Back in January, we shared the “before” photos and inspiration for our new studio space that was currently in-progress. Well, like most renovation projects, it took a teensy bit longer than expected to get it all photo shoot-ready, but I’m so excited to finally share it here in all its white walled, wood floored, marble counter topped glory! I asked our resident interiors expert, Claire Zinnecker, to help me with the project, especially getting her advice on choosing the finishes and furniture pieces. She has such a great eye and our aesthetics are really similar — plus I knew that working with her would make it a really fun, collaborative experience. Click through all the photos to see the BEFORE shots (yikes!), how it all came together, and the special details that make it such a great place to work and be creative (honestly, I kind of want to move in…)

photos by Jessica Pages.

*sources: parsons desk with drawers and bentwood office chairs, both from west elm // satya rug from lulu and georgia // chandelier from lindsey adelman.

When we stumbled upon this 1930’s bungalow in downtown Austin, it needed a lot of love, but I immediately fell for its charm as well as its close proximity to so many of my teams’  favorite restaurants and watering holes. It had great bones, but I knew that the yellowish cabinets, tile backsplash and carpet in the back half of the house would have to go. Oh, and all the light fixtures, too.

A fresh coat of white paint and clean, modern fixtures went a long way in transforming our studio space. This room thankfully had the original wood floors that just needed a bit of polishing. Since our studio is the scene of frequent photo shoots, food styling, and recipe testing, we needed a space that would photograph beautifully and could be transformed to fit whatever we’re shooting, so we kept the bigger furniture pieces simple and classic. Windows on each wall let in tons of beautiful light.

*sources: metal truss work table and industrial pendants, both from west elm // flowers by the nouveau romantics.

A bar cart in the corner of the dining room adds a decorative touch and a much-needed surface for storing entertaining essentials. We can wheel it around, and deck it out in different ways depending on what we’re shooting. If you’re on the hunt for one of your own, these are our 10 favorites.

I stock mine with items I know we’ll actually be using for shoots so that they’re within easy reach… ditto with ingredients I know I’ll want to use for mixing up a happy hour cocktail.

On to our workspace! We chose these white lacquered Parsons desks from West Elm and added interest by layering on plenty of pattern, texture and metallic touches that could be added or subtracted to fit the mood. Now when I walk through the front door, the entire space feels like a breath of fresh air, and I’m inspired to get to work and be my most creative self.

*sources: parsons desk with drawers and bentwood office chairs, both from west elm // satya rug from lulu and georgia // chandelier from lindsey adelman.

I think that indoor plants are the quickest and most cost-effective way to transform a space. A cactus is great for those with a black thumb (me) since it requires nothing more than monthly watering.

Every creative space has got to have an inspiration board! Don’t get me wrong, no one loves Pinterest more than team CS, but there’s something to be said for doing it the old-school way and ripping a gorgeous page out of a magazine, letting it greet you when you walk through the doors each morning.

Wish we had flowers by The Nouveau Romantics on our desks every single day!

On to the kitchen! We wanted to make this space as light and bright as possible for our cooking and cocktail shoots, so out came the granite countertops and tile backsplash…

… and in came a coat of bright white paint, wood floors, marble countertops and new stainless appliances that completely transformed the space into a clean canvas that would let our more creative touches take center stage. I love this shot of our designer Claire and me — you’d never know the countless hours, trips to Home Depot, physical labor, and phone calls to contractors that made this space come together. So worth it, though!

*sources: accessories and serving pieces from west elm, anthropologie and serena & lily // all appliances are electrolux.

One of the biggest changes we made was tearing out all the upper cabinets and installing floating shelves in their place. It opened up the entire kitchen in a major way, and allowed us to display our prettiest props and serving pieces as decorative touches. A mix of marble surfaces and wood accents blends earthiness with a luxe vibe.

*sources: accessories and serving pieces from west elm, pottery barnanthropologie and serena & lily

I wanted my office to feel light and happy, incorporating more masculine, organic pieces (like this table) with feminine details displayed on the open shelving behind me. It’s amazing how much energy I get from working in surroundings that I love.

*sources: metal truss work table and bentwood office chair, both from west elm // hitch bookcase from blu dot // pally cowhide rug from lulu and georgia.

I usually have a really clean desktop, but there’s always room for a few pretty embellishments. Peonies, a great-smelling candle, and vintage scissors add a touch of romance while still letting the beautiful wood of this table shine.

