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Craft Space: Natalie Zee Drieu

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CRAFT: Make Space for Crafting

I thought it would be great to share some photos of my own workspace and craft room. This little room in our loft-style condo is door-less and is off to the side when you enter the apartment. To separate it off, I got a large bookcase from West Elm so that it divides the room from the hallway, and so I can use the shelf as extra storage space. This month, I’m in the process of reorganizing the entire space, so it’s actually fun to go back and look at these photos taken only seven months ago. For my birthday this past Christmas Eve, my husband got me a white Koala Cub sewing cabinet. (We got a great deal on the floor model!) This past week, it’s been about purging. We got rid of the large wooden file cabinet which we store useless files and the large shredder that I never liked. The new sewing cabinet is in that area instead and it’s a great space saver since I can store my Bernina sewing machine inside. When folded out, the sewing table is so stable, that I can also swap it out and place my Singer embroidery machine on top when I want to use it. (More on the sewing cabinet later this month.)
The left craft table area has now become my husband’s computer workspace as he didn’t have his own desk in our apartment for the last four years. But since I’m the one mainly using this room anyway, I’m keeping it very crafty and girly as much as I can. I also found that in the day, I liked to craft on the dining room table because it’s by our large windows so I got plenty of natural light and it’s better for project photos.
My goal is to have this space organized with all my crafting supplies so that I can find everything when I need it. I want it more than just organized on the surface because I have a habit of stuffing things inside drawers. My dream is to have everything inside my drawers and cabinets nicely folded, placed, and all put together. So what I’ve been dreading for the last couple of years will happen this month as I completely reorganize my supply closet as well as the space. Oh, and Lulu is still a daily fixture in this room so you’ll see her with her new brown polka dot bed.
I look forward to share with you the process and of course, the final space at the end of the month!
Here are more photos of my craft space.
Craftspace Nat Closeup

34 thoughts on “Craft Space: Natalie Zee Drieu

  1. nancy says:

    what a wonderful work space, full of personal charm and sunny inspirations!

  2. JackyS says:

    If I can only get my craft area to look as neat as your room. Awesome!

  3. dorriebelle says:

    I spent the week after Christmas tearing up my doll and sewing Lab, to make room for the new-to-me desk I got off Craigslist. It really helped stave off the after-holiday blues, and kept me from shopping !
    And there’s something that’s just so much *fun* about tearing up your craft space and remaking it. My ‘new’ desk holds both my regular sewing machine and my embroidery machine, which is a treat. Before, it was a ‘one or the other’ deal.
    Having to move nearly everything around – and seeing the huge amount of just plain stuff and junk I had crammed in there – made it much easier to do a ‘Clean House’ style to-the-bare-walls clear-out, and nine bags of doll furniture, fabric, notions, and other miscellany went to GoodWill yesterday.
    I look forward to personalizing my new space and being inspired by yours !

  4. jalilik says:

    how do you keep it that neat ?? mine is such a mess with yarn and scrap fabric all over the place !

  5. MelodyJ says:

    At first I was amazed at how clean and organized your craft space is. But then something caught my eye. You have a Speak n Spell! It looks like the older one with the real buttons. That changed to touch buttons kind od like a touch screen and it just wasn’t the same. I wish I still had mine.

  6. Natalie Zee Drieu says:

    Thanks for the sweet comment. I didn’t show photos of my closet where everything is stuffed in! Working on that now.
    The Speak and Spell is my treasure! It still works. It’s not my childhood one as my friend got it for me 10 years ago at a yard sale for $1.50 in her hometown! I love the sound the buttons make when you press them.

  7. dottcomm1 says:

    LOVE the wall color! what did you use?

  8. Faint Heart says:

    where did you get your vertical bookshelf/stand?

  9. Natalie Zee Drieu says:

    I got the bookshelf at West Elm – however they only do wood ones now. I have links in this flickr page comments:

  10. Natalie Zee Drieu says:

    It’s 25% of a shade of Benjamin Moore. I can’t remember the exact color name though but I’m sure you can find it via their swatches.

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