Thursday, May 28, 2015

Before

A funny thing happened to my plans.  You know that saying..... "Man makes plans and God laughs"?  Yeah.  That happened.

Remember when I talked about moving?  That was funny, wasn't it?

We did plan on moving.  We put the house up for sale.  There was a sign in the yard and people came at all hours to look.  Then we took the sign down.

While all this was going on we packed up lot of stuff and moved it into storage units.  We gave a whole bunch of stuff away and we threw truckloads away.  What we soon discovered is that we liked our house when it wasn't cluttered with my sewing stuff.  It's a nice house with a backyard for Gibby and it's close to everywhere we want to go.

What you may not know is that our house is a duplex.  We live in the upper level and our laundry room was downstairs.  There was also a Mother-in-Law apartment downstairs.  There have been many good tenants over the years, one bad one, and one TERRIFIC one.  Now the apartment was empty.  The thing I have wanted through all this was an un-cluttered house and a separate place for my fabric and sewing - and now we might just get it.

The apartment is being renovated into a sewing oasis for me.  Whee!!!!

All I have to show you today are the scary BEFORE pictures.  I hope to have some AFTER pictures soon.
 This will be the laundry room.  You know how you see pictures of those luxurious laundry rooms on Pinterest? This won't be one of them.
 This once was the living room of the apartment.  It will soon have a design wall, a comfy chair or loveseat, and a huge cutting table in front of that window.  This room, I hope, will be a bit prettier than the laundry room.
 The living room moves over into a L-shape kitchen.  Or what was once a kitchen.  I hope to have room for a computer desk, a printer, sewing machine, ironing table, and my vintage drafting table.
 The bedroom will be bookcase after bookcase of fabric storage and the closet will have shelves of quilts.
The original 1952 bathtub has been torn out and will be replaced with a tidy walk in shower.

The only beautiful thing I have to show you is this......

It's a gorgeous mini fridge that will hold my fizzy water and diet cokes.  It waits patiently in the garage to be installed into it's new home.

Later,

Laurie

46 comments:

Mary said...

That is awesome! two good things into one better place called home. Congratulations all the way around your place!

Mary

Teri said...

YAY! That is great news. So happy you found your forever home and quilting studio right where it needs to be. Looking forward to more pics as things progress!

Donna K. from N. Texas said...

Excellent idea.

Donna K. from N. Texas said...

Excellent idea.

Every Stitch said...

How exciting - great plan! and a great fridge too :)
looking forward to seeing your sewing area evolve

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

How cool! And glad that you've got your priorities straight ... As in that little fridge for your Diet Comes!

Pat said...


WOW how lucky for you !! Good things come to those who wait. Enjoy it!!

Jacqueline said...

Sounds like a great solution...have fun designing YOUR happy space.

Jan said...

Well, I just love this, Laurie! Having moved several times in the last 10 years, I totally endorse your decision. I'm curious, was this ever considered an option earlier? Or was it just obvious after things got rolling? In any case, I hope (and think!) you'll be really happy with this when everything is finished. Good luck with your plans!

Laurie said...

Jan...

We originally thought if we took out the apartment that the house would lose value. After viewings and talks with brokers we found out the value of the house would be the same because we would be adding so much living space to our home. So... we decided to remodel.

Laurie

Deborah said...

That is wonderful news. Enjoy the process and the new space.

Elaine K said...

I was wondering what was going on with your move! Your plans sound great. It's going to be fun to see your new sewing space. Thank you for the update! :)

Janet said...

That's pretty exciting news! It looks like lots of natural light for your sewing space. I look forward to the after pictures!

Izzy said...

Laurie wow! what news you have . I love your little refrigerator especially the color which i am currently OBSESSED with . Navy blue and tangerine are my current quilt colors fabric colors etc.Cant wait to see your new place.Are you keeping things in storage ?? https://www.pinterest.com/IZZRENBJOR/things-to-wear/

Ann said...

