Welcome to my tiny apartment in Oakland, California! I really enjoyed the studio tour I put together for you last year and thought I would do the same with a more personal space of mine, my living room. It’s not much but I sure do love it ( …and hate it at times, lets be honest ) I share the apartment with my husband, our 2 bikes, and my business. See that open door to the right of me? That’s my current at home office. Although, that will changing ( again ) soon, as I just found another studio space I’ll be moving into. yay! More on that later, I’m sure.
We’ve been through many ups and downs over the last 2 years here — stolen plants, block-parties, crazy neighbors, oakland protests, new restaurants, leaky roofs, evening walks, new friends… The main takeaway ( besides Calif. is awesome! ) has been to live as minimally as possible. There is such little storage that we physically can’t own much – there’s no arguing it. At first it annoyed the hell out of me but now I welcome the challenge. I consider all of my purchases, down to how many rolls of toilet paper we can store, ha.
One thought that always leaves me feeling excited and grounded at the same time, is that we’ll have many other homes throughout our lives, outside of this little space. I love to remind myself this when I get frustrated or complacent about my current situation. It inspires me to live more in the now and enjoy what I have today, which can be very difficult at times.
+ Enjoy the look around!
Bubba and I made our coffee table in a few hours one afternoon — it was super simple. We don’t have a dining room or any kind of kitchen table so we spend a lot of time at it — all of our meals, drinks, chats with friends, movies, email-sessions… everything!
Our new couch ( I’m obsessed ) is the Atwood Sofa by Gus Modern – via Smart Furniture! As you can imagine, we needed something that was nice to look at AND comfortable. The walnut base and button-tufted upholstery sold me. It’s an excellent option for a clean modern living room!
Welcome to my studio – it’s 395 glorious square feet of windows, light, wood, & plants! This little corner of mine, located in Jack London Square, has become such a special place for me. It’s taken me a while to get it up + running & ready to show off so it’s my pleasure to finally be able to walk you guys through it. Rue Magazine featured the space on their blog today and asked me a handful of questions. I’ll be sharing a few of those with you, alongside some of my favorite pictures and product details!
+ Photos by Eva Kolenko
+ Collaboration with Euro Style Lighting
And to accompany this post – I am so excited to share a project ( video below ) that me and my friend, Wade, worked on together! You guys know Wade – he has done a few Lovely Lady videos for me :) He’s got serious talent! The video is a little “day in the life series” of a graphic designer. Things I do on the daily: Get dressed, ride my bike to work, coffee… you get the idea! Enjoy.
For the full interview, head on over to Rue.
It’s every creative’s dream to rent and decorate an inspiring space to work in but can be a big financial step. Tell us, how did you know you were ready to make the plunge?
“Last year I lived in Los Angeles, where I shared a space with an inspiring group of young creative entrepreneurs. It was the first time I had an office, let alone office-mates! It was a good match for me financially because we had a decent amount of people in there, splitting the bill in a reasonable way. It was a great opportunity for me to take the next step up in my work environment and still not break the bank. When I moved to the bay area, I knew that I couldn’t go back to working from home. I was hooked on leaving the house, being surround by business savvy peers, and having a separate work-zone that’s dedicated to just that.The big challenge was finding something as affordable as my place in Los Angeles. I was very new to the bay so I didn’t have a nice rolodex of friends to contact about sharing a space with, it was just me. I basically started searching in hopes that I would luck out? And guess what, I did!! It’s in an old building in Jack London Square, a warehouse district on the waterfront of Oakland. There’s great light, unique old details, nice people, and it’s in a really great location.”
It looks like your office is in a charming building!
Tell us how you went about finding the perfect place!
“Yes, it’s wonderful. It’s owned by this mysterious Italian family that hasn’t raised the rent in like 20 something years. It’s full of all kinds of different people – artist, tenants, transients… For me, the selling point was all of the old unique details that the building had. I did one walk through and knew it would be a special place to come everyday. In my experience, finding something like this is vary rare – I’m not sure how it hadn’t been snatched up. Luck I guess. My favorite aspect is the huge industrial elevator you can take to the top floors. It’s got this wooden gate that clanks down really loud and you just push a simple red button to go up or down! It makes me feel like I’m in an episode of Boardwalk Empire or something.”
