Monday 19 September 2016

Our First Home (3): Craft & Study Room

We wanted our 3rd room to fulfill a lot of functions. It had to accommodate:
1) our computer table (aka multi-purpose table)
2) a craft corner for me
3) a wardrobe to put the kids' stuff
4) a bookcase for our books
5) a place to hang laundry (the hubby didn't want it to diminish the aesthetics of our balcony)

So while I call it our craft and study room, it is really our japalang-whatever-does-not-fit-in-other-rooms-goes-in-here room *laughs*


Unlike the other rooms in the house, this room probably went through the least transformation other than a wall fan and a change of windows and wall colour.

Left of the room
Right of the room


We used the same window treatment (Combi blinds from Contempo) and wall colour as the kids room to continue the colour scheme and overall design.

Our craft / study / multi-purpose room

The Study Corner

Computer table placed on the right side of the room
with our press features decorating the main wall below the air-con
This is mostly the hubby's corner,
with me only using the pop-out table for my various craft projects.

We got our computer table from VHive and we liked that it had a pop-out table that can be used when we need it and tucked away nicely when we don't.

The side-table next to our computer table was initially from our bedroom and I nearly threw it away because it was all yellow and ugly. Until I got the idea to cover it with wallpaper from Kaison. Now it is so pretty and provides us with additional storage space =)

Storage boxes that I got from IKEA during a sale and properly labelled
(no box goes unlabelled in my house! *laughs*)

The Craft Corner

I have always wanted a craft corner that allows me to access my craft materials easily and conveniently (I don't have to dig through a large box to find what I need!). Hence, I made sure that organisation was the priority for my craft corner! =)

Left: If we need to house a guest temporarily, the pop-out table that I use for crafting can be moved to the wall, which then gives us a big space to put a mattress.;
Right: My craft corner on the left of the room.
Decorated with a map of the places I have travelled to so far, my favourite Tin Tin art that I got from Vietnam, family photos and the certificate of my highest educational achievement (which I never had a chance to display till now!)

I love my scratch-the-countries-I've-been-to map (even though the hubby doesn't *boo*). It shows me how much more of the world that I have yet to explore and keeps me going at work! *grin*

Beneath my displays are my craft materials (and other collectibles), organised neatly in boxes and clearly labelled. Everything in its proper place =)

Left: My art canvases (of art in progress) and easel (all from Art Friend);
Right: Boxes piled in and on top of my pink Kallax that I got from IKEA during their IKEA Family sale. So pretty right? =)
Left: Who doesn't love a good IKEA Raskog trolley for all my art supplies! I can push it anywhere in the house to do my art.;
Right: These cheap and good containers (cost 50 cents only!) from IKEA can be hung at the side for additional storage.

I've always wanted to be more proactive with our family's recycling efforts so I got a black container from IKEA for our recyclable waste.

For those of you who are wondering how you can organise your paint and brushes, you can consider cutting up cardboard and putting them into your container to divide the space into little compartments
(see my tutorial on organising paint for more details).

The Cabinet / Laundry Corner

Since the hubby did not want our laundry to be hung in the balcony, I decided to install our laundry drying stand in the least prominent corner of our house (you won't even realise that it is there unless you enter the room). I love our laundry drying stand as it is so space-saving and convenient to use! Do note that we only hang our outdoor clothes here. There's another laundry rack in the kitchen for other stuff like towels and underwear.

Left to right: Our bookcase from VHive (S$269);
Laundry drying stand from Isetan (S$40);
2-door wardrobe from VHive (S$499).

We actually wanted a darker brown for our wardrobe but decided to settle on this lighter one because it was on sale for less than S$500! It was too good a deal to pass up! I can always change the colour using wallpaper from Kaison in future =)

Left: I'm amazed that all my books could fit into this bookcase, with more than enough space left for more
(not that I'm going to buy since I've got the Kindle);
Right: My girl's "going out" clothes and our growing collection of Lego
We love comics like Baby Blues and Sherman's Lagoon. Not forgetting the soon-to-be extinct manga (this is only 5% of our actual collection, which is in the storeroom)

And there you have it; Four rooms in one! It's such a joy to see my vision of the room coming to pass =)

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This post is part of my series on Our First Home where I'll share our renovation and home decoration ideas and review our renovation company and various vendors.

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