Looking back at the past month + change of working on the Style Cure, I have to say it was a really fun personal challenge. While I already discussed a few things I learned (and came to re-appreciate) during the process, I wanted to say a little bit more about how I feel it worked out, design-wise.
Back on Day 1, when I took the style survey, I said my style preferences were “vintage, fun, and eclectic.” I also decided that, less consciously, I wanted a space that felt cosy, had some personality, great art, and was functional without being overly cluttered. I feel like, over all, I really, really got there.
I’ve got my vintage going on for sure with my reupholstered vintage chair, vintage Hollywood sewing patterns, my wee vintage pincushion/tape measure puppy, and my grandma’s old plant dishes:And I have some other elements that definitely add a sense of fun, like the puppy, my Seafoam/Rhinestone Kit-Kat Clock and some oversized faux peony blooms:And then there’s elements that feel vintage-y, like my stained/painted Ikea sewing table, my wall lamps, and my floral curtains (which I love more every day):All of these elements make for a collected, eclectic feel. Contributing to this are a few more modern, less precious things, like the big metal cabinets, the dressmaker dummy, the pegboard and ironing board, and this plaid-lined work basket:
I really love that guy and dig that he doesn’t match the floral fabric at all but still plays well anyway. Baby loves a plaid. Also, functionality. This room feel 100 times more functional than it did before. Everything has a place, all the surfaces are less crowded (thanks, pegboard, plaid workbasket, and closet!) and it feels much more like a workspace than a space where I try to do work.
The room definitely feels cozy. The sloping attic ceiling helps, no doubt, but I think you can also get a sense of cosiness from a room when it feels pulled together and complete. There’s a color scheme, curtains, artwork and space to breathe. And yet it manages to have the personality I wanted without that sense of personality being overwhelming. This is a space I want to hang out in. It feels good and happy and like I have many years of fun sewing ahead of me in here. It makes me want to get to it.
As for things that I don’t feel were accomplished (or as successfully accomplished), I do feel that the space is running a little too sweet at the moment and could use more grounding. I think this could easily be accomplished with the addition of wood floors, which are in the plan but still quite a ways away financially. I’ll get there. In the meantime, a good rug might be helpful in this department, though with a sewing space (and its accompanying threads/pins/needles), that’s tricky. The art could also be amped up in this regard. While I love what I’ve got in there, I really wanted to find a big piece for the space over the ironing board and still feel that something graphic and substantial (perhaps with some heavier colors and black) could provide a little gravitas. I’ll keep my eyes peeled.
On a practical note, I also still want to find some task lighting for the cutting table. None of the lamps I was considering at Ikea ending up fitting the bill and I didn’t want to get something I didn’t actually love just to meet the arbitrary deadline. Again, keeping my eyes peeled. I’ve been working for a year without task lighting in that particular zone and I can do it a little longer.
So, as I wrap this puppy up, I will ask myself some questions and then answer them, as is kind of how this blog works.
Was it hard? Yes. There were many nights where I hurt like hell laying down to bed and I feel like my poor arthritic hands are still recovering.
Was it worth it? Hell, yes. I learned so much from this experience (reupholstering! staining! pace-setting!). And now I’ve got a completely awesome sewing room to work my little heart out in.
Would you do it again? A qualified yes. On the one hand, I like having all of this to show at the end of one little month. On the other hand, I worked my ass off and I’m not sure I’d have the stamina (and free time) that I did this time again. Still, I think a lot of the ideas of the process can easily be applied to future projects with a more drawn-out pace. One project per weekend, three weeks a month or something.
In conclusion, loved the experience, love the resulting room. The major downside is that it’s now making all the other rooms in the house look significantly more shabby. Guess I’ll just have to start make a concentrated effort to address those rooms as well. Tis the circle of home decor life.
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