Our home studio is where I work during the day, and if I’m lucky, Scott, too. At the start of last summer, Scott took on a new role in his job that would allow him the flexibility to work from home every now and then, and aside from this being the most exciting thing ever to me (a human co-worker that I could talk to, or more importantly, someone who would talk back!), it really lit a fire inside to whip the space into shape once and for all!
Over the years, the studio has, more or less, been a dumping ground for our many house projects. It’s on the second floor with a near identical layout to our living and dining rooms, due to the fact that this used to be the second floor apartment of our former two-flat. (It still amazes us when we realize how far we’ve come! Remember when we did this?) The upside, of course, is that we had a lot of space to work with, something we’re still getting used to after many years of condo living! On the other hand, we had a lot of space to work with. As a result, we decided to split it into two zones: 1) the office and 2) the lounge. This way, we’d have a dedicated place to hunker down and work, and we’d also have a place to chill, brainstorm and feel inspired.
We began the transformation last summer, and we couldn’t stop pinching ourselves when our longtime partner Crate & Barrel wanted to help us create the space we’d been envisioning. You can watch it unfold on the Crate Blog in parts one, two and three, but since then, we’ve fussed and tweaked some more, much to no one’s surprise! It’s a quirky room with not-so-level floors and electrical outlets that were installed too high. It’s a room that has seen a handful of desks parade in and out and chairs come and go, and it’s no stranger to the game of Musical Rugs. It will likely continue to change as the years go by (that’s all part of the fun!), but after more than 3 years of indecision, it’s finally a room that we’ve come to love so much. Sources will be linked throughout, and all are at the bottom of this post.
I’m the kind of girl that needs to be sitting at a desk to get work completed. I need to feel like I’m at work, so a dedicated office space was a non-negotiable. We’ve tried our hand at an array of vintage desks in the past, and although we loved the look of them, I had a hard time feeling comfortable for long amounts of time – either the table aprons were too low or the drawers hindered my movement. My dream of a beautiful, old desk faded quickly, simply due to the shorter build of decades-old furniture. As soon as we laid eyes on this dining table, we knew it was The One. It was streamlined and leggy, and it was tall enough to allow our chairs with arms to slide underneath! These filing cabinets tucked nicely below, one for each side.
My view looks onto the second floor landing, and right around the corner is the shipping room. You can catch a glimpse of it below, and although the room is teeny tiny, it packs a big punch. I’m able to corral all of my shipping supplies for the Pet and Print shops, and I can easily spread out as I package paintings and prints across our trusty pink VARDE.
Although this room has two separate spaces, they still feel connected by keeping within a similar color palette (blues, grays and wood tones), and the addition of houseplants spread throughout helps as well!
You can see our bedroom, below on the left, and the door to our bathroom, below on the right. Because the studio is so connected to high traffic rooms, our goal was for the lounge half of the room to feel warm and inviting. The last thing we wanted was to have our work staring us down right before bed, so by keeping the office side paired down and filling the lounge with with things that make us happy – favorite photos, fluffy pillows, a soft rug and a sinkable sectional – we never feel anxious about our workload or to-do lists.
While we do sunggle into this room for Netflix binges, during the day, we like to use the television to go over ideas for upcoming projects. We’ll fling our laptop or phones onto the screen, browse Pinterest and share photos to demonstrate this and that for our DIY of the moment.
To highlight our almost 10′ ceilings, we installed this extra long curtain rod across our two windows and flanked them with white cotton curtain panels. Initially, we were going to hang two smaller rods with just one panel each, but after seeing this photo pop up in our Instagram feed, we nixed the idea completely and went for more is more. The brassy rod and curtain combo is one of our favorite accents in the room!
After years of waffling on how we wanted this room to function – including several failed attempts at furniture with a rotating cast of tables, storage and textiles – now, the studio is everything we hoped it would be. It’s a room that feels invigorating and productive, but with just enough separation to feel conducive to late night lounging, too.
You’ve come a long way, studio!
Wall color: Behr Pale Bud | desk/table | office chairs | office rug | living wall | metal filing cabinets | large white filing cabinet | salvaged wood shelves | shelf brackets | ceramic jars | globe lamp| black task lamp | long arm sconce | brass frames | Dryden sectional in Fog | navy lounge rug | ottoman cube | brass curtain rod | gunmetal curtain rod | white curtains | black fringe curtains | fauxdenza | ‘C’ table | lumbar pillow (similar) | natural pillow | gray distressed pillow | indigo pillow (similar) | pom pom pillow (similar) | wall clock | buffalo plaid throw blanket | ‘Work Hard’ print and frame | large drum pendant light | match holder (gifted) | felt coasters