Welcome to our first DESIGNER BLOG HOP!

Ever wonder what the inner-workings and the “why” of an interior design studio looks like, and how designer’s organize their spaces? Well, today, you will have a chance to peek inside OUR OWN STUDIO SPACE and the fabulous spaces of FIVE incredible designers and ONE powerful design industry business leader; all with wonderful unique approaches to design and organization, from different parts of the country, and all at different points of development in their journey!

First of all…What’s a BLOG HOP?

Well, a BLOG HOP is a linked list that is shared within a blog post and between a group of blogs with a shared theme so readers can easily “hop” from blog to blog, seeing the same topic (each with unique content) and list on each blog.  It’s a wonderful and FUN way to connect and share ideas with other talented and respected bloggers.  By pre-selecting a common theme or topic, it allows each unique blogger in the “hop group” to introduce and share new inspiration and wisdom with their subscribers, which ultimately, expands everyone’s creative roster.

So, here we go!

Let’s start with our VERY FIRST home office.

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

Our first FOUR POINT office began in our home.  In the early days, it was just Cliff and I, so it was very easy and cost effective to work at home.  At the time we merged our two independent business it seemed so practical to let go of our office spaces and start our company from our new digs; together.

You can read more about our business philosophy here.

What started in a small guest room, very soon turned into a pretty intense family room takeover-makeover; and before you know it, we had three full-time employees and an intern working out of our home.  It certainly was a wonderful convenience to work at home, and somehow we made it all work, until it didn’t. After three years at home, and loads of growing pains, we simply outgrew the space.  We found it increasingly difficult to create healthy boundaries as our project roster expanded.

Image: Here’s a look at our family room turned studio/office.

TIME FOR A FRESH START…AND A LEAP OF FAITH

Our company was growing up (FAST).  After months and months of discussions, brainstorming, and looking for new office space, we FINALLY found the PERFECT space that checked all our boxes:

  1. It had to be close to home so we could easily and frequently commute to home to care for our family and pets;
  2. It had to be AFFORDABLE;
  3. It had to have enough space for us to expand over three-five years;
  4. it HAD to have a window;
  5. It HAD to have great parking for our clients and staff;
  6. It had to FEEL right to both of us.

Now, THAT’S a heavy check list!

Honestly, this space is magical.  (I mean, I think it actually has magical powers…LOL).  It may not be the “fanciest” of all spaces, and it may not have the most beautiful storefront, but let me tell you, it is the most wonderful place in the world and we love it so much.  And THAT, is truly all that matters.

We LOVE it when clients and colleagues come in to our office and say things like, “OMG, I LOVE this space, it’s so peaceful!” or “what a GREAT office!!!”.  It’s so rewarding to know that we have built a creative space that EVERYONE loves to spend time and work in.  We often have our reps “stop in” to catch a little WiFi and coffee when they’re on the road or in the area (SO much better than Starbucks, and OUR donuts are FRESH), and when our clients come in for a quick meeting and stay for a “while”…it makes our hearts VERY happy.

Image:  Our first walk through after fresh paint.  I still remember feeling so overwhelmed and grateful to have this perfect space and we both just cried about the possibilities and opportunities that this little studio would provide!!!

Image: It took a little while for things to “get going” and to be just the way we needed it to be, but we always knew that this niche would be the perfect spot for a little kitchenette!

Image: This marble countertop was a treasured and sentimental remnant from our first showcase at Greystone Mansion (where we first met and worked together) and it means so much to have it installed here.

Image: This interior center space has had a couple of iterations over the three years we’ve been here, but this configuration is the best.  It allows for three staff and an occasional intern to work together semi-privately with plenty of room for storage, organization and production.  I love that that two windows open the space up with daylight.  Daylight changes EVERYTHING!!!  In fact, rarely do we even turn ON the ceiling lights.

Image: The front conference room welcomes guests without encroaching on company operations and productivity.  It’s a great open space for resourcing, presentations, team meetings and of course, LUNCH!

Image:  Our large conference table serves multiple duties in our studio.  We customized a simple metal base with a Caesarstone top. (L) Fresh flowers are a MONDAY MUST HAVE and it changes everything.  Little bits of nature and beauty are so important in a working environment. (R) The large table is great for plan review, staff meetings, and presentations.

INSPIRATION AND BALANCE

Image:  (L) This is our wall of inspiration.  Sometimes it easy to get bogged down and caught up with project and team operations, and the negativity and stress of deadlines.  This wall focuses on our success.  It reminds us all each day of our accomplishments and milestones.  It’s so important to have that balance.  Below our gallery wall is our sample rail and it keeps large material samples off the floor, organized, and present while we create. (R) Our magnet board wall is a team FREE FOR ALL.  Whatever is creating inspiration at the moment is posted.  We all share in creating and updating this living vision board.

