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Margaret Sindelar's family room was in desperate need of a makeover. The once-friendly space had been taken over by bolts of fabric and scads of sewing notions. See how designer Pamela Porter turned the room into a creative oasis.
Margaret Sindelar, a professional seamstress, was in desperate need of a sewing room makeover, but she didn't know where to start. Designer Pamela Porter stepped in to help.
Fourteen years ago, Margaret had converted her family room into a sewing workroom, selling the sofa and chairs and sending the television (along with husband Gary) to the basement. Mounds of sewing supplies soon overpowered the room.
Margaret's dreary sewing room lacked proper storage and work space before Pam got a hold of it.
Margaret stores her extensive collection of buttons in large jars displayed on shelves.
Because the desktop was cut out to accommodate a sewing machine, a clever tilt drawer replaced the center desk drawer.
Pam had a petite garbage-can insert retrofitted into a small cabinet. The divided bins allow Margaret to sort scraps according to save for another project or discard.
Shelves between frosted-glass doors allow Margaret to sort and label stacks of pretty quilting fabric by color. The 18 drawers below house notions and other supplies. The drawer pulls with labels ensure that Margaret can easily find everything.
A phone jack and an electrical outlet installed inside a cabinet allow the room to function smartly without unsightly cords. There's also an electrical outlet in the floor under the desk.
Pam Porter suggested retrofitting a convenient and compact ironing board kit into a cabinet drawer. An electrical outlet was placed in the toe-kick of the cabinet below.
Margaret's collection of pincushions sits nicely within reach on this pretty pedestal.
This rich cherry sideboard has a shelf that slides out to create an instant writing desk. In place of an unsightly metal filing cabinet, blue fabric-covered file boxes keep invoices tidy.
Margaret keeps magazines organized in metal bins with labels cut from magnetic ink-jet paper.
Pam rolled lengths of fabric and placed them in a shadow box to create this sewing-theme artwork in Margaret's sewing nook.
To finish off the room, Pam Porter had the carpet, wallpaper, and wood paneling removed. Now Margaret's family can relax in cheery surroundings while she sews in her nook at one end.
Buttons in a range of sizes and pink hues spell out the room's purpose.
To reproduce this artwork, spell a word or saying using computer-generated letters or those from a typography book. Enlarge it to the desired size, cut out, and use a fabric pencil to trace it onto fabric. Attach buttons over the traced lines using fabric glue. Frame when dry.
Knowing light is essential for any crafter, Pam had a bay window added to the family room and dressed sparingly to usher in natural light. Nine recessed lights highlight the room's charm after sunset.