When working with a massive bookcase like this one, I divide and conquer. Smaller groups of books get broken up by interesting objects to keep the eye moving — and help you find your favorite titles more easily!

*sources: agate bookends, wood object and brass sculpture, all from west elm.

I have a little collection of natural statement-making pieces like shells and wood objects, and mix them in with books, candles and other objéts for a rich-feeling vignette. Incorporating items in varying heights adds a sense of balance.


A full-length mirror for last minute outfit/makeup checks before photo shoots is a pretty, practical addition to the space.

*sources: etched chevron floor mirror, martini side table, and mini geodesic table lamp, all from west elm.

An eye-catching nook can go a long way in making a small room feel luxurious. When I stumbled on this emerald velvet settée, I knew it was just the bold statement I was looking for. Claire sprayed the mirror gold to add a touch of glamour (get the DIY here), and layered an eclectic mix of vintage pillows for a bohemian vibe.

*sources: elton settée (on sale!) from west elm, pillows are vintage, plant stand DIY here, mirror DIY here.

Our marble-topped meeting table gets a touch of glamour with this sculptural sphere, and a mix of simple succulents and a couple of blooms is both pretty and earthy.

The entire process has been fun, challenging, occasionally stressful, and most definitely a great learning experience in so many ways. It’s been really exciting to see our original inspiration boards come to life! Get ready to see the space as the backdrop for all kinds of photo and video stories we’ll be telling here on the site, and feel free to leave comments with any questions you have about the space or furniture pieces – happy to answer!

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  1. 1
    Molly {Dreams in HD} May 12, 2014 at 6:15 am

    oh my goodness camille it looks absolutely AMAZING! i can’t even imagine how wonderful it is for you to work in such a beautiful space. i just love how light and airy it is, and the styling is perfection (as usual). congratulations!

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    Andrea May 12, 2014 at 6:18 am

    Oh wow!! What an amazing studio!! Seriously can I move in?? You did a fantastic job!
    I love the bright and airy feeling of the space!
    xo Andrea

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    Gabriella May 12, 2014 at 7:17 am

    Congratulations, Camille + team! The space reflects what you have on this site so well. Really, really lovely! Can’t to see more glimpses through photoshoots and instagram 😉

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    Heidi May 12, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Love the lighting fixture above the desks. It’s absolutely stunning.

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    Little Observationist May 12, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Wow! What a change! Beautiful work all. What a lovely place to spend the day.

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    GapToothedGirl May 12, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Great job, it’s a wondeful space to work, and live!
    Love, Gap.

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    Amy May 12, 2014 at 8:06 am

    It’s perfect Camille! What an amazing transformation. Do you mind sharing which white paint you used? It photographs beautifully. Enjoy your new space!

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    Meg Sylvia May 12, 2014 at 8:15 am

    I just love how bright and CLEAN this space looks! Such pretty decor selections. Love it!

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    Lotoya Vongrechin May 12, 2014 at 8:30 am

    It looks AWESOME, I love the fresh color white. Have fun in your new space.

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    Kate Harris May 12, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Where did you get the baskets that you have your plants in?

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    masperle May 12, 2014 at 10:15 am

    I had trouble with plants before I got the Boskke Cubes. These are a dream for plants. They have several sizes available. It takes the guess work out of watering so that you do not over water and the plant gets enough water for 30 days.

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    Jill May 12, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Simply wonderful. I am actually curious how it feels to transition from working from home to bungaloffice?

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    maggie May 12, 2014 at 11:41 am

    This space is beautiful! Would love to work in it. Where did you get your sandals? I love the two tone 🙂

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    Lena Barclay May 12, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Just GORGEOUS! Can I come and live there forever (please)?

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    donna May 12, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Really lovely space. Would you mind sharing source of window shades?

    • Camille Styles May 12, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      Good old Home Depot! 🙂

      • Lane July 27, 2014 at 8:50 pm

        Also love the space and the window treatments. Are they roman or roller shades? Do you happen to have the exact source? Thanks!

        • Camille Styles July 27, 2014 at 8:59 pm

          Thanks Lane – they are the simplest roller shades from Lowe’s! 🙂

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    Katie Meyers / Meyers Styles May 12, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Agh – this space is FAB… way to go Team Camille Styles! I’m sure you’ll love working there & can only imagine the inspiration you’ll discover. Love the chandelier on the first slide!

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    Kerry Putnam May 12, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Can you tell me what white paint you used throughout the office? It looks like the perfect white for my new condo.

