Saturday, June 2, 2012

Welcome To The New Olabelhe Sewing Studio!

Finally. . . after almost 6 weeks of complete chaos I have my sewing studio back! I can't tell you how over the moon I am. After we got over the initial shock of the magnitude of the demolition that needed to happen to repair our home. We began to think about some upgrades that we could do at the same time. So Ole and I came up with a plan. We made the decision to close in the doorway that used to be in my sewing room which led into the kitchen. You see my studio is actually the formal dining room in our home so a pass through makes sense if you are using it for a dining room but not so much if you want to have just a tiny bit of quiet with 4 munchkins in the house. So, we decided to close up the doorway and make that wall more useable and give me a lot more space for my "stuff"! We also added the beautiful french doors to my studio so I can really have peace and quiet if I want it. I absolutely love my new cozy sewing space. I repurposed a lot of what I had before, but added additional shelves, a gorgeous new light fixture, new curtains, new carpeting and a fresh coat of pink paint. Honestly, it feels like my very own boutique right inside of our house where I get to go to work every day and still be at home with my family. There are a few additional things that will be added in the near future like an adorable black and white striped awning over the entrance to my studio.

Now to get my kitchen finished up and then life can return to normal. Just wait till you see what I did in there. We are all loving all the changes, but I can promise you it's been a ton of work. I can't tell you how much I can't wait to get back to sewing but that's going to have to wait a few more days unfortunately. This week I am testing the kids out of their grades and then a little break before we get back to school. With all the work on the house we need to do some catching up and get back into school mode. Thanks for stopping by to visit.



Cutting table ~ 2 Ikea Expedit units on their sides
Shelves ~ Ikea Billy book shelves
Sewing Table ~ 2 Alex drawer units and Vika Amon table top from Ikea
Desk ~ 2 Alex drawer units and Vika Gruvan from Ikea
Wooden storage drawer units ~ from Ikea but they no longer carry them...sadly
White storage boxes ~ Ikea Kassett boxes
Chandelier ~ Pottery Barn Kids
Decorative metal dress forms ~ Misc. places like Hobby Lobby, Home Goods, TJ Maxx & Marshalls
Actual dress form ~ Amazon
Pink bins with lace in them ~ I've had those for ages. They used to be under the kids changing table.
Over sized mason jars ~ Michaels

Hope This Helps


Laurie said...

It looks fabulous Dawn! I'm glad to get your update. I can't wait until you get back to a normal life and sewing.

Do you think the awning will stick too far out into the hall or is it high enough that the tall guys will not have a problem with it?

Dawn said...

Hi Laurie,
It's not going to be as big as the one in the picture : ). I've got it all measured up and I have purchased the fabric. I am just waiting for my carpenter to build the frame so I can cover it and hang it over my door. Not to worry I have it all figured out and there is no concern with it getting in the way we have plenty of room in our front foyer.

Cole's Corner said...

It's beautiful... really, really lovely. I'm jealous. I want to come hang out and sew with you!

ShirleyC said...

Oh my gosh! I would never want to leave that room! It is fabulous!

Ronda said...

Its beautiful Dawn so happy for you(and a little green with envy). I think I would live in there! I can just imagine all the new creative ideas that will flow through your mind while working in such a creative space.

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Samantha said...

I love what you've done with the place! :-) Do you happen to know the dimensions of your room? I'm trying to set up my sewing room in our 4th bedroom and I'm having trouble seeing how I will get everything to fit. My main problem is a lack of wall space, I think. But I'm definitely getting some good ideas from you. I'd also love details on what you used to make your desks. I'm assuming they are Ikea pieces? And what about your natural wood colored boxes with drawers? Are those Ikea also? I think I recognized most of the other pieces. You really have a great space and it is so well-organized. I know you will have fun sewing in there again.

Jan said...

Your design central room is fabulous! Hope you know I'm absolutely green with envy! Enjoy it for me.

