Studio Remodel (Week No. 1): The Studio Beginnings


It was around July 4th last year that I felt the urge to blitz my workspace. I had been living with the status below for some time, and I had the rather impulsive decision that it was THE WEEKEND to get this in working order.

By Friday at 5pm, I had not only cleared out my office, but also changed into my home reno attire (face mask, googles, and all) and begun soaking our popcorn ceilings to prepare for scraping. 


Unlike many of our home reno projects that go on for monnnnnths, I was determined to get this one done over the long weekend so that I would have a place to work come Tuesday.

For the most part, things went according to plan. We got a TON done that weekend. We scraped and painted the ceilings, removed the chair rail that surrounded the room, painted the entire office, laid wooden flooring, painted and installed baseboards, and stained the existing window. Phew. I’m exhausted all over again just thinking about it.

But somewhere along the way, I lost momentum for finishing the space. 

Sure, I’ve been chipping away at storage solutions bit by bit. And Brian designed and assembled my custom desk, which I later sanded and stained. We haven’t exactly been bored over here.

But those finishing touches, the ones that truly make a space come to life, have been left dangling in thin air with the promise that I’d get to them someday.


But as you know, I’m all about putting plans into action. I’m a strong believer that we need to stop putting off the things that we’ll do someday, and start thinking about small ways that we can start living the life we imagine now.

So I decided that over the next three weeks I’m going to take you on a journey from where the space is now (a haphazard excuse for a studio) to where I want to be (a more organized, Pinterest-worthy space, where everything has its place).

And what better place to start than to catch you up on the current state of things.

The room in the house that we’ve designated my studio is situated between the kitchen and our main entryway. It’s too small to be a dining room, but may have been used as a breakfast nook or something of the sort by the previous homeowners. 


However, its size makes it so that it heats up quickly in the winter and its north-facing window looks out at a beautiful mountain view. This room had my heart from the get-go.

Like much of the house it was carpeted. An ugly brass tulip chandelier hung from the center of the room, but other than that it was a relatively blank slate.

I now have a wooden corner desk that runs a quarter of the room and Ikea cabinet storage in back. The walls are painted a Home Depot color match to Sherwin-Williams “aesthetic white,” a warm white that isn’t too stark. I also have some file cabinets and small drawer storage.


Did I mention that the room is currently a mess again? In the process of switching over to a new laptop, not wanting to put a rolling chair on the new wood floors without a rug, and finding places for everything — it looks like a tornado has run through the place. (I may give you a glimpse of the tornado over on Instagram stories, so be sure to check those!)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, none of us are perfect. It’s my goal to show you what can be possible if you put your mind and energy toward it. Refinement is a journey, not a destination, and I’m happy to have you along for the ride.