Friday, June 11, 2010

Fashion and Function? I don't think so

I am completely embarrassed to publish this photo, but I am hoping the humiliation will turn, once again, into pride as I embark on my "craft room revamp" for the 5th time.
Desperately, I have tried to find the perfect location and set up to make my space both functional and fashionable. Somehow, mine is neither. Attention readers, my craft space is not a reflection of what the rest of my house looks like.
The last time I moved my craft room was about 4 months ago. I moved it from the 2nd floor to the basement. My husband shook his head and said "do you think this is going to be the last time we move your craft room." "Yes", I said very confidently, "this is going to be the best solution, I know it." This best solution has not lasted as long as I hoped. First of all. I really hate being in the lifeless basement with the window the size of a mail slot, plus, no matter what I do, it's still the basement. Even my daughter said, "yeah, your new craft space is nice, but I don't think it will last, you know how much you hate being in the basement."
This is what has transpired over the last 5 years in our home as it relates to my craft room and my attempt to find the perfect solution.
It started on the 2nd floor -in the 3rd bedroom (soon determine to be too small). Next, to the basement (ugh, but the space was larger). Then, it's back to the 3rd bedroom (couldn't take the window as large as a mail slot any longer and convinced myself that maybe the 3rd guest bedroom isn't really that small). Then, over to 2nd guest bedroom on the 2nd floor (3rd bedroom really was too small). Finally, back to basement, ugh, although this IS the largest space. 4 months later: I can't take the window as large as a mail slot and my space is a pit!
Earlier this week, my dear husband said, "why don't you take my office." Okay, everyone needs to understand that this is really an amazingly, generous offer. This is the very office his father used for years before we bought the home after his parents died.
"Are you REALLY okay with giving me your office", I asked again? "Look," he said "I don't use my office, and besides, I used to live in the basement when I was in college." He said the space was mine as long as it would help me keep a functional and fashionable space. Oh, could this be it? Could this be the solution? Well, I've decided to blog this "craft room revamp" journey to find out.
I am making the following promises to myself:
1. I will have only one small shelf of my cute items
2. I will organize all my items and keep only what I truly use
3. I will get rid of at least 20 design books (which is a lot for me)
4. I will have a place for everything and everything in it's place
5. It will be fashionable French inspired (as much as is possible with a craft room) and functional.
Thank you honey for this thoughtful gift of the space and your time. I will keep everyone posted as to my progress. Oh, I can feel my sore muscles already.
au revoir, Anastasia

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