Blogging years seem to fly by at lightning speed, so I can hardly believe that I’ve been reading Jenny Komenda‘s blog, Little Green Notebook, for over ten years. Jenny has always had an amazing eye for color, pattern, and creative DIY hacks (these bookshelves are a team favorite), so when she told us about her latest office makeover, I knew it would be gorgeous. Her design work as Juniper Studio in her hometown of Phoenix, AZ has become known for its sophisticated take on trends and this office project is a great example of how Jenny taps into popular styles without feeling cookie-cutter or overdone.
Read on to see the full makeover and check out Jenny’s tips for personalizing your space. xo, Grace
Photography by Tiffany Haynes
Jenny’s new office space is part of Juniper Studio’s new brick-and-mortar location. She needed a separate space for calls and meetings that wouldn’t disturb the team on the main retail floor, so she decided to tackle this all-white box with some great color and texture.
About her colorful new space, Jenny says, “It is definitely my DIY roots talking here, but I LOVE the power of paint to transform a space. There is nothing you can do that is faster or more cost-effective! Our ceilings are 15′ high in the shop, so I opted for a color-blocked look in my office, which literally took two hours from start to finish! I used BEHR Marquee Interior Paint (in Behr’s 2018 Color of the Year, In The Moment T18-15) and only needed one coat, so really the taping portion is what took the longest. Did you know if you want perfectly crisp paint lines, you can seal the painters tape with your background paint color (pure white in my case) before rolling on your top color? It is my secret weapon paint secret!”
Jenny wanted her new space to feel, “layered, thoughtful and accessible.” She explains, “I like spaces to firstly be functional and comfortable, but just as importantly, I want them to feel special and personal, and to mirror the story of the person who lives or works there. I think we can all agree that people are infinitely more interesting than things. But if things can also represent the person, magic happens!”
Always bursting with great ideas, Jenny shared some of her ideas for personalizing your space:
1) Frame your grandmother’s button collection you inherited after she passed.
2) Paint a thrift store find in your dad’s favorite color.
3) Make a throw pillow from the dress you wore on the first date with your husband, realizing it stirs happier memories on the sofa than hanging in the closet reminding you how it doesn’t fit after having babies. :)
4) Put your sentimental knick-knacks out to be seen and touched, even and maybe especially if you have children. Teach them to touch things gently and use their interest in the item as a jumping point for sharing a family story.
5) Hang lots of family photos! Some designers will say they shouldn’t be on walls, but not me. I love candid shots especially, and groupings of many photos all together, gallery style. You’ll love seeing all your favorite faces cheering you on every day!
6) Use scents in your home that specifically remind you of people and places that are special to you.
7) Every time you travel, leave room in your suitcase for souvenir items. Over the years, your home will become a beautiful, living travel log. Little paintings from local artists are my favorite souvenirs.
A peek inside the main space at Juniper Studio (above and below) reveals a beautiful kitchen and antique rolling library ladder. “We happily inherited the rolling library ladder in the studio from the tenant before us,” Jenny explains. “But there was no shelving. It was a cabinet maker’s showroom before and they had samples mounted right to the plaster-over-brick walls under the rail. I really wanted shelving that would be adjustable and extra deep, so I designed this peg and rail shelving system that our carpenter made for us onsite. It is another one of my favorite details at Juniper Studio.”
Jenny’s style continues to evolve through the designing of her own studio. Her aesthetic growth has even inspired her motto for this year: Do less and with more heart. She says, “I’m learning through this process, as we are working on the storefront now, that I want the shop to be much more curated. I want there to be space around each item so you can see it and really appreciate all the work that went into sourcing and making the item. That concept has spread into my personal life and resolutions this new year.”
Wall Color – In The Moment T18-15 by Behr
Rug – The Home Depot
Desk – IKEA
Desk Chair – West Elm
Studio Cabinets – Madera
Kitchen island – Juniper Studio
Kitchen sconces – Lucent Lightshop
Black Table – Juniper Studio
Green Chairs – Arhaus
Ceramics – Desert Clay Ceramics