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Oh Happy Day Studio Tour: Craft Area

Today I’m sharing the Craft Area! Crafting is how Oh Happy Day started and it’s really built into the DNA of the brand. I remember sitting on the floor of my living room making these pinatas for a blog post FIVE years ago and as I was picking out the different colors of paper and cutting the fringe I thought, “life does not get better than this.” So when I started to think about what the craft area would be like I had very strong opinions. While I definitely wanted it to look beautiful it also had to be truly functional (not just for show.) I sat down one night and sketched out what I wanted.

Oh Happy Day Studio Tour: Craft Area

I knew I wanted a pegboard and started making a list of my favorite crafting supplies: my trusty ribbon rack, my favorite craft paint that they only sell in France, the best crafting scissors, etc etc. I took inspiration from Linsey Laidlaw’s Pegboard and Darcy Miller’s Craft Room. I was planning on using a standard pegboard you can find at the hardware store but after looking on Pinterest for inspiration I started seeing really amazing custom pegboards. But I figured it would be cost prohibitive to do something custom. A few days later I saw my friend Isobel (of Bryr clogs) had installed a custom pegboard in her shop too. I asked her if it was expensive and she said it actually was really affordable and gave me the name of her guy. (It was the CNC Shop. My whole wall including materials, labor, painting, and delivery was around $400.) You can see from the sketch below it ended up pretty close to my original brainstorm session.

CRAFT AREA INSPIRATION

The space used to be a sewing factory and we inherited this giant table leftover that was perfect for crafting. I like that it is banged up and imperfect so we aren’t scared to get it dirty or use it. The stools were leftover from our kitchen in the last studio but are the right height and color! I was a little hesitant to use the square Ikea shelving for our paper wall just becaause it felt very 2005 (I bought my first one that year!) But in the end I couldn’t find anything that worked better and I figured I could always switch it out later if I found something I loved more. (The shelves needed to be kind of low to let in light to the office area.) To make the shelves we had plywood cut down into specified dimensions at the hardware store and then bought hardwood dowels and cut them to the right sizes. It took a few days to get those all set up. I put some of the things we don’t use much up high and we’ve made some adjustments as we’ve used it. It’s so fun to have a giant craft area to make things. I’ve found that having all the materials ready to use makes me feel so creative, I love it!

Oh Happy Day Studio Tour: Craft Area

Oh Happy Day Studio Tour: Craft Area

Oh Happy Day Studio Tour: Craft Area

Oh Happy Day Studio Tour: Craft Area

Oh Happy Day Studio Tour: Craft Area

Oh Happy Day Studio Tour: Craft Area

Oh Happy Day Studio Tour: Craft Area

Oh Happy Day Studio Tour: Craft Area

Oh Happy Day Studio Tour: Craft Area

Oh Happy Day Studio Tour: Craft Area

Oh Happy Day Studio Tour: Craft Area

Oh Happy Day Studio Tour: Craft Area

Photos by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day

Sources: Custom Pegboard- CNC ShopIkea Cabinets, Overhead Lighting – Rejuvenation, Paper Shelving –Ikea, Ribbon rack- Vintage, Lamp – Book/Shop, Stools – Target, Clock – Schoolhouse Electric.

  1. sarah dawson

    August 18, 2016

    Mind Blow with your versatile peg board and shelving . I heart your craft space crazy mad!

  2. Antonella | White House Crafts

    August 18, 2016

    I could have a lot of fun in this space :) Love it!

  3. kim

    August 18, 2016

    so handy and so pretty too! what is in the cupboards under?

  4. Rachel

    August 18, 2016

    I am DYING of all the fabulousness. This is total crafting porn, right here. Bravo!

  5. Em

    August 18, 2016

    Absolutely fabulous! Looks like such a fun space to work!

  6. Nicole

    August 18, 2016

    OH MY WORD! I need you to come to my office and help me organize all of my crafts. I fee like my lack of organization deters me from actually taking on some fun project. So many good ideas on this post! Thank you for sharing!

