before and after

before & after: renovated studio space

by Kate Pruitt

There’s nothing more exciting than the potential of an empty space, and I love seeing creative entrepreneurs translate their vision into their workshops, offices and studios. This incredible studio was designed with its location in mind, and according to Zak Davis, the creative director for Juliet Zulu, the rustic materials, simple palette and minimalism were an homage to his beloved city of Portland. I love the dark floors and the abundance of natural textures. Plus, you have to admit that a row of shiny white Macs looks pretty stunning against a backdrop of rustic wood and leather. Great job, Zak! — Kate

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Time: 1 month

Cost: around $16,000

Basic Steps: I wanted an office that inspired great work. The overarching inspiration was a melding of military/industrial, clean design, MCM and DIY. The military canvas wall coverings were something I had never seen, but the thought of a conference room that felt like a field tent seemed awesome. Because the space is pretty small, the layout design was really important to utilize every inch. I wanted to use dark colors but enough light and whites to still make the space feel airy and fresh. Lots of exposed wood helped with that. Spent hours at local antique stores and the Rebuilding Center (tons of amazing reclaimed materials) to find steals. It was about creating many different textures and making each surface tactile. My advice is to start with a clean slate. A simple, bare, manageable space. Use design elements that you love, but make them uniquely yours. Make it cool, but remember that you can’t work in a museum. It has to be functional AND inspiring. — Zak


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