Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Bare Canvas

first.look

Because I felt like I wouldn't see it like this again until I'm 85, I thought it would be good to take photos of the white room completely finished but completely empty. Jeff insists we call it the white room. It is both obvious and descriptive and its what I called it when I was trying to figure out what to call it, but somehow still wasn't obvious to me. I'm like that. Above is the view as you come up the steps and turn to the right. This is the mid progress view of the same. On the left there are fabric shelves, broken in the middle with a nook that has a closet rod for hanging pattern samples and such. Just beyond the fabric shelves you can turn to the left to see.....

nook

...this. My nook. This is the dormer part of the renovation that builds out over towards the backyard. I love this spot so very much. It almost didn't happen. Roof angles came in every which way here, and it wasn't clear for a while just exactly how to use the space. I literally almost cried (okay, so I did) trying to figure it out, and wished I had listened to my dad 20 years ago and gotten an architecture degree. What was available was very weird and low, and really building a dormer was the only way to make it livable and useful. But it still took a while to envision what the shape of it would be from the outside, how large, how deep, what we would be left with on the inside once the outside was figured out and how far beyond budget (whats that?) it would put me. I finally got to the point where I told Geoff and Pat to just get started flooring everything and I'll figure it out as we go. They loved that. All builders love that.

office.drawers

But it worked out beautifully. Its about 12 feet deep from the rest of the room and only about 9ft wide, but it adds so much to the room. This is a ready made file drawer chest that I got here and painted white. They cut off the feet and all the ledges of it that stuck out, fit it into this space above custom cubbies and below some other shelving. This will mostly be used for art supplies and my drafting table will settled right next to it.

desk.bookshelves

On the other side of the nook is my computer table and general work station where I'll also have my printer, my light box and likely a million other things that I'm pretending don't exist including empty juice boxes and peanut butter cracker wrappers. The file cabinets are found here and they support a table top that I sort of dreamed up as we went. There were several planks flooring some of the attic joists when we moved in, and while they didn't cover much ground up there, they had this beautiful aged color, and dark knots.

planktop

They serve so beautifully as my new table top. It's about 28" deep and almost 12' long. I took these pictures before I sealed the wood, and now that its sealed with a clear coat, it is so much deeper in color and I daresay prettier. This is really so fast and cheap. Geoff literally just used super long staples to nail the planks to a plywood base, and I think he also put some glue between. (Am I confusing you with Geoff and Jeff? Jeff is my husband. Geoff is not.) I am not picky about perfection for this kinda thing. In fact I was really looking forward to having something rough and old and very, very simple to kind of balance all the newness.

corbel

Speaking of old, I found these lovely artifacts at a favorite local haunt, Preservation Station. Furthering the challenge of figuring out this attic was that some of the support columns had to stay in place. Some of them I was able to hide within walls, others like the one above I dressed with an old corbel to support one end of the table. I wasn't originally going to make the table so long, but when I realized that the angled spot between the column and the corner was pretty much useless and would bang a few growing heads I went ahead and extended the table all the way.

new.old.legs

From this side the corner of the table will sort of serve as an end table in the bookshelf/seating area which will be at the end of the white room in front of the large window. Maybe a little stool should slide under the end for a homework doer. This leg is an old fence post which was as equally cruddy/lovely as the corbel.

dormer.windows

Oh, back in the dormer. I elected to window as much of it as the roof would allow for, in an effort to get as much natural light as possible. However setting the windows any lower would have really just given me a partial view of the roof, so I kept them up pretty high for mostly a tree/sky view at every glance. Even though these side windows are tiny, when they're open so much circulation comes through and it really helps the whole tree house vibe. I chose to get awning style windows which just crank out so they open at a top to bottom angle, which are awesome because you can leave them open in the rain. Pitter pat. I listened to quite a bit of that last night. That top window in the gable peak doesn't open, but is just a transom to provide light.

from.the.dormer

Here's a view from the dormer into the main area of the white room. Lots and lots will get loaded into those shelves. Not necessarily all pretty stuff, but boxes and such too. I have a feeling the moved-in shots won't need any explanation after all this here chatter.

