before and after

before & after: sarah’s studio + jutta’s dresser

by Kate Pruitt

It’s not easy to turn large, drafty warehouse spaces into bright, inviting and cozy studios. But when it happens, I immediately want to move in and live there forever. Sarah and her studio mates decided to use the space as the headquarters for two businesses: interior design studio Johnson/Soler and web-based interiors business Pushpin Revolution. They fixed up the entire place on their own, making everything from the chandelier to the work table themselves — wowza. I wish I lived in Chicago so I could see this lovely space in person. Amazing work, Sarah! — Kate

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Though I’m well into the fall mindset and have autumn colors on the brain, I spent a good chunk of time this morning ogling the summery citrus tones of this room/dresser makeover from Jutta. While the condition of the wood on this dresser looked pretty good beforehand, the “before” picture doesn’t reveal the bite marks and chewed bits, courtesy of one very naughty puppy. Jutta has owned the piece for 20 years, so when the damage occurred she decided to roll with it and transform the dresser in a way that better suited her style. The result is amazing in the context of this room, and the styling is quite beautiful, too. Great work, Jutta!

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