Secreto's Organization Challenge--Studio and Home Office

Isn't is a great time of year to get organized?  

When Leslie and Jessica from Segreto Secrets asked if I would like to participate in their organization project with other bloggers, I said sure!  

My friend, Debbie said "How about organizing my work studio?"  It needed help after her busy holiday season of producing hand-made, artisan quality bags, totes, clutches and more.

But first, are you familiar with the exquisite work of Segreto Finishes?  I read about them on Cote de Texas…and you can see more on the blog Segreto Secrets and in the book, Segreto Style.

And now my...

We were a good team...I gave my ideas (like get a new ironing board cover, paint, fold, etc.) and Debbie was a dynamo
She painted the built-in dresser (and all the other furniture in the room) a soothing Annie Sloan Old White and added these pretty knobs from Anthropologie.  
Since Debbie's products tend to be fresh and colorful (influenced by her years living in Hawaii), I thought we should try to keep the new additions more neutral.
Go Debbie!!! No pressure but can you keep it like this?

Debbie found the sturdy wine barrel on Craig's List.  It's perfect for the heavy bolts of fabric.
The cutting table was moved to the window wall for a better fit.

Lots of natural light and
look at her view!

We made a trip across the Bay to IKEA as I really wanted to get these gold and white retro sconces (only $20 each).  While we were there, we had lunch (Debbie treated--I had the vegetable/hummus wrap--I wanted the frozen yogurt too but we had to rush).
Now she has an inspiration board and the thread spools hung vertically.
The wire grid is from Acme Display.  The enameled hanging cups are from IKEA...keeping the counter clear to spread fabric.
She won't be losing her scissors anytime soon.

Debbie's computer desk area was also given a makeover...
The chair below is from Overstocks and Debbie purchased a new laptop (the most expensive part of the makeover :)  Isn't the matching IKEA desk lamp pretty?
Debbie added the cloth under the glass on the newly painted desk and made a coordinating pillow (nice job!).

I brought her tulips for the new gold vase from Anthropologie. The Pottery Barn pencils go with our white, gold, black, grey color scheme.
An IKEA tray keeps her SF calendar and cell phone handy.
The organization board above her desk is from Pottery Barn.

Check out Debbie's Etsy shop HERE.
Debbie and I thank you, Segreto Secrets for motivating us to accomplish this project!  

I cannot wait to see how these very talented people make life more beautiful with organization!
Participating in March's Best of The Nest.  Check it out.


  1. Looks great! And such a nice, bright workspace!

  2. Gah.....please come to my house...my office looks like the before:) I am sure it was a lot of work but it was worth it!

  3. All I can say is lucky Debby...what a great office makeover. I love the wall that you redid that has a place for everything including scissors, I need that! Great job Maryann, full of wonderful tips and ideas!

  4. Looks beautiful! With a view like that it might be hard to work; it's so light and bright and cheerful!

  5. What an amazing transformation and I know Debby is thrilled. So many great ideas and tips - trying so hard to get myself organized, one room at a time…

  6. Mary Ann
    I am so impressed with this makeover using most of what Debbie already had. The new paint, IKEA pieces and items from Anthropology are perfect! I need a studio like this!!
    Now off to Debbie's shop!

    The Arts by Karena

  7. Thank you for this amazing post!! I too have a small business where I use fabric. Your "after" pictures inspire me to re-organize my studio space.

  8. Oh my word...What an amazing job. Every single detail is wonderful...and a whole lot of work. Worth every minute of it. What a joy to work in this space now...However, I wouldn't want to mess it up. Ha! Great job!

  9. What a wonderful transformation...love her little bags...so cute!

  10. A great job for sure!!!! Looks like such a wonderful spot to work and get creative and it looks like it will be pretty easy to keep clean too!

    xo Kelley ; o ))

  11. What a wonderful workspace! I love some of your ideas, like the grid with the clip on lights behind the sewing table and the barrel for bolts of fabric. I was wondering about that "surface extender" for lack of a better term on the surface of the sewing machine. Is that something specifically for Bernina machines?

  12. Looks great! Now I feel the need to go organize… ;)

  13. Great job! Will you come to my office?!!

  14. Mary Ann,
    Wow, what a difference. I love the way your friend Debbie's desk and work space turned out. Very nice job. This is a fun group effort.

  15. What a great job! Love the before and after!

  16. Wow. It looks great Mary Ann. You guys made a great team although with that view it's hard to mess up. :) That wire grid with the scones made such a difference.

  17. This looks amazing! I love everything from the grid with Ikea enameled cups to hold everything, the lamps, the painted desk/tall chest and that million dollar view...wow! She must love to work in her new space. It's like a breath of fresh "spring" air! I love her bags too!

  18. Oh this project came out so great! I love the wire rack over the cutting station that holds the buckets of scissors and supplies, plus a bulletin board and those lights! You two DO make a good team and I love Debbie's work. I aspire to be her - if I can ever sew more than a straight line!

  19. You did a great job on her wonderful work space. So many ideas executed beautifully. The wall grid is brilliant with the sconces and buckets. And the view! Enjoy Debbie!

  20. Hi Mary Ann, I love an organized space! Why is it that I feel so happy when my "stuff" has it's own place and looks nice and neat? I love what you did with Debbie's office, I could be very happy working there! She obviously has a flare for color and style as depicted in her wonderful Sassy Saks! I think she will keep it like this and enjoy having such a pretty workroom to go along with that spectacular view! Bravo to you both!!!

  21. Mary Ann this is fantastic, it looks as if the room got a breath of fresh air. Great job and I am almost motivate!! ;)

  22. Hi, Mary Ann....thank you for another inspiring project! Very much needed after my "full moon" day!

  23. I absolutely love strolling around Stationery Shops, School Supplies & then if there's time looking through the local hardware store - nothing gives me inspiration creatively more than seeing what is available and what can be done. I love the great organizational & creative arrangements skills here. Such a fantastic way to optimize little spaces.

  24. Mary Ann, this is FANTASTIC and now I want to reorganize my craft space as well! The scissor idea is the best; I lose so much time hunting for my scissors it's crazy! Thanks for the helpful tips!

  25. What a makeover! I need all the organizational help I can get, and you shared some great ideas Mary Ann. That view!!! Thanks for linking up with us at Best of the Nest!


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