sewing.studio

Back towards the beginning end of the room I have another of the same file cabinet. Obviously this won't hold files as it'll be the sewing end of the room, but great for all my notions, supplies and the like. Hooray.

sewingstudio2

Kind of the same view here, just rotated around a bit more to show where the fabric shelves are again. This is the mid-progress view of the same. The stairs from the studio come up right there on the other side of that half wall. And beyond that are a couple stairs that walk up through a door and into what is the real attic. The bead board and woodwork on the angled walls was sort of a mid-progress splurge. Its hard to tell from these photos just how very long this room is from one end to the other, and when I envisioned a huge, long expanse of drywall that you couldn't really hang anything on because of the angle, I started having a fear of blankness. Simple and clean is good, but I wanted to have a little interest as well. So while the angled wood pieces sort of have the look of rafters peeking out, they are completely cosmetic. But they are one of my favorite details that came about through lots and lots of searching through Google images.

lights

And here are the lights. I found them at the Ferguson Lighting gallery over on Powell Ave. The highest clearance we have in the main area of the room was about 7'6", and with a husband that stands (quite gorgeously (sorry I was just thinking about it)) at 6'5", I had to really consider the total height of the lights I chose, which narrowed down the options. Also, if you want more info on the hand made lamps, like this one here, you can ask for Todd at Ferguson's.

Oh and the floors, I don't think I ever mentioned that I chose to just use porch/floor paint right onto the plywood. After a little caulking in the seams and a few coats, you'd never know just how cheap pretty can be.

Thanks for coming. I got some messing about to do now.
xo, Anna

146 comments:

  1. Beautiful. Right on with the "cruddy/lovely."

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  2. BEAUTIFUL! I absolutely love the mismatched table legs! What a wonderful space for creating!

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  3. This is the stuff of dreams! Beautiful.

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  4. Incredible. Love the white backdrop for working with colorful fabric and the details on the ceiling are lovely! Thanks for sharing all of this. Can't wait to see how it looks when you're moved in.

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  5. What a gorgeous space!! I can't wait to see how it looks with all of your stuff moved in!

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  6. What an incredible blank canvas for you to start with!

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  7. O-O-O-OH!
    It's beyond beautiful. The details, the balance, the light... the everything! For all the colorful, inspiring, loveliness you create... this space is so deliciously ideal and well deserved. (uh... if you ever have a slumber party... well, I might be free... just saying...)

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  8. This is incredible! And I love the addition of the reclaimed fence posts. You've inspired me to go tidy my craft space!

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  9. This is going to be a great spot. I can't wait to see it all filled up. I hope you don't mind, but I added a few pictures to my home ideas board on pinterest.com

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  10. ginger, not at all :)

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  11. Gorgeous. You must be dying to get in there. I too can't wait to see what goodies come out of that beautiful space. Congrats!

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  12. LOVE. It's all just so beautiful and fresh and orderly, looking forward to seeing it when you've moved everything in, too!

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  13. Ahhhh... beautiful! Love the white... a perfect canvas your beautiful work! You did a fantastic job and should be very proud of yourself! So glad you took the time to share pictures along the way and indulge us in the finished project... now, don't leave us hanging, we want to see it all filled up! :)

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  14. how fun it is to be able to see you work! i am so so glad you blog these things, i love it.

    You know this only means more wonderful loveliness for me...things designed and worked out by you...and those things for me! :)

    (Every now and then I have to leave these "thankfulness," comments, cause truly I am. Your good hard work adds so much joy to my every day!)

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  15. LOVE the white room. And I want that table!
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  16. Can I come and stay? I love that you're documenting the process. Beautiful light-filled space!

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  17. What a beautiful space!

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  18. Anonymous11:54 AM

    Simply stunning! This makes beautiful bones and structure for all your colorful fabrics and other stuff. I'm so happy for you! And so happy for us all. This new playroom surely means new breathtaking colorways in your new fabrics, doesn't it? -xo jaana

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  19. I'm envious! This is a beautiful and inspiring room.

