Transformed :: Our New Studio Space!

By Camille Styles

Camille Styles || Before PhotosI’ve mentioned here a few times that we’re currently renovating a new space that will become our studio and office in a couple of weeks! There’s nothing more exciting than seeing it all come together — wood floors down, lighting installed and marble for the kitchen arriving this week. I’m so lucky to have been able to work on the project with Claire, our resident interior design expert, so instead of her usual Transformed DIY project this week, I asked her to stop by and share some of the strategies she employed when approaching the studio’s design. At the beginning of the process, we sat down and I shared two main goals I had for the space. (1) I wanted the dining room and kitchen to be light, airy and outfitted for spontaneous photo shoots and cooking demos, and (2) I wanted the team offices and meeting room to be open and encourage collaboration and creativity. Here’s how she approached them:

Designing the new Camille Styles office | Claire Zinnecker for Camille Styles

With the connected kitchen and dining space we wanted to create a beautiful backdrop for the frequent photoshoots that will happen here. We decided to keep the existing cabinets, but simplified them by painting them all-white. We also opened up the kitchen by knocking out the cabinets above the stove and adding open shelving behind the island. And to create the most airy vibe throughout, we’re removing the current tile backsplash and granite counter tops to replace with Carrara marble — it always creates such a bright, clean feel! The inspiration for the connecting dining room is similar. A farm table and bench provide the foundation for a flexible space that allows the team to create many different tabletop looks depending on what they’re shooting, and basic wooden chairs can be dressed up or down with any theme. We’re sticking with this simple glass pendant for an elegant but understated overhead light fixture.

image sources {row 1} image found via coco + kelly (original source unknown), open shelf image from colour block designs tumblr (original source unknown), dining table found via pinterest (original source unknown) {row 2} light fixture from west elm, open shelves by jeffrey alan marks, ford bar stool from industry west {row 3} interior space by joanna laven, john vogel chair from west elm, image via planete deco (original source unknown)

Designing the new Camille Styles office | Claire Zinnecker for Camille Styles

The office spaces are divided into 3 separate areas: the main studio space, Camille’s office, and the team meeting room. First thing’s first: remove all the carpet in the back rooms! We found a beautiful dark wood that complements the existing old wood floors, and since the main studio space doubles as the entry, we wanted something bright, light and punctuated with a pop of color. Using our pinterest board as a jumping-off point, we decided on simple white desks and chairs set against a colorful fun rug with lots of personality. A modern brass chandelier will add a gorgeous finishing touch. For the team meeting room, we’re dreaming of a round marble Saarinen-style table to encourage collaboration, and we’ll tuck a velvet settee and a piece of statement art into the room’s cozy nook.   And throughout the work spaces? White shelving, inspiration boards, and plenty of functional storage to keep creative projects organized!

It’s so exciting to see our inspiration boards and design ideas come to life… stay tuned for photos of the finished project in a few weeks!

image sources {row 1} image found via sfgirlbybay (original source unknown), lighting fixture by lindsey adelman, wall display image from rebecca cantren, {row 2} image from pinterest (original source unknown), mead cowhide rug from lulu and george, image via the little room of style (original source unknown) {row 3} interior space from design love space (original source unknown), lighting fixture by lindsey adelman, wall photo by emily followill