Lately I've been feeling a little bit crammed on our writing desk and decided it was time to plan a new creative space for myself. While the desk is perfect for letter writing and small crafts, I've been finding that I just don't have enough room when I want to create a bigger project, or work on my Project Life album. Mostly when this happens I take over the dining table, but then frustration sets in when dinner time rolls around and I need to pack up my creative mess so that we can eat and enjoy a meal together.
I'd been toying with the thought of rearranging some existing furniture in our bedroom, when the idea hit me that I could just use our laundry instead. Perfect!
When Richard built our laundry cupboards he created a space for a clothes dryer to sit, which is also just the right size to house a chair instead. The long wooden bench is fantastic for spreading out my projects on, when and if I need to. We rarely use our dryer anyhow - it's just something we bought when we were first married and well, I guess it's handy to have incase we need something dried quick smart, but I doubt we'll replace it when it eventually dies. In the mean time we've relocated it to the shed.
The laundry itself is always lovely and light, so I don't feel like I'm sitting in a dark and dreary spot. Other than the washing machine and wash tub up one end, it actually feels more like a small office or separate room for creating in now. It's amazing what a bit of sprucing up can do! Oh and our wash basket has just been relocated in the cupboard next to the chair.
The washi tape holder that you can see in the photo below, was an idea that I saw once on pinterest and it's just a big embroidery hoop that I've hung up with a piece of string. I've also added some random postcards and a few of my favourite prints to the laundry walls.
Here are a few more photos of my new space:
Now the trick will be to keep it looking reasonably tidy - so far, so good!