I wanted to help Lauren out with some ideas for her craft room.
This room will be a place that is all hers and the decor should be fun and girly to reflect that, though it will be important to keep it simple (limiting patterns) since craft rooms usually have a lot going on anyways.

Craig and Lauren have been pairing down and moderning up their home a little which meant goodbye to a lot of Lauren's beloved tchotchke collecion. I don't want her to be afraid to display all of her favorite little things so it's important to have a lot of shelving (not just for storing craft supplies) but for tchotchke displaying as well.

I also wanted to stay very budget friendly so most of the things I am suggesting Craig would be able to build (something similar at least) or Lauren could make (only fitting since it is a craft room after all!)

I know they have a giant eyesore (known as a large filing cabinet) in the room already. It has a massive amount of storage and I can imagine Lauren putting unfinished projects in seperate files to keep them safe and contained until she can work on them again.
An easy fix is to spray paint it. Maybe even one side of it could be painted with chalkboard paint so Lauren can write quick notes on it.

The main piece of furniture in the room will be a large table where the crafting will go down.
Chris had the idea to put it in the middle of the room (which is geinus) not only because it would allow wall space to be utiized for storage, but she would be able to craft with a friend sitting across from her as well. I also like the idea of having storage built into the table so she can keep main supplies right next to her.

These are some examples of what Craig could base his table off of, since I'm sure he could build a table with storage for less than what they would pay at a store:

I don't know anyone that sits in a comfy, cushy chair while being crafty. I feel like I can't really get into it unless I'm sitting on the edge of my seat or standing, to allow a full range of motion (this sounds so dorky, but it's true!) which is why I think a swivel stool would be the best type of seating.
I found an awesome industrial-looking teacher's stool which she could even spray paint if she wanted to.

Like I said before, it's important (especially in a small room) to maximize wall space for storage. This console table would be perfect for holding bins with craft supplies and the surface would be perfect for laying a project out to dry, another work space or...

for more storage!
I found these little cabinets which would be perfect for storing small supplies like markers and paintbrushes.

If Lauren could find one of these double decker display baskets, it would be the perfect way to maximize storage of frequently used items.

A wall mounted pegboard would be an easy storage solution for things like wrapping paper, ribbon and twine.

This is an awesome idea for a shelf Craig could build out of scrap wood and I'm sure he could put brackets on it instead of the rope supports. I think this would be the perfect shelf for all her little tchotchkes.

As far as accessories for the room...

Every craft room needs a board for inspiration and bits of randomness

and an attractive solution for small tools you need right at your fingertips.
I love the looks of the IKEA 'asker' components (on the rail) below:


or mason jars since I know she has quite a few laying around

I like the idea of a graphic rug to anchor the room.
This rug at IKEA is $180, but you could make this for around $50 with a cheap jute rug, some tape and paint!

Whatever Lauren does with her craft room, I think she should have fun with colors


she should get creative with storage

and definitely enlist Craig's mad skills to save some money on the main pieces of furniture.

Speaking of a crafty husband, she can't forget to put these lovlies up in the room!

Lauren likes to create her own versions of fun art she finds on Etsy and I think she could christen the room by crafting something like these:

(I often need a reminder to keep calm while I am crafting. I always want to do too many things at once.)

but I think Elise has the perfect little note of inspiration for all crafters...

Let me know when you want to get started Lauren!


  1. Kira on February 1, 2011 at 7:54 AM

    I totally need that white table with the storage area on the side. That would be perfect for my small space.
    Also, I have a comfy chair in my studio, but usually I'm sitting on the edge of it while I'm sewing. It's nice to have though when Jeremy has his poker buddies over. Then I can just go lounge on my comfy chair and read a book or watch a movie away from all of the guys.
    I can't wait too see what you and Lauren do with the room!

  2. Sarah Frills4Thrills on February 1, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    I love these ideas Becca! For the double-decker basket, you could always use a hanging fruit basket (it would leave more table and wall space that way too)! And they are really easy to find.

  3. kate on February 1, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    I've had my eye on that rug from Ikea for the last few years. I was so sad to see that they don't carry it now! :( I'll have to think about the spray paint and tape option!

    Pst.. I'm newish to Portland. Do you have any favorites you recommend. Food?Shopping?

  4. Olivia on February 1, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    wonderful ideas :) looove these

  5. Lauren @The Little Things We Do.... on February 1, 2011 at 6:25 PM


    I LOVE all of your ideas. When are you going to come over and help me start? Haha! Ok....but seriously....I love all your ideas, and you are totally speaking my language with all the budget friendly features. I absolutely adore that scrap wood shelf for tchotchkes as well as the ikea hanging storage to put near the desk. Eeeek! I can't wait to craft it up with you in my new craft room. I think once all is finished we should have a crafty afternoon and make fancy little hourdeurves and whatnot and invite some of the crafty Portland bloggers over, no? OK....so maybe we wouldn't be able to all fit in the craft room, but it's a fun idea nonetheless :).

    Thanks so much for all the thought you put into this. I seriously love everything!

    Can't wait to have dinner with you guys tomorrow!

  6. Whim Wham Life on February 2, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    What great ideas! You guys are so cute, brainstorming ideas for a craft room! Have fun. Can't wait to see pictures of it when it's all finished. xoxo

  7. Victoria on February 2, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    Love that "just start" print.
    Perfect for any office.
    Need it now... =)

  8. Melissa: Write it in Lipstick on February 3, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    these are all lovely things. I wish I had my own craft room. I love that print too. It's so true :)

  9. Jamie Coleman on February 12, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    Becca awesome ideas for the craft room! shelves shelves shelves I totally see shelves all over the place and Lauren's own tchotchke heaven. I favor the white desk and LOVE the rug. I know Lauren is super grateful to have your help and creative inspiration!

  10. Anonymous on April 16, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    The craft room with the blue walls and the print of the man is from myaimistrue.com

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