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  20. Gorgeous and fabulous! Thank you for letting us live vicariously through your amazing renovation! Love, love, love it! Can't wait till you fill up all of that white with your beautiful colors!!

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  21. Such a beautiful workspace!

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  22. Positively PEA GREEN with envy. Can't wait to see how gorgeous-er it is with all the pops of color when the fabric moves in! Major congratulations.

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  23. I'm excited to see it full, but right now I like it empty. It's so rare you get to see an empty room. I just want to go meditate in there. :-) Congratulations!

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  24. Wow! Sold, when can I move in? I really love it and hope you enjoy your amazing white room! Congrats and enjoy moving in.

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  25. Congratulations! I can't wait to see what goodies come out of that beautiful space.

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  26. Absolute perfection. Love that wood plank table top!

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  27. Thank-you! Feeling the need for more white spaces...

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  28. Oh it's just beautiful! Wish you could see the dreamy look of envy on my face right now. Enjoy your new space...you've earned it!

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  29. Swooooon!!! It's so lovely now, in all its white-ness, but I can't wait to see all your colors in it too.

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  30. it's absolutely fabulous !!!

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  31. LOVE that space!!!!!!

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  32. Gorgeous room, and the light is fabulous!

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  33. Tis is seriously brilliant design- and you deserve every inch of this special space- SO wonderful!

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  34. Oh, those table legs are amazing! Such a great space.

    -mandy arioto
    www.mandyarioto.com

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  35. What a beautiful happy space! I especially love how you used old fence post and corbel for legs. Bringing back something old and unused… back to like and loved again!

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  36. I am in love with your new room with a view!

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  37. So dreamy. So very, very dreamy.

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  38. I don't think you will ever have to leave that room again after you brought all the goods in. Maybe to visit the bathroom, but that's the only reason I can think of. The family can visit you in regular intervals of course ;)

    Wish you many wonderful, creative, calm, and buzzing hours in you new space!

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  39. So gorgeous! I am amazingly jealous, as I don't even have an end of the dining table to sew at currently.

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  40. It's gorgeous! Who wouldn't want a space exactly like it!? We are all so happy for you. Enjoy it, every glorious inch.

    Go make pretty things.

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  41. It looks like a dream come true. :)

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  42. OMG... what a wonderful room! Wow! I think you should call it "heaven."
    Hugs,
    Annette

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  43. WOw Jealous with a capital J. Of course, you deserve it...can't wait to see what things you dream up in there.

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  44. It's stunning! Have fun playing in your new space! Can't wait to see more!

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  45. Thanks for sharing. It was great to hear you explain why you chose what you did.

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  46. Anonymous4:13 PM

    Exactly a room as amazing as your fabric deserves! So glad for you and your family to have such a space. I know it will inspire many more beautiful things... and until then, enjoy every inch!

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  47. This is so amazing!

    A dream for every handcrafting woman, which became truth!

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  48. What an amazing space. Can't wait to see an update when it is busy and full of life :)

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  49. This is such a gorgeous space. I love all the natural light and windows. You just can't beat that for perking up in the morning or for getting colors just right. Congratulations on getting it all done! Now comes the fun part .. filling it all in. ;-)

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  50. Wow what a gorgeous space..bet you can't wait to move in, dee x

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  51. What a wonderful space. You have done such a great job designing a lovely space on a budget (nice to know that you have real-life constraints too). Thanks for all the photos and so much detail. It really is inspiring me to get off my butt and organise our renovation.

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  52. Oh. My. Goodness. Mixed feelings of complete admiration and a little envy.

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  53. Thank you so much for sharing!! This looks great and is truly inspirational!

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  54. Can I move in? I'm quiet and could babysit...please.
    Beautiful space; great place for creativity.

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  55. I'm feeling so much envy mixed with awe, right now. Every detail made me smile. The floors are wonderful, can't wait to see the moved-in pictures.

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  56. You're making me jealous!!!

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  57. Anonymous7:10 PM

    This is a fantastic space. Enjoy!

