what’s shaking at studio 202

I think it’s high time for an update on Lisa’s and my hard work on the renovation of our shared design studio.  Thanks to its physical address, we’ve nicknamed it Studio 202.  Someone crank up The Jeffersons’ theme song.

exposed ceiling photoYou’ll remember that we didn’t exactly start with a “deluxe apartment in the sky.”  In fact, this is what we found when we took down those pockmarked acoustical tiles.  Not exactly your dream exposed ceiling, huh?

photo 4-7For the time being, we’ve decided to use smooth tiles in an effort to make the ceiling virtually disappear.  It’s already a lot fresher and brighter inside!  Once the walls are white and the ugly fluorescent lights are gone — soon to be replaced by some faaaabulous pendants — I think we’ll be OK with the ceiling.  If not, we’ll paint it dark, but we’re hoping to stay “light and bright.”

Baseboards InstalledMy favorite part, however, has to be the baseboards.  Rubber baseboards, blech!  We also filled in the “wall gap,” seen from the opposite side in the photo below.

wall gap photoI’m guessing they wanted to preserve the light “streaming” into the inner space, but I just find it awkward.

photo 2-9Once the walls and trim are painted — which is happening today — the Stark sisal goes in, well, “we’re movin’ on up!”

Two quick reminders for y’all:  (1) there’s still time to register for the awesome kitchen design workshop, to be held on April 4, 2014 at the O’Henry Hotel, and (2) hop on over to Lisa’s blog and wish her a very happy birthday!!

spotlight on trend-forward accessories

There’s no better way to update your home than with trend-forward accessories.  Although it’s not realistic to get an entirely new look from a pillow or two, you can absolutely freshen a space with a few well-chosen pieces.

Traci Zeller Jacinda Garabito WCCB News RisingIt was a joy to share my ideas for doing exactly that on WCCB News Rising!   During my brief segment, Jacinda and I covered …

Traci Zeller Pillow Multi Stripe in Aquaanother peek at my pillow line …

Lucy Williams Artartwork by the fabulously talented Lucy Williams, soon to be displayed (and for sale!) in Lisa’s and my new studio

Infinity Rings Sculptureand one of my very favorite objets (wish you could hear my kiddos say that in their French accents).  And there you have it — shimmer, mixed metals, and watercolors!

Which spring trends are your favorites?

Art by Lucy Williams.   Pillow by Traci Zeller for Design Accents

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