Michael and I have been in business full time for just over two years now and we’ve known for quite some time that we had outgrown our current working situation. In July we realized just how much we’d outgrown it, especially in our garage workshop. We both were over the multi color grass situation we had happening in our backyard (otherwise known as our paint booth) and when some unexpected rain came through and ruined a set of builtins we knew it was time. The goal was to stay close to home while achieving most of our needs, more shop space being our number one goal. With little options to choose from in a super limited timeframe we landed on a clean shop that almost tripled our workspace and a studio/storage area that doubled us in size. The major downfall being the complete lack of any exterior windows and a space that was stuck in the 70s without much upkeep. But it is a space all of our own and one we got to transform to make it feel more like us. We’re geeked that our brand gets to grow our and create in this space, which is a space our team actually wants to create in. So here you have it the befores and after our studio + workshop.
This is the first room you see coming in from the workshop. Our goal here was to make this space as functional and purposeful as possible for our team. To the left of the door we built a custom mudroom bench. The wall is done in Tempaper Grasscloth Fan removable wallpaper.
The texture, metallic coloring and repeating pattern create just the right balance of color and fun! We used Emtek’s modern brass double hook in chrome to ensure we have more than enough space to hang all the things that come with us throughout the year!
To the right of the door we created a small kitchenette complete with a coffee bar! We used matte black cabinets and created a ridiculously simple countertop out of plywood to save on cost knowing this is a temporary space for us.
To level up the cabinets we added Schaub and Company Fonce Long Bar. We painted the exterior doors matte black and used Round Key-in-Knob with Square Rosette – Flat Black.
We created a small gathering area with a pedestal table finished in white lacquer to create a high contrast to the cabinets. The table is paired with a warm walnut finished mid-century modern inspired cafe chair. Directly behind the table we covered the doctor office style window with a custom made slat design to add some true Clark + Aldine woodworking features.
The studio is divided into two rooms allowing us to create team areas. Our design studio houses both designers work stations, 3 creative boards, a running project board and a bookshelf to style and get creative with.
We feel inspired by the Audrina Bookcase in Walnut, the way the bookshelf was built with room for your eye to rest comfortably throughout was exactly what we were looking for. Plus it has a ton of creative resources for our team to devour.
Lighting is always key in any situation you are designing. Having the right light bulbs makes or breaks the mood and truly sets the environment. For our studio we needed to update the ceilings and lighting! First up was updating the ceilings and during that process we were able to change out the awful fluorescent lights with recessed lighting. To help with each individual workstation we used Mitzi Willa Table Lamp in aged brass and white. I love the way the brite white light contrasts with the dark wall. To add some additional mood lighting we used Mitzi Bailee floor light.
Behind the desk we covered a window we felt had no true purpose for our studio. We then installed three large linen pinboards.
These work wonders for keeping projects moving, organized and helping with content. We also created our own white board out of tempaper dry erase removable wallpaper and framed it in using a Craftsman style molding from Empire.
The creative studio is where our team tends to gather for meeting, content creation and client projects. We have this amazing leather sofa in midnight blue from Apt 2B. The channel-tuffing along the back and side was what immediately drew our attention. But finding out there are not one but two concealed power footrests that are control powered on the inside of the sofa between the armrest and the seat cushion just put icing on the cake.
Now the team is constantly racing to get seats here! The low-profile allows for you to see the killer slat design we used to hide the other side of the unnecessary window. We have the loloi layla rug in brick and blue under the sofa.
Setting the mood in here was key and you know lighting is the best way to achieve that. Here we have two Mitzi Willa Arch Table lamps in polished nickel and black.
We connected with our friend Nick at Novo Building products to land on all selections for our moldings and all of the red oak used in our custom slat builds. We used the same Craftsman style base molding and Craftsman style door casing that we featured in our home…it’s become a staple item of Clark + Aldine.
We were also given the opportunity to feature these incredible Craftsman Crossheads from Ornamental that really add some significance to the header of each door and walkway.
The exterior doors to the office feature Emtek’s Motorized Touchscreen SMART Keypad Deadbolt. We love how this gives our team seamless access to both the studio and the shop. We also have the ability to change the code as needed.
Believe it or not we completely transformed the space in two weeks, all while working on our client projects! But we’re not done yet…we have an incredibly excited addition coming to our office soon and can not wait to share it! So stay tuned.
Grasscloth wallpaper | Tempaper
Hooks | Emtek
Cabinet Hardware | Schaub and Company
Door Hardware | Emek
Bookcase | Apt 2B
Table Lamp | Mitzi
Floor Lamp | Mitzi
Pinboards | Pottery Barn
Dry Erase Wallpaper | Tempaper
Rug | Loloi
Desk Chairs | West Elm
Sofa | Apt 2B
Table Lamps | Mitzi Willa
Sconces | Mitzi
Art | Adrian Octavius Walker
Desk Chair | West Elm