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Studio Tour: Adore Your Walls

by Lauren Chorpening Day

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Adore Your Walls started four years ago when CEO and founder Liz Lidgett started offering art advisory services to restaurants, businesses and homeowners to find the perfect piece of art for their style, space and budget. The business started from her home in Des Moines, IA, but she has worked with national brands and clients all over the country to add more color and culture to their walls. This last year, Adore Your Walls gained startup experience from Kate Wagner, Liz’s sister, as COO. The two share a passion for creating more beautiful rooms with carefully curated art. The company has since grown rapidly and Liz and Kate recently moved from Liz’s dining room table to a 1,000-square-foot office in the historic Temple of the Performing Arts in Downtown Des Moines.

When they got the keys to their office in February, Liz and Kate immediately started refinishing the space to inspire their work. The charm of the architectural elements like coffered ceilings, terrazzo floors and large windows add to the beauty of the studio. Budget-friendly furniture, DIY projects and vibrant art — of course! — have made this space uniquely theirs. –Lauren

Photography by Austin Day

Image above: Liz and Kate in their new downtown office space in Des Moines, IA.


-Entire lounge area from Walmart
-Hot pink table and chairs from Craigslist (painted Sherwin Williams “Feverish Pink”)
-Walls painted Benjamin Moore “White Diamond”
-OMG vases by Oh Joy for Target
-Navy desks from Amazon
-Wire grates from Amazon
-Office Chairs from Office Max


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"We wanted the space to be energetic and to foster creativity. We created multiple work areas (the lounge area, the conference table, our desks, the DIY area) to be able to get up and move around," Liz shares.
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Liz and Kate furnished the studio with budget finds from Walmart, Amazon and Craigslist steals. These pretty chairs in the lounge area came from Walmart.
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The art on the walls is a combination of midwestern artists, commissioned pieces and favorite prints.
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Artists featured from left to right: Cat Rocketship, Sarah McCoy, Mode One, R. Nelson Parrish, Jaime Rovenstine, Kristi Kohut (two large middle pieces), Chad Wys, Anna Frederick, Jane Denton, Ella Richards, and Jimmy Navarro (pink shoes).
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"There [are] so many great features in our office (hello, wet bar!) but we're still working on storage that is both functional and stylish," Liz says. On the bar, a photo of Liz and Kate as kids and a bottle of wine illustrated by friend and local artist Laura Palmer.
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The previous tenant had dark wallpaper installed. Liz and Kate removed it and added a fresh coat of white paint. The white walls set off the beautiful art, like this Adore Your Walls neon sign.
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"As a small business we are #onabudget so we looked to Craigslist to find pieces like our conference table and chairs that we could update with paint," Liz explains. "Our conference table is such a gem in our office. I had this vision of a hot pink lacquered table. The table came from Craigslist and was in rough shape so we worked hard to make it smooth and we put several layers of paint to get it right. Any time a scratch or ding happens we feel emotional because we put so much work into it!"
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"Every day I walk into this office and feel thankful to be able to do this work and to follow my passion," Liz shares.
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Liz and Kate work across from each other, bouncing around ideas and sharing art finds for client projects.
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Wire grates from Amazon hold inspiration and stationery. The white cube shelves store office supplies including the internet router hidden out of sight in the pink box.
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"The shelf in our restroom is really a door," Liz shares. "It's one of our favorite features and we have tried to dress it up with painted books and vases to play up the secret door aspect." The door leads to a back DIY room.
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"We do a lot of DIY in the office, in our back room, so we don't want it to look like a mess when we have visitors," Liz says.
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"What we love about our space: It's a creative place where we make our dreams our reality."

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  • Hi, love the office space! Can you share the details on the wire grates from Amazon and the mounting hardware (photos 9 and 10)? I’d love to recreate that in my home.

