Studio | Design Inspiration

Ah, all the fun details of buying and selling houses. We’re having a home inspection done on our log home as I type this! (Praying for a stunning report… but I’m not concerned. Everything works. πŸ™‚ )

I thought I’d share some of my design ideas with you before we even get to London Lane. Because the thinking and planning process is just as fun as the hard work (if not more so, because you can get as creative as you want!)

One of the greatest things about our new house isn’t even a part of the main house. In the backyard, across the lawn, tucked into the trees, sits a workshop building already wired with electricity. It’s the size of a 2-car garage. And it already has a pipe running out for plumbing should we need to install it. (And we do, because we’re planning to add a small bathroom in one corner. Walking all the way into the main house in the middle of the night to use the toilet would get old quickly!)

It’s hidden behind the arbor swing in this picture, but this is the side of the workshop facing the house.
Garage Door Side of Studio
It’s full right now, but will be cleared out when we move in! This garage door will have to be removed and a new wall with some nice HUGE windows put in its place. The wonderful thing is that my dad (a landscape designer) has some contacts who are ready and willing to help us with these projects.

Another view…P1015854When planning out a room, a good idea is to use graph paper and calculate one square per square foot. Then you can measure the furniture pieces you want to arrange in it and cut those out from separate pieces of paper and slide them around until the space looks workable. πŸ™‚

Here’s my sketch of the floor plan. (My dad did the bathroom size, it may end up being smaller with a step-in square shower) It has a kitchenette area, media space with comfy couch, and lots of room for my brothers’ favorite hobby – LEGOS.

A quick note here. When I mention LEGOs, I’m not talking your average little house made with blocks. Mark and Steven have become internationally famous LEGO builders with their work appearing in various magazines worldwide and at several LEGO conventions in the US. Check out their flickr photostreams here and here if you want to see for yourself!

This is their current LEGO room (and Steven’s bedroom) – See the boxes of bricks? Yeah. Those need a home.


Therefore: the space I help create for them to build with LEGO has to be epic. No pressure, right?

So, let me tell you about my inspiration for this new space.Β Firstly, the wall color. Behr: “Essential Teal”


I ADORE IT. Ignore the furnishings in that space, just soak in that deep, fresh, intuitive, imagination-enhancing wall color. Perfect.

In fact, I noticed this color IN THE SKY above a football game I was attending. (A sign from the heavens, perhaps??) It looked something like this:


I know that doesn’t look like it could be real, but that’s honestly the color it was! Perhaps it had something to do with the setting sun and the stadium lights I was beneath, but there it was, staring me in the face, crying out to be on the studio walls. πŸ˜€

I mentioned it to Mark, who was sitting next to me, and he just looked at me as if I had spoken to him in Klingon instead of English, but that’s okay. He’s liking the color now. πŸ˜€ A good thing, because it’ll be his bedroom as well as the LEGO studio.

Aside from the color, the general style of the room will be “Contemporary Masculine”. Here are a few photos with the right mood, if not the exact furnishings we’ll be selecting. (Source: Pinterest)

Love the pot lights in the ceiling! We’re definitely doing those. I also like this rug. And the bed pillows. πŸ˜€
I may do one wall white to add freshness to the space. We’re also installing larger windows to add natural light.
While I want the room to feel contemporary, I don’t want to take it to quite the limits like this in a monochrome look – too stark. But this is the right style for Mark, who is most definitely a sharp guy.
I also REEEEEAAALLY want to blow up and frame some of the dynamic artwork Mark has been creating as part of his Graphic Design degree in college. It’s in abstract shapes and black and white, which will be a crisp contrast against the teal walls.

I plan to hit IKEA for many of the pieces we’ll need for this space. We already have two white IKEA worktables, which will look fabulous with some new IKEA light fixtures hanging over them. We’ll probably end up using IKEA kitchen cabinets and countertops for the kitchenette and I definitely want to grab some of their bathroom organization pieces.

Upper two: IKEA-styled bathrooms. Lower two: kitchenettes!

Eventually, when Mark moves on to pursue his Graphic Design career, driving off into the sunset in his black Maserati sports car, (Haha πŸ˜€ ) this will become a functional guest suite, something I know my parents will enjoy having! πŸ™‚

So there you have it! Not sure how many of these inspiration posts I’ll have time to do before the move, but I couldn’t wait to share the ideas for this fun Studio!



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