The phrase, “Whatever works, until it doesn’t”, has become something of a personal motto for me. Instead of wedding myself to the idea of always doing something one way, I’ve accepted that as life changes, so do the ways you live it. That motto has never applied more than it does to our current Design*Sponge office situation.
Two years ago, Amy and I talked and agreed that working from home just wasn’t working for us anymore. We needed to bounce ideas off each other in person, have a place to work on bigger (and often messier) craft projects and we wanted a space where we could host events, lunches and take meetings that didn’t turn our apartments into storage facilities or de facto lobbies. So we found a fun – but raw – office space in The Pencil Factory, a building I’ve loved and wanted to be a part of for years. Not only was it a short bike ride away from both of our homes, it was also home to some of the most talented artists, designers, craftspeople and musicians around. So we signed a lease and set out with grand plans to decorate this huge open space and turn it into a home away from home.
That was two years ago. And the office still looks pretty much the same – if not worse. We had a brief spurt of energy where we painted the floors black, had shelves and a library ladder hung and ordered a desk and couch. But then work and life took over and everything else on the office decorating to-do list fell by the wayside. I’ve been too embarrassed to share our space here on the site because it’s never quite been finished enough to photograph. And after a serious round of project-making and photoshoots here, we’re left with a mess of a space that needs some professional help.
Thankfully The Home Decorator’s Collection stepped in and offered to help. So we’re going to finally tackle making over the office, starting with a much-needed kitchen/dining area for future Biz Ladies lunches.
Amy, Max and I have been moodboarding like crazy lately, but with our busy book schedule (we’re chugging away on the second Design*Sponge book!) we realized we didn’t have time to do everything on our own. So we called in one of our favorite people, Homepolish designer Amanada Gorski. Amanda is going to help us pull together our ideas and turn this space into a place we’re proud to call home and a space we can more easily invite everyone to visit and join us for classes, meals and meetings. We’re going to reveal the makeover in stages, starting with today: THE TERRIFYING BEFORE SHOTS. Part of me was frightened to reveal the way we’re actually living/working right now and part of me was perversely excited because it’s the opposite of the way we all actually live at home right now. This office is an EXPLOSION of clutter and is crying out for some real help (hence our yard sale to clean things out pre-makeover). I’m so glad help is finally on the way. Stay tuned for the first project report next week! xo, grace
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