What were the design goals and aims for your office space?
“All of a sudden I had 395 square feet of office all to myself! I was used to one little desk in one little corner so the amount of space and freedom I had was a bit overwhelming. My main goals were to leave it open and spacious for projects and photo-shoots but keep it welcoming and comfortable for meetings and designing at my desk. I’m feeling pretty good about where it sits right now.”
Your favorite part about your office?
“The light – literally 75% of my corner is covered in huge windows! It’s so nice to be welcomed by such gorgeous light when I walk in every morning. It keeps me awake, warm, and happy!”
+ Product credits: Staghorn Plant | Wire Storage Bin | Draper Lounge Chairs from Zuo | Wooden Flower Coasters | Frosted White Coffee Table | Abstract Journal | Typhoon White Metal Desk | Ikat Pillow | Leather Jamie Young Ottoman | Hardshell Modern Desk Chairs
I’ve died and gone to cushion heaven! They are made by Bonnie & Neil, a company based out of Australia. I saw the bottom right pillow in person at a shop this past weekend and fell in love. The texture of the screen printed paint on the linen was so nice, the colors were super rich, and the fringe was a great additional detail. I have WAY too many pillows / cushions so I couldn’t even consider buying a new one. I am definitely bookmarking these bad boys for future decor needs though.
Recently, I was asked to guest-blog for my knitting & craft buddy, One Sheepish Girl. Meredith and I have been friends for a while ( …having met in Texas, our home state ) so it was my pleasure to do something special for her blog. Since I’ve been focused on sprucing up my apartment & studio lately – a pillow felt like the perfect DIY. Throwing color on your bed or couch is such a simple solution to sprucing up a room!
All of the photos & instructions are on Meredith’s blog.
Head on over and check it out in detail.
Now don’t get too excited! This isn’t an official tour or anything. Last week, my studio mate & I decided to christen the place by throwing a little get-together. We invited some Bay Area creatives to come have drinks & just hang out. It felt really good to have people finally enjoying it with me! I have been taking my sweet time fixing the place up – probably too much time – so this little get-together was exactly what I needed to kick it into gear and stop dragging my feet. I still want to do a tiny bit of painting and… shopping but I am almost there!! I thought I would show you guys a few of my favorite corners.
That gorgeous turquoise glass vase is definitely stealing the show right now – being surrounded by so many neutrals, it seriously pops!! Sadly, the flowers didn’t survive the weekend. I accidentally left them in a hot sun spot and they got fried! oops.
That morning, I got my seamless in the mail so I set it up and had a celebratory dance + drink!! I have this huge empty wall that needed something special so I decided to invest in something I have wanted for a very long time. The other part of the wall has turned into my massive inspiration-board that will eventually be 100% covered ( …or at least that’s the goal ).
And last but not least, my favorite corner. It’s got cinder blocks, new plants, and that awesome circular crate that I found in my basement. Yes, it was covered in dirt and dust in a sad lonely basement. Thank goodness I was around to rescue it. I just wiped it off and hung it up. I didn’t repaint it or anything because it has such a great worn down texture. It’s perfect as is :)
That’s all for now.
Stay tuned for more soon!!
Cheers to the third Traveling Stamp participant — Kate Arrends of *Wit & Delight has completed her choice of medium: Linen Napkins. I love how she took the triangle shape and added a solid version for some variety. These look great mixed with her gray placemats & colorful meal. I might have to make myself a brightly colored set for my summer tabletops. Bravo Kate!! Enjoy.
“I have a soft spot for black and white patterns, and this little pink stamp was blast to play with. For my contribution, I chose to stamp black paint on natural linen napkins. The hand-cut quality of Emma’s stamp adds a bit of warmth to the graphic pattern, and the natural linen looks great against my stark white table. Also, it couldn’t be easier! I played around with a number of different patterns; for the most part I started in one corner and worked my way out.The imbalance of the random patterns gave me the best results.”
