Once upon a time there was a craft room.

Don’t you just love stories that start like that….

…..and end with happily ever after?

Stories about a gate house with a tanning bed room that was rescued from a castle tower….after it let down it’s long golden hair.

A tanning bed room transformed with craft room chairs and a craft room desk and a craft room chalk board and plenty of craft room organization.

And a plethora of old tanning bed electrical outlets.


Me, too.


You know the joy that you have when you round the corner and there’s this yard sale sign and it’s written in really bright letters with words like “25 family yard sale” and “tons of stuff”….and you turn your car where the arrow on the sign points….fully expecting to be a little disappointed and just see old sorority t-shirts.

Except you don’t.

You see milk glass and wooden chairs and tables and an old vintage sign and your heart starts to race…..and then you try to prevent yourself from running towards the sale because then everyone would know that you were really interested and charge you more….

….but you are so full of joy that you start skipping?

This craft room is even better than that.


Do you remember where we started?

Do you remember what it looked like?

Here’s the before…..


And here’s the glorious wonderful golden-haired after.

Finally…all the craft supplies have found a home.

I mean seriously…..did you see the gift wrap station?


And the paint brushes and note pads and washi tape and straws.

And the bingo letters.

And the stencils and ribbon and the cute pink coordinating tools?

Did you see the peg board?


And the best part?

Wait until you see what the craft room inspires?

Wait until you see what I’m planning for fall.

I’m making wooden leaves and monogrammed wooden bowls with these really cool wood burning stencils and pallet wood letters and a gilded leaf wreath.

And about a million more ideas.


I love once upon a time.

I love romance.

And I love happily ever afters.

But seriously…..who needs a prince rescuing you from a castle tower…..

….when you have boxes of scrap book paper and washi tape. 🙂


PS  All the fabrics (and the rock star gift wrap) in the post are from The Gatehouse fabric collection designed especially for The Gatehouse by the incredible Cynthia Weber.

I’ll be posting all about it in the next couple of weeks with a fun giveaway….but if you want a sneek peek….click here!

PPS The winners of the Lutron light sensors are #1894 Kacy S. and #979 Amber!

Congratulations….your light sensors are on their way!


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  1. Image for andrea cammarata andrea cammarata

    And this is why you are the ROCK STAR of the blogging land...I mean you are what Bruce is to Jersey...what can I say...really...what can I just picture me in my dachshund pink pj's and me holding my anthropologie mug with the letter m on it for mom on it...sipping a cup of coffee...but putting it down to give you a standing all I can do is wait for the encore!!! You ROCK my friend...sending hugs and love!!!


    omg,it is gorgeous....can I borrow you for a couple of weeks ha!... will be waiting patiently for your fall creations! :-)

  3. Image for Susan M. Susan M.

    Oh.Em.Gee. I want whatever magic potion you drink in the morning - Gor-ge-oso! Who wouldn't want to craft in here!

  4. Image for Mary Mary

    I love the room! I wish I had just a little of your genius! I took a peek at the fabric and I can't wait to see what you do with it.

  5. Image for Michele/Finch Rest Michele/Finch Rest

    WHOO HOOO HOOOO! Too awesome, what whimsey and fun - and rock star gift wrap? Seriously? Designed especially for The Gatehouse? Oh just be still my heart. You just rock on, sister-friend - and have a wonderful holiday weekend. Hugs.

  6. Image for Sandy Sandy

    Your Gatehouse is magazine COVER worthy. Wondering who will snatch it first? KariAnne, I believe you and Cynthia Weber will someday soon coin a new fabric design name (like ikat) that will spread like wildfire. Go for it girls. We will all be watching the Gatehouse Collection.

  7. Image for susanmarysunshine susanmarysunshine

    Love the colors, but more importantly the layout of the room. I crave little bins and pegboard to organize all my supplies. You have been a busy little bee! On another note, I follow many blogs and I love that you always post first thing in the morning. I get to share my morning cup of French vanilla cappuccino with you.

  8. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    You do it, as only you can...with a splash and a wow!! You are THE Rock Star....seriously. I'd like to live in your head, for a couple of hours...but, then I don't have to. All I (we) have to do is devour your blog! Can't wait to see your next creations! ;)

  9. Image for Karen Karen

    Lovely! Just lovely! I can't wait to see what your new craft room inspires you to create. I am suddenly in the mood for some Good and Plenty after looking at the photos :0)

  10. Image for Deidre~ Deidre~

    OK,NOW I have "craft room covetousness"!!!! lol, This is really a fabulous room,I'm ready to come over and get crafty with ya! lol

  11. Image for Andrea Andrea

    I was wondering where in the world you found that perfectly you rock star paper! My craft room nearly tops my list of favourite places in all the lands, and I hope you find the same joy and comfort in your room as well. Ps I still proudly display that canvas you sent me. I know of your crafty talents first hand ;)

  12. Image for Claire @ The Rustic Pig Claire @ The Rustic Pig

    Seriously... could you be any more amazing? This is just fabulous! When do I get to move in? I'm pretty sure I'd have plenty of room... my husband and kids on the other hand... that's another story! This is stunning! Love it! Hugs! Claire

  13. Image for Regina Regina

    I remember that day when my wonderful cousin sent me the link to this little blog her friend was doing . . . What a good cousin! :) You, my dear are the rock star. I love this little room, and it's inspiring me . . . I have a little room between two bedrooms - probably used to be a sewing room - that I basically use as an extension of my closet. Pegboard on one section for jewelry, anyone? Hey Ethel, I have an idea . . . ;)

  14. Image for Mimi Mimi

    Remember that time you helped me organize my craft closet?! "Nice attempt, but..." hahaha you were so kind =) Miss you friend!

