The rooms are not very big but having two rooms allowed me to separate the workspace from the creative space. My sewing room was the first to be decorated. Painted a Pepto Bismol pink (in hindsight a little too pink) with black and white accents, a nod to Parisian decorating, it is functional and pretty. I have all the equipment I need and I have found the room fun to work in.
My office has been another story. I hadn't done anything to it except put in bookcases and a desk. The desk is huge, actually an old library table but the work surface is huge so I thought it would be perfect. The problem is that I didn't spend a whole lot of time in there. It just wasn't working.
Thursday night I sat and contemplated the fate of my office. I really wanted a space that I enjoyed being in, that inspired me, that I would want to be in there for hours on end. It finally came to me and I had trouble sleeping because I wanted to start on it right away. By Friday I had found new furniture on Craig's List, picked out a window treatment and bought paint.
Part of the problem was the way my two rooms had been organized. I had fabric and yarn stored (out of sight in various mismatched containers) in both rooms. I decided that the fabric needed to be in the sewing room and the yarn needed to be in the studio (my former office). I kept the bookcases and decided to use a modular cube system to hold my yarn, I used interlocking cubes that I already had for displays at craft shows. I got rid of the desk, which was too big for the space and replaced it with a smaller round table.
It took 2 days of intensive work but I am so happy with the result. What I have now is a beautiful, creative workspace. It reminds me of a yarn shop. I love it and the great thing is that I already had most of the stuff.