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8 Ideas for Decking Out Your Craft Space

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If you dream of having the time and space to indulge your creative passions, from sewing and crafting to painting and woodworking, the first step is setting up an inspiring and well-organized craft corner. Read on for eight ideas to get started.

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1. Use a pegboard. Paint one of these hardware store staples in any color, and use it to keep your crafting essentials close at hand above your workspace. Hang scissors and other tools from simple s-hooks, or attach a bevvy of baskets, bins, and shelves to house all manner of crafty goodness.

2. Put favorite wares on display. Entice yourself to craft by placing lusciously soft yarns in a woven basket, display a rainbow of thread spools on a wooden stand, or colorful washi tapes on a desktop dispenser. Seeing your supplies at the ready is sure to lure you to sit down and craft for a spell.

3. Include storage for works-in-progress. We all have those half-finished projects laying about, but they don’t need to take up precious workspace when you’re not in the mood to work on them. Devote a shelf or two to hold labeled boxes or bins of in-progress projects. Keeping these items neat also makes it more appealing to get back to them!

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4. Transform a closet into a craft cupboard. Short on space? Declutter a little-used closet, and you may find you have more room than you thought to devote to crafting materials! Replace the closet doors with chic printed drapes for easier access and a hit of color and pattern.

5. Use hardworking flooring. Bare floors that can be easily washed are ideal, but for a bit of color and softness, consider introducing an area rug. Sturdy indoor-outdoor versions are ideal for the craft space, since they can be taken outdoors and hosed off as needed.

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6. Use rolling storage carts. Bring storage right where you need it, and wheel it away when not in use with one of these handy carts. These also make great storage for kids’ artwork and homework supplies.

7. Use a dining table as your work surface. A little-used formal dining room can make a spectacular craft space. A large table is ideal for spreading out large projects; just be sure to protect the surface with a plastic or oilcloth cover if you’re planning to eat dinner there!

8. Introduce a bit of whimsy. A craft space should inspire. Pick and choose a few details that make you smile whenever you see them, and incorporate these into your personal space to make crafting a joy. Consider including artwork, twinkle lights, an inspiration board, or a few colorful throw pillows. If you’re handy with a sewing machine, you could even whip up a stool “skirt” from an old ruffled apron, as seen here in the studio of artist Kelly Rae Roberts!

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When pulling together your craft space, a great place to start is with a beautiful storage piece, like the etagere shown here. Keep all of your favorite tools and supplies in one place, and crafting time will be a pleasure. Pull the room together with a colorful indoor-outdoor rug, a work table, and a piece of art that you love.

Do you craft? Where is your favorite place to work on your projects? Tell us in the Comments!

Shopping Guide: (clockwise from top right) Small Blue Linen III by Megan Meagher; Safavieh Four Seasons rug in gray; Safavieh Colonial Collection Gavin Wood Walnut Etagere.

Image Sources: (from top to bottom) home of Mandy Pellegrin on A Beautiful Mess; stylist Chip Cordelli for Real Simple; Kelly Rae Roberts.

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Cheer up, Buttercup! Using Yellow in the Home.

The color of sunshine, daffodils, and fresh-squeezed lemonade, yellow is an unabashedly happy hue. Why not wake up your living space this spring with a healthy dose of this sunny hue? Read on for totally doable color inspiration.

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The living room is a great place to experiment with a fresh, seasonal color palette. Keep your big pieces (sofa, wall color) neutral, and have fun with a bright rug, throw pillows, and accessories.

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Curtains and throws are another easy place to experiment with color. To save a little cash on curtains, pick up cheerful fabric and create a no-sew hem with iron on fabric tape. Simple clip drapery rings to the top, and you’re good to go! Keep your room feeling light and bright by adding a mirror, and (especially if your space is small) consider swapping out a hefty coffee table for a light-as-air acrylic version.

Ready for a more long-term commitment to color? A gorgeous yellow wallpaper, like the one shown here (it’s Cow Parsley from Cole & Son) would make a bold statement in the bedroom or entryway.

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Artwork in a hue you love can completely transform a space, and provide a jumping-off point for an entire decorating scheme. Start with the art, and pull a color (like the vibrant yellow shown here) to repeat in a rug and pillows for a finished look.

