I’m really proud and excited to show you guys our new digs! Ever since I started my business I dreamed of having a “shop” with pretty little topiaries out front and this may be as close as I get!!! I don’t have the bandwidth to do actual retail, but the flexibility of this space allows me to display some items I do have and create pop-up shop concepts with brands and artists I love (and stuff I myself have designed!) So without further delay, here it is!
The space is below street level but actually gets decent light! I found it to be a good fit because we don’t need foot traffic but I did want to be in a busier location with the ability to be found easily by clients (and potential clients), PLUS the rent was about half or less than a street-level shop. So we have a big wall of glass at the front with a stone retaining wall outside (it could be worse!) It’s actually kinda cool looking! I wanted the space to be serene and a great mix of traditional and modern with a pop of color.
We had to completely gut the space, but left the exposed beam ceiling and brick walls. I had my painter, Peter from Adelfia Painting, spray the entire place top to bottom with Sherwin Williams Greek Villa and it is the perfect white- not too bright, not too creamy. I absolutely love it. He also painted the metal frames of my windows Sherwin’s Iron Ore to make them looks like old iron frames. For flooring I found this amazing, tough wearing vinyl plank from Lowes that had that pale oak coloring I love. It gave me the perfect neutral, light backdrop I was hoping for with lots of texture.
And that pop of color- it came in the shape of a whole tufted sofa! I felt more comfortable taking a risk in the office as it’s not my house, but rather a space to experiment in! So I went totally crazy and ordered this Kate Spade sofa in a bright chartreuse! I thought the color would play so nicely with the antique French armoire borrowed from my parents as well as the black and white and brass accents.
Sources: Sofa- Kate Spade New York “Drake” upholstered in KSNY fabric for Kravet // Antique Chairs- Viyet // Chair Fabric- Perennials // Photograph- Sarah Winchester Fine Art // Floral Pillow- Etsy // Urchin Pillow- Etsy // Stripe Pillow- Elements by Erin Gates (sold out) // Wall & Ceiling Color- Sherwin Williams Greek Villa // Painting- Adelfia Painting
It sort of gave me design heartburn, but it does look pretty amazing, right???
I bought this David bust on Etsy on a whim and he weighs like a million pounds but I adore him. I also have started a little display of my book, candles and ceramic pieces I designed with Jill Rosenwald right by the front window.
This skirt is everything. Underneath is a janky old IKEA shelving unit that is hiding all our crap we don’t need access to on a daily basis (like tax documents from 2012). I had our workroom make this skirt from a great Kravet fabric (the same one on the bulletin boards above our desks AND the one I used on my sectional in my home) and finished it with this Schumacher trim I am obsessed with (it’s now on my drapes at home in another colorway). It’s a great way to give yourself elegant extra storage! We are adding white linen ripple fold drapes to this whole wall too….they just have not been finished yet.
Towards the back we have our sample library and conference table. Having this much storage space and room to lay concepts out is life-changing. I hemmed and hawed about the light fixture (modern? antique? simple lantern?) but decided to go classic with this Circa Paris Flea Market chandelier as I have always loved it and felt the feminine nature of it played nicely off the antique gilt chairs. The fact that all my baskets are mismatched makes me a little crazy but IKEA stopped making the ones I had and rather than toss 30 perfectly good baskets we’re doing the “mis-matched” thing for now!
And I bet you want to know about that table right? Well it’s my new design with Huston & Company– a modern farm table with amazing hand-forged brass details. I’ll post more in depth about it in a later post next week but I can just tell you it came out a million times better than I even imagined (and is built to order in any finish and size you want!)
A rustic old ladder displays fabrics we like and our custom made bulletin boards keep samples and imagery we are inspired by right in our eye-line (and gets clutter OFF our desks!)
A view looking towards our desks ( I still cannot get over how much space we have!)
We needed BIG desks so we went with Ballard’s Partner’s Desk which have all different configurations for the bases (and, I’m told, are also what Bunny Williams has in her offices so there’s that…) At the ends I had LivenUp Designs make us extra long x-benches with this awesome Kelly Wearstler fabric from Lee Jofa. It’s great for when we pop by each others desks to do reviews and don’t need to roll our chairs over. Also a great spot to dump purses and sample bags.
Looking towards the back of the office I decided to have a barn door made to close off the storage room and bathroom (revealed yesterday- if you missed it check it out!) In this back room we keep shoot props, office supplies, our coffee station, fridge and other not-so-pretty items. We had to use a drop ceiling so I found these relatively attractive tiles at Home Depot that make it look not too terrible :)
The entrance makes me happy to come to work everyday! It’s SUCH a huge change from our last office. Still need a doormat and we’re getting a new logo done, so more to come here!
We have a nice little place to sit outside when the weather is warm, which is SO fantastic!
All in all, this space is a dream for me. We’ll be throwing a little opening party in the coming months so stay tuned. :)
Hard to believe this is what it looked like when I signed the lease!!!
A good little before and after video (with a Henry cameo) :)
AFTER (with a Henry cameo):
Photography by Sarah Winchester Studios.