It is kind of like giving birth….taking a room from blah to ahhhhh….that is the only way to describe it. It is always a process writing a post like this. Recalling all the things I have already shared…and trying to remember what I haven’t shared. Bare with me ;) I will be talking about this space for many weeks to come….but I wanted to reward you with some fun pictures..thanks for your patience friends.

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There are a few things left to do….but you get the gist of it…

Here is where we started….

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Oh my…in the words of my blog friend Chelsea…Capitol H…. Hot Mess…. Moving on….

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And let’s go back to how we look now….

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The white paint on the walls and trim made this built in look brand new. I really wanted to keep what I could…and this entire wall of shelving was built by my honey about 7 years ago. The desk functions really well….nice a long with sewing at one end and computer at the other. The wall paint is Simply White by Benjamin Moore in flat. The trim is all semi gloss. We had a piece of glass cut to fit the super long desk.

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The light is from…perfect mix of classic and modern. I will chat more about the window panels in a bit…the “valance” is an old piece of trim. It was already this perfect shade of gray. Panel fabric is from the Waverly Williamsburg craft room reveal at cleverlyinspired (4)

I shared on Instagram this mantle that has been in my garage since last summer….it has found it’s permanent home. I was thinking of painting it a nice charcoal…but I am loving this stained-beat-up look too. For the inset of the mantel I used a fun new product called Air stone. I am so pleased with the results. I will do a post on it very soon. Such an innovative product. Also, above the mantel…I will be framing my Traveling Artwork. The reading chair, framed chicken wire, blanket, pillow, side table, desk chair, lamp and planter are all from Homegoods. Love me some Homegoods :) The large print that is sitting on the mantle right now is a poster I made on Printsagram (96 instagrams all on one poster;).

The faux fireplace is such a nice feature to this room. I ended up white washing the Airstone….more of that soon…. Of course…the fun upcycled door that became my gift wrap holder…love that!

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Everything came off the shelves and I reduced and reorganized. All the small items were placed in large jars. I love the chalkboard contact paper. You can cut it any size, and stick it on. Perfect for so many uses! More post coming soon on the desk accessories;)

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The grey bins are Target’s Threshold brand….love them!

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Grey patterned desk chair is from Homegoods. (shocker I know)

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We made this “art cart” to a size that would work nicely in the room. It is on wheels and the top is Carrera marble tiles…yum:) It holds all my photography backdrops and has shelves on both side for pretty baskets (still looking for a few containers to finish it off)  Tutorial soon….

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The floors….oh my the floors….I love these floors. They are light, slightly modern and chic…and warm all at the same time. I absolutely love them. We hired out for the floors. Basically, white pine wide plank, sanded 3 times, white washed (Bono professional brand) and poly (in Satin) (3 coats). I will be putting an area rug down eventually….More on that later too….yall know I don’t like to be too wordy in one post;)office-craft room @cleverlyinspired (1)


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I think what I am most pleased about is that this room functions now. Before….it got messy really quickly because there was no order or method to where things belong. Now…scissors get hung up…glue is contained…paint swatches are all in a bin…I love that I know that everything in this space is useful. When I started this room…I went through everything and asked myself…Do I really need this? A pringles can from 2 years ago?…. Loads of fabric scraps that were barely big enough to sew with….glue that had about an ounce left in it….point is…I got rid of 4 large trash bags of stuff. Ahhhhh…..(I think the hardest part is getting started.) But when you tell yourself….I am going to just fill up one bag today…then by the end of the week you have a much clearer vision of what the space can be:)

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I’ll be sharing more soon….what is your favorite part? Oh Please tell me:) I would love for you to share this post with friends too…xoxo!

Here is quick look at my inspiration board for this space:Pictures12_thumb


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Have a marvelous weekend friends!



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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes...all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha's Circle of trusted bloggers.

