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At Home with Kit Rodenbough

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Owner-operator at Design Archives Vintage and Handmade Emporium

Kit Rodenbough’s Lake Daniel home may consist of five rooms and a kitchen, but she spends most of her time there in one area: her craft room.

It’s the largest room in her home, and the brightest. It’s an open space with light green walls and large windows that overlook the deck and back yard. A sitting area, with a sofa, chairs and table are at one end of the room. Her desk and filing cabinets are at the other end of it.

The other fixtures in the room are her four small rescue dogs: Bogie, Bebe, Kobe and Bruno. They all weigh less than 10 pounds, and Rodenbough says the sofa serves them more than herself.

She doesn’t spend much time lounging, anyway. She’d rather be creating. There are craft tables, sewing stations and shelves filled with fabric and other crafting supplies. She also regularly scouts estate sales and thrift stores. Many of those items make a pit stop at her home before ultimately landing in one of her stores. In fact, sitting in Rodenbough’s craft room is a lot like visiting Design Archives. And from September through December, her entire house becomes a factory for store inventory. The Christmas ornaments alone — all handmade by Rodenbough — are hung from every cabinet and drawer of several rooms.

Rodenbough says she’s always had a craft room or a space in her home to make things. When she was a young girl, her parents encouraged her to stay busy by either playing outside or making something. Her first craft room was in the basement of her parents’ home. She made things like pencil holders from tin cans and handmade cards. She even feigned being sick so that she could stay home from school to make things.

The only time in her life that she didn’t have a craft room was when her children were young — she had three children over 39 months. Even then, she had a sewing area, and made much of their clothing.

For Rodenbough, a craft room is as essential as a kitchen. Probably more so, since she doesn’t have any interest in cooking.

“I’ve always felt like I had to make things every single day,” she says.

Contact Tina at Tina@1808greensboro.com or call (336) 373-7019.

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