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Goodbye Guest Room, Hello Janery Studio

In April I shared the Guest Room “Reveal” – in quotes because it wasn’t a finished in my mind – and told you I was taking the room apart.  If you guessed that I was clearing the space out to turn it into a dedicated workspace fro Janery, you guessed right.

For the longest time I was pondering the idea of transforming the guest room into my Janery studio, since Janery is something I spend time on every week, and guests are only occasional.  I think that’s why I was so unmotivated to finish decorating the guest room, because in my gut I felt it wasn’t the right use of the space.

Having my Janery studio share space with our basement TV room has been a total disorganized disaster.  I think it’s mostly psychological, but I have really had trouble working in that combo lounge/business space over the last year.

Then, when my first big bolts of fabric showed up needing a large storage rack, I realized that it was time to get serious.

With that in mind, I emptied the room a few weeks ago, and set about transforming it into a sensible workspace.  This fun ensued, but then you always have to have chaos before you create order:Basement Mess1

I moved my sewing table and storage into the space, using this floor plan.  My sewing table is quite large for the space, and if it gets to be too much I have a back up plan for turning it into an expandable yet smaller table.

Janery Studio Floor Plan

Then I set about building massive 10-foot shelves for part of the space.  It was quite an adventure that is still in progress, because it didn’t turn out right the first time:

Building Shelves1

Depending on how much I can finish before we leave for Italy, I’m looking forward to sharing the progress with you over the next few weeks.

It’s not finished yet, but already I know the change was right.  Not only do I now have a truly pet-free studio, I can enter the room, close the door, and know that it’s work time.

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  • Reply Ash @ HumberHomeProject at 10:48 am

    This is so exciting!
    I can’t wait to see how it looks when you are done.
    I share my sewing room/office with a daybed, but I’m starting to think the bed needs to get the boot since we have another guest room anyways. It’s amazing how much room a little sewing machine actually needs 😉

    • Reply Jane at 11:04 am

      It is funny how much space you end up needing 🙂

  • Reply Skooks at 9:28 pm

    I was thinking this might be the direction you were going. Excited to see how it comes together!

  • Reply Karen Middleton at 6:43 am

    This is so interesting!! I have been going through the exact same dilemma – to swap my small studio with a garden view (but no life!) for my large, airy lounge, which has a street view, but more going on, and much more room.

    My angst was caused by the worry that a large lounge was sacrificed for “work”, but as I felt like a pea on a drum in the large lounge, when sat watching TV, and that I am pretty much a workoholic, I went with the move in the end, choosing to work in the nice large airy room with more life going on around me, and decided not to worry that a lounge is only a lounge if we label it as one!!

    Looking forward to seeing how you progress and thanks for sharing :))

  • Reply Kiri at 11:09 pm

    Having a room that you can close the door on for work is absolutely a great idea. Keeps work and life differentiated! 🙂

  • Reply Funnelcloud Rachel at 1:37 pm

    Wait a second…where is this fancy woodshop of yours?! Also, can’t wait to see how the new Janery HQ turns out!

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