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Blog Anniversary and My New Office

Time flies when you are having fun!  I can't believe two years has past since my first post on a favorite local designer, Darryl Carter.   I originally started my blog to share inspiration for my design business but it has turned into so much more.  My blog has lead me to meet some wonderful people and work on some great projects.  But, most importantly, I want to thank everyone who reads my blog on a regular basis.  Your support and encouragement is what makes this adventure the most special.

I want to mention that I've been updating my Facebook page with lots of current project photos that you can check out here.  If you want to see real time updates, "Like" my page while you're visiting.

I thought this would be a good time to share pictures of my new office.  I've been working in an "un-inspirational" space for far too long (which you can see here) and just thrilled to have a new office.

I've been saving the image below of Suzanne Kasler's office for some time.  Like her office, I wanted my office not to have much color so fabrics and finishes for client projects would stand out.  I did paint my walls in Ben Moore's Clay Beige for some contrast with the trim and doors.   It's a great color that can read either warm or cool making it so versatile.

You can see the space has changed a ton.

I love my new work table, pendant light and stools.

One more before picture.

Here are fabrics for a current project that is in the works for a gorgeous historic home on the eastern shore (more on that later).

Here's a closer look at the rope railing and under stair storage.

The storage is perfect for my Hunter Douglas samples and much more.

I enjoy seeing my folk art block prints by Bonnie Murray every time I walk down the stairs.  I picked these up on a family vacation in Duck, NC at the Greenleaf Gallery.  They are a wonderful reminder of family vacations.  Below is a close up of the rope railing made from hemp.  

For now my fabric books had to go back on my old book cases.

My new white parson book shelves are due in next month.

Here's another shot of Suzanne Kasler's office.  I liked how she used baskets to organize her fabrics.

My fabrics are now organized in a similar fashion.  These baskets contain some my all time favorites from the Washington Design Center.

My new books shelves hold design books, reference books, and tons of furniture, lighting, accessory, and plumbing fixture trade catalogs (not pictured because not as pretty to look at).  It's feels great to be so organized.

And lastly, my inspiration board which changes weekly.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!


Anonymous said...

You continue to amaze and impress!!! I am so proud of you for being so successful in yet another facet of your life. It shows how your courage to try something new can pay off with passion and hard work!
Your new office space makes my "basement envy" grow even more! I may just start digging in the backyard...Anne

Josh said...

Wow, the office looks great! What a transformation.

ginny Kuhn said...

Your transformation is delightful. Now I want to make my studio as attractive. It's fun to receive your blog as it is always so interesting.
Ginny Kuhn

Anonymous said...

Love the rope railing!!

Clayton Steadham said...

You’re right – those neutral colors are definitely going to make the colors of the samples stand out more. The storage underneath the staircase leading down to your office is very handy! I kind of wish I had one myself, haha! You and I are in the same boat with the fabric books and samples, though, haha! My books are quite content to be in a shelf, but I’m going to need sturdier shelves – some of the books are so heavy that the shelves are protesting! I’ve got the loose samples in a plastic filing cabinet, though, sorted by color. I think I’ll redo my wall paint to something more neutral as well, so that I can see the true colors of the rendering and the samples. Thanks for the tour, and the great ideas!

Serviced Office Provider said...

Awesome is the right word to describe your new office. The changes you made are fantastic.

Sunni Mahr said...

What you’ve done with the space is absolutely tremendous! What a beautiful office you’ve made for yourself! I think what’s great about it is that it has a lot of space for you to move around, and yet there is a place for everything. Your office is definitely a great inspiration point!

- Sunni Mahr

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Bryan Hubbard said...

Your office looks great! I can really see how much has changed since. I think it’ll be great to work in a comfy office like yours. Anyway, just be mindful of the electrical outlets in there, especially since it’s in your basement, where most of them are placed. That way, any electrical-related problems can be prevented from happening.

Bryan Hubbard @ Douthit Electrical