My Office... In Progress

Office board copy
Seems like just yesterday I was posting about moving offices. Well, I'm on the move again because I've officially outgrown my previous space! Sooner than expected. In a matter of months I was spilling out into the hallway- gasping for air. It's TINY.

If you were a fly on the {tiny} wall you'd probably overhear a conversation between Amy and I that goes alot like this: 

What happened to that grass shade sample? -me

You're sitting on it.-Amy


Could you hand me that CFA form that's right by your hand? No, to the left of the stack. The second stack, under the stapler.


Where's the phone? Are you sitting on it?

No... I'm still sitting on the grass shade sample. It sounds like it's coming out of the sheer fabric bin.- Oops.

 Anyway, you get the idea. I know I'll look back on my first office and laugh- and wonder how in the world I survived it. But after much searching I found the perfect spot for my little nestegg. As luck would have it- it needs some major help. 

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The top 5 reasons I love it:

1. The location! Is perfect.

2. It's empty and needs help.

3. Tons of space.

4. The view... overlooks a creek and a floral shop.

5. Has an exposed brick wall! YEssss!

Here's my plan for the front space:

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Messy, but looking better...

Progress office

And what is most important??! LIGHTING!

How can I pick out fabrics and paint colors in fluorescent lighting? Atleast that's what I used as a "doctor's note" for my landlord.

I had the acoustical ceiling tiles ripped out- and Voila!! 13' ceilings! I don't mind the industrial look but I am going to have the ceiling painted dark brown/black so that all the ductwork, etc. disappears.

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 I wanted better lighting in this room since it'll be the main studio/conference space so I picked out these pendants from Lowes for overall lighting (they'll sit up fairly high in the ceiling). These bad boys are only $35 from Lowes- can't beat that. 

Lowes pendants

I might paint them a color.... remember the pendants I saw in the bookstore in the Hamptons?? 

Blue pendants
Yup- like those.

Then over the big work tables I'm planning on dropping down some sort of pendant shades- something like these from Restoration Hardware... 

Restoration pendant

because I want to be like Suzanne Kasler.... 

Suzanne studio

in her faaaabulous studio.

The Color Scheme

Bhg decorating baskets  

(from BHG Decorating book)

 Keeping in mind that there are a lot of colorful elements in my field of work (HELLO fabric samples) I want clean, crisp, white walls. And dark -almost black- trim and doors. Mixed with wall-to-wall seagrass and other natural textures I think this will provide the perfect backdrop for all my STUFF. Like this room by Kay Douglass-

Kay douglass color scheme

I noticed that most of the working environments I was drawn to always had that crisp white incorporated in them.

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Russell + Hazel studio via Traditional Home


Windsor Smith's studio via House Beautiful

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Serena & Lily's studio via Traditional Home

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Suzanne Kasler's studio via AHG

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Abranowicz office via Martha Stewart

So I'm planning on hitting up Ikea for some basic white shelving. I also think this contrast will look against the exposed brick wall.

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I also like some organization with a little color in it...

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Tara Guerard's studio space via Traditional Home

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Lastly, I plan on having multiple inspiration boards...

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(1) via A perfect gray (2) Barbara Barry via Traditional Home

This one is my favorite...

(via Elle Decor)

To be continued.... moved, and setting up shop in 2 weeks.! Yay!!! (and God help me!:)


Oh, and if you are ever looking for office space in the Nashville area call Char Ford. She's the best!! ( (at)