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Our Studio Reno – Part 1

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to break out the paint!

If you follow us on Instagram, then you already know that we bought a home in October. One of the things we loved about the house was the studio space for Happy: a big room over the garage with interesting architecture and lots of potential. Great sunlight, plenty of room for growth, and room enough to arrange a chill-out bonus space too! The only trouble was…the color.

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Teal is a great color. We use it or similar shades on a lot of our cards, so we are by no means teal haters. But it wasn’t ideal for a studio color. The shade gave our crisp white paper a blue cast, and it clashed with the pale, cottage-inspired tone that I wanted. So we took a few weeks, poured over some paint samples, and then got to work. Rather than keep the projects we have planned to ourselves, I thought it would be fun to bring you along on this makeover journey with us. Today marks Part 1: Painting!

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Not all studios have a couch, but consider this our Thinking Couch. It’s the first piece of furniture Bryan and I bought when we moved in together, and we got it for a steal. It’s pretty old at this point, but we (and Scout and Zoey) all love it and really enjoy having it in the studio. So now you’ve officially met the studio couch. 🙂 (The only drawback to her is that she’s mighty heavy, so moving her around is a pain.) Arranging the couch this way allowed us to make two spaces for the room: one for printing and computer work and one for a “rec area.” We were happy that the room was large enough to accommodate this, and it’s worked well so far.

After putting up multiple paint samples, we chose a shade by Benjamin Moore called Edgecomb Gray. With the bright light that our room gets, this was the perfect neutral: taupey with a touch of gray. Because we have a feature wall planned to highlight the large window, we also chose a lighter shade to coordinate: Benjamin Moore’s Cloud White, which we had tinted at 50%.

               

First we primed the wall twice using Behr’s low-VOC interior primer. The blue really needed it, and priming twice helped to ensure that the pale colors we were painting wouldn’t have a blue undertone to them.

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Forgive the furniture everywhere. We just moved it out of our way as we worked around the room.

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After that dried for 24 hours, it was time to paint. Of course, Zoey helped.

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It’s wonderful to see what a dramatic difference painting can do for a space. It feels so much wider now. We also rearranged the furniture a little bit to help with flow and not block the light from that large window.

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Thought it’s hard to tell in the above shot, Cloud White is on the wall on the right and Edgecomb Gray is on the wall on the left. They look the same here, but Edgecomb Gray is actually a few shades darker.

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We moved this little table into the dormer window, which gets great light. The table is a heirloom from Bryan’s family, so it will be really special to use it for Happy’s photography. We’re planning to paint those two gray doors, which lead to storage areas under the dormers, white.

The next thing on our to-do list is the accent wall, which promises to be a lot of work but really cool. More on that tomorrow. In the meantime, are you guys doing any fun projects lately? We’d love to hear!

Etsy Finds 04

Time for another Etsy Finds column! This time around I thought we could focus on items for your office. Whether you work at home or away, having an office space that keeps you cheery and the creative juices flowing is important for the soul—especially on those rainy days when all you really want to do is lie in bed with a hot tea and a good book! Here’s our Etsy suggestions for accomplishing a bit of sunshine indoors, and below the listings, a short blurb on why we picked each one. Please visit the shops and support their work!

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Left to right, top to bottom:
1. Mug: For that tea I mentioned; 2. Bird Print: To pretty the walls; inspiration when your eyes wander from that boring computer screen; 3. Washi Tape: Washi! Do we need another reason? 4. Clothespins: Because A) they’re chevron and B) wouldn’t you rather keep that stack of papers together with these than a plain black clip? 5. Vintage Oak File: Picture this holding all those loose rubber bands and paper clips; 6. Spring Birds: For that other wall of yours; 7. Bowls: For those loose items that always need a home; 8. Moleskin Notebook: Notes! Always necessary; 9. Quilt: For when the AC kicks on and you catch a chill; 10. Mustache: For over the door—what a fun surprise!; 11. Donut Clips: Oh my gosh, donut clips? Sold! Put them in that bowl we mentioned; 12. Vintage Letterpress Type: For the letterpress junkies in us; think of them as wonderful paperweights.