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Our New Studio: Inspiration

We have made a lot of progress on our new offices. We had all the walls painted white so we would have a blank canvas to work with. I’m still not sure what to do with the flooring but I think that will be one of the things we take care of a few months from now once we are settled. The utilities are all set up and the wifi will be installed on Friday! I felt like such an adult setting up my own garbage account. I’ve been thinking about the design of the whole thing and I’ve been inspired by bright happy colors and big graphic text. Here are some of the inspiration boards I’m using. The new space has an upstairs and a downstairs. Our offices and crafting space will be on the bottom floor and the event space and photo studio will be on the top.


-I love this brassy Sputink light fixture. I’ll probably try to find a vintage (cheaper) version.
-I’m so excited we’ll have a place for all of our fun office supplies I’ve been collecting. Love these pencils.
-We just picked up these mint green file cabinets from CB2. Maybe it will make the paperwork more fun?
-We use a lot of really fun materials (our crepe paper collection is really impressive) so I’ve been thinking about ways to display that kind of thing out in the open instead of tucking it in a cupboard.
-I’m on the hunt for the perfect coral pink velvet. It is so hard to find! I found one source that was the right color but it was $50/ yard and I need something more affordable. Do you guys have any ideas?
-I want to work on some custom signage around the space with a sign painter. I love Caitlyn Galloway’s work.
-I’ve been crushing hard on a quirky custom neon sign like this one from Kelly Mark. I’m so excited!



Since the upstairs will be dual purpose we need to be able to go from photoshoot to event space quickly I knew we would have some limitations. After thinking about it I thought we needed folding tables and stacking chairs that we could tuck away when we were done with events.

-I keep coming back to this graphic wall from this Australian wedding. So brilliant!
-I need simple stools that stack, love these from Artek.
-There is a major hole in the market for attractive folding tables. These are the only ones I could find that didn’t look like they would be at a yard sale.

  1. Modfrugal

    August 22, 2013

    What about beer garden tables? I saw some smaller ones on ebay for $230, benches included, but I bet you could find some longer ones that would be less pricey that the Wayfair one. Great looking table though.

    • jordan
      • jordan
      • August 22, 2013

      I looked into those but it was tricky to find as many as I needed. It was one of the only other options.

  2. Modfrugal

    August 22, 2013


  3. Patty

    August 22, 2013

    Congrats on finding a new space. I love the idea of having your office and a craft room for public use in the same location. It’s got me thinking about my own plans! Good luck with it all and enjoy the process. So fun!

  4. Ashley

    August 22, 2013

    You could always find some old folding chairs and ugly folding tables and refinish them! I saw this in Pinterest a while ago and fell in love

    and I don’t see why you couldn’t do the same with folding tables too!

    Loving your studio ideas already! I’m sure whatever you chose will be gorgeous as usual!! :)

  5. Amy

    August 22, 2013

    Hi Jordan,

    Here is a similar folding table that is currently on sale for half the price :)

    Now I want one…..

  6. maggie

    August 22, 2013

    Ahh so excited for you! In love with that Sputnik light fixture. Can’t wait to see how your space evolves.

  7. Lauren

    August 22, 2013

    Since you mentioned flooring…I REALLY like the painted floor in the “Big Graphic Text on the Wall” picture. I’m not sure if your intent is to keep the space neutral to more easily transform it from event to event but a white and light grey stripe could be really fun!

  8. cat

    August 22, 2013

    1. velveteen instead of velvet
    2. to display the crepe paper, find a flat file, remove the top and replace with a sheet of glass.
    paper stays organized and gorgeous. bonus, you always see what you have on hand.

  9. Evani

    August 22, 2013

    I love that graphic wall! Definitely a must have in a fun office like OHD.

  10. Alison

    August 22, 2013

    My folding table suggestion is actually! They have all shapes, sizes, colors, etc. and seem to be reasonably priced. :)

  11. Alell

    August 22, 2013

    Man, isn’t there some way to IKEA hack a folding table? Get one of their wood tables and have someone handy make a hinge instead of installing with screws? Gotta think that would save you, oh, $700 over the one you linked, yikes.

  12. Erin Frost

    August 22, 2013

    Why not use sawhorses and plywood sheets for tables and spray paint vintage folding chairs in great colors. Or use the legs from old, cheap folding tables and add the tops you want. You can easily make benches. I’m sure you have considered all these options…
    Looking forward to seeing it all come together.