Image: Our large sample library is kept organized with this IKEA wall system. With frequent visits from our fabulous reps, our samples stay current, relevant, and minimal.

Image: These Alex drawers are my FAVORITE.  Also by IKEA, we configured them for double duty. When grouped in multiples and perched on a horizontal platform, it creates a beautiful organized space for smaller samples and a pretty finished countertop works as a perfect presentation credenza in our conference space.

Image:  Cliff and I share a lovely office in the back with a ginormous window.  We work face-to-face and the set up is perfect for us.  It’s a great opportunity for us to communicate and share information in an effective smooth continuous fashion.

So, in closing, a few things my friends…

THANK YOU for “hopping” by today to take a peek at our much-loved studio.  We’re so happy to share our space, and invite you to come on by when you’re in the area!  There’s always fresh coffee and wifi.

WANT TO SEE MORE?

We invite you to please link and FOLLOW these fabulous awesome designers and take a look at their studio spaces!  You’ll be so glad you did.

Special thanks to my dear beautiful designer friends Carla Aston and Leslie Carothers for inviting me to be part of the blog hop; and for their continued powerful influence in our industry and for their glorious inspiration!

You can link to all of my fellow blog hopping designer and influencer friends here:

Interior Designers

CARLA ASTON | Instagram

JANA DONOHOE | Instagram

LESLIE HENDRIX WOOD | Instagram

SHERI BRUNEAU | Instagram

LAURENCE CARR | Instagram

And my dear beautiful friend and powerhouse Leslie Carothers of Savour Partnership and The Kaleidoscope Partnership, who helped to organize this blog hop with Carla Aston!

LESLIE CAROTHERS | Instagram | Design Happy Living

As always, if you have any questions about YOUR next project, please say “HELLO” and contact us here, and we invite you to FOLLOW US on  Facebook Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest  

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Thanks for stopping by and we’ll see you next time!

Blessings,

Laura

 

 

 

 

19 comments on “OUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME: A PEEK INSIDE OUR CREATIVE LOS ANGELES STUDIO SPACE

    • Laura Muller on

      Hi Sarah! THANK YOU!!! It took plenty of trial and error over the years to get “organized”. So grateful for your comments! So glad you’re here! xox

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    • Laura Muller on

      THANK YOU CARLA!!! And THANK YOU for inviting me! SO MUCH FUN to participate. We love IKEA (well, SOME of it…) LOL So happy to have my little piece of heaven. It’s small but perfect! Love you my friend! XOX 🙂

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  1. Janet Lorusso on

    Laura, this is such a beautiful space! I love that you have the sentimental piece of marble from the project where you and Cliff first worked together, and I love that you have fresh flowers every Monday – such a wonderful small touch that makes a big difference. And what a lovely hospitable mindset you have with your open door policy for wifi and coffee! Everything about this space is gracious just like you!

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    • Laura Muller on

      Hi Janet! Happy Sunday my lovely friend! Thank you so much for your comment, it means so much to me to connect! And anytime you’re EVER in LA, indeed, you are always welcome! Wifi and coffee are ALWAYS on! xox

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  2. Sheri Bruneau on

    Laura, I loved seeing your crisp, clean, office space. I enjoyed the ‘walkthroguh’ and how you came up with the entire space plan with us.

    Seeing you and Cliff work across from each other must be a special treat every day.

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  3. John Kelsey on

    Hey there my friend,

    It’s just so wonderful to see your home away for home. It is SO YOU and CLIFF and your story of evolution and growth is so heartwarming and inspiring. It makes us ALL believe we can succeed!

    Cheers,
    John

    PS: Sally and I could never work face to face. We each make too much noise!!! Well, actually we did work face to face once upon a time, a long time ago. But that’s for another story another day…

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    • Laura Muller on

      Hi John!!! Oh, you crack me up! Need to hear THAT story sometime… AND thanks for the love today my friend! XOX

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    • Laura Muller on

      Hi Kari! Thank you so much! SO glad it inspired you. It’s modest, magical, and pretty well organized! But the best part…it WORKS and we LOVE it. XOX

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    • Laura Muller on

      Hi Lisa! Thanks so much for connecting! I agree, white is calming and inspiring at the same time. It really helps keep things organized as well! So glad you liked the post! It means the world to us to connect with you! xox

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    • Laura Muller on

      And Thank YOU so much Lanna for commenting and connecting! It means the world to us when we can engage! xox

      Reply

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