Guys guys guys. When I look back at the evolution of the workspaces where I’ve had Lovely Indeed, it’s kind of insane. We started in our 450-square-foot Manhattan apartment, where I had a laptop and a foldaway counter next to a 18″ window. Then we expanded to a makeshift work area in half of our living room in our LA apartment. Next came an extra bedroom converted into an office in our current house. And when we moved into that bedroom I was thrilled! I felt like a freaking queen and I never imagined we could outgrow it. Cut to a couple months later with me banging my head against the wall wishing for more space, more storage, more light, more everything. And so the great home studio renovation got under way, and we had the chance to make ourselves a space exactly how we wanted it.
I can’t tell you how refreshing and inspiring it is to work in the new space. It actually used to be our garage, with a little extra added space. We wanted it to feel as open and airy as possible, so we kept the ceilings vaulted and put in just about as many windows as was feasible. Everything got a fresh coat of white paint, so it’s like living inside a pretty lightbox.
We wanted a massive amount of storage for supplies and props, so we had a bank of cabinets built, along with a sink, counter, lower cabinets, and an upper shelf. That, along with our desks and some of our old IKEA furniture is, so far, more storage than we know what to do with. It’s a dream.
We also wanted a little seating area for meetings, relaxing, brainstorming, and more. Rugs Plus sent the most amazing area rug — I’d been wanting a Moroccan rug but all of the ones I was coming across shed like crazy. This one is soft, just the right amount of shaggy, and doesn’t shed an ounce. Perfect. Topped it with the trusty yellow couch and this faux marble table and it’s a good little seating spot.
For flooring, I wanted something light and bright but didn’t want to go the direction of the all-white floors that lots of studios have. It is, after all, part of our home, and it should feel that way. So we opted for a laminate flooring in a pale, washed out wood color. It’s great for shooting and is super easy to clean, which is key. The walls pretty much stay white and empty to allow for lots of different areas to shoot. It’s incredible to have a space that’s ready to go at a moment’s notice!
So, so excited to finally be able to share the space with y’all! We spend a lot of time in here, and I’m so grateful that we have this space to do what we do. See below for a few more sources – and if you have a question about something that’s not listed, let us know in the comments and we’ll share the info! xoxo