Behind the Scenes: A Peek at the Craft Spaces of DIY Network's Bloggers

Our favorite writers, content contributors and bloggers give us a tour of their home offices, studios and creative spaces.

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Photo By: Lish Dorset

Photo By: Lish Dorset

Photo By: Lish Dorset

Photo By: Lish Dorset

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Kim Stoegbauer of TomKat Studios

Kim is one of our favorite content contributors. She is an expert party stylist (check out this awesome Dr. Seuss baby shower), decorator and busy mom of two. She shared a few photos of her home office. "This room is technically supposed to be our formal dining room," explained Kim. "But we have a nice breakfast room off of our kitchen, so when we moved in, we decided I could use the dining room as my office."

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Kim Stoegbauer of TomKat Studios

“This is the best room in the house (in my opinion!); I think my husband would disagree,” laughs Kim. “It is so nice to be connected to the kitchen and great room so that I can be working but still in the center of things. I love how bright and open this room is.” Last year Kim and her crew used this space for our One Room, Three Ways for the Holidays.

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Kim Stoegbauer of TomKat Studios

Kim’s favorite element in room is the matching chandeliers. She got those and the silk drapes when she used the room for a baby shower shoot for Pottery Barn kids. She found the black and white rug on Gilt and knew it would really tie the room together. Along the way, she’s peppered the room with art and accessories from what she calls “my happy place”, HomeGoods.

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Camille from Camille Styles

Camille is the queeen of lifestyle and entertaining expert, she makes throwing any party look like a piece of cake. From menu ideas to decorating to party favors, Camille and her team can put together events with amazing cohesive flair. Camille's office is much the same way, polished and pretty and totally practical. She shared some photos of her space and some advice on keeping neat and organized. “Keep desktops clean and uncluttered with sleek lacquered trays to corral items together. Rather than keeping reminders and inspirational images scattered on top of my desk, I turn them into artwork by pinning onto a big inspiration board in the center of the room,” says Camille.

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Camille from Camille Styles

“Turn office storage into a beautiful decor element by mixing woven baskets and brightly colored boxes for office and craft supply storage,” advises Camille. “Keep prettier items, like linens and ribbon, in the open baskets, while less attractive supplies (tape and file folders) can be tucked away in the lidded boxes.”

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Jess Abbott, The Sewing Rabbit

Jess is one seriously talented seamstress. If you want to learn anything about sewing, check out her blog, it is filled with tutorials, patterns and lots of clever ideas. You can find everything from how to make a teepee to a wine-bottle caddy. Jess’ studio is a dedicated room in her home just off the family room.

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Jess Abbott, The Sewing Rabbit

"My desk is actually a counter-height table,“ says Jess. “It helps save my back when I am cutting patterns because I don't need to constantly bend over.” A counter-height table is a great alternative to a standard desk and can be much cheaper.

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Jess Abbott, The Sewing Rabbit

“I use lots of baskets and bins to store fabric and I use the school locker to shove 'less desirable' bulky fabrics,” laughs Jess. “I also use a basket to hide my laptop cords. Strategically placed next to my desk, I am able to shove my cords into the basket so they don't sit on the floor. I use wire holders that go down the back of the table legs to hide the cords and keep me from tripping on them. I typically keep my cutting mats underneath a rug on the floor, so I can pull them out when I need them.”

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Jess Abbott, The Sewing Rabbit

“I always keep my most recent projects displayed around me to give me inspiration. I update them often rather than having old projects staring me in the face,” says Jess. “This prevents me from getting into too many ruts.” See more projects Jess has done for DIYNetwork.com.

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Jen Carreiro of Something Turquoise

This is Jen Carreiro’s home craft space. Jen is the brains behind the popular wedding blog Something Turquoise. The name of her blog and a quick glimpse of her space will give you a clue to her favorite color. Jen worked for over 10 years as a mobile wedding hairdresser and was an avid wedding-blog follower. Over time she became a wedding expert, so she decided to create her own blog. Instead of just a lot of inspirational photos, her blog focuses more on real budgets, real advice, and lots of fun DIY projects. Jen works out of her home and gave a peek at her workspace. Check out a couple of projects Jen did for us: Bachelor and Bachelor Party Kits and Save-the-Date and Engagement Announcement Ideas.

