A very happy girl in her very happy place.

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This was my sewing room a few weeks ago.  I’ve always loved this room but lately it’s felt a little overwhelming.  Way too much stuff, bright colors, bold fabric, tons of art work, and scary school bus yellow walls that felt like they were going to close in on me.  I’ve wanted to paint this room forever, I hated that yellow, but when I started thinking about moving all that stuff and taking everything off the walls, I decided I could live with the puke yellow a little longer.  That is until I started working for the redesign company.  Seeing different homes transformed with a little bit of paint, a little bit of simplifying, and a whole lot of using what was already there, convinced me it was time to calm this room down before it caused me to go insane.

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I painted my room Oyster Bay by Sherwin Williams.  Partly because I loved the color and also as a little reminder of my first day on the job assisting Christina redesign this room.  As I watched Christina turn a boring front room into a beautiful, useable, happy office, she totalllllly inspired me to redesign my sewing room.

Happy PlaceI’ve also visited Christina’s own home and let me just tell you I almost have her convinced to let me photograph it.  One of the many things I loved about her home was the way she had her office set up.  Her desk was not facing the way I would have normally placed the desk, but her desk was facing two large windows in her office.  I lovedddddd it.  The way my desk was positioned before faced the staircase leading upstairs.  Now with a little shifting of the furniture, I’m looking out two beautiful windows with lots of greenery.

I’m also usually all about matching chairs, but who knew unmatched chairs could make a space more interesting!?  The redesign company is opening my eyes to a whole new world!!!

Happy PlaceI’ve been sitting on a $3.00 yard sale wood chair for 5 years and one day asked my husband why my back was hurting  This chair from Ikea was a TOTAL spurge for me but worth every penny.  It’s like sitting on a hill of cotton balls (totally the first thing to come to mind).  I feel a little guilty about this purchase but I spend soooo much time at that desk so it does make sense, plus it rolls!!!  I can move about the room without getting up one time!! If it’s a really good day, my husband will push me around the house, I might even get a little spin. I love the modern look with a little vintage pop.

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Happy PlaceI bought this blue bottle and the blue throw on my black and white chair with a West Elm gift card.  Clear bottles from Ikea $1.99 for the small, 3.99 for the large.

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cow paintingOk…I’m a little obsessed with cows lately.  and old pick up trucks.  and barns.  Michaella, owner of 32 Flavors boutique, and I worked out a little trade for this cow painting and the new painting between my windows for some of my inventory.  Man I love original artwork!!!

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Art studioMy mom and dad gave me this incredible sign when I was home visiting last week.  I love my parents.

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art studioArtwork from the living room!

art studioI bought this desk off craigslist years ago for $50.00 and Mod Podged pretty paper on it.  See you can buy stuff off cragslist and live to tell about it!!

art studioYard sale desk organizer $1.00.

art studioFor a little change, I switched out my lamp and the guest bedroom lamp.  Sometimes switching out things makes you feel like you have something new!

art studioFlowers from the grocery store, because there ain’t a dang thing growing in my yard!!!

art studio  Ladders came from the living room which now has a painting in their place, which now has a green bookcase in it’s place…..follow me?

art studioMy favorite chair of all time pulled from my bedroom.  Now my bedroom has the chair from the guest room.  The guest room has the chair from my son’s room.  And now my son does not have a chair.  He’s really ok with it!  His room is really small so it actually looks much better without the chair.  It’s a win win situation folks.  West Elm throw bought with my gift card and pillow also from my bedroom.

art studioMy painted chair is still holding up great!!  Yard sale magazine rack for $1.00 spray painted white.

art studioSome old curtains I made for my bedroom several years ago are now hanging in the entry way to my sewing room.  So glad I didn’t get rid of them!!  Sometimes it pays to hold onto things!

Paint and supplies:  $40.00

3 white Ikea Expedit bookcases:   $59.99 each

Ikea chair:  $149.00

Ikea bottles and magazine files:  $16.00

2 new pieces of art work:  trade

Antique sign:  gift

West Elm throw and bottle:  gift card

Magazine rack and desk organizer:  $2.00

Everything else already using or from other parts of the house:  $0.00

Room redo total:  $387.00

Now I have a guest room FULLLLL of stuff for our next big sale!!  So actually I might be making money by cleaning out and redoing my sewing room!

A very happy girl in her very happy place.

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20 Responses to A very happy girl in her very happy place.

