Hello! As promised today I’m featuring a tour of the studio above our two car garage. We added this space seven years ago, it has a kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, and walk in closet all contained within 600 square feet. It’s been rented to tenants in the past, used for storage, used for styling my fabrics, and for hosting Matt’s poker night.
My stepdaughter lived here for 1½ years after college, but now she’s moved to San Francisco. We envision renting it out again someday as an AirB&B after we create private access with a new staircase. Until then, it’s used as a library to store many of my books and collected objects, I like to escape here to read a few times a week. It’s also a space for friends and family to stay when they visit.
I redecorated it over the last month, bringing up furnishings and accents that used to live elsewhere in our house but have since been replaced (the rug, club chairs, etc.) I also bought a few new things to make it stylish and cozy (the coffee table, pillows, linens).
You’ll recall several years ago we added the Billys to built in bookshelves, such a smart move for storage on a blank wall! I have plans to add shelves above to take the bookcases up to the ceiling and also install lights (I love the look of Nate’s bookcases) but that will have to wait until next year. I recently painted the backs with Glidden’s Alligator Pear, replacing the deep teal blue with warmer olive green. The entire space has an analogous color medley of navy and olive.
On the opposite side is the bedroom where I have two mismatched nightstands, the white paint and ring pulls tie them together. That dresser used to be navy blue, I painted it white again and the rings and fretwork gold. I was forced to hack the bottom four inches of the legs off when I realized the smaller chest on the right I had ordered was shorter (desperate times call for desperate measures) but at least the lamps sit at the same height now – it was bugging me when they weren’t.
The genie lamps are Nicole Miller from HomeGoods I love that the indigo finish is matte not gloss. The little glass knot is from Target, the Greek key trim is from M&J Trimmings, one of my favorite ways to embellish plain linen window panels.