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JCS x West Elm Studio Makeover

Written by Jessica Comingore

You may have noticed a few teasers I’ve been sharing over on Instagram these past few weeks as we’ve been putting the finishing touches on the studio space I moved into in early March. It’s been a gradual work in progress, and I’m so excited to share with you how everything came together today.

We had the pleasure of teaming up with West Elm to tackle the space and help it function for our various needs within the studio. I came up with a floor plan to break the space into three areas — the library, the meeting area and the work space.

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First up: the entry. I wanted a little seating area where we could sit with guests when they come to visit and create a cozy vignette that welcomes you in before diving into work mode. We chose the John Vogel chairs for this area and accented them with the Martini Side Table in white. My favorite details in this grouping are the Rope & Metal Wall Hooks to hang my keys on when I walk in the door, and the Mongolian Lamb Pillow which feels a bit like having a dog in the studio (without the allergies).

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Opposite the seating area are two custom bookshelves we designed with Maker Made that are the perfect catch-all for our design library, and miscellaneous tools that are better suited in baskets (like these Wire Mesh Storage Bins) than out on the table. While the studio may never look quite this tidy on the day-to-day, I’ve realized that storage is key in keeping things organized and out-of-eyesight when you need to tackle a creative project.

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The center work table (that a family friend made using Ikea’s adjustable Finnvard legs) is grounded by the Dotted Jute Rug and serves as both a conference table and standing work desk (back pains, be gone!). For seating, we chose the Bent Metal Counter Stools that are both comfortable and sculptural. We’ve only just scratched the surface on our inspiration wall, but I’m hoping to fill it up with a variety of images and notes for inspiration as time goes on. The wall opposite houses a framed bougainvillea poster taken by my dear friend, Laure Joliet.

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The last section of the studio, closest to the wall of windows, is where we spend the most time, working away behind our computers. We’re stationed at two Industrial Storage Desks which I love most for their weathered finish and drawer storage, and have been known to work well into the evening thanks to the Industrial Task Table Lamps and a Globe Pendant overhead.

The truth is, I approached this space much like decorating my home as I wanted it to feel inviting, and be a place that we’re excited to come to each morning and be creative. My hope is that we achieved just that. A big thank you to West Elm, Maker Made and my right-hand (wo)man Stephanie for helping bring this space to life. If we’ve missed any resources or you have any questions, feel free to chime in on the comments below!

Comments (15)

  • Océane Combeau | Fernand et Firmin Studio

    Maja and I have been fantasizing and planning to get a studio together and create a space that would be as welcoming as this . We’ve been pinning away since months about lights, diy furniture etc .. There is so many inspiring girls that made it happen, Emma , Chelsea etc, all in their very own style with very different spaces . I love seeing how involved you all are with your working areas , definitely shows that creativity crosses the computer barriers .

    • Jessica

      So fun! Didn’t realize you and Maja knew each other. It definitely switches up productivity a bit and how you think about your work when you have a clean (and inspiring) space to create within. You’ll have to keep me posted on your hunt!

  • stephanie

    LOOOOVE it all! Not biased at all. Need those West Elm chairs STAT! Thanks for letting me be a part of this gorgeous space, Jess.xo

    • Jessica

      Thank YOU, Steph! Your bookshelves brought it all together. xo

  • Gillian

    Beautiful! You’ve made this space come together so well! Very inspired.
    Those bookshelves are perfect!
    -gillian

  • DABITO

    Your studio is beautiful, Jess! Love every detail of it!

    • Jessica

      Thanks, Dab! You’ll definitely have to pop by next time you’re in town. xo

  • Maja

    It looks so inviting and warm. Such a great space to get beautiful work done 🙂
    x

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  • Emma Brooks

    You’re a rockstar. I was soooooo excited to see what you did with the space. I can’t wait to check it out in person. Maybe have a work session at that beautiful table of yours 🙂 xoxo!

    • Jessica

      Thanks, Em! And yes yes, you know you’re welcome any time. Got room ready and waiting for ya! xo

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