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Real Life Organizing: Beautiful & Tidy Crafty Spaces From Our Tours

updated Jun 10, 2019
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If you have a place dedicated to crafty endeavors, or any sort of hobby, look to these rooms from our tours for terrific organization and decorating ideas. They each marry function with style, and have a lot to teach us about making over our own creative spaces.

Above, a room that was once a guest bedroom and is now a dedicated space for work, projects, and creativity. It’s an inspiring, cozy space filled with fabrics, yarns, flowers, books, tools, and the owner’s various current projects, all beautifully organized and displayed with a variety of types of storage, including Shaker-style pegs, baskets, pegboard, and String shelving.

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C.C. Boyce didn’t spare the style when it came to her woodworking shop. The unexpected paint job adds movement and fun color to her inspiration wall. She keeps this desk space separate from the other work areas and fills it with objects that from other artists she admires.

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You are looking at the incredible downtown Los Angeles workspace of Ax + Apple, owned by jewelry designer Jamie Lyn. She uses every available surface as storage including the wall, and the sides of rolling cart.

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Melanie Abrantes’ space serves several purposes, acting as a workshop, office, shipping center, stock room, and even a cozy sitting area. Even the work area of the workshop is organized in a way that is visually appealing, with every tool in its own dedicated place.

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Cara and Stephanie designed and built a 14’ wide x 9’ high shelving unit that perfectly accommodates their large paper supply, inking station, and printing tools. The custom shelving unit is made of black steel pipes and wood and is adhered to our exposed brick wall. They counted and recounted, measured and remeasured until they were certain that all the pieces would actually come together to make shelves.

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Virginia and Kelly’s industrial loftis filled to the brim with supplies but everything has its place. Vertical shelves house every spray paint, which is organized by color to make things easy to find.