Next up, Jessica Comingore – Don’t forget to follow along on Instagram & Twitter with the hashtag #travelingstamp. We are documenting the mailing, making, and finished products for your Enjoyment.
When I daydream about my future-perfect-life, I think this might be what I see ( ha ). I found these images of Leah Bartholomew’s home on The Design Files & just died. That porch is definitely my favorite aspect of her place – All the chairs, plants, & light… Also, she lives super close to the ocean – you know you’re cool when you have a surfboard by the front door.
I have very fond memories from when I was little of sitting on my front porch with my family watching thunderstorms. They can be such a special place of relaxation and reflection. Bubba and I have a teeny tiny one at our new apartment that I plan to shape up into a nice little nook.
Bubba and I have officially been in our new apartment for a month now!! Of coarse there are still boxes everywhere and it needs a lot of love – but hey, it’s a new home and we’re excited!! We live in an area called Temescal in Oakland. I was a bit skeptical of living in Oakland at first but after having spent some time there, I fell in love. It has lots of great places within walking distance that we’ve been indulging in. A few of our favorites so far are: Subrosa Coffee, Esqueleto, Beauty’s Bagels, and Crimson Horticultural!! I am anxious to continue exploring… It seems like something new is popping up everyday.
I’ve been looking for interior inspiration like CRAZY!! Somehow I have managed to live in places that are either fully furnished or I don’t need much to fill them up – so I am finding myself a bit empty handed as we now have a 2 bedroom all to ourselves. It’s a bit overwhelming and definitely expensive to get a ton of new STUFF but it’s been a great process. I’m trying to nail down my interior taste as I start to invest in cool pieces… Above are some things that align well with what I’m drawn to. I have a white obsession right now so I am trying to be aware of that and not go too overboard. ha! Wish me luck.
01. Lamp | 02. Fridge | 03. Vases | 04. Butterfly Chair | 05. Bullet Planter
I really love this styling done by Jennifer Halger of A Merry Mishap. It is VERY her – she has such a simple, clean, & refined eye. I have been looking for a new throw for my bed, the beach, the couch, everywhere! I decided to get that Anywhere Beach Blanket after seeing how versitile it is – I really love the little pom-pom details on the end of it too.
Remember that little striped stamp that I hand-carved and made a poster from!? Well, it has officially become a traveling stamp!! Chelsea Fullerton and I will be mailing this bad boy to different creatives and give them the freedom to make and document anything they like with it.
It was only fitting that Chelsea received it in Austin, Texas next – as she is my traveling-stamp partner in crime!! I am thrilled that she decided to apply it to fabric – she now has a pretty new set of pillow cases! Didn’t they turn out wonderful? You can see more photos of her process on her blog. If I didn’t already have my poster hanging up in my bedroom, I would totally make these cases. Adorable!
Kate Arends of *Wit & Delight will be receiveing it in Minnesota next – Can’t wait! You can follow along on Instagram & Twitter via the hashtag #travelingstamp!
My jaw dropped when I came across Middle of Nowhere, a small Melbourne based design studio. Everything about these images caught my attention. The products are super simple yet striking and unique. I love the high gloss pastelle colors on the light raw wood. I also love that the logo’s color palette matches the products – it creates such a sense of uniformity. The brand was designed by Mildred & Duck, an Australia based studio that believes design should be fun, experimental and above all enhance daily experiences. I might try and achieve this high gloss look on a stool of my own. The yellow and white ones are calling my name.
This just about sums up what I spent my entire weekend doing! There was lots of white paint, and more paint, and then a huge amount of MORE white paint… It is in my hair, on my shoes, and under my nails. I decided to give the place a really good clean before I moved in – I am so glad that I took the time to dust everything off and give it a fresh face. I can’t give you too many details because I will be showing the space off in its entirety pretty soon. For now, you get to see…. paint :) ha.