We are growing out of our studio and, until last week, every corner of it looked like an explosion of people, cords, props, and boxes. The design team was suffering. Samples were piling up everywhere, catalogues were getting lost, and paint decks were getting destroyed. When Devine Color reached out about doing a post, I thought maybe it would be a good excuse to make at least one corner of the studio look really cute before we move or find a new arrangement. (Spoiler: As of this morning I rented another space out back for storage/the flea/conference room – so yeah!!). They had a few new patterns (and paint colors) that we loved, and we were happy to throw them into the space to add some corner cheer.
Here is what it looked like before; after we removed all the insanity.
Brady got to work hanging the temporary wallpaper which was EXTREMELY easy to do; way easier than we thought it would be. It took him about 3 hours to hang that whole space – although he did have help from our trusty PA.
The process is super easy. You peel, stick, and the cut off the excess. Brady found it easiest to apply the paper at the top then let it hang with the backing on it and just peel it off as you are sticking it. We were all super shocked at how easy it was. If you mess up, it was easy to remove and rehang, and this pattern in particular didn’t even need to match, so there was no obsessing about that – at least we didn’t notice that it didn’t match.
I can’t tell you what an immediate difference it made in the studio.
Instantly that corner became the happy, bright, and like it had a real intention behind it. We bought that storage piece at Ikea and painted it with Devine Compass, which is a color I’ve used before (in this bedroom) and I LOVE it. Every time I see that color or use it I think, MAN, that color is good.
That one piece of storage isn’t enough for the whole design library but it’s a good start. After we styled this all up we decided that the rest of the room should be this happy and that we need more space. I called my landlord and asked to rent the back storage space (it came up for rent last week) and I’m going to really try and make this office more pulled together and happy for everyone who works here. When I first rented this space 2 years ago, there were only 3 of us (Me, Ginny, and Brady). Now there are 7 and it feels too small. But the problem is that I really like this office – I like the location, the light, the neighborhood, the price, the fact that it’s on the bottom floor but has south facing light (so many offices are floors up which can be difficult for us). And I obviously like that its only 12 minutes from my house. Also with the job and the two kids, I just can’t organize a huge move right now. But it’s been embarrassingly messy and crowded lately. So we are officially committed to redesigning the whole space (new desks, more storage for people’s personal things) and a big (much bigger) proper design library.
We love the Speckled Dot Wallpaper in Black (shown) enough to continue it around to the rest of that half of the room. I was afraid it was going to be busy, but it’s really just a pretty texture in person. The pattern is small enough to create this really fun vibe that is easy to layer on. They also make it in silver and gold which was SO pretty and at first I preferred it, but then we realized that it wouldn’t photograph as well (which is how I determine way too much in my life).
They have a few others sold at Target that I love:
We borrowed those absolutely amazing chairs from Amsterdam Modern for the shoot. They are $1100 for the pair so we won’t be keeping them, but MAN I WANT THEM. They are the perfect color of mustard.
That color of that blue against the black/white is pretty amazing. Some of you might remember that 3 years ago I didn’t love the color black for myself – I would opt for navy or charcoal every time. Some of you commented how important the depth of black was/is to a space and I listened. Well either that or the zeitgeist got a hold of me and I joined the national trend toward black.
Here I am happily blogging about my experience with said trend:
We’ve used a few of the Devine Colors and have loved them all. You might remember Pirouette from Nicolette’s makeover. I started rounding up all my favorites when I realized it was almost 2/3rds of them, so instead you should just head over and feel confidant that they are all pretty good. And you can get them at in the Home Improvement aisle at Target, which I know seems weird but it’s actually wonderful. Not having to wait for paint to be mixed is a very good thing. All 18 colors are available in sample pots in store, so you can try them out and decide on your favorite before picking up the 2.5L cans in store or online.
Here are my favorites:
I haven’t used this chalky finish paint color before, but I’ve seen it on pieces of furniture and its super pretty. This is for a matte finish that can have a vintage feel.
That yellow, blue, black, and white is my new favorite color combo. And that wallpaper is a huge, enormous, genuine hit with all of us in the office.
There you go. The easiest wallpaper that you don’t need to hire an installer for (as seen in the above GIF). It’s perfect for renters, inside cabinets, your cute corner design library makeover or just about anywhere.
*Photos by Jessica Isaac.
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Enjoy this post? Here are some other great makeovers we’ve done: Brady Gives A Refresh to His Vintage Bathroom, A DIY Kitchen Redo Under $400, Scott’s Bedroom Makeover With Leesa, A Rustic Mid-Century Family Room, Sara Updates Her Childhood Bedroom – The Reveal, The Easiest Guest Room Makeover Ever, Brady’s DIY Peel and Stick Kitchen Flooring (For Under $50), How To Layout A Narrow Living Room, New Kitchen Project and Design Plan.