Practical solutions, pretty touches and a great view of the garden add up to a special craft studio
‘It took us ages to find the right house,’ says the owner of this property in Derbyshire. ‘We needed three good-sized bedrooms, so we could convert one into my studio and still have space for friends to stay. This house ticked all the boxes – it had a lovely feel and a gorgeous garden.’
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‘I knew this bedroom would make a fabulous studio,’ she continues. ‘The French doors let in loads of light and open onto the balcony. I like to plan ahead so I’d been gathering ideas while we were house-hunting. I used Pinterest but also built up a home journal, sticking pictures, swatches and samples into a book. By the time we moved in, I knew exactly how it would look.’
The scheme she had in mind was a fresh, inviting space with whites, greys and pale coral pink. Touches of copper and rose gold would be added for shine, and a subtle, brick-effect wallpaper meant the room felt calm and businesslike, but stylish too.
‘I wanted an element of pattern for the walls but steered clear of “bedroomy” florals,’ the owner explains. ‘The brick-effect design really appealed, as it’s light, smart and quite neutral.’ The vertical blinds are neat and flexible, and great for controlling strong sunlight.
V and T reference the owner’s business, Vintage Twee, without an obvious sign or logo. ‘I loved the rustic wood and industrial metal trim of these initials,’ she says. ‘They are modern and fun. Finding a V was quite tricky, so I snapped it up when I spotted it!’
Systematic, accessible storage is a must in here with all the papers, beads, ribbons and trims the owner uses to make her stationery. ‘I’ve got lots of trays, baskets and crates, which fitted on my shelves along the back wall,’ she says.
Clear plastic boxes let you see at a glance what’s inside, so they’re a good choice for keeping small crafting bits like beads and bows organised. If you store a lot of items in crates and boxes, think about pinning Polaroid photos of the contents to the outside. That way, you can see at a glance what you’re looking for.
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‘I already had this tall shelf unit from Ikea,’ says the owner. Adding a glass door has transformed it into a display cabinet for stationery samples.’
My old studio was bigger than this room, so I couldn’t afford to squander any space. To work out the layout, I measured the room carefully, drew a diagram to scale and made cut-out paper pieces of the furniture that I could move around. I brought my desk with me from the old studio and positioned it facing the garden.
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The nifty trolley for tools and bits and pieces comes from Ikea. Buying a good-quality vinyl flooring will pay dividends in the long run. It doesn’t show furniture dents, so it will still look good if the owner decided to rearrange the room in the future.
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In store only: Passion Light Oak vinyl flooring, £18.99 per sq m, SCS
Buy now: Raskog trolley, £39, Ikea
‘The coppery finish of my desk accessories is gorgeous – and very on trend for weddings this season. Papers and ribbons can blow about when the doors are open, so the pyramid paperweight is really handy.’
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The owner couldn’t afford any wasted space in her little packing area. The drawer shelf and floral boxes hold paper, bags, tape and scissors and a big bubble-wrap roll just fits nicely in the gap between them.
‘My partner wasn’t as confident as I was about the coral pink for the opposite wall,’ she says. ‘I knew it would work, though.’
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In store only: Walls painted in Valspar Premium Fleecy Dreams, £13 for 2.5ltrs, B&Q
Buy now: Kallax four-compartment shelving unit, £25, Ikea
Buy now: Drona floral patterned boxes, £3.50 each, Ikea
Buy now: Ekby Valter/Ekby Alex shelf with drawers, £41, Ikea
Carrying out the refurb wasn’t without its challenges. ‘When we were clearing the space, there were at least three layers of wallpaper to scrape off,’ says the owner. ‘ Taking up the old carpet was quite a job, too, especially as we found another one underneath! When the second one came up, it pulled away part of the skirting board, which had to be replaced.’
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The floor itself was quite uneven, too, so the owners had hardboard laid on top before the new vinyl flooring could go down, which added an extra £100 or so to their spend. Luckily, they had a little extra cash put by.
Having dreamt of a room a room where she’d be focused but enjoy spending time, it seems things gone exactly to plan for the owner. The studio has turned out exactly as I visualised it and I love working in here,’ she says, with pride.