Studio Stage One

Often when you change one thing it has a tornado effect. 

While I was at quilt market my husband, Ross, built IKEA cubby shelves in the studio closet.   Building shelves in a closet = chaos.  Everything has to come out. Everything! 

Remember that built in ironing board I had in the closet?  It’s now sitting in the center of the studio.  Hard to iron when it folds down to the floor.   

Iroing Board closed

And the cabinets that were calling the closet home?  They made their grand entrance into the studio and are now sitting in front of the bookshelves.  No reading for us!


At first I was going to give these cabinets away, and then I thought, if I can only make them look a bit more shabby chic, I can use them in the addition.

Having an obsession with knobs,  I ordered these from Anthropology…

Box of Knobs

And settled on this one…

Pink knob

Soon it will be replacing these wood knobs for a bit of shabbiness…

Wood knob

Do NOT call or email my husband to tell him what these knobs cost.  He would NEVER understand about pink knobs, and chances are he won’t even notice when the wood knobs are gone.

And the new Ikea shelves?  I love them! They let us SEE what we have.  A novel concept to see what you have in a closet, don’t you think? 

New shelves

And when we don’t want to see, we can close the closet door and it’s bye bye cubbies!

Close the door

Yes, Ross painted the panels on the doors to match the room.  His special touch!

Brigette and I are having a great time working around the extra cabinets in the room.  We’ll have to live with them in front of the closet until the addition is built. Something tells me this is the easy part.

If you have an Ikea near you, the shelves with the cubbies are wonderful.  You can store a LOT of fabric in them and see it all!  I think they cost less than the knobs.  Slight exaggeration! Maybe.

Back soon,


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  • Anonymous - I really enjoy going to Ikea…the last time I purchased two bookshelves which I was ambitious enough to assemble myself. Now I can see I should have held out for the floor to ceiling models that you found..Too bad my ceilings are angled. Love the knob you chose. LouiseReplyCancel

  • marcella - I am loving watching the process of your studio changes! I'm doing the same thing – though much more slowly. It's exciting to think about what will be. Ikea is great too. Maybe my new cabinet from there needs some cute knobs. Oh dear! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - I love the organized closet. My husband and I live in a very cramped two-bedroom duplex, so the second bedroom, doubles as my sewing room and extra storage for all the things we can't find space for anywhere else. And my clothes are in the closet. I can't wait to buy a house and have a studio like yours.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Elizabeth - yay!! I can't wait to see your new studio space!
    I adored those exact same knobs from anthro and I adore them. Although one quick thing about them, the middle metal part with the spikes? It likes to snag against EVERYTHING. Walking by with a sweater on? Snag. Grabbing fabric from inside a drawer? Snag. It drove me NUTS. So one afternoon I carefully hammered all the little spikes flat/flush. It was annoying but totally worked :):)ReplyCancel

  • Jean C. - Love the knobs and the cubbies… such a nice way to organize! Hmmm, maybe I will have to look into new knobs for my chest of drawers too! That would be cute!
    Good luck with the remodel… hope it gets done quickly!ReplyCancel

  • W. Latane Barton - oooooh I love those pink knobs.ReplyCancel

  • Jane Anderson - Love the knobs, love the shelves from ikea. Do you remember the name of them or the stock number?ReplyCancel

  • BunnyNuts - I love your closet!! Well I love your studio too, but you are so organized!!
    Think I need to go clean my studio now….:)

  • Jill - Those knobs are super beautiful! I'm just going to have to live vicariously through you and your exciting studio renovation!ReplyCancel

  • Barb - I have never been to ikea but I think when I come back to the states I just might check it out. Love all the improvements you are making. You truly are a very creative person.ReplyCancel

  • jaybird - i have one of those shelving units from ikea.. & so want more.. you have too many to count & i'm jealous!!ReplyCancel