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  58. The white room is perfect! I especialy love the beadboard and molding as well. It turned out beautifully :)

    aimee

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  59. Anonymous7:40 PM

    wow wow wow, so very gorgeous!
    Jenni

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  60. Lovely. All of it. Just lovely. Thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful space. Can't wait to see it all filled!

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  61. I love it. Your new studio will look beautiful.

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  62. As always you are spot on AM...smart to take photos like this...looking forward to seeing all the pretty that comes next!

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  63. Lorie8:44 PM

    Love Love Love!!! I'm taking notes for my "someday" sewing room!

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  64. absolutely gorgeous! Wow!

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  65. Exquisite! Couldn't have happened to a more creative genius!! Enjoy!!

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  66. I'm in love. This room is the same shape as our bonus room, where I currently sew. On a ping pong table.

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  67. Absolutely gorgeous! I am super jealous. I have been meaning to stop in Preservation Station, now I MUST!

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  68. this is possibly the MOST gorgeous white room i've ever seen! love the bare bones of it!!

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  69. i'm a new follower - heard about you from the hat diva.. and i'm hooked on you like phonics!

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  70. Love, love, love those table legs. Enjoy your new space!

    mandy
    www.mandyarioto.com

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  71. Oh, mama. This is drool-worthy. Love the white.

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  72. Oh my goodness. I am falling off my chair as I am looking at all the pictures of this White Room goodness! Oh so beautiful. I love the light fixture and the architectural salvage column legs. GORGEOUS. Cannot wait to see more and more!

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  73. Wow!!! This is going to be a magical space to work in! LOVE that work table, and its unique legs!!! Bravo!

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  74. Oh Deary Me! What a wonderful creating space! When you mentioned the treehouse affect, oh I just love that! Congratulations on a lovely room! Now I want one! But only if the Lord wills and I live!

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  75. Such an inspiring room, especially with all those irregularities and carefully chosen details. I wish you many many happy and creative hours there!

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  76. Wow, what an amazing new addition to your house! I love the wonderful natural light, all the fabulous work space and storage space too. Your family might have to bribe you to come out of your new space! (mine would)

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  77. This is going to be stunning! I can't wait to see the finished product.

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  78. Oh it is just gorgeous! Can you show more detailed pics of the floors? I love your idea nd would like to consider using it. Also, I love, love the ceiling lights. They are beautiful.

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  79. This is just beautiful!!! We have a similar attic space, hmmmm, wonder what I could do up there lol Just kidding, we have too much to do in the regular space of our house, but one day.......

    I especially love your *nook* FABULOUS!!!!!

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  80. So stunning Anna!!! Well done all around. I love what you've repurposed - it all fits right in. Great space and very inspiring. Can't wait to see what you cook up in there :)

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  81. sunny stamps12:55 PM

    I'm soooo jealous! However, I'm not really clear on where your sewing machine and serger are going to live?

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  82. totally gorgeous! Seems like you've thought out all the storage and I can't wait to see your Anna-Maria bursts of color filling it up! xo, Blair

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  83. What a totally gorgeous space! You lucky thing!

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  84. Cindy G4:33 PM

    I LIKE it! I keep worrying about the AC/Heat! I know you had to put a vent in their somewhere! I've been working on my space, it's actually a "media room" on our floor plan. I've beeen trying "use what I have" shoestring budget approach. It's not turning out so artistic yet.

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  85. wow, what a dream room. You lucky, lucky woman.

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  86. I always take pictures if I EVER get a room empty :)

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  87. Anonymous5:51 PM

    Now thats Heaven!!!

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  88. Awesome! Boy, I could fill up that baby in a minute. :D Enjoy!

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  89. Vassi6:06 PM

    What a dreamy space to work in.....I'm excited to see the lovely fabric designs you will think up working in a space like this! Well done!

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  90. Anonymous6:43 PM

    Aaack, So I am sitting next to the hubby in bed and i say "this is what I want" "look at this" and he goes "hummem". So JEALOUS right now. But you desrve it, But yeah so JEALOUS right now. But you deserve it :)
    Okay seriously have you seen some of these word verifications! :)

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  91. So nice to have a fellow NASHVILLIAN to follow!