  1. Stacey Thacker August 27, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    What an adorable happy place to make beautiful things. Enjoy!

    • angela August 27, 2013 at 9:20 pm #

      Thanks Stacey!
      I just keep walking in and staring, it’s just so different! I love change, my dad was in the military when I was growing up and we had to move every 2-3 years. This is the longest I have ever lived in one place! We can’t change houses but I can change up the rooms!!
      lots of love

  2. Jackie August 27, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

    Your new space is great! I have got to get my sewing room organized, so you have inspired me today.

    • angela August 27, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

      Send pics Jackie!! I love before and afters!!

  3. Angie August 27, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    I love it! It looks wonderful, great job!

    • angela August 27, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

      Thank you Angie! Great name by the way!

  4. Kristen August 27, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    Love the changes, great color! What a great room to work in.

    • angela August 27, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

      Thanks Kristen!
      I love the color the most! So so calming!

  5. Rachel August 27, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

    I love it!! I loved it before but I really love it now. It’s gorgeous and totally inspiring me to work on my own office. :)

  6. Dana at Happy Little Lovelies August 27, 2013 at 10:54 pm #

    oh wow, Angela. I’m starting to think you might have more energy in your pinky finger than I’ve ever had. And don’t get weirded out if I totally show up and just ask to sit in that fluffy white chair…looks sooo comfy. Great job!

  7. Pam W. August 28, 2013 at 12:31 am #

    Love all the colors and the new curtains look beautiful!! I think you must have more than 24 hours in a day! I just can’t find the time to accomplish anything!

  8. Laurie August 28, 2013 at 1:21 am #

    Wowwie! Great transformation!! I love the wall color!

  9. Kristen A. August 28, 2013 at 1:21 am #

    Your new room is gorgeous! I want to visit soon and hang out in there and watch you create your beautiful things!! Maybe even go for a spin in your super cool new chair. Love it!!

  10. Cori August 28, 2013 at 2:47 am #

    I have been waiting for this post! Loved the old look but yes! Love the new! It is very calming yet creative. Crazy how it can be both but it’s absolutely perfect.

  11. Sherri August 28, 2013 at 3:02 am #

    Love the change and LOVE the new cow painting!!!

  12. Gwen August 28, 2013 at 5:05 am #

    Now when I first met Miss Button I thought of this shop in Santa Barbara and mixed in with Anthropologie when I’d go to see my neurologist. But my neurologist has moved and so I don’t go to Santa Barbara like I was and so I too am guessing those places don’t look the exact same either now!! So I totally embrace and accept this new room. I’m really liking how its fun yet pleasing to the eye. And you know what I presses me?? Above the sewing machine is your neat collection. I always pinned my patterns above my machine back when I could still sew.
    I pray for you as I write Miss Button. I’m glad you have wonderful parents who love you and show it with a sign that looks so perfect in its spot. I’ve been reading a lot in the Psalms and wow what I’m learning anew. So Lord, bless Miss Button. If she lived closer I’d fill her arms with so many things from my rambling garden of blooms that You Lord have given me. So today, Miss Button, could you pray for me? For although even my doctors say our trials are so great and never ending, I got news today that I can’t process. Maybe harder because of my brain injury? But I’m scared and sad and trusting Jesus. That’s why I like your blog. I am brightened and cheered by buttons in jars and cubbyholes of fun things and fabrics all over in neat stacks in new shelves.

    • Maria August 28, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

      Gwen – I am praying for you today – hang on tight to the Lord God. He not only won’t forsake those who trust Him, who take refuge in Him, He will surprise you with joy at every turn. It has been my experience and that of many others too! Expect good things; keep your eyes and ears open to what He is doing!! Lots of love heading your way!

  13. Maria August 28, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    Angela, Cannot tell you how much fun I had looking at all those wonderful pictures of your office redo!! I love love it! The desk facing the window – such a great idea! I gleaned lots of inspiration here today – thank you for including details, details, details – knitting needles/yarn, stamps and buttons in jars, colorful spools of thread, pins galore on the sewing form, caddies full of tools and such, pillows, throws, curtains, chairs, and plenty of ideas!!! This was a treat I really so enjoyed!! Thank you for sharing!

  14. Lara September 1, 2013 at 1:27 am #

    STUNNING. You are so gifted. Congratulations on a beautiful job.

    • angela September 2, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

      thanks so much Lara!!!

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