Jack London Square Studio

December 10, 2013


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



COMMENTS ( 45 )
TAGS : Interior, My Life, Shop

45 Comments

December 10th 2013

Wow! Your space looks incredible! Great job. And your video is too good. Such a quirky video, it’s awesome!

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December 10th 2013

Love the space! So light and airy.

How are you liking Jack London Square? I’m moving to Oakland in a few months and I’m still learning about all the unique hoods — do you have a favorite?

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emmadime
replied on December 11th, 2013 at 9:24 AM

I love it. It’s a warehouse district with lots of lofts. I prefer a more residential vibe so I live in Temescal – a couples miles north. It’s close to this adorable little area called Temescal alley. Theres lots of people, food, and fun – Welcome to Oakland ( soon ) !!

December 10th 2013

this makes me happy to see. you’ve made this corner yours, through & through. thank you for sharing this peek! can’t wait to visit in person :)

xo

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December 10th 2013

OMG! Emma, I’m sooooo jealous! This looks like such a gorgeous office space and is exactly how I would have done it [a fellow graphic designer and blogger but really bad at knitting]. Watching the video [which I rarely do] I can see how inspiring the environment is. Hope you’re going to fill it with lots of creative people and good eggs. Love from London, Annie x

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December 10th 2013

Love the new studio space and love, love, love the day in the life video! Super cute, and a great idea!

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December 10th 2013

Awesome space! Funny, it’s the same square footage as my first apartment 6 years ago lol (how did I DO that?!)

Cute video!

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December 10th 2013

Love the video and your beautifully designed office! I’m loving all that light. Must be a dream to take pictures in there.

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December 10th 2013

In the apartment therapy article, you’re wearing a black polka dot dress blocked with a pale pink. I bought the same exact dress but there was no tag. DO you mind sharing where the dress is from?

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emmadime
replied on December 11th, 2013 at 9:19 AM

@Kristine,

haha hey! I actually dont have that anymore… I shrunk it too much one wash and had to get rid of it +

December 10th 2013

What a beautiful studio, Emma! And so gorgeously photographed.

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December 10th 2013

Love the photos, the space and the video!

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December 10th 2013

Gorgeous space Emma! And super cute video!!

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December 11th 2013

Wow. Your friend Wade is one talented guy. Love how he shot this, the angles he chose … And your workspace is the dream of every freelance designer I think.

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emmadime
replied on December 11th, 2013 at 9:19 AM

@fernandetfirmin,

Yeah! He’s pretty great :) Tres talented + You should watch some of his other stuff. He did a music video recently that I am obsessed with.

December 11th 2013

gah! That video — it’s darling :) Really pepped up my own morning. Congrats on your new space!

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December 11th 2013

This space is so beautiful. You give me hope that I might be able to find something like that in D.C. What color was the spray paint that you used in the video?

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December 11th 2013

Woah, serious studio envy! This place is so gorgeous, such a great space and you’ve just made it so super beautiful! Love it.

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December 11th 2013

That video is so cute!!! What fun. Love your space too, it looks just perfect :)

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December 11th 2013

Wow ! The kind of studio of my dream :) Such an inspiring place. The natural light is amazing !

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December 11th 2013

Everything about your day – especially your space – is so charming! My fiancé is from Oakland and I love it there when we visit. I hope to actually make the move over soon or later!

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December 11th 2013

I’m DYING!!! That video is ahh-maze-ing. Really love it Emma. Great work Wade! Dah. So good.

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December 11th 2013

Wowzers! Love your space, it’s so dreamy! And the video is adorable… Great variety of perspectives used!

xoxo
Jenna

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December 11th 2013

Gosh, I love Oakland so much. And what a fantastic space you have here! How great to have such a light-filled space.

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December 12th 2013

The tour, the video- loved everything about it all! Can we get the details on your video outfit!? Sweater, top, bracelets- I can’t even!

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Your space is KILLER! And the video…perfection.

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December 14th 2013

that video is so beaut emma!
also, may I ask where your boots are from – they’re gorgeous!

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December 14th 2013

You’re office space is AMAZING!! You’re so inspiring…and I’m in your Aunt’s english class (Ms. Abadie is my fave!)

You’re awesome emma!!

~Fannie
xoxo

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December 16th 2013

What’s that song that’s in the video? I’m obsessed and can’t find it anywhere!

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December 17th 2013

You have a really gorgeous work space!!! :)

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December 19th 2013

Emma, this is one of the most beautiful studios I have ever seen. I can imagine that you cannot wait to get there in the morning. :)

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December 21st 2013

Oh wow, what an awesome video! Your studio looks incredible, so inspiring, and light (the most important thing). Really fun way to show it too!

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December 28th 2013

these photos came out so lovely emma! xo

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December 30th 2013

Wow your office is awesome I love those Windows I bet it sounds amazing when it rains. I look forward to reading more of your blog

Bianca x

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January 3rd 2014

love that video!!! super fun!

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January 12th 2014

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January 15th 2014

You are amazing!!! Love it!

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January 15th 2014

love, love, love your site!

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February 7th 2014

Just watched your adorable video again, m’ love. SO GOOD.

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