When Tommy Lei and his two sisters were looking for office spaces at the same time, they decided to join forces and seek out an office that they could divide into three to save costs. “[My sisters] ended up choosing this office en suite that’s divided into three separate rooms,” Tommy explains, which was more than ideal for their collective needs.
Nestled in Alhambra, CA, Tommy’s office is a melting pot “where business meets leisure with pleasure,” located at the back of the suites — which also boasts the largest window and most privacy. As a creative consultant and the founder of MYBELONGING, a high-fashion menswear and lifestyle publication, Tommy sought to craft a space that fostered his creativity and productivity. But most importantly, he begins, “I really wanted the space to reflect and be an extension of me — as cliché as that sounds.” Although he is in the business of sharing and creating online, Tommy has a strong need for personal space, “whether that be an office or a bedroom, it should be a sanctuary.”
From the get-go, the space presented a few perks as well as a handful of challenges. While the room is constantly flooded in light throughout the day thanks to the large window, there are few power outlets which severely limited options when it came to layout. In addition, this room hosts the electrical panel that controls the suites, so cue decor and design to save the day! “When I started the design process, I eschewed the conventional route of seeking out an interior designer or consultant due to my limited budget,” Tommy shares. Instead, he opted to enlist help through the app Homee (pronounced home-ee) which connected him with a real, accredited interior designer who provided him with a visual mock-up of his space and curated a selection of furniture that fit within his budget.
Tommy could not be more thrilled with the outcome which perfectly encompassed the look and feel he was going for. Along with his personal pieces and artifacts, the studio is awash in sophisticated earth tones, with plenty of black and marble accents. Accented with slim furniture to fit the space’s smaller footprint, his office is now his nest where he can “conceptualize, create and clarify.” –Sabrina