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Jen Carreiro of Something Turquoise

“I do MANY different crafts; sewing, jewelry making, painting, scrapbooking, stamping, candle making, etc. I find it easiest to have a dedicated space or container for each type of craft,” explains Jen. “This way I always have everything I need in that one place.”

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Jen Carreiro of Something Turquoise

“I paint a lot, so I keep all my paints out in the open,” says Jen. “My candle-making supplies are stashed in a hat box underneath the desk. My stamps and stamp pads are in the drawers to the left of my chair with my scrapbooking paper right by them. The little drawers to the right side of the desk are labeled according to their content; they are dedicated to ribbon, glitter and punches. The craft supplies that I don’t play with too often are kept in boxes on the other side of the room.”

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Jen Carreiro of Something Turquoise

“I have a small space and have to make the most of it, so I like to purge. If I haven't touched items in 6 to 12 months, I get rid of it. Us crafters have a bad habit of buying new things, but if you don't get rid of the old, stuff piles up,’ laughs Jen. “The hubby says, ‘one in, one out’ – I try, but that doesn't always happen.”

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Joanne Palmisano from Salvage Secrets

Joanne has an amazing talent for using unexpected items to turn old into new again. She revived a dated thrift-store dresser with paint and wrapping paper and then turned a dressmaker's form into a floor lamp. Joanne gave us a peek at her home workspace in her beautiful New England lakeside home.

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Joanne Palmisano from Salvage Secrets

“My cousin owns a restaurant and saves the large glass pickle jars for me. I use them to store fabric scraps, buttons, threads, scissors, you name it,” Joanne says excitedly. “They are by far my favorite storage item because they fit perfectly on my shelves, they are recycled and they look great.”

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Joanne Palmisano from Salvage Secrets

Joanne keeps many of her flea-market finds displayed on open shelving so they’re in constant sight. You never know, just one glance at a teacup, old map or a metal lion may spark the next great project idea.

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Joanne Palmisano from Salvage Secrets

Joanne uses an old quarter-sawn oak dining table for a work surface. Her flea-market treasures are scattered about waiting to be upcycled with a new purpose.

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Hannah Slaughter, HGTV and DIY Network Designer

Meet Hannah, she’s one of our team of talented graphic designers. Hannah exudes creativity 24/7. Not only does she make our websites look great, she and her husband James have their own blog Hannah & Husband. You may have seen her in-office creative space, now take a look at at-home idea lab. The corner room is filled with personal mementos and unique treasures like the flat-file cabinet. It was a Craigslist find she got for Christmas -- her husband made a new wood top for it.

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Hannah Slaughter, HGTV and DIY Network Designer

“I store all my paint in an apothecary cabinet that came from a hospital here in Knoxville,” says Hannah.

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Hannah Slaughter, HGTV and DIY Network Designer

“I store all my brushes, pens and paper clips in old china and mugs,” explains Hannah. “I like to surround myself with pretty things, it helps keep me inspired.”

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Hannah Slaughter, HGTV and DIY Network Designer

“I really like using antiques for storage. The sideboard was part of my grandparents' dining room set.”

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Hannah Slaughter, HGTV and DIY Network Designer

“I also really like to keep my supplies out, intermingled with old books and toys. If my space was clean and sparse, I don't think I would ever get anything done!”

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Hannah Slaughter, HGTV and DIY Network Designer

Sunny windows and a cute companion help when you're at the drawing board.

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Tiffany Threadgould: Expert Recycler

Tiffany Threadgould is an eco-lifestyle expert who can upcycle most anything. She has ingeniously showed us how to make business-card holders from wine boxes (yes, you read that right) and how to make curtains from old tents. Take a look at Tiffany’s home office. She stacked a desk, end tables and a nightstand on top of a file cabinet and kitchen table to make the most of her small space. All the pieces (many are thrift-store finds) were painted white to give her office tower a consistent look.

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Tiffany Threadgould: Expert Recycler

“I have a worktable that doubles as a kitchen table; it was made from an upcycled door,” explains Tiffany. “When I’m done working, I hide everything away in boxes, each project in a separate box to keep it organized.”

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Tiffany Threadgould: Expert Recycler

“I store everything in Hammermill paper boxes and clearly label them with bright and colorful paper, ‘glue and other sticky things’ is one of my favorite boxes,” says Tiffany.

