Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A fabric-backed treasure wall

For many months I've carried a notion around in the back of my head: Of turning the master bedroom of our home into a large studio / family art room, and our small third bedroom (my current work room) into our main bedroom instead. But I have begun to realise that this daydream of mine actually makes a lot of sense. The biggest room in the house is one we use the least, I really need more room to work, and the thought of having a place we can all make stuff together family-style is really appealing to me. (My partner and love Charles is also an artist: he can draw like crazy!)

So it has begun: the big room switcheroo, which consists mostly of me trying to move a lot of crap around, Adelaide moaning away, and Elliot all upset and attacking himself because he thinks we're moving again. It's painfully slow-going. All of our stuff is all over everywhere, and I'm not exactly sure what the plan is yet. One thing I do know is that I want to have myself and Adelaide's bedroom set up as soon as possible. (Adelaide and I share a bed and room and Charles has his own, for he is not a pleasant bed-sharer, and must wake up much earlier than us). So I've been focusing on trying to have our new little bedroom cozy first of all.

Today I worked a little on arranging some more of our new bedroom. I've always loved The Purl Bee's Swatch Portraits, so when I came across some old square white cubbi shelves of mine I realised that they would be perfect for making some fabric swatch shelves!

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To make them, I first went through my fabric stash and picked out six favourites. I then traced the inner edge of the shelves onto some corrogated cardboard which I salvedged from a packing box, and cut them out. Next I ironed my fabric, and placed it below my corrogated square cut-out. Next, I trimmed all around it, leaving about a 1" border. I then folded over the extra fabric onto the back of the cardboard and taped it snugly using some regular sticky tape. Simple!

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To hang the cubbies, I traced them onto some scrap paper, marked where the hanging holes are, and used these silhouettes to figure out how to arrange and hang them on our wall. Adelaide loved helping me with this, and once the cubbies were hung, we popped in the fabric inserts and added some of our favourite treasures.

I only wish I had more of these shelves, I think it would be great to have a entire wall done up like this with their sweet fabric swatch-backs. They've got me thinking of saving up some of my spare change and adding more to our treasure wall one day!

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79 comments:

Sam Made said...

What a beautiful idea.

AE said...

Looks amazing. Creativity just oozes out of you!

I saw some of those cubbies at Target. Maybe if you're ever over the border you can get more.

Geisslein said...

Your blog is to cute....and your daughter too! Greetings from germany, geisslein

Geisslein said...

Your blog is to cute....and your daughter too! Greetings from germany, geisslein

Luciana said...

So lovely...!

Kristine said...

Wow, just perfect.

leslie said...

those are two of the best ideas that i've heard in a long time. sleeping in the smaller room. and fabric boxes. perfect.

Lovely Paper said...

the shelves are super! the idea of mom and daughter bonding and working together on a craft project is even better! she's going to have such fond memories when she's all grown up!

adalex72 said...

My little guy and I also share a bed & room, and thought that is a lovely idea to brighten the room up and something that would suit us both. I absolutely love the Danish log cabin, how cute!

adalex72 said...

Sorry, I forgot to add that I can't wait to see how your new work room turns out.

Casey said...

it looks great! I've wanted to do that with those cubby shelves for awhile too. I love the way you have them hung

Kelly said...

I love this idea. I bookmarked the purl bee swatch portraits, too, because I just love the look. I really like your spin on the idea.

Celine said...

these looks beautiful!! It is perfect for displaying little trinkets in a colourful way! And Adelaide's room is soooo pretty!! Lucky girl!

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Lindsay said...

I love this idea! I'm bookmarking your post for further reference. :)

Heather said...

Great idea, these are cute!

Jules said...

I love how fundamentally "you and Adelaide" the room will turn out to be. I wish I was creative enough to have a room that truly reflected my personality!

Great job.

Milkybeer said...

Wise move to use the smaller room for sleep. I had been pondering a similar move at our 1 bedroom plus den apartment, but then our little Abby arrived and the small room was perfect for her. I adore the little cubbies! So many good ideas...so little time.

Rachel said...

They're so beautiful - and such a great way to show off your favorite fabrics!

It makes so much sense to use your smaller room for sleeping.

katie.t said...

This is beautiful! Come over and decorate my house? Please? I'm just a ferry ride away!

Katie

khhast said...

those fabric backed cubby holes are *so cool*. I totally love them.

