Our house is a year old now, and there are one or two small snags still to be sorted! But we are very nearly there.
Nick has done virtually all the interior woodwork now, creating the most impressive cupboards in every room, and some of the hall ways too. When I think about the work he has done, from the careful design to the choice of colour, glass and knobs, to the back breaking work of construction, to getting the cupboards into the house and fitting them against walls that are not exactly straight, I am in awe of his skills.
The original concept for the sewing room was this. I made a little scale diagram, and many of you made great suggestions on how I could improve it.
In reality It’s a bit different. I have two easy chairs rather than the sofa, and the ironing board is somewhere else. And the bin has not yet been constructed (but it is promised). The thing that has worked brilliantly is the pull down bed which has been used by Ben and Mel (and Maia came too!), Gus, and Sara and Henrick from Denmark. It only takes a minute to put the sewing machines away in the cupboard and it is a great room for guests. The small bathroom next door – with a shower, basin and WC – is very convenient for guests, but if I get up very early and don’t want to disturb Nick I can shower here too.
From the window to my left (as I type this) I can see Nick’s shed, the car and the comings and goings of the estate. I took this when it snowed in December.
If the door is open to my right I can see through to the lake. In the winter I have the doors shut to keep the heat in, and it is always a pleasant surprise to see the lake when I make a cup of tea (assuming the chai walla is otherwise engaged). If I am lucky I see it at sunrise or sunset. But whatever the weather, season or time of day the pure joy of looking at the lake is magical.
So let’s have a look at the sewing room now it is completed and in daily use. This picture is taken from the left hand easy chair. You can see the typing desk, with a handmade inspiration board above the desk. The supplies cupboard next to it has boxes with paints and dyes in them on top. The three sewing machines are out on the table associated with the drop down bed. There is a light and a large roll of pattern paper.
The second photograph is taken from the writing desk. You can see the second inspiration board, above the ironing board. The wool cupboard is where the sewing machines are stored, and also my books, leather and ongoing projects. Camilla is draped in some Japanese cloth and a painting of me from my early 20s (by Paul Smith) brings some cheerful colour into the room. The ballet barre is to the right. I use this, and the floor, to exercise when I don’t fancy going to the gym. But mainly I use the barre to store my projects in a variety of bags. Nick and I sit in the easy chairs to talk or sometimes I knit or listen to the podcasts (normally both at once).
I imagine the room will evolve over time, but for now it is a wonderful place to work. I feel a sense of complete peace when I am in it.