  • Hi, I hate to be “that guy” but this redesign is seriously confusing. The very first article that you see when you open the main page is from 2015, and the only reason I know that is because I scrolled down to leave this comment and saw the dates on the previous comments. I am enjoying the larger photos, but it would be nice if you could have an “archive” page or a link to a page with every article listed in order of publication, most recent first, since that way I can be sure I don’t miss anything if I don’t check for a day or two. As of now, “latest” only shows me the most recent five articles. The past has disappeared! What the heck! I know that this is the style now, but how about throwing a bone to those of us who do still use a laptop?

    Anyway, sorry to hijack this post. You can toss this comment if you’d like, just wanted to let you know what I thought. Thanks.

    • Hi Sara

      I would never toss your comment- especially because in this soft launch phase we’re still very much taking feedback and putting that into the plan as we figure out the best arrangement for the home page.

      Re: an archive page, we’ve found most people don’t use our second page of archives as much as they do landing pages, which is why we changed the new homepage to focus on making the landing pages (for interiors, food, etc.) chronological. That way if you’re looking for more than a few new posts (as we only write 2-3 new posts per day), you can see them all there, and then some.

      I wish people used “the past” more than they do, so that’s why we organized the main page to be able to bring up some of our favorite older posts in a bigger way. No one ever (ever) clicked back into 3+ pages deep of older posts, so this new layout (which we actually already did in the last version, with the carousel at the top) allows us to draw more attention to those posts that we think deserve more attention. Stats wise, no one was clicking into older posts when they were arranged chronologically, so we couldn’t afford to lose them that way.

      Re: laptops, everything about this design was arranged with laptops in mind, or computers, rather, because that’s how the majority of our readers come here. Our audience doesn’t use mobile (for our site, at least) as much as others, so we always design with a desktop of some sort in mind.

      The biggest pieces of feedback we’ve gotten since the last redesign were: 1) wanting bigger images 2) wanting to cut slideshows and 3) wanting to be able to see more of our interiors posts front and center. So that’s what we started with with this design.

      We are still tweaking it, so if anyone else feels as if the most recent 5 posts (our old design showed the most recent 8 only) isn’t enough, just let us know. We are here, listening and always take your advice and requests seriously.


      • I see both sides of this exchange, but I will say as a long time daily reader the landing page is quite confusing. As I am scrolling down the page I’m not really sure where to jump in. The -Latest- section up top is nice, but the other sections are not as intuitive for me. Some sections are explained eg. “”Popular this month” but some areas have no clear “heading” and a pinned article (eg. “Featured Essay” and “Decorating”) and it’s not clear if that content is new, or if there is a way to access similar content. Maybe if there was some parallelism in the descriptions of the different sections or if they had similar look and interface? As the page is now, I have just been popping in to see if something looks new at the top and have stopped scrolling down. The larger pictures are gorgeous though!

        • Bridgette

          Thanks so much for your feedback. I agree. We are working on adding titles to each section and “read more” links for each one so you can dive in for more new content in any area.


          • I am also a long time reader, and I too am at a loss, especially because I am out of town frequently and wait until I’m home again to sit down at my laptop for a good read. Right now, I have no idea what I’ve missed over the course of a few days, let alone a week. I also am one of the few (apparently) who will often return later to a post for info or to take more time with the photos. As an example, your entry last Friday had a few links I would have liked to read further, but as it now stands, I can’t locate that blog entry. A chronological link list somewhere would be helpful, if only for those who look for previous entries beyond the dailies. I really value your blog and like this new very visual look, but I hope you are able to make it functionally for the few of us geeks who want more than a daily bite.

            • Hi Jen

              I hear you, too. We are going to make the top module all of the most recent posts so you’ll have access to just the newest posts like you did before, with the option to dig down deeper below that. We haven’t had a chronological list of posts by date in over 5 years, but we are going to work on making the “latest” section (which is what that is in our layout form) bigger and easier to access for people who just want to see what’s new.


  • I agree with Sarah L comments about the new layout. Layout looks similar to AT layout change with more dead space. As a pc/laptop user, I miss the days were I could quickly glance at the page to see what was new and worth clicking on.