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Sunny, happy yellow is surprisingly versatile. Try it alongside gray, aqua, spring green, or teal for a vibrant spring look. And when in doubt, you can’t go wrong with lemon yellow and white.

Do you love yellow? Share how you use this daring hue in your home in the Comments!

Rug Shopping Guide: (clockwise from top left) Surya Florence Broadhurst Turnabouts pillow in gold and ivory; Surya Florence Broadhurst Shadow Floral pillow in lemon; Surya Florence Broadhurst Spotted Floral pillow in gold and ivory; Momeni Geo rug in yellow; Trans Oceans Imports Liora Manne Ravella rug in yellow; Foreign Accents Festival Rug in gray and canary yellow.

Photo Credits: (from top to bottom) Brunelleschi ConstructionLonny MagazineFlorence FindsCamellia Interiors.

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Get the Boho Chic Look

Laid-back, flea market-inspired bohemian style is a look that’s easy love, and easy to live with. Think of wicker swing chairs draped in fluffy sheepskin, layered rugs and textiles, and eclectic accessories and artwork. Achieving this look might seem tricky, but it’s actually quite simple, because it’s all about collecting what you love. Building on a base of simple budget basics and hand-me-down furniture, you can easily layer on treasured finds from vintage shops, garage sales, and yes, flea markets, for a unique look that’s all your own.

 

To break it down, here are a few trademark boho chic “essentials” to keep an eye out for as you are strolling the Sunday flea market (or online marketplace) with your chai latte and french market bag in hand:

-Colorful, ethnic-inspired rugs

-Sheepskins and flokatis

-Vintage wicker and bamboo furniture

-Midcentury modern teak furniture

-Colorful pottery

-Paper lanterns

Textiles in general, and rugs in particular, are key to the boho chic look, so don’t be shy in picking out a bold pattern or color … or two or three!

Rug Shopping Guide: (clockwise from top left) Safevieh Belize Shag rug in ivory; Tayse International Trading Concept rug in teal and taupe; Surya Zahra rug in hot pink and burnt orange; Rugs Direct Gallery Sienna rug in black; Safavieh Kilim rug in pink and ivory; Jaipur Rugs Desert rug in Mojave.

Photo Credits: (from top to bottom) Refinery 29Armelle Habib for Inside Out magazine; SF Girl By BayBrittany Ambridge for Domino magazine.

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How to Work a Round Rug

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When you think of shopping for a new rug, you most likely think of a rectangular shape — but choosing a round rug instead can sometimes be the better choice for your room. Read on for tips on using this surprisingly versatile rug shape in your home.

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Round rugs in the living room. If your living space is like most, it’s probably filled with rectangular shapes and sharp edges. A round rug can help soften those edges, making the living area more comfortable and inviting. Shaggy rugs with a deep, plush pile, like those in the rooms shown above, are perfect for sinking toes into.

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Round rugs in the kitchen. The kitchen and breakfast nook are two more natural spots to put a round rug, as these spaces can usually use some warming up. For these hardworking zones, choose a round rug made of a flat weave or braided material, that can stand up to heavy foot traffic and spills. Go chic and neutral, or bright and bold; whatever you feel most drawn to.

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Round rugs in the foyer. Make a foyer, or even a small entryway, feel more spacious by choosing an elegant round rug. You could even swap out the rug in this area seasonally, with a thicker, warmer rug in winter, and a cool, natural fiber version in spring and summer.

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More great ways to use round rugs: Nurseries, kids’ rooms, and bedrooms are also welcome spots for round rugs. Round rugs, especially plush ones, seem made to sit and play on, so consider choosing one for your baby’s playroom, or even a yoga and meditation space.

Which is your favorite? Share which rug you would pick in the Comments section!

Rug Shopping Guide: 1. Surya Forum in Carmine; 2. Anji Mountain Jute Collection; 3. Trans Ocean Imports Liora Manne Ravella Disco in Denim; 4. Safavieh Malibu Shag in Charcoal.

Photo Credits: (from top to bottom of post) FreshomeShelly Chung DesignA Beautiful MessBHGDomaine.

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