She put a lot of thought into the organization of her craft room, including some hard decisions (throwing away projects that hadn't been completed in a decade!) and smart decisions (locking away potentially toxic or hazardous materials in a closet.) Think you don't have an extra room (and closet?) in your house for a crafting space? Brook used her formal dining room and coat closet — and it all works beautifully. Brook and her husband built most of their furniture from Ana White's plans, with the exception of the dresser and hutch (which was a thrift find) and the counter-height chairs (from IKEA). This allowed her to plan and build exactly what she needed, tailored to her space and organizational needs. She also has lots of built in storage and ample workspace; the center craft table has plenty of room for both work and storage. She gathered lots of supplies from different places — including thrift stores and farm supply centers — and then planned out exactly where things would go and who would be able to reach them.
One of the great things about Brook's room is the built-in ability to work alongside her kids. There is a small kid-size table next to Brook's computer, and the lazy susan on the craft table holds lots of kids' art supplies. They also have their own galvanized buckets to collect their supplies, and they know which jars hold things they are allowed to use. This system has benefited both Brook and her kids — you find yourself sewing/painting/drawing/creating more often when everything is neat and accessible! See more about the furniture in Brook's room on her blog, Being Brooke: Sewing & Craft Room Tour Find out about her organization breakdown here: Organizing the Craft Room And if the cheeky art caught your eye, she talks about that here: Craft Room Art MORE CRAFT ROOMS ON APARTMENT THERAPY: • Close-Up: Über Organized Craft Room with a Touch of Tech • Roundup: Inspirational Craft Rooms • The Pink Sink's Cozy Craft Room • Craft Room Inspiration: Etsy Seller Christine Tillman (Images: Brook)