Interior Design: 7 Creative Work Spaces

I’m a lucky girl. I have the most wonderful and patient boyfriend who let me turn our spare bedroom into a craft room, while he suffers out in the dinning room with a table and a bookshelf. What can I say? I have more crafty crap and most of his hobbies involve the garage, so it seemed fair. But I’ve been feeling guilty lately because I’m not great at organizing, making it really difficult to actually craft in my craft room. Essentially, it’s a giant, somewhat orderly storage closet. I have a tendency to grab what I need and just craft in the living room anyway. I know. I’m a jerk. So, I think it’s time to start getting myself organized in a way that makes it easy to use the craft room. For that inspiration, I go to Pinterest (naturally).

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Interior Design: Industrial Work Space with Soft Touches

I love creative work spaces, especially if you work in the creative field. I don’t think any type of artistic person can work at their best capacity in little grey cubicles with fluorescent lighting. Maybe that’s just me, or maybe it stems from the highly visual world we live in, but it’s obvious that modern offices are striving to attain style, not just function.

Let’s face it, in today’s fast-paced world, we all basically live in our offices. Even if you’re not putting in any overtime, it sometimes feels like you spend more time at your desk than anywhere else. If you’re spending so much time in one place, it’s only naturally that you would want it to be visually appealing and tranquil. This office space for Bitium manages to do just that. It obviously has sectioned off areas for desks and a conference room, but each room flow into each other and the industrial elements are combined with soft touches to make the entire space feel more homey.


This work space tour is so great and give me immediate office space jealousy.  Not only because the people who get to work here are extremely lucky, but also because this space combines everything I love — industrial with natural, rustic elements.

I love how the natural wood, plants, and organic prints were incorporated throughout the office to soften up the unique industrial look of the space itself. Although, I love the industrial elements for offices and gyms, sometimes it can be a little overwhelming. Then you’re not working in a super sweet office, you’re working in a factory. No one wants that when you’re staring at a computer screen for 8 hours on end.

Just look how cozy this meeting space is. I could definitely sit here and plan the future of the company for hours.

The conference room design is minimal, probably to avoid distractions. I know I quickly loose interest in meetings, so it would be a good thing that there aren’t a lot of pretty things to look at.

For a creative, up-and-coming tech company, this is exactly what I would imagine as far as work spaces are concerned.

How does this compare to your office/work space?

Check out the full office tour on Apartment Therapy

Interior Design: Industrial Chic Shopping

I was browsing around the Internetz, as usual, real estate stalking like I normally do when a Google ad caught my eye (damn you, Google ads!). Now, I’m a sucker for those membership discount sites just like anyone else, but they are usually a hodge podge of items. You get up to 80% off on anything you can think of (I just bought a set of fleece leggings on one of those). I’ve never found one more tailored to me than Dot & Bo.


 If you’ve heard of Dot & Bo and haven’t told me about it, shame on you! This store carried everything my dream home should have inside. The site seems to run like all your usual membership discount sites (membership is free by the way), but I just love what they carry. I got sucked into their industrial chic collection, but they also have collections by colors and eras. The mid-century modern collection is definitely worth checking out. The site isn’t like Fab. or other similar sites though, they’re not individual sellers with a time limit. It’s just great furniture and home goods at a heavily discounted price. Sweet or what?

Check out some of the favorites I picked out:

Obviously, I’m a sucker for anything rustic using reclaimed wood and metal and all of these pieces fit that perfectly. If only I had all the money in the world to decorate one perfect room. Now, I’m not saying the items for sale on this site are cheap – some things are and some things aren’t – but it is a great place to go browse around if you’ve been searching for that perfect piece to finish off a room. Or if you just want to, you know, window shop a bit. There’s nothing wrong with that right?

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Interior Design: A European Style, New York Castle

Holy opulence, Batman. This triplex in the meat packing district of New York is mind blowing. It’s a picture of antique grandeur. The building was originally built in 1847 as a townhouse and converted into a general store in the late 1800s. From there it became a sausage factory until 1992, then a mother and daughter fell in love with the abandoned space and bought it to turn into their dream home. They tried to preserve the original, vintage elements wherever possible. Old floorboards were cleaned, treated, and reused and they even rubbed coloring into the re-done fireplace to make it look time-worn. And what a project of love, huh?

 
As always, I was pulled my the exposed walls, wrought iron staircase, and exposed beams. The very industrial finish to the space is exactly what I love about warehouse renovations as well. However, what really ties everything into the design of the space is the juxtaposition of the grand, opulent furniture and home accessories. Every piece of antique furniture in this home reminds me of any time I’ve visited an old European castle. The French, Marie-Antoinette-Era details take this space from a simple industrial renovation to a gorgeous vintage dream space.

And now that I’m done making that paragraph sound meaningful, I just need to get out one SQUEEEEEEEE for this open floor plan. Think about this, you walk into your home, which is flooded with light, and look up to see the night’s sky painted on a ceiling three stories up. I’m in love. I am so in love.

The antique day bed is just one of the many examples within the design of the home of an overwhelming love of antique opulence. Can’t you just imagine this is the boudoir of the queen?

Originally listed on Douglas Elliman about a month ago, I think it’s since been snatched up. Not surprising, if I had the money, I would be moving to New York right now. 

If you had an enormous space like this to decorate, what would you do with it?

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