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August 12, 2015

Well hello there! I have been planning this day for months now… and I’m honored to finally share the actual reveal of my awesome new craft space! Seeing the images here on my blog, brings tears to my eyes and warms my heart like nothing else could. Having the opportunity to create my very own craft + blog workspace like this is a lifelong dream come true… and all I can say is that hard work truly pays off. Today I’ll be talking about how the Martha Stewart Living™ Craft Space Furniture at Home Decorators Collection was the largest element to my room design and how I built my space around it. This furniture is made specifically for the “crafter” which fit my needs professionally and personally. It’s actually modeled after Martha’s personal craft room furniture and so of course you know I love that. Just in case you fall head over heels with my furniture, from now until 8/17/15 – all organizing essentials from Home Decorators are 20% off – which includes these craft furniture pieces and more! Guess what else… I’m giving a piece of this fab furniture away at the end of the post!

Something Turquoise Craft Room + Blog Office full of Martha Stewart Craft Furniture

Furniture Planning Tip:

The most helpful thing I did during the design process was to tape off my floor and walls to mimic where future furniture and other elements would be. This gave me a much better feeling for the space and visually helped me to plan the rest of the design. I did this multiple times before I came to the best layout and once I did, I made myself a “blueprint” of sorts that I could carry around while shopping. I created it in Photoshop and added all measurements including wall, window, shelves, and furniture. I kept one folded up in my purse so that when I was out and saw something I wanted, I would know for sure if it would fit into my space or not.

Tape off the carpet to see how furniture will look!

Welcome!

Instead of sharing a bunch of boring and sweaty pictures, of days upon days of me putting this place together… I figured I’d just get down to it and share the goods! So without further ado, welcome to my new craft room + blog office!

Something Turquoise Craft Room + Blog Office
Jen Carreiro, Editor of Something Turquoise

Paint + Adhesive Station

Can you say paint + glitter heaven? Having all my paint, glitter, and adhesive – out in the open was incredibly important to me as I use these items the most. Being able to quickly see what I have makes my creation process that much easier.

The majority of my items are tucked away inside of Martha Stewart Living™ Craft Space Furniture, but the way that each piece is designed specifically for craft supplies makes everything incredibly easy to access, even though it’s not out in the open. Stay tuned, as you’ll get to see a peek inside my drawers tomorrow!

Something Turquoise Craft Room + Blog Office

This is where I work – all day, everyday – and I LOVE it. To learn more about this gallery wall you can visit this post.

Something Turquoise Gallery Wall!

There are a few little personal things I want to share about my work desk area…

  1. Transitioning from standing all day as a hair dresser, to sitting all day as a blogger has not been easy – but my ball chair has really helped.
  2. I put myself in this corner on purpose so that on my left I could look out the window at all the beach goers and on my right I can actually look all the way down the hall to see my husband in his office.
  3. It’s a small little detail but I love the way my desk sits about 5″ lower than my flat file cabinet as it makes me feel like I’m in a little work cove.
  4. I LOVE my giant calendar. I have two months in view at all time and although I don’t mark lots of dates on it, I can visually see where I’m at with a quick glance.
  5. Those paper towels on the right come in super handy, from paint spills to coffee spills – lol.
  6. My lovely cat Marina usually sleeps on the top of the flat file cabinet all day with me while I’m working, you’ll see a snap of that tomorrow!
Something Turquoise Blog Office and Craft Room

The exact furniture items pictured here are:

Ombre Painted Drawers!

One of my favorite added touches in the room are my ombré painted drawers! This took some careful planning on my part as each drawer side needed to be painted before I assembled the cabinet… but it was worth it! I mixed four different colors of Martha Stewart Crafts™ satin paint to achieve this look: Mermaid Teal, Diving Board, Beach Glass and Sea Lavender. (insert like 20 heart eye emojis here).

Paint the inside of dresser drawers ombre turquoise for a fun and colorful added touch!

My gorgeous windows can’t quite open all the way, but they open enough. Check out those shelves packed full of all my blog props… all out in the open so that I can quickly see what I have to shoot with…

Something Turquoise Blog Office and Craft Room
Something Turquoise Peg-board Tool Wall and Cricut Corner

Peg-Board Tool Wall + Paper Station

I set up 4 work stations for myself in the room and this one is by far my favorite. Most of my projects start right here and I love that all the tools I use the most are right at my finger tips. My Cricut Air has all the room in the world to do it’s thing, my paper trimmer has it’s very own place (in my last space there was never a good place to put it), my thread wall – OMG, and my washi tape – dying. I’m sharing more details about this space tomorrow!

Something Turquoise Peg-board Tool Wall
Something Turquoise Craft Room + Blog Office

A friend of mine was getting rid of her dress form like a year ago and I quickly snatched it up. My mom held onto it for me for like a year or more, since I didn’t have the space – but I sure do now! Just for the shoot I put my wedding dress on it… I wish I could keep it out all the time but my sweet cat Marina thinks it’s the perfect blanket so we can’t have that.