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    Valerie May 12, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    This looks fantastic! Great job. Such a beautiful and chic creative space!

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    MaryKate May 12, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    It looks amazing, wish my office could look like this! Would you mind sharing where you got the pink/coral storage boxes that are on your boxes that are on the open shelving in your office?

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    Raluca | WhatWouldGwynethDo May 12, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    It is gorgeous! Congrats team CS! Particularly love the dining area and nook – so great. I’d love to come to work every day. xx

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    girlexpat May 12, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Our styles in terms of interior are almost identical! I had the matching MAC computers for the hubby and I, less wires the better, I despise wires, I seem to always find ways to hide them, our macs are a few years old though, but I really want to buy the new ones, for productivity and for…well, style of course.

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    Desiree {CHIC COASTAL LIVING} May 12, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    I love your new space Camille! It is certainly a breath of fresh air! I’l looking forward to seeing what shoots you get done there. The kitchen is gorgeous!

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    The Writer's Ink May 12, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Congratulations Camille! The studio looks stunning 🙂 I bet you all love this new space! Will you always work from here now or will you still work from home sometimes? What an exciting new season for you!! Well done to you and your team!

    Nat x

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    rlopez2503 May 13, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Great job, Camille! I love every detail!! Enjoy working in your new space.

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    molly May 13, 2014 at 1:21 am

    The space is absolutely beautiful and looks so inspiring! I’ve been eyeing those bentwood chairs for my own parsons desk and was wondering if you could tell me how comfortable they are?

    • Camille Styles May 13, 2014 at 6:17 am

      They are BEYOND comfortable. We’ve worked out of semi-uncomfortable chairs for awhile now, and since these arrived, we’ve been loving our workday so much more! The height with the desks is perfect for computer work. Highly recommend.

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    Lindsey May 13, 2014 at 1:34 am

    This is beautiful! I’m wondering how you dealt with cords, having floating desks. I want to do the same thing in my studio, but can’t figure out how to get power to my computer…

    • Camille Styles May 13, 2014 at 6:16 am

      It’s always a challenge, but we used industrial tape to corral the cords and keep them as streamlined between the devices and outlets as possible. We also use Mac monitors that we plug our laptops into, which thankfully only require one cord running into the outlet instead of a messy tangle of lots of cords.

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    France Aspiration May 13, 2014 at 4:46 am

    Ce blog est une superbe découverte ! Et la barrière de la langue n’est pas du tout un problème, étant donné la beauté de ces visuels !
    C’est magnifique, d’ailleurs vous-même êtes magnifique…
    Bonne continuation ! A bientôt !

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    Sabrina May 13, 2014 at 7:33 am

    You’ve inspired me to revamp my home office, this space is beyond amazing. A couple of questions on details – I need to own the white in-trays on your desks, would you mind telling us where they are from? And the white shelving? Love your work Camille.

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    Stacey May 13, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Amazing job, everything is perfect! Mind sharing the paint information, I love it!

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    Chaucee May 13, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Looks great Camille! What a dreamy workspace. Although I see a few things missing from your bar cart ;P

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    Amanda May 13, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    It’s beautiful! Can you share where the white bookcase is from?

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    Gail May 14, 2014 at 6:06 am

    What a lovely place to work. It looks so calming. You girls are pros!

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    lexi (@glitterinclexi) May 16, 2014 at 7:36 am

    I absolutely love what the white marble and paint does for the kitchen – so glamorous!
    xx Lexi, Glitter, Inc.

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    Katarina May 20, 2014 at 10:12 am

    I love your new studio. Especially brightness of it. You did a great job.

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    Jessica May 20, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Gorgeous space! The Parson desk is amazing. I have one in my home office. Do you happen to know where the white paper trays are from you use on the desks?

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    Emilia May 29, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    I loved this post! Thanks for sharing, what a beautiful space you have created. Bookmarking this as inspiration for future renovations =)

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    Erin June 2, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    I love the boxes in different shades of pink! Where are those from? 🙂

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    Jessica June 15, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    I love the whites bookshelves. Could you please share where they are from?

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    Angela December 31, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Please please please do share what color of white paint you used?! Whites are so hard to choose and yours is perfect!! Thank you so much!!!! 🙂

    • Camille Styles December 31, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      Hi Angela! I wish I knew… the white paint on the walls is the one thing that we didn’t change about the house! We lucked out by moving in with them already painted a great shade!

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