Last October I made the hard decision to move out of. I loved the space and the friends I had in the building but a few factors outweighed how great it was: expensive parking, productivity issues and no air- conditioning. I was hard-pressed to leave the city as I held onto my office location downtown as the one thing that didn’t make me completely suburban. But as we looked around there just wasn’t anything affordable enough to make it worth it- so off to the suburbs we went. I found this little space in rough shape ( I can’t believe I can’t find my before shots) about two miles from my house in Waban Village. It had nice windows, wood floors, free parking and across the street from Starbucks, a bank and a post office. Kinda all we needed. So we took it. And while I miss the city, we are so much more productive here!
We’ve made it as cheery and happy as we could so far. Here is a peek into our little space.
Yes, the walls are BRIGHT. :) Benjamin Moore’s All-A-Blaze is on the walls and set the tone for the space (see end of post for the inspiration…) This gallery wall of some of my favorite press pieces are in various frames. I love to spray frames.
Lindsey and I sit here and love the bright windows and fresh air we get. I found the chairs on Etsy and reupholsted them in black Sunbrella. I actually have TWO MORE I’m not using if anyone wants them (they are not re-upholstered yet)- e-mail me at [email protected] for info! The (Katsura) and were a bargain for custom sized!
Details: The perfect peony and our press wall. Hi Oprah.
I bought these chairs for next to nothing from a thirft shop about 6 years ago. I STILL have not gotten them re-upholstered! Someday- either in natural or black linen. I swear! Above is our little inspiration board.
Details: Bulletin board (we painted gold) and the chairs.
Details- sample return basket, books and lucite frames.
Looking into the second room.
Details: Brass lamps, and rolls and rolls of vintage wallpaper.
In the second little room we have a mini conference table () surrounded by more vintage chairs we re-upholstered. Everything sits atop a jute rug layered with a $100 vintage rug I found!
Of course we have a bar. :) Above it I snagged these two mounted fern pieces at Homegoods for $40 each! The bar cart is from Target, the (a favorite accessory of mine when decorating) and a cute Kate Spade candle.
Details: I love how looks with chartreuse hydrangea on the bar. And of of course we have the galley (i.e. press) paperback copies of my book around!
We need ample sample storage and so we employed some IKEA cubbies with woven baskets for this purpose.
Our other sample area- we tried to dress it up with some black paint (Benjamin Moore Space Black) and some shelving and bins from Target. On the floor we installed some FLOR carpet tiles.
As you may be able to tell, the inspiration for this space came loosely from Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums. I have always loved the bold pinky coral walls in that film and this was my chance to do them!
Here’s how to get the look: