I love the story about how your smaller space turned out to be a blessing in disguise for your stitching and sewing! My sewing space is right in the middle of the house, which I don't love in terms of being able to hide the mess away, but I know it gives me much more sewing time than I would otherwise have if I could have a dedicated sewing room.
When we start house hunting this spring, I'm going to keep my mind waaay open when it comes to office/sewing space. I wouldn't mind adopting a dining room space -- it will just depend on the house. My husband is creative too, and his space now is in the garage. In an ideal world we'd have a huge shared space so we could each do our own thing without having to spend the evening alone.
I think the idea of putting your office facing your design wall truly brilliant! It must be so inspiring :)
What a great combined space and a great use of space...will look forward to seeing what your next one looks like!
I love the light you have with that large window! Some day I hope to have some natural light like that. Today I have a lot of light from daylight florescents and white walls. It does provide lots of light and works well until someday.