My friend actually did the same thing. They made the upstairs unit a beautiful sewing studio. It is FANTASTIC!

Hats off to you!

Ann

Vicky said...

I'm so excited for you. It is so wonderful getting all of the quilting stuff out of the house and into its own space. For years I felt like I was living in a quilt shop! Can't wait to see the progress pictures! Love your little fridge!

Lisa S. said...

Congratulations! It looks like you will have everything you need.

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

Sounds like an awesome studio! I can't wait to see how it looks when you get to move in.

Judith said...

great idea! cant wait for the after pics!

Hildy said...

Now isn't that great!?! The perfect solution was right under your nose the whole time:-) I'm really happy for you and hope for some great pictures soon.

Susan Smith said...

What a great idea! I'm so glad you discovered it before you moved!! Can't wait to see the finished product!

helen said...

What a plan!

Yvonne said...

I am sure it is going to be a Quilters Heaven
Once it is finished! Can't wait t see the pictures!

Mcm said...

Fabulous!

Janet said...

That is wonderful. Enjoy.

Maxine said...

Somehow things always work out for the best. Hang in there and get that lower level in order. Sounds like an ideal situation to me. Will you have an entrance from upstairs? Stairs, not a pole?

Laurie said...

@Maxine -

The apartment has it's own entrance and driveway - but it will all be one unit with ours - which has it's own door on the 2nd floor.
There is lots of access. I can also enter it from our garage on the other side of the 1st level.

Sounds complicated, but it's not.

Laurie

Miss Jean said...

I think this is the perfect solution!!! I can't wait to see the finished design space.

mascanlon said...

How fun! What a lovely way to get the perfect studio and de clutter the living space, trying to figure that one out too!

Anita said...

Wow what an awesome idea! I'm sure once you have it painted and have all your things up it will look beautiful! Best part is you get to stay where you love and keep all your stuff 😃

Joy said...

That fridge is the Bee's Knees! Cool! Awesome that your dream sewing room will come true.

Janet said...

Ooh, lucky you! Not only your own sewing suite, but it will actually have its own address and still be connected to home. Can't get any better than that! Congrats!

badlandsquilts said...

Yah for you! Congrats!

Susie Hoover said...

This looks WONDERFUL!!!! Can't wait to see the "After" pictures. You're giving me inspiration for my basement/laundry room/sewing studio!!!

cityquilter grace said...

can't wait to see the REST of the good stuff....so far the frig is gorgeous!

moosecraft said...

lol! That is an awesome plan! Looking forward to seeing the progress... and loving the idea of having the cutting table right in front of the window! Perfect!

Sharon said...

What a fantastic project!

Penny said...

Wow! This is going to be the most wonderful sewing duplex ever right down to the orange frig!

kshackabq said...

What an awesome fortunate misfortune!! Sounds like a perfect plan. It will be fun to see your remodeling progress and your lovely, finished sewing studio!! Congratulations!

pandchintz said...

How exciting!!!! Can't wait to see progress/finished shots. You must be champing at the bit to get in there.

Grammy said...

I'm so excited for you and can't wait to see the "during" and "after" photos! You are going to think you've died and gone to heaven when you get all moved in!

crazy quilter said...

Oh for joy for joy. Moving is such a big pain! I am glad you figured out you really do like your house and will have a whole Sewing studio for all your great stuff and a place to do your creating! Congrats on this big decision! I can't wait to see all the pics!

Susan W. said...

Excellant! Enjoy life in construction mode. It goes by fast.

Kootenay Quilter said...

Enjoy your new space!! It will be a wonderful studio space.

I love the little fridge. I fell in love with the Smeg fridges on a trip to England a number of years ago, they are so retro!!

Dawn,
BC Canada

SheilaS said...

What a wonderful solution! That is "your home" and now you are just making it "better". Sounds like a win-win to me! I can't wait to see your sewing room after it's finished.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations. I am excited to see what you do with the space.

Michele from Kansas City

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