We're really happy with the end result although we've ended up with more stuff in here than I would have liked. But when you're trying to combine all those functions in one room and you have a geek husband who has spare computers as well as boxes of cables and stuff like that that need to be housed a bit of prettiness had to be sacrificed (not to mention all my boxes of random crafty bits and a cupboard full of fabric).
At the end of the day I'm just happy to be rid of the ugly green and peach carpet, tartan curtains and the yellowy walls. Very 1994. So here's the photos.
Our desks are actually a couple of saw horses and 2 big planks of wood painted white. An idea I completely stole from Claire. We had been thinking of getting desks properly built in as we wanted them to completely fill the wall. But we didn't want to spend too much money and it all seemed a bit too hard once we had seen this idea.
My grandma had given me her old sewing cabinet - one of those ones where you can lift up the sewing machine when you open the top of the cabinet. I wasn't going to keep it cause it's pretty ugly, but it's turned out to be really useful so I gave it a bit of a makeover with some Lara Cameron birch removable wallpaper.
It still has a little bit of it's ugly, but I think it's a big improvement.
We also had this old ikea coffee table lying around and we bought some foam, recovered it and made a little bench seat for Matilda and Polly to sit on.
It hides some storage bins from Ikea with some paper, pencils and duplo that the girls can play with while I'm trying to get some uni work done (that was the theory anyway), they've also got their dolls house down here.
The yellow wardrobe stores all my fabric in it. I've had it for ages, just sitting waiting to be used for that purpose. At the last minute I decided to paint it yellow, I decided we needed a bit of colour. (I still need to paint around the handle with a little brush, so just ignore that bit.
The curtains I made (and I use that term loosely, think heat & bond) from a Joel Dewberry fabric.