Scott reminded me that I hadn’t yet shared any photos of our new design studio. Is it fair to start with a reminder of where we began about 9 months ago?
While most people would run from this building as their new business home, we knew the location was perfect. And, luckily, being in the business we are in, we knew it could be fabulous!
We actually kept the entire shell of the building and just added new wall dividers and insulation between the rooms. We decided to use about 1,200 square feet of the 3,200 for the “design studio”. It doesn’t sound like much, but it works really well for us.
Being in the design business, I am especially sensitive to working and living in a functional, well designed room. Living and working in a space you feel inspired by is so important to help you do your best work, at home and the office! I don’t think this statement applies only to people in the design world, but to all individuals.
Our new office has a great lobby for our clients and vendors to feel welcome. We used my favorite horizontal planking to add some architectural character. The ceilings are very high so I added a dramatic lantern. I told you awhile ago I never would have predicted using purple in my office, but I fell in love with the rug and pillow fabric around the same time and couldn’t wait to use them.
We have a conference room which is great for client meetings. I like the vintage style chandelier. The walls are white and the ceiling is a pale blue. You may notice overall that the space is very white. We work with so many different color palettes for clients, it is very helpful to have a clean, white environment to avoid clashing with any color schemes.
I am so excited to finally have a bright and airy office for myself! I just love the art on the back wall. I also hung some of the ads from the brand campaign I did when I worked at Jaguar Cars. The ads are very glamorous and put me in the right mood to design “gorgeous” spaces.
We have a tiny little office for paper related management tasks.
Our bathroom is painted a pale green and is very lovely. I wish I had taken a closer up photo of the marble slab, the backsplash detail turned out really nicely. My biggest design challenge was designing the bathroom to meet the city requirements. One thing I did want to do was make the whole office feel homey and comfortable. Not your typical office space.
We have an L shaped work station area that can seat up to 4 people. Still need to do a little decorating in here and a few other places.
The best part about this new space is our huge library which is stacked high with fabric books, samples, countertop materials, etc. It is so great to have everything you need right at the tip of your fingers!
We also have this nifty wall which was done with magnetic paint. We can put swatches up as we are working on projects to have them in one, easily accessible location.
I was very pleased to be able to use two art pieces my brother created in my library. Unfortunately, you can’t see them very well in this photo, but they are very cool.
If you weren’t able to make it to our grand opening to see this space for yourself, I hope you enjoyed the ‘photo tour’.
Overall, the space is night and day to what we started with, which just goes to show what you can create from any starting point. If we turned an auto shop into this, imagine what we can do with your home! If you would like to learn more, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org