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  92. Oh. My. Goodness. That is a beautiful room! You all did good!

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  93. Everything looks great! Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to see it all loaded up with your stuff!

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  94. Wow! Makes me more than a little jealous (and makes my fingers itch to move my own craft supplies in, though I know THAT isn't what you designed the room for!) I can't wait to see the shelves filled and ready to go.

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  95. It looks amazing. I love those reclaimed table legs too - a totally unique piece of furniture. I look forward to the 'moved in' pics.

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  96. So happy for you Anna! What an incredible space.

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  97. You are one lucky girl:D Magnificent space for creating!!!!!

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  98. You are so lucky! I'm sure this was a lot of hard work for you (and your husband!) but I'm sure it will be worth it. I hope you are blessed with many creative hours and ideas in you new space!

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  99. Can you post these sites again after you have moved in and made a couple of quilts?

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  100. I just realized that you live in Nashville! I love it! Were neighbors! Love the space, love the white!

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  101. This is incredible!!!I could live here! You are truly blessed...enjoy and create!

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  102. Oh my. This is just a spectacular workspace. Just waiting to be infused with color and joy. So very perfect!

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  103. all I can say is....wow....

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  104. Absolutely, positively gorgeous and magnificent. I cannot wait to see it filled with your brilliance!!!! Fabrics and sewing projects and things scattered about, oh my!!!

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  105. Gorgeous space, just gorgeous!!

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  106. Anonymous6:24 AM

    thanks for this

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  107. Your room is fabulousness, enjoy!

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  108. This is so incredibly stunning! You had me reading very carefully and hanging on every word, which is something I rarely do. You caught me on a day where I'm ready for change, ready for someone to make an offer on my condo so I can get out of here! Today - in my head I'll be in your 'white room'. Well done, it's gorgeous and fitting for your amazing talent! Congrats!

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  109. Can i move into ther??? :D
    LOVE!!
    Lovely options!
    Very white waiting for colors! :)
    :)*
    Dânia

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  110. My sewing machine and I will be right over. Just leave the back door unlocked and we'll sneak in. You'll never know that we're there. Looks fabulous!

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  111. oh! it's breathtakingly beautiful! congratulations!

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  112. What a great space. You have such a great light within you that I have no problem picturing you belonging there.

    Amazing!

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  113. THE STUDY IS BEAUTIFUL, I can not wait to see the colours and fabrics
    in spaces

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  114. Cherie1:36 AM

    *sigh* I am SO in love with your room. What fun to pack everything in there. I can wait to see it with all your bright colours in it. I believe it may 'sing' even more :)

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  115. what a space!!!
    you're lucky.

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  116. oh my...I am so jealous. I want a "White Room"! I sew in our living room!

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  117. Please post pictures after you have your beautiful - colorful fabrics in place - can't wait. Deanna - Skinfizzical.com

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  118. I feel like I died and went to Heaven..oh wait, this room isn't for me... :)

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  119. Do you have photos of the transition between the main room and the dormer? I'd love to see the ceiling lines... We have a straight shot loft, and are planning on an addition off the back of the house, and I'm considering adding a perpendicular dormer as you have, but for the life of me, I can't picture it. I know you know what I mean! :)

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  120. O what a dreamy room! Literally - I dream of a room just like this... SO much potential. love it.

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  121. what a gorgeous, gorgeous room. how exciting for you.

    ~Amber

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  122. wowee!! beautiful workspace! :)

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  123. margie7:33 PM

    i love every thing about this room, create create create...blis blis blis....can't wait to see it growing with your colour and joy...happy life...

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  125. what a beautiful space to create in! i loved the tour. thanks for posting about it!

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    I have been following you a long time - and when i saw you were building your very own heaven up above - i couldnt wait to see how it was finished!Its the best use of space - and i too would have domne the same with a table - i can see one or more kids claiming one end as their own!
    Its been great following the progress you have shared - cant wait to see it full now!
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