This room in the Ban.do studio started out as a dude name Todd’s office (the big boss that oversees a few different businesses). It was to be ‘rustic midcentury vintage surfer dude’ – kinda. But slowly Todd came to the office less and less, probably because we did this to the front of the studio. Meanwhile the girls had no where to drink their champagne and eat their colorful candy (or take conference calls, have more private meetings or store samples). So what once was a dude’s space became this happy little weird room full of color and inspiration.
When we first started the project it was like the rest of the studio/house – totally blank. Like so:
It was always kinda that room that was prioritized last both in budget and time – you know that room, we all have one (or more) in our house. Todd was never around I really didn’t have a firm grasp of what it should look like. So unfortunately, I don’t really have any product pics or mood boards for you as we didn’t really even get that far. We focused on the other spaces and then near the end Todd was like ‘Eh, just take the room and do your worst’ so we did. Perhaps he was just terrified that we’d do what we did in the other rooms. Or maybe he saw all the girls drinking champagne in the hallway and realized that what would help the company thrive even more is a room dedicated to drink champagne. We had already installed his chandelier but other than that we kinda just scrapped the whole dude thing and had some fun.
As we were planning and shopping for the rest of the space we kept this room in mind. Between the extra furniture that we already had, some good finds, and a few weird/fun solutions we were able to make it a good room that had a lot of personality and function.
When we thought it was going to be a man’s room we had ordered these pretty peg legs that screw on to most desk tops so we kept those guys and instead of making it a desk we floated it so it was more of a mini-conference table.
As we were installing we realized that the ceiling was white and that was a crime for a room that needed a simple (and yet impactful) dose of fun. We had just painted Jen’s ceiling that lavender so we had the bug in us to eradicate all white ceilings. We went with a hot pink (Pink Lips from Benjamin Moore) and it definitely added a heavy of dose of ‘CRAZY TEEN’ that we needed. Todd was thrilled when he saw his new ‘office’.
Meanwhile this studio just generally needed a lot of storage to house all of their samples that they constantly sent out for press. So in that room we had both open shelving and a big closed shelving unit. Wait, back up. Remember Jen’s room and that amazing metallic silver linen chair that is her throne? Well, that was actually originally going to be in this hand painted black/white canvas pattern we made below.
*Photo on right by Jen Gotch
Jen really wanted to do something special and weird for her chair – something artful and custom. We found the inspiration on pinterest and just kinda went at it one Sunday in my studio. We used black house paint, mixed with water and some cheap brushes. I did more large scale loop -de – loops and she did a random/weird thing on top. The end result was totally craft day at the insane asylum – which for a lot of people would mean a bad thing but it was pretty accurate to our situation. We both still liked it in a way, but it definitely was too large scale and amateur to be on her gorgeous chair. So we folded it up and scrapped the idea… or so we thought.
As we were styling up that champagne room we realized that the ikea storage unit was a big boring white block of dead space – begging for a pattern. We had that fabric hoarded in the closet so we quickly mod podged it to the front of the closet (see instructions here).
We styled and played and organized their wigs and collection of cardboard die, hung some art ledges, stuck up another block of that nude glitter wallpaper and called it a day.
Here you go, folks – The Champagne Room:
I love how that shelving unit turned out. It works with the simpler scale polka dot rug (from Lulu and Georgia) but adds a heavy dose of ‘nutso’ which is never a bad thing in an extra room of a creative studio. Plus it was cheap, fun and a good story.
Art ledges are the new gallery wall and I’ve been using them A LOT. These bad boys are from ikea and are pretty simple to hang and style with.
This particular room started out with me being a bit stumped. Creating a room that looked/felt wildly different than the rest of the space (as Todd’s office) was difficult, so once it turned back into another extra Ban.do studio room things came into place for us. While we didn’t have too much time or budget left for this little guy, I really love the energy and fun it exudes. It’s sure to liven up most conference calls, no?
Now go get that look:
1. Ice Cream 2. Mobile Pendant in Antique Bronze 3. Table Top 4. Photo Ledge 5. Agenda 6. Table Legs 7. Rug 8. Buttons 9. Folding Chair 10. Shelves 11. Paint in Pacific Ocean 12. Paint in Hot Lips 13. Disco Ball
*All photos by Kelsey Tucker. Check out the whole Refinery29 tour here. Want more info on the whole process? Check out these posts: The Beginning | Floor Plan & Progress | Ban.do Update | The Ban.do Studio Design Reveal – The Front Room | The Ban.do Studio Design Reveal – Jens Office | 1 Day DIY Striped Walls
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