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Until about a month ago, this room — fairly removed from the rest of the house — was filled with things still unpacked from our move.

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It’s a downstairs bedroom, but since we decided to make our bedroom upstairs, next to the bathroom and the closet, it stood empty. (Interestingly, it’s also the only room in the house that still has the original windows. When the window replacement guys came to measure, the door was shut to this part of the house, and they never got ordered. Actually, I kinda of like it this way, and plan to not replace them — love the white natural light we get in here… remember this?)

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The past few weeks, we prepped this room to be my new workshop. I’d previously been working in a corner of the library– which is one of my favorite rooms in the house– but facing a corner and getting pieces of metal and steel wool everywhere kept the room perpetually cluttery and dirty. And most of all, I needed a place I could shut the door and be done with it.

Here’s the new space!

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The work center is made of in-stock Lowe’s cabinets (we got them at a 20% off sale), Ikea laminate counters, and Ikea curtains. The paint is Valspar’s Maine Coast (not white!!), and the birch table support is from the property (and matches the drapes and shop header quite nicely, if I do say so myself.)

We’ve since moved a chair in here so Jed can work on his laptop and the pups can look out the window. I’m keeping my eyes peeled for a hard-wearing rug that might look good on the floor and keep the acoustics a bit less echo-y, as well as wall art to spruce up the blank spaces.

It’s so great to have a place for everything in here, and when I clean it up — it actually looks clean and organized! It’s amazing what a real, organized space can do for your work.

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