the new space. {studio3z}

I am so excited to show you what has consumed Brett and I for the past year!!  We have spent countless days, week, long hrs into the night when the kids were sleeping- not to mention we have had some great help from friends, on FINISHING OUR STUDIO!!

When we bought our house 3 yrs. ago, we were moving from a condo with three kids, and we loved the space we had available to spread out, and the finished basement was so cool!  The previous owners had a huge game room with a pool table, foosball table, the works.  When we moved in, it was a big empty room.  A big empty room that soon became a house for all of our junk/the kids toys/our home school area.  It began such an uncontrollable wreck I didn’t know what to do or where to begