharing it with us. Take care.
That throw pillow space is badly needed here with my pillow addiction! (And the drapery space as well.) I really think that if we ever sale this house, this room might make a great dining room – just change out the overhead light for a hanging chandelier. Not that we are thinking about doing that! The storage space in here would lend itself to dish storage too.

Donnamae - March 18, 2015 - 8:30 pm

It looks wonderful! All the hard work really paid off! You’ve given me some great ideas…especially on repurposing an older desk. Love all your touches of red…it’s so cheery! Now I think I have no more excuses to get started on my room! ;)
That is right. You have no more excuses so get started on it this weekend. :) I am glad you like how the room turned out. Thank you for your compliments!

Tricia - March 18, 2015 - 8:38 pm

Kelly, You are so inspirational! Your workroom is fantastic. Thanks for sharing your home. I am a teacher retiring in June so I share your excitement for new directions in the future!
Congratulations on your retirement Tricia! I am sure you are counting down the days too. (I even started cleaning out my file cabinet this week. :)) Thank you for your kind words about the workroom. It is going to be well used and well loved!

LJ - March 18, 2015 - 10:00 pm

Hi Kelly
Nice job with “your room”…not only well-organized but organized with function and design in mind and I love that…I think I like the wicker better than I’d have liked the Parson’s chairs…Your husband is truly remarkable and generous in all that he does with you and for you…you two are a great team together…by the way I couldn’t help but notice your sewing machine and I have one like it…did yours come with a nice red carrying case? I love and try to keep well organized as I really dislike searching for something…papers are my nemesis…still working at converting most to e files.
It took forever for Part 1 to load on the Stroll thru life blog–all the ads with photos I think was the reason as I do not normally have the problem.
Love the room-Thanks for the post.
Thank you. I think the wicker chairs have more support than the parsons chair would have offered. I need a lot of back support with the amount of hours I spend in those chairs. The sewing machine belongs to my mom, but I use it a lot more than she does. If there is a carrying case she would have it. I have not seen it though. Papers are my nemesis too- especially the mail. There are 2 piles in the kitchen, 1 in the family room, and 2 in here right now. My goal today is to get all of them filed. You are probably right about the ads with photos causing the problems. Sorry about them.

Kathy - March 18, 2015 - 10:02 pm

Oh, my! Awesome job, Kelly! I am your disorganized sister. I can’t think of one single organizational tip to share. But, then, you sure don’t need any tips on organizing. Hey, I do keep my scissors in a special drawer. That is only because my mother could never find hers. I love that you spray painted the lids to your jars. Really, how many jars do you own? I love all of the sharpened red pencils and your little red VW bug. I have that Pottery Barn phone and I love it. My favorite thing is the way your hubby finished the walls. You are one lucky, organized lady! (BTW, I followed the instructions, even though I wanted to skip to the end, even played Jeopardy music. I will visit Marty’s blog again.)
Good idea with the scissors! (especially for a disorganized person. :) ) I’ve lost count on all the jars around here. Glad you liked all the little details Kathy. That VW was just too cute to resist! (I am probably the only person who buys up all of Kroger’s toy cars! :) ) Yes, I am one VERY lucky lady to have such a talented and PATIENT husband. Thank you for following all the directions and even listening to the silly music. It just seemed appropriate for waiting.

Debra - March 19, 2015 - 9:27 am

How wonderful is that new Kelly Room! Your husband and even your Mom painting a table for you? I love it! Kelly, your room is your new classroom and we students are all impressed! Love the walls and all that (Teacher Kelly) organization! Drool…
What a funny analogy! This room was yelling for some organization, poor thing.:) Just hope I can keep it all neat and organized as I work in it.

