Sewing Studio Spruce-Up

An at-home sewing business gets spruced up and reorganized.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionMary Michele's studio is an untidy mess. There is stuff all over the place.
Homeowners Mary Michele Little, a children's apparel designer, and David Iversen, a video/web producer, moved into their home about six years ago. At that time they had grand ideas for their finished basement. They were going to make it into a game room with a poker table and a wet bar. But all that changed about four years ago, when Mary Michele moved her business from a retail shop to their home. Now their three-room basement is overflowing with fabrics, notions and sewing supplies. The main room of the basement is the studio. One of the smaller rooms is a shared office for the couple, and the third small room is where Mary Michele keeps her sewing machine and equipment. She would like a relaxing place to work and a studio that does not cause her embarrassment in front of her clients. Professional organizer Randy Ballesteros loves to sew, so he sees the potential in this space and creates a whole new plan to make it fabulous and functional.

Large bolts of fabric are propped up against the doors and in all the corners of the room. Half the time they fall over when someone walks by them. The homeowner gets stressed out and embarrassed when she has to bring her clients into the space because it is not set up as a proper workspace.