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Lish Dorset: Expert Crafter and DIY Network Made+Remade Blogger

Lish Dorset is an expert crafter, quilter and blogger who makes her living as the social media coordinator for The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Aside from chronicling her crafting adventures on her blog, lishdorset.com, she's also a featured blogger for DIY Network's Made+Remade blog where she's shown us how to make felt poppies and build our own DIY cat castles. With so much on her plate, she was definitely in need of an organized home work area that she could dedicate specifically to crafting. "The room once served as my husband’s office, but as my craft work (and my collection of supplies) grew, I needed a space that could best facilitate my projects," Lish says. "This room is both my office and DIY getaway. I hold craft nights from time to time, so this is the perfect space for a good glass of wine and a brand new project to be made with friends."

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Lish Dorset: Expert Crafter and DIY Network Made+Remade Blogger

The heart of Lish's craft room is her massive sewing table — a custom piece built by her husband and fellow Made+Remade blogger, Nick Britsky. "The table was built in our garage, so to get it into our house and through the doors we had to bring it up in pieces and assemble it in my room," says Lish. "It’s also a favorite place for my cat, Ronnie, to nap during the day. I try to keep the surface free of clutter in between projects, but my sewing machine and cutting mats can always be found out and ready for action on the table." Behind the table are two large shelving units — one dedicated to her fabric stash and sewing needs and the other designated for paper crafting and general DIY supplies.

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Lish Dorset: Expert Crafter and DIY Network Made+Remade Blogger

"I’m always on the hunt for buckets, bins and containers to keep everything neat and organized," says Lish. "I’ve put favorite pieces of vintage Pyrex to work right next to inexpensive storage bins I’ve found at the grocery store. By keeping similar supplies together in one container it’s easy to grab just what you need."

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Lish Dorset: Expert Crafter and DIY Network Made+Remade Blogger

Not sure what to do with empty candle or jam jars? Lish puts them to work storing stray craft supplies. "We recycle a lot at our house, so I’m frequently snagging empty glass jars out of the recycling bin to use as craft supply organizers. Try spray painting your jars to help make them stand out on the shelf."

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Lish Dorset: Expert Crafter and DIY Network Made+Remade Blogger

Lish's crafty husband also built a custom pegboard wrapping station that fits perfectly in the extra space behind the door. "No space goes unused in my craft room. On the walls you’ll find spools of ribbon, gift tags and LOTS of washi tape! I also have many of my day-to-day craft tools hung here, too," says Lish. "Pegboards allow me to make the most of the space and customize it to what works best for my craft habits." Below the table top is a drawer that pulls out to store gift bags, tissue paper and greeting cards. "If there’s a last-minute party to go to, I’ll have a last-minute gift wrapped in no time!"

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Lish Dorset: Expert Crafter and DIY Network Made+Remade Blogger

This enviable craft room also doubles as Lish's home office. "A vintage desk I purchased from fellow Michigander Cari Cucksey houses my office supplies," says Lish. "Business papers are housed in folders right next to magazines I’ve saved to read." Next to her desk is an inspiration wall where she's hung baker's twine to display cards from friends, magazine clippings or fun prints she picks up at craft fairs. "I’m a paper pack rat, so it’s nice to have a space to display some of my favorite pieces."

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Lish Dorset: Expert Crafter and DIY Network Made+Remade Blogger

"Nine times out of 10 if I’m in my craft room I’m probably sitting at my sewing machine," says Lish. "It sits at the end of my sewing table to help keep the surface open as I cut fabric or piece a quilt. The ever-popular Ikea Raksog cart holds my go-to sewing supplies, from rotary cutters to marking tools. By using a cart that’s on wheels, I can push my supplies around the room as needed."

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Lish Dorset: Expert Crafter and DIY Network Made+Remade Blogger

"While my craft room display space is dedicated to holding my collection of supplies, I think it’s important to have a few areas for mementos, especially those that relate back to the DIY spirit," says Lish. "This shelving unit primarily holds my craft books, but the top shelf is dedicated to favorite trinkets. The very first sewing machine I ever owned now sits here, right next to the camera I used in photojournalism class in college and favorite figurines friends have given me from thrift store trips. My great-grandmother was the head seamstress for a metro Detroit department store chain in the 1950s, so I display a hat box from her store here."