The Studio Tour: Before and After.

My dear friend Hanne, from Norway, emailed me several days ago to ask if I was planning to post photos of my sewing studio since we moved to our new home. I think that’s a terrific idea! Thanks for asking, Hanne.

I’ll post photos of how the room looked before we bought the house, what it looked like during the minor “renovations” and finally, the end result.


The previous owners used this room as an “in-law living room suite.”

BEFORE (with carpet and beige walls)

DURING (new two-toned paint and wood floors)

I have two sewing machine cabinets with machines tucked inside,
my desk and workspace, and almost ten feet of cutting
counter space with lots of storage beneath. 


I have some of my favorite things displayed in the kitchen area.
The cupboards hold lots of precut fabric bundles and the glass cabinets
display my favorite teapots from my collection. The sink and
counters come in so handy for working on a variety of projects.

This is how the room looked before we purchased it. It was a lovely sitting area.

DURING. New wood floors, which lead into the guest suite, and freshly painted walls.

AFTER — I love how the room is light, bright, and looks out over the pool and canal.
The distressed white armoire in the left corner of the picture was a special “find” at a
local upscale consignment shop. My TV is inside, along with bolts of necessities,
such as stabilizers and fusibles in the drawers.


Miss Snickers has made this spot in the bookcase her own.
She loves to keep me company in the studio while I’m working.

I call my desk my “inspiration station.” It’s where all the planning and designing happens before I stitch. But honestly? The whole studio is my happy space. I just love it here. 🙂 Where’s my fabric stash? Well….I have my entire stash carefully sorted, folded, and stored in another room in the house. It worked out perfectly.

Thanks for dropping by for a tour of my studio today. If you’d like to share photos of your special sewing space, I’d love to see them. Leave a comment or send me an email with a link to where I can see the place where YOU create!

  1. Thanks so much for sharing with us! I love the space you have and how it is organized. It would be interesting to also see how you organize your fabric sometime, I know everyone has their own little way they do it.

    I need to take some new photos of mine once I get my fabric closet reorganized.

  2. Hei! Oh- your studio is wonderful, and so big. Mine is only eight square meter, but I like it. I hope you will get many good days in your studio.

  3. I love it! It is so sunny and so very KIMBERLY!!

  4. That is a great space!!! I love it, I need to redo my room for better space.
    Thanks for the push to do something to my sewing room.

  5. Love your space! Every time I’d find myself in need of a seam ripper, I’d end up in the pool.

  6. I am jealous!! I don’t have a space to quilt in our home and I think that is what makes it tough for me to get going. It is quite a lot of work to haul everything out for a half hour of quilting and then put it all away again.

  7. Totally enjoyed your foto’s! And your Miss Snickers is almost my Evie’s twin….gorgeous girls they are 🙂 Evie, when awake, must always be near us too…..I wonder if it has something to do with the Torti’s strong personality & loyalty. May your 2012 be blessed.

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