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  1. Oh wow! I have office envy ;) My favorite things? Where do I start…
    The color scheme
    The overhead light fixture
    The glass lamp with gray shade
    The floors
    The desk chair (love that pattern!)
    The curtains
    I’m sure you must love coming into the space now to work and also to get some quiet time. Enjoy!

    1. Thanks so much:) I am in love with it too;) xoxo

  2. The drum shade light is my favorite, but the whole office is fabulous! I have a love affair with office supplies and organizing bins, and you made these mundane objects into beautiful accessories.

  3. It almost doesn’t look like the same room. What a pretty space, I would want to be in there constantly!

    1. xoxo girly:) Thanks!!

  4. Hands down my favorite part is the curtains! Gorgeous. But i love you said that your favorite is that now it’s a functioning space, that’s what I need. I can have a beautiful office space, but if I”m constantly have to clean and re-organie to keep it that way… yeah not so much.

    Pinning this for future reference…

    I host a weekly link-up party on Fridays and I would LOVE it if you would this post sometime, or any others!

  5. Oh, I fell in love with your drapes the second I saw them!!! Love how organized and neat everything looks, can you come and do my office?

  6. I love before and after pictures. I remember seeing your floor and some sneak peeps on VineApp. I have to tell you that I’m a huge fan of light colored wood floors. Have had them for years and years and never got tired of them. Number one reason is that they hide dirt way better than the dark ones. Your floor looks stunning.
    I love everything about your room. What a great space to be creative!

  7. Those are amazing built-ins! Can’t believe those were added – it all came together so nicely! Visiting from TT&J!

  8. in LOVE with this space! so clean and functional! FABULOUS job!

  9. Great space. I am currently working on my office/craft room. I would love it if you would share this over at my link party.

  10. Love it! I’m in the process of creating a craft room within my guest room, and I love seeing others’. It looks so bright and relaxed, it must be great to work there.

  11. Looks amazing Tracie! Love the curtains and fireplace. Great job!!!

  12. Wow!! This room is AWESOME, Tracie!! I LOVE it!!!

  13. I LOVE the way you used that door frame for the paper! Genius!

  14. Tracie…what a stunning room. So clean and it! Thanks for sharing with us at Monday Funday!

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  16. Looks great! I love you fabric mixing- like the grey chair with the curtains. Everything just blends perfectly together! Thx for sharing.

  17. Tracie – not only is the room beautiful and calming, but I love the organization! Everything has a (beautiful) home – from the scissors hanging from “S” hooks to the markers in glasses, to the wrapping station – I love your creative ways of organizing your supplies. Good job!

  18. My goodness! This room is beyond gorgeous!! I am loving those curtains…totally make them room extra special. I’m going to have to hunt down that fabric to use in my own home. :)

  19. Sooo beautiful, Tracie! Look for this one to be a feature at the next Monday Funday party! :)

  20. I love the beautiful floor, and the green, in the panel curtains. So pretty. I was wondering if the scissors are hanging from a round, metal, curtain rod? I like how you have them hanging all organized.

  21. This transformation is just stunning! I could look at it all day, haha! Love the color scheme you went with! Very light and airy! Would love for you to share at the party! xo Bridgett

  22. What a transformation! It looks fantastic, Tracie! So clean and refreshing!

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  24. What a GORGEOUS space to be creative and inspired! You did an amazing job! Love how light, fresh, pretty and organized everything is. I’m including a link back in this week’s highlights. Thanks so much for sharing! :)

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  26. What a lovely space. I especially like how bright the space looks. Love the green colour also. :)

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  28. What a sweet space to create! So inspiring, I’m pinning many of these on my basement Pinterest board. We are converting our entire basement for hobbies, woodworking,..creative pursuits.

  29. Thinking of taking over our seldom used guest room – and your fabulous craft room really makes me want to do it right now! Gorgeous!

  30. Totally coveting this space right now… ok, all the time! It’s perfect!!

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  32. WOW what an amazing before and after!!! Thanks so much for linking up in support of Habitat. Sharing on FB right now and pinning. Hope to see you back next week and good luck!

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