I am excited to be participating in the One Room Challenge by Calling It Home. If you are not familiar, this is a semi-annual event created to help people finish designing one room in one month. It is easy to lose steam when decorating for yourself, so this is a nice kick in the pants to get a space done! There are 20 professional designers chosen as featured participants, and in addition, anyone with a project can participate. See the professional projects here and the guest projects here.
A few months ago I moved into a true, dedicated office space, something I have been dreaming of for years. I have had my own interiors business for about ten years now, but between many cross-country and international moves, going back to school to get my masters degree in the history of decorative arts, and the recession, I have always worked out of a bedroom or in a corner of my living room. It was time.
And I was so happy to find a nearly blank slate to work with. My space has white walls, exposed ceilings and black lacquer floors. Two windows add lots of natural light and my landlord added a Tom Dixon pendant in the center of the space, a pretty nice little bonus.
And I even scored a sliver of a view of the sculpture park across the street!
I have been blessed with many fantastic clients that offer me the opportunity to work on great projects, but I must admit it is very exciting to be working for myself alone. The last project I did for myself was my condo in Salt Lake City, which was almost 8 years ago now. I absolutely love the way it turned out, but my style has matured and developed of the past 8 years. Of course the project was not completely for myself either, since I did have a pesky husband that wanted a bit of input. Fair enough!
So one of the first things I did was scour Pinterest and Houzz for inspiration image. To me this is a critical step in any project, and probably one of the most fun. I came up with a lot of ideas. A LOT. I knew I wanted a space that was pleasant and functional to work in, but also a bit of a show space for my aesthetic.
I considered a mix of antique and modern with bright color, but it was just not quite ‘me’-
Then I entertained a black and white pallet with rich blues and emerald which I adore, but decided I would prefer not to paint a lot in my rented space and thought this would then mean a lot of upholstery work which I also wanted to avoid if possible since I already own A LOT of upholstered pieces in black and white-
And really, I found myself gravitating to the same sorts of images again and again… black and white mixed with raw linens and other similar textures. A mix of clean contemporary pieces with a decided dash of Neoclassicism and bold Abstract Expressionist inspired artwork.
I knew this was where my heart resided. And I knew I already had several pieces that would work really well with this scheme. Armed with a clear creative vision, it is now time to start on the practicalities! I have been working in a basically empty space with simple round table (a Saarinen knock-off from CB2) , a chair that has not been reupholstered and some simple shelves from Room and Board. It is a mess. For next week I will work on space planning, organizing and such, and do a first round of the fun stuff- artwork and upholstery! Please come back for the next steps!