Home is Where the Art Is
Hobbyists create rooms in which to create.
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“You can make notes on it. You can set your coffee on it,” Layman says. “Then you tear it off every few months and start fresh with new paper.”
Donna Turi, who floated down the aisle in a wedding gown she made herself, transformed a guest bedroom in her home in Alapocas into a light and airy sewing room.
Carpet squares, arranged in blocks of blue, green and cream, form a colorful area rug. (Hint: it’s much easier to spy a dropped pin on a solid color than a patterned rug.) A collapsible cutting table on wheels folds up and can be rolled away to save space.
“The table is great for all kinds of crafts,” Turi says. “It’s a bonus when you find pieces that can be used for multiple functions.”
While she is sewing stylish skirts and elegant duvet covers upstairs, her husband, Jeff, is turning lengths of oak, cherry and other woods into art in his basement workshop.
Unlike a sewing machine, the lathes used in wood turning aren’t readily stowed into a cabinet or case. Figure on a large, open area for power tools, plus specialized storage for chisels, gouges, sandpaper and other smaller items.
“If you don’t have clutter, there are fewer impediments to creativity,” Jeff says. “Plus, the space is safer and more pleasant.”
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