Jen's wedding dress on a dress form in her blog office.

Convertible Work Station

You can see my collapsible craft table here with my sewing machine and second computer resting on top of it. If I need to sew something small I can just flip the side up and I’m ready to go… if I need to sew something big or need a bigger space to work, I can pull the entire thing into the center of the room and fully expand it, which is 5 feet of table! If my assistant needs to come over to work, she can pop the table up halfway and work on her laptop or use this computer. This space-saving table is an awesome, multi-purpose workspace for me.

Something Turquoise Craft Room + Blog Office

DIY Shooting Station

Although this piece is designed to be a Gift Wrap Hutch, I have a better use for it – shooting DIY’s! Shooting made simple; I pick the background paper that I want and while keeping it on the top rung, I pull the paper down to create a seamless backdrop. The window light hits it perfectly and this station cleans up in a snap… of course it’s a fabulous place to wrap gifts too.

The exact furniture items pictured here are:

Something Turquoise Craft Room + Blog Office

I absolutely love seeing before and after pictures, right next to each other – don’t you? This was such an amazing journey of transformation, I can hardly believe that it’s finally complete! I hope that my process in someway has inspired you to get creative with your space and if you are searching for more craft room inspiration check out these Martha Stewart Living™ articles:

Something Turquoise Craft Room + Blog Office, Before and After

iPhone Snaps:

Here are a few pics from my phone during my furniture process. 1. It actually took 4 – UPS trucks to deliver my furniture. Two trucks held the items but four men came to help unload; this image is about half of the boxes! 2. It was easier to get at this screw if I climbed inside. 3. Painting my peg board in the baking sun. 4. Turquoise tools are always a good thing. 5. The first piece of furniture I put together was the collapsible craft table. 6. Building and hanging is messy!

iPhone snaps of Jen building her Martha Stewart Craft furniture!

Craft Room Credits:

Special thanks to Martha Stewart Living™ and Martha Stewart Crafts™ for partnering with us on this project!

Photography: Something Turquoise // All furniture in this space is courtesy of: Martha Stewart Living™ Home Decorators Collection // All paints, all paintbrushes, all glitter, scoring board, and gift box punch courtesy of: Martha Stewart Crafts™ // Cricut Air + tools courtesy of: Cricut // Large gray cutting mat on DIY station, all scissors, rotary cutter, and paper trimmer courtesy of: Fiskars // Crystalline Falls (walls) + Snowfall White (trim): Behr Paint // Canon PIXMA iP8720 Crafting Printer + all thread courtesy of: JoAnn Stores // Gift wrap + Giant wall calendar: Paper-Source // Copper “ST” Sign: Host & Toast // Decor Jars + faux flowers courtesy of: Afloral.com // Adhesive: Glue Dots // All Ribbons courtesy of: Offray // Diamond Mouse pad: Little Hawthorne // Aqua utility cart: Ikea // Let the sea set you free print: A Fabulous Fete // Gaiam Yoga Ball Chair: Amazon // Vinyl Chair mat: Amazon // Pipe Washi Tape Holder, Clipboards, Shelves and Peg boards: DIY by Jen // All Washi tape courtesy of: Little B // White Peg board pegs: Amazon // Statement necklace: DIY by Something Turquoise // Hanging Air-plant: Kelso Doesnt Dance // Shoe organizer holding the spray paints: Amazon // Dress: Nordstrom

FYI: there are a lot of things going on in this space and I tried to credit everything but I know I’ve missed some things – if you have a question about anything that you see here, please don’t hesitate to ask!


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This is part three, don’t miss the other features:


Craft Room Partners:

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I partnered with Martha Stewart Living™ Omnimedia, Inc. for this craft room furniture and many of the craft supplies pictured. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own.


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You guys are in for the an incredible treat today as the Martha Stewart Living™ team is handing out a combined $1,000 of their amazing products to three very lucky winners! First up we have my favorite, the Martha Stewart Living™ Craft Space Collapsible Craft Table in Picket Fence white, valued at $499. This table is large and in charge and will change your crafting life – make sure to visit the link above for the table dimensions to confirm that it will fit in your space if you win! Next we have two Martha Stewart Crafts™ craft bundle prizes, the first being the ENTIRE line of Martha Stewart Crafts™ Vintage Decor Paints (including waxes, brushes and stencils, WAY more than what you see in the picture below – those are only the items from the line that I own) valued at $375 – how awesome is that!? The best thing about this paint is it requires no surface prep – so transforming furniture is a breeze! Last but certainly not least, we also have a huge bundle of Martha Stewart Crafts™ scrapbooking supplies valued at $130… from paper to glitter and glue galore – you’re going to love this stash!

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