Jaybird - March 19, 2015 - 1:19 pm

I loved your breakdown of your new room, but I cannot see the original post at “A Stroll Through Life”. There is so much junk and long running scripts on that site, that I cannot EVER get it to open :^(.
Many thanks for the post here, so that I can at least see your pretty room!
Gosh I hate that. Perhaps Marty will see all the comments here and check on that. I do not believe she intends to have so many ads running on her site that it causes this many problems. I will add some of the photos from “part 1″ to the page on my blog called “The House” when I update it with details about the workroom. Thank you for trying to read the other post, and thank you for the compliments on the room! :)

Barb - March 19, 2015 - 3:15 pm

Another absolutely gorgeous room. Thank you for sharing all your great ideas with us.
Thank you for your kind words Barb! I am glad you enjoyed seeing all the storage and organization ideas in the workroom. :)

Angela - March 19, 2015 - 4:52 pm

Kelly, it looks just beautiful. I am begging for a tutorial on how to make the curtains….this summer of course. There are 4 teachers in the family and I know how busy they are. Seriously I don’t know how you blog so much, but love that you do. : D
Thank you Angela. I will think on the tutorial. Right now there are no plans for any more curtains here for awhile, but I will try to think of a way to do a tutorial…my mom wants me to make some for her so maybe that will work. :)

Debra - March 19, 2015 - 7:51 pm

Just a P. S. What was the source for the cute red houndstooth paper that you lined your drawers with? Looks like you scored some matching pencils too? How cute!!
Debra it was a gift wrap that I found last December at TJMaxx. I did a search for it online at the time, and could not find any more of it. I will definitely keep my eye out for it. The pencils came from Michael’s dollar bin a few years back. Not sure what I was saving them for! :)

Vanessa - March 20, 2015 - 12:30 am

What an absolutely beautiful and charming room! Saw it over on Marty’s blog and had to pop over and say hello. :-) I’m drooling over that closet and all of the beautiful pillows and fabric. Looks like it belongs in a boutique! So fun to ‘meet’ you here.
Thank you Vanessa, and thank you for popping over from Marty’s blog. I am glad you liked the room and the closet full of my obsessions. :) It was nice to meet you here as well, and I hope you will visit again soon!

Marianne in Mo. - March 20, 2015 - 3:52 pm

Your office is a dream! Love every inch, and big kudos to your hubby for his talents! I’m sure you are a happy lady now that it’s finished! That was a long time coming!

At our old house, we stole one of the girls’ rooms and did a similar idea, although yours put ours to shame! I did love having my own separate space, because hubby is a messy office mate. Now we share space, so I rarely use it. But I don’t sew or craft like before either, so no big deal.

Now I look forward to spring, and flowers, green grass and birdsong
Yes, I am quite relieved that it is now finished. I don’t like “unfinished” projects just lying around the house. LOL I am sorry your husband is not so neat. That does make a difference in how much you enjoy the space, doesn’t it? We’ve got spring, flowers, green grass, and some awfully loud birds singing around here right now as I type this. :) Hope you are enjoying your first weekend of spring!

Barbara - March 21, 2015 - 7:09 am

How fabulous! What a perfect spot to be creative! So pretty! I’d only change one thing – I’d spray paint the wicker chairs red. I think it would ground everything. LOVE all you do!
(Shhh! That was what I was planning to do with them. We just have not had the weather to do it until now. :) )

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - March 21, 2015 - 6:18 pm

What an inspiring room! It’s like a playhouse for grown-up girls! I’ll bring glue sticks and glitter and be right over!
A playhouse for grown-up girls…love it!! I always loved my playhouse as a child. Guess it is carrying over into adulthood. :) You are welcome to stop in any time Leslie Anne with your glue sticks, glitter, and all!

Kathryn Griffin @TheDedicatedHouse - March 25, 2015 - 11:56 am

Kelly! OMGosh! It’s amazing!! Marty shared your feature at my Before & After Wednesday party last week and it was chosen as the Star Feature at this week’s party. Here is the link so you can check it out! Hope to see you at the bash! On a personal note, I’ve been poking around your site, and I love your style. Just gorgeous! Have a beautiful day! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse
Thank you soooo very much Kathryn! This is exciting for both Marty and me. I am so glad you and your readers enjoyed seeing the progress from the messy room to the now organized work space. And thank you for all your compliments! Please come back to visit again soon. I will be checking out your linky party soon.

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