  • Peddlecar Quilts - Oh, I think it is so wonderful to make new changes! What a great idea with the knobs! We don't have an IKEA store nearby, but there sure is an Anthropology! I'm headed there next! (See how you just inspire us all?) LOL!!! Good luck, and I'm looking forward to seeing all the changes. I finally gave up a shabby chic couch in my sewing room and I can't believe the possiblities it has made!!! Have fun, and don't get too dusty!ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen - Your closet is beautiful! Last summer my husband thought it would be funny to let me redo a closet and add an organizational system to it. Naturally, the project was bigger than it looked. I guess that's the lesson he wanted me to learn. It took 6 long weeks but it looks great. Wish it had been in my bedroom. Another lesson.ReplyCancel

  • Dottie - Those are the coolest knobs. I need to replace the knobs on my bedroom set.. I now know where to go. The handles are just as awesome. Thank you! Enjoy the beauty you are creatingReplyCancel

  • BJ - Your studio is looking fabulous. I love the knobs and those shelves – WOW! How fun. It will be like a whole new room for you to create in. It seems to be very inspiring. ENJOY!!ReplyCancel

  • Scottish Nanna - I love your cubbies great to store everything even the nice buttons you have to hide from hubby LOL.
    Hugs Mary.ReplyCancel

  • Kim D. - Love those sweet doorknobs.. So adorable. IKEA makes some great storage units and shelving and I have some of their nice book shelves in my studio. Good luck with your remodel.ReplyCancel

  • Jen in NY - I used to live near an Ikea, but alas, not anymore. I surely miss it. LOVE the cubby shelves. And those knobs you found…too, too darling! What's money, right? Think of how happy you'll be every time you open a drawer! You can't put a price on that! (Just in case hubby's reading, you know)ReplyCancel

  • My Little Family: - Love the pink storage boxesReplyCancel

  • Cara - Looks amazing! So about these door knobs…where did you get them and have you seen more of the rose one?ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - Great Job on painting the door panels . . . love your new storage with pink knobs and boxes . . . keep us updated so we can organize as well . . .

  • Betweens - I love those knobs they different selections are so beautiful nothing like a knob to feminize a didn't say where you got those!!ReplyCancel

  • ranette - The closet looks great….I've never been to Ikea, maybe someday.

    Pink drawer knobs….be still my beating heart!ReplyCancel

  • Christy - LOVE your pink knobs! Your closet looks great and the mess…will all be worth it when your room is done!
    PS The gal who said the knobs snag everything….boo! Try clear nail polish on them; they'll be smooth and things won't snag. Never let a little problem stop those beautiful knobs from being used!!!ReplyCancel

  • Diane - I agree, Ikea has the best storage stuff ever!! I love your pink knobs, too!! I've often wondered why it costs more to change the knobs on a chest than to buy a whole new chest. But changing knobs is such a great way to give new life to an old piece, or to make a new piece look old. Love the progress pics…..keep 'em coming!ReplyCancel

  • Mary's Cottage Quilts - I LOVE these cubbies! I have them in my quilt room too! They do store alot and make your fabrics look so nice – all stacked up and purdy. Good luck on the studio changes coming your way.ReplyCancel

  • Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? - Wow…the closet looks great! I just love IKEA. Practically everything in my house is from there…

    I forgive you for making me go to and drooling over the knobs, and the hooks and the switchplates… ;)ReplyCancel

  • Nicola - I love your cupboard and love all the pink. I think your solution to the clutter dilema is superb.ReplyCancel

  • Gael Tino - lol…I just spent mre on glass handles than the cabinet cost, so I feel your situation. Here… Gotta have em tho, gotta keep up the Shabby Chic dontcha know!

  • cindy roberts - Hi, Anne! Just stopping by to see the progress on your studio. Looked great before, yet I’m sure it will be even better and PINKER! Stop by when you get a chance. I’m selling at a French Flea this Saturday. Wish me luck!ReplyCancel