  13. Lisette Wolter-McKinley

    August 22, 2013

    I love the idea of a custom neon sign. How fun!

  14. Willa

    August 22, 2013

    They sell folding table legs on their own (no table top), for example, here:

    Screw them into your own cool table top, painted plywood, an old door, etc.

  15. Robin

    August 22, 2013

    Awesome stuff. Can’t wait to see it in person.

  16. bex

    August 22, 2013

    Oh man! I’ve been on the hunt for a vintage sputnik light fixture for our new place but am sadly not finding that the actual vintage ones are any cheaper …

  17. Jess

    August 22, 2013

    Last time I was at TJMaxx, they had tables just like that one for under $200. I know you’re looking for a lot for events, but you could at least get *some* of them for a good price. TJMaxx & Marshall’s are cousins, right?

    • jordan
      • jordan
      • August 23, 2013

      Where did you see those? I would love to pick some up at TJ Maxx.

  18. Debbie

    August 22, 2013

    Yay, for mentioning Caitlyn Galloway, she works for my husband at New Bohemia Signs and her work is amazing! She is super sweet too, I bet she would love to do something for you!

  19. Emily

    August 22, 2013

    What about saw horse tables? Alabama Chanin has a great tutorial in her first book (I think) and they are very easy to make and store.

  20. MiscellaneousCraftiness

    August 22, 2013

    I’d highly suggest getting some A-frames/sawhorses and table tops. They are plentiful and customizable, break down/set up easily, and store efficiently. They’re also inexpensive. I think the best thing about them though is being able to easily set them at different heights by getting different heights of horses or adjustable ones. (As an example, I used to set mine higher for cutting fabric and then lower for machine sewing.) You could set the demonstration table higher for instance, so everyone could see, or set a children’s table, or just have standing or sitting options, etc.

  21. Angie

    August 22, 2013

    I just recovered a sofa and bought upholstery velvet from, it is durable and looks amazing! The fabric was about $11/yard! Good luck!

  22. isadora

    August 22, 2013

    if you are not dead set on coral, there is a pair of simply divine love seats in a rich brick red for sale right now in Oakland. The upholstery is in mint condition. Cushion fill needs a little love, but new foam fill is way cheaper that fabric + reupholstering. I would get them myself for $200 for the pair, but I have absolutely no need for them. I’m telling you about them because they deserve a good home, which I think you would give them. see my instagram pic If you like them, ping me and I’ll tell you where to get them. They only arrived at the Thrift store yesterday. I went by again today and they were still there. But they wont be there for long…

  23. wahy

    August 23, 2013

    oh, I really really want that vintage loveseat!!
    my note’s also in color paper, it motivate me to note more in the class :))

  24. Charlotte Saye

    August 23, 2013

    Hi Jordan, love your new space. Have you looked at German Beer tables for trestles. They are the ones that are used in Merci, Paris. We use them for events and have painted them a charcoal grey. The bonus is that they also come with benches.

  25. YoungMild&Free

    August 23, 2013

    A custom neon sign would be so cool! Post a picture if you end up getting one! Have a great weekend :)


  26. Jess.

    August 23, 2013

    TJMaxx on 103rd in Manhattan. But I think they all usually have similar inventory, yes?

  27. Stephanie Haworth

    August 23, 2013

    Stackmore also makes folding wood furniture, since the 60s I believe:

    I actually came across some great Stackmore folding chairs and refinished/reupholstered them.

  28. Laura

    August 24, 2013

    I spray painted a normal (ugly) folding table white. It looks fabulous! I’ve been toying with painting the edges gold too – very chic in my head. Point being – it was cheap and looks better than the one you mention above.

  29. Jess.

    August 24, 2013

    The table was gone today, but it was definitely TJX where I saw it before. Happy hunting! It’s a good looking table.

  30. Mabel and Zora

    August 25, 2013

    It’s impossible NOT to be obsessed with ALL of these items! Bravo, friends.

  31. carissa

    September 1, 2013

    this might be too pink, but i’ve been pretty impressed with’s velvet selection!

  32. Paulette Leto

    September 2, 2013

    I don’t know if anybody mentioned this yet, but how much light would the Sputnik fixture emit? Also, all those bulbs would be kind of expensive. It DOES look pretty cool though.

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