Goosegirl said...

Oh Dawn! It all looks wonderful! I know you were going nuts with everything in chaos but it really is fabulous! I know the awning will be gorgeous! I can't wait to see more!!

Jana M. said...

Absolutely beautiful and inspiring!!

quiltmarianne said...

It is so lovely, well worth the time spent. We have the same sewing machine, awesome, isn't it?

Fabienne said...

Just beautiful and so well organized ! I wish you lots and lots of happy hours sewing beautiful dresses....

Le Manoir de Manon said...

Beautiful sewing workshop, the dream of all. Bravo!

Le Manoir de Manon said...

Beautiful sewing workshop, the dream of all. Bravo!

Jan M said...

It is beautiful! Enjoy your new space and all the inspiration it brings!

Aunt Honey said...

All I can say is, Ahhhhhh! Beautiful!

Annelies said...

Wow...great studio. I have used the IKEA pieces in my sewing studio too. Functional and pretty too!!!
Have you checked your Olivia pattern for the error I found and emailed you about??? I would love it you could email me what size you need to cut the elastic for the arms for the various sizes. I am guessing that others who have bought this pattern will be grateful if you can take the time to answer.
Have fun in your new of luck with the kitchen.

Laura (TLN) said...

That is simply stunning! Fabulous! I shared your link at and look forward to seeing more. :)

samanthasmom said...

Annelies, the e-book instructions for Olivia say to pull the sleeves so that the elastic is 4" to 5" long. I would use 4" for the smaller sizes and 5" for the larger ones. I've made it in a size 3 and a size 7 and that worked out just fine for me.

Annelies said...

Thank you Samantha's Mom for the help. I have to say I am so disappointed that my emails and attempts to get an answer were not responded to.
This is my second pattern I have bought.....have gotten lots of PDFs from other designers and they were so helpful to answer questions quickly. It was so kind of you to be the one to help.
Cute pattern but..... I tired to send this to you in a private email, but your profile did not include an email address. I just wanted you to know I SEW appreciate your taking the time to help.

Kim said...

Love your studio! I'm thinking about using your bookcase idea for my new cutting table since my current card table isn't doing the trick anymore! Would you mind telling me how wide it ended up being?

Belle and Buttercup said...

That is the most gorgeous sewing room I have ever seen in my life! Love, Love, LOVE it!!!

Unknown said...

Hi Dawn,
I just love everything about it and so much of my favorite color..PINK! We just rearranged the whole house so I could have a temporary studio in the cathedral pitched den. The next step is a winterized room in the barn. Your studio gives me so much inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

Unknown said...

Love this room! *thud* I want to move in! Seriously, I'm transforming my formal dining into a sewing area. What color pink paint did you use? Thanks !

Kay Lee said...

Love your color combination! Could you tell me what color and brand of pink paint you used on the walls?

Unknown said...

I am IN LOVE with your studio!

Marti said...

Your studio is fantastic! I just found your photo on and did an image search to find your blog. I thought those were Ikea units on each end. Did you have to modify anything on your sewing table, and is the top attached to the drawer units? Thanks!

Unknown said...

Oh my! I'm in awe of your sewing room. It's a seamstress dream. May I ask what color pink paint that is? I've been searching for one and can't find one I love.

Reetie said...

Dawn, all I can say is WOW, WOW, WOW! Would you come over and help me organize mine? LOL I love all the shelving. It makes me realize I have a lot of space for that. I am a quilter, so also have a longarm and need a design wall, but have some ideas for that. Thanks for the inspiration!

busyascanbe said...

So cute! And organized! I love it!

Robin Love Lehr said...

Love, love, love! Planning a trip to ikea and was wondering if the 2 drawer shelf mounted on the wall was also an ikea find?
Thanks, Robin Love Lehr

tnfreds said...

How/ where do I purchase your patterns please?

tnfreds said...

I'm particularly interested in the Olivia in size 3

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