...I wonder if my hubby could be convinced to give me the biggest bedroom (currently ours) for a crafting room... hmmm... probably not, you guys are lucky, and such a great idea to turn the biggest room into a family crafting room, you can all have creative fun together, especially as Adelaide gets older.

<3

nicole said...

I love the fabric backed cubbies...and the treasures.

Di said...

I love it! The cubby holes are just great - what a great way to display your beautiful goodies!

thereddeer said...

Gorgeous, and such a good idea for a child's room.

Chandra said...

Thank you for giving me the inspiration and courage to do the "big room switcharoo!" We have a master suite on the second story and since its an older home, there is no bathroom on the upper level. With french doors and a chic french chandelier I have long wanted a more typical bedroom for my love and I. I have been thinking about moving things around in our home, and you have given me the inspiration that I am not so crazy after all! Post pics of your new work room, I need some inspiration on how to make the oodles of goodies around my home look amazingly displayed and organized!

snapshotsofmyday said...

Love your idea...I may just have to steal it for my son's rooom!

kate said...

what a great take on the swatch portraits! they look great-i love it!

Team Sax said...

Beautiful shelves, but I am mostly commenting because I love seeing a little orange kitty in a lot of your pictures. What a nice friend for your daughter!

Melissa of {craftgasm} said...

I've got the boyfriend convinced that if the new place we move into has two bedrooms, it makes a lot more sense to take the small one for our room and make the bigger one his office/my craft studio. He was pretty amenable, actually -- I thought it would be harder to get him to agree to that. :)

natasha said...

Those are so fabulous, fabric can be so useful.

Randi said...

such a lovely collection of framed fabrics and objects too. we have that same wooden penguin and he looks adorable in your arrangement. it's always weird seeing things from your home in someone elses!

love your blog, btw... :-)

Jac said...

Hi Sharilyn, I have just come across your blog in the last few days and just wanted to say how lovely and inspiring it is and how cute your daughter is! I love the idea of these fabric backed cubes - such a neat idea. Your idea of having a big workroom sounds great, especially as you all get to use it as a family. Sometimes it's good just to change things around from the norm! Hope you have a good weekend!

Kindred Crafters said...

This looks fantastic. Love the arrangement!

- Donna

Kathy said...

What a simple and beautiful, not to mention useful idea!

sunny said...

beautiful! I love it all..
and I have a fondness for cubbies... always have. odd, I know!

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Jen from Misson said...

Hi! I just stumbled upon your site and I love it! Definitely making the goodie bags - I love anything with initials!! And then to find out you are in Vancouver!! I'm in Vancouver. Where is Daiso?? And Where do you find your fabric? I'm having a terrible time finding nice fabric in this city!! Any hints or tips would be appreciated!
Thanks!! ~Jen
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Snøstorm said...

Hi! I just found you blog and I love your creative projects soo much!! I was wondering if I might show a couple of your pictues on my blog (with full reference)? I really want to share your beautiful images and ideas with my norwegian blogg-friends, if you don't mind it.. I also want to try and make my own version of the goodie bags for my sons birthday next month (fingers crossed..) Such a lovely idea! The books where alså fantastic! Had to do a bit of internet shopping for the book tape. :D

Cary Walker said...

love these;)

Joana said...

Did you remove my comment?

TrippleJN said...

Is there someone you could sweet-talk into making you some more boxes? (I don't know...more trouble than saving up and buying?) A friend of mine taught me the value of barter...just an idea. :)

Once again, you have lovely ideas. And, concerning the more recent post, I understand the time it takes to accomplish these ideas as a parent. Thank you for sharing.

Margarita said...

your little girl is a lucky one, you make such a lovely stuff for her, I really like this boxes, and the bags with the letters.

Anonymous said...

I did this same thing with scrapbook paper instead of fabric!

Luuvely said...

your love for your daughter is soooooo sweet..your writings about your daily life is soooo adorable..i can almost hear you speaking...super softly...i love it..

thanks for letting me into your home...sooo nice to read..

Aimee Friedrich said...

aww, this would look cute in our daughter's room. love your blog!

dapan said...

this is fantastic! i love your blog, very nice! ^^

Amy said...

First of all....love, love, love this idea. I'm in the process of redoing my son's room from baby to big boy. I'm going with a travel/transportation theme and thought about using this idea, but with maps in the back of the cubbies instead of fabric. Also, you have got me thinking of a new idea. Using your method of cardboard and fabric, I could make some neat liners for the inside of my son's desk drawers. I refinished an old desk and thought it would really freshen the drawers up! Really enjoy your site, thanks, amy

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