  7. Jen

    August 18, 2016

    Love! Did the CNC Shop create the shelving for the peg board as well?

    Loving the photos so far. Keep em coming!

  8. Julia

    August 18, 2016

    This craft area is a dream! Love what you did to organize. But I have to ask – why do you use purple sparingly!?

    Julia – http://Bunnybaubles.com

      • Aneeqa
      • August 20, 2016

      I am wondering the same about your Purple rule.

  9. Sabine from Germany

    August 18, 2016

    I´m dreaming of such a beautiful craft space! A place to feel well and have room for playing with your creativity.
    many ♡ ly greetings sent by
    Sabine from WO(rms) in Germany

  10. Patricia

    August 19, 2016

    Wow, I just love it! What a beautiful craft space!
    Greetings from good old Germany, Patricia :-)

  11. Michelle

    August 19, 2016

    This is so perfect, I love how organised and colourful it is!
    https://www.makeandmess.com/

  12. Anne

    August 19, 2016

    I love how everything is so organized. That’s a crafting haven! I am in complete awe. I wish I had one too. :)

    annescribblesanddoodles.blogspot.com

  13. Sofia Silva

    August 19, 2016

    OMG SO PRETYY! You’re making me crazy with these photos ! Love your studio, really love it!

  14. Stefanie

    August 19, 2016

    This room is a damn dream! I aspire to have a space like this one day. And the crafting rules are my favorite touch “Use purple sparingly” hah!

    -Stefanie
    see my latest DIY project here:
    http://thestylesafari.com/?p=9800

  15. Diana

    August 19, 2016

    Well, this is simply beautiful. In love.

    xo, Diana
    http://unusuallylovely.com

  16. Lisa / Good on Paper

    August 19, 2016

    Looks SO good you guys! Heart eyes!

  17. Melissa

    August 19, 2016

    Straight-up craft room envy here. Curious…what’s your beef with purple?

  18. Katrina

    August 20, 2016

    I think that this is what my heaven will look like.

  19. Elizabeth

    August 21, 2016

    Absolutely beautiful. A woman after my own heart. Thank you.

  20. Anne Rita Taylor

    August 21, 2016

    Love your organization – sure makes crafting easier! I moved 3 years ago – my crafts are more organized and I am more productive too.

  21. Richa Maheshwari

    August 21, 2016

    I am DYING of all the fabulousness….. This is total crafting porn, right here. Bravo!

  22. Sue J

    August 22, 2016

    Love, love, LOVE this. I work out of a multi-functional spare bedroom, but I can definitely see how this can be scaled down. Thank you for sharing! SHx

  23. Kate

    August 22, 2016

    Oh my gosh, this is absolutely perfect!! I love it. What a dream! xx

    http://www.paintingoctober.blogspot.co.uk

  24. Maike

    August 22, 2016

    OMG- this is BEAUTIFUL!!!!
    I totally fell in ♡ with this craft corner. Rainbow colours! 😍
    All the best.
    Maike

  25. Amanda

    August 23, 2016

    Where is the happy planter from? It makes my heart smile.

  26. Jill

    August 24, 2016

    What is the brand of the colored pencils? And, from where can I get them?

  27. Ms Sharma

    August 26, 2016

    Wow! what a crafting space. It is a dream.

    I envy you.

    All so nicely arranged. AWESOME.

    Alas in India I cannot put my craft supplies out like that.

    There is the problem of dust. I store all my craft material in plastic boxes with closed lids. Even when I store these boxes in cupboards with closed doors, I end up having fine dust on my boxes.

    Then there is also the problem of moisture during Monsoons.

  28. Shira

    August 28, 2016

    THIS IS AWESOME! Mind: blown. I have to ask, what is the rods thickness (diameter)? They look chunky and so proportional to the wall. Love it!

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