Elana Safronsky, Managing Editor
Monday, June 13, 2011 5:30 PM EDT
Are craft rooms fast becoming a necessity? I knew this trend had passed into integral living component when model homes in suburban developments began staging craft rooms in addition to, and sometimes even in lieu of, the home office. Of course organizing your scraps of wrapping paper and recycled ribbon into a functional nook is way better than keeping a cluttered bunch of bags in the guest room (me), but the whole idea of dedicating an entire room to craft supplies may be taking things to the extreme.
Normally here is where I would say, I don't know anyone with a craft room. But I do. More than those with a home office. With perpetual refinement of the laptop and other computer gadgets, home offices have become your sofa, the kitchen table or the local coffee shop; that is to say, obsolete.
People with craft rooms range from childless professionals to stay-at-home-parents of multiple children; their homes range from tiny downtown condos to sprawling suburban McMansions. Dowels threaded with spools of ribbon, magnetic containers with clear screw tops showing off colourful whats'its, piles of fabric swatches and scraps of wallpaper are indeed replacing utilitarian shelves of files, old school books and household paper work.
Still, I don't know how on board I am with the craft room. Are craft rooms the invention of the lifestyle industry and residential developers to purge the 'boring' stuff of everyday life from our idea of 'home', or are they indeed the new home office and an integral part of contemporary living?
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