Workspace of the Week: Sewing serenity

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Heather Peterson’s mom’s sewing room:

My selection this week isn’t from our Flickr pool. I stumbled upon this truly amazing sewing room while looking for inspiration for our guest room. The picture I’ve attached to this post doesn’t look all that impressive, but the detail images in the full article describing the space are remarkable. There is sincerely a place for everything, and everything is in its place. Even if you aren’t someone who sews, you can find inspiration from this room for how to organize other hobbies and even a traditional workspace. I’m a fan of Heather Peterson’s mom’s custom sewing room, and I strongly recommend checking out her post about the space.

Image by Heather Peterson.

Want to have your own workspace featured in Workspace of the Week? Submit a picture to the Unclutterer flickr pool. Check it out because we have a nice little community brewing there. Also, don’t forget that workspaces aren’t just desks. If you’re a cook, it’s a kitchen; if you’re a carpenter, it’s your workbench.

14 Comments for “Workspace of the Week: Sewing serenity”

  1. posted by Becky on

    The links all seem to be going back to your post about the guest room instead of to the original post with the sewing room information. I would love to see the greater detail on that.

  2. posted by Elena on

    Yeah! More crafty spaces!!! Woo hoo!!! 🙂

  3. posted by Pru on

    Would love to see a link to the full article.

  4. posted by Erin Doland on

    Links fixed. Sorry about that:

  5. posted by Molly on

    The pull-out drawer with the printer in it is pure genius!

    I’m in the middle of planning my office/work-room, and I keep getting stuck on where to put my beloved/behemoth Epson 13″x19″ printer. The pull-out drawer idea has opened up a whole new world of possibilities.

  6. posted by Cindi on

    omigosh! this looks like it was once a kitchen…this is a SERIOUS seamstress!

  7. posted by Susan on

    I get dibbies on the machine by the window….. this is a great space….. I have loved drawers ever since I was 15…. the clear counters are inspireing …… inspireing….. let’s do clear the table….. I have a very special piece of Fiestaware coming today and want to highlight it on the table…. remember I get the window…..

  8. posted by Robin on

    Your post is eerily timely. My husband and I are in the process of designing a combo workspace in the basement – one side for his home office, the other for my quilting. There were alot of GREAT ideas in that sewing room…and…I want that ironing station!

    My husband and I are both fans of your blog; but I have to give credit to him, he found you! You have given us a great purge boost. Thanks for all the tips and ideas…we’ll get “uncluttered” soon!

  9. posted by Rachel on

    I seriously covet that space. I do minimal sewing, but have a machine and various accoutrements in addition to my various other crafting activities that could really benefit from having that kind of counter/work space and cabinet/storage. Covet, covet, covet.

  10. posted by Zac on

    I have storage envy

  11. posted by Just Breathe on

    Thanks for directing us to those wonderful photos! I read all the comments, too. I agree with the commenter who seemed surprised that the sewing machines didn’t roll away from the wall, or occupy an island, in order to avoid large projects’ bunching up between the machine and the wall. No more than I used to sew, that was a problem, and I never made anything as large as a quilt.

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  13. posted by genny on

    That is quite an investment in a sewing room. If you have the space and the money and it is a passion for you, it is probably much appreciated.
    Personally, I strive to have a small and efficient room with not much reserve such as 50 zippers and buckets of extra buttons.
    I prefer a more zen-like experience.

    It is a nice room, though.
    All of the stuff is stored behind closed doors, so that makes it very tidy and gives an uncluttered view. It looks like it could be done with flat pack kitchen cabinets and formica countertops. This type of cabinetry is better than some of the stuff that is sold as sewing furniture.
    Storage cabinets like this, with cabinets that run along a wall are always a great solution for just about any room. If I were to build a house, I would plan to build storage cabinets all around the perimeter of the house. I would do away with most storage furniture such as dressers and armoirs. And, a cabinet/closet would help in insulating the house along the outer walls.

  14. posted by Natalie on

    I was actually a bit disappointed with this post because I much prefer a sewing room with some of the beautiful fabric on display (such as in an open bookcase, organized by color) and buttons and other notions in glass mason jars. I like a room where you can walk in and immediately know the room’s purpose. I love how organized it is, but it’s just not my style at all.

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