My Office... In Progress

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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

Oh.

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.

 -RING RING-

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...

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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

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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...
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(via Elle Decor)

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

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