before and after

before & after: design studio makeover

by Kate Pruitt

This Before & After from Andrea of RE:Style Studio in Toronto is an example of my dream space: a big, open, completely bare-bones warehouse with nothing but potential. As much as I want a space like this to play around with, I can imagine the task is also quite daunting. Having to deal with plumbing, lighting, heating and decorating such an enormous space is no small feat, but Andrea has done an amazing job. The white-wash treatment floods this formerly grim space with light, and the stark black accents make for an extremely elegant interior. Great job, Andrea! — Kate

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Read more about Andrea’s design studio renovations after the jump!

Time: 2 months

Cost: The cost was just under $40,000, which was spectacular considering the size and height of ceilings, etc. It included all new light fixtures, the kitchen, storage room, floor and all the paint and wall repair.

Basic Steps: I wanted a homey feeling in an industrial space. I’m a designer, so even my workspace needed to be glamorous, no matter how dirty it would get during workshops. I was sick of working in cramped basements and reno spaces. I looked for glossy surfaces that would be easy to care for, as well as a blank canvas to allow my furniture to stand out. I then looked to the kitchen to be a dazzler. I introduced some elements, such as chalkboard paint, that would ground the space with black but also play double duty for workshops and message boards. I let the structure of the space carry the industrial nature and then played with furniture and accessories to add the glam.

My advice is to start with a floor plan and divide an open space into zones. See which elements have to stay industrial and where you can introduce elements such as chandeliers and giant mirrors. Also, in an open space such as a studio, you have to be aware of flow, so be true to one concept instead of having various design elements all over the place. — Andrea

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