  15. Image for Brenda Rhodes Brenda Rhodes

    All I can say is ....WOW! This is too neat. I am afraid I wouldn't be able to craft in this room because I would be sitting there saying over and over...I am so lucky..isn't this the best...I am so lucky...isn't this the best...Ahhh! I would then wake up from my dream to my own craft room. It's nice..or at least I thought it was til I saw this. I, too, have craft room envy! Great job!!

  16. Image for Emily @ Two Purple Couches Emily @ Two Purple Couches

    Ob.Sessed! Obsessed, obsessed, obsessed! I love the color palette, the pegboard wall, the wrapping station, the pink chairs, the pillows, the everything! My husband is going to hate how many times I show him this, and ask for the same thing ;)

  17. Image for lucy lucy

    seriously, I don't know if I love you or hate you. I just want to smack you in the face! this is so adorable and your happily ever after story is what i want to curl up in your black and white chair and read every night. ahh. paper and washi tape. we should be closer to each other. you could come to the smoking glue guns nights. i'm building a craft hut outside moonglowlake house. it will be fantastic and you will come and we will make things out of crafty supplies.

  18. Image for Bethanie Bethanie

    So excited to finally see this. So stinking jealous!!! Love that you found a home for your #6... It's all just perfect!!! Xoxo

  19. Image for Marian@Gathering Branches Marian@Gathering Branches

    I am so incredibly happy for you! There is just something spectacular about having ones own designated creative space. I have an oversized utility room for my studio and I feel like the Queen of Sheeba. It's such an insane blessing and luxury here in Northern Virginia to have space like that. I have to say though, my husband and I have talked more than once about having the Amish build me a studio shed in the back yard. Sometimes I just lay back, close my eyes and dream about it. And I have totally been to that garage sale. I was the one speed walking with the look of contorted rapture on my face, trying to act casual. That was a good day. Thanks or reminding me.

  20. Image for Jeanne B Jeanne B

    Just LOVE it!! What fun to have a room like this to create in!!! And...the colors ROCK! Mine is black/white with purple...but I'm LOVING yours!!! Can't wait to see what happens next :)

  21. Image for Gracie Gracie

    Holy moly good great craft room! I just got a 12x12 shed that is transforming in to my soon to be dream studio! Today I painted the walls a pale grey and am about to work on all the white joists/exposed beams. You totally just inspired a peg board wall. GREAT IDEA! I would love it if you would come share this make over with my readers at the weekly party!

  22. Image for Janis@All Things Beautiful Janis@All Things Beautiful

    Oh dear me, talk about "in love"! Would you come do my craft closet pleasssse?? I'm stuck, but you have given me new hope to finish strong! Love the pegboard idea!! The colors are fabulous, and I can't wait to see what creations come out of there. You ROCK!! xoxo

  23. Image for Manette Gutterman Manette Gutterman

    Oh, how I wish I had a gatehouse to escape to...a mom cave house! Its fresh, happy, and lovely! Amazing work!

  24. Image for Megan Megan

    Hi There, I recently discovered you blog via another blog I follow....I think it was Southern Style, and I am tickled that I did.....You are nothing short of Ammmaaazing. I am an artist myself, but seeing how your mind works makes me feel like I have not yet event tapped the surface. Here is my question. I notice on your blog your wit and writing makes me feel like we are talking over coffee. Loooove it. But, I notice that you don't often share sourcing from your designs or detail of how you arrived at your final product. Is that your style of blog and would you share any details if we asked about anything in these rooms of devine that you create. Thanks!

  25. Image for Winnie Winnie

    Hi KariAnne - could you please tell me how the pink lettering was done on the white storage bins on the shelves of the Craft Room? I always thought those uncovered bins would work for all my sewing supplies, and it would cost much less than covered bins or boxes! Thanks so much in advance!! Winnie

  26. Image for lorie prokup lorie prokup

    Love Love Love it! Found your site while looking for ideas for my new craft/sewing room. Have you looked at the Thirty-one catalog? They have the black big dot pattern - monogram with hot pink & it's a wrap! Thanks for sharing your room!

  27. Image for Lisa Lisa

    Just wanted to pop in to thank you for letting us share you pretty craft space at Creative Storage Ideas. The post went live today, hope it brings some visitors your way!

  28. Image for Teri Teri

    Hi, your craft room is both adorable and inspiring. I can't help but ask though--what are the 4 black & white dotted items hanging between the ribbon & the letters on the peg board? Curiousity is getting the best of me.

  29. Image for Sarah Sarah

    Is it just me being terribly SPOILED or what. While I absolutely love the look of your crafting room, it wouldn't serve me well at all. I have SOOOOO many supplies I couldn't possibly organize them with such small storage areas. Where do you store your 10 zillion rubber stamps, your various types of glue, your paints, your different kinds of pens, your PAPER stash bigger than the local craft store, your Silhouette machine, your Sizzix Big Kick, paper cutter, your embossing folders, your Pan Pastel chalks, your books printed in other languages used to make interesting backgrounds for cards and scrapbook papers, your ribbon, etc? How about all your Spellbinders, Sixxiz dies, your printer ink, your brads and various purchased and self-made embellishments while they await being used? How about your pens, pencils, rulers, scissors, paint brushes, etc? I wish somebody would post pics of how a deranged, craft near-hoarder like me stores THEIR supplies while keeping their craft rooms attractive, useable and fun!

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