I first saw photos of 2009 Elm on Facebook. My friend Mike Basch of Squirrel Films said he has studio space to rent so I went down the next day. I had just started to look around for a place that would offer us more room to spread out and also have a boutique. To say that it was a diamond in the rough would be an understatement. Fluorescent lights, ugly fixtures, unflattering paint colors..BUT it had an original tin ceiling, great storefront windows with ornate bars, and stunning double front doors. And when Mike mentioned he *might* expose the brick on one wall, I was intrigued.
After sleeping on it I just knew it was going to be a great fit for us so I pounced.
Over the next week, Mike and his handy friend James demolished the plaster. They discovered that a doorway had been filled in with cinder block. Womp, womp. After much deliberation, Mike decided to have that pulled out and then installed vintage bricks in its place. The result was amazing.
My friend Honour helped me pick out paint colors. We chose two cooler tones of grey; lighter for the back wall and deeper for the long wall. I love the undertone of lavender in them. I have a lot of colorful painted furniture so I figured neutral was the way to go. For the back room we chose a deep aqua and a bright coral for the bathroom. We also hit all the white trim in the whole place. Luckily the floors were newer Pergo so we didn't have to worry about those.
Mike removed the fluorescents and I chose three of these paper chandeliers from IKEA. I've always loved this fixture and at $50 bucks a pop they're a steal. I love the patterns they make on the walls at night too.
For the front windows I went with black chandeliers to echo all the black trim. I really agonized over that...I was worried it might look like the Munsters up in here but I really love how they looked once he installed them.
I picked the most amazing pink for the front doors and I could not be more thrilled with how they turned out..but now it was time to move on to the windows. I went with SpeedPro to do my vinyls and sign. I wasn't a fan of the existing numbers in the transom so I picked a font that I felt went with the building a bit better. Then we did vinyls along the bottom of the windows as well as a hanging sign. All of these were designed by Be Big Studios.
So it was on to decorating. I was able to use all my furniture from the old place. I am obsessed with rescuing old pieces and painting them up, and I when I got them in there it looked like the place was meant for them.
Everything But the House so I got quite a few things there, as well as tons of accessories from TJ Maxx and Home Goods.
For some reason I had this crazy idea to write on my IKEA tables with dry erase markers, and I really love how it looks.
I am still debating on a giant piece of artwork to go over the yellow dresser. Commitment is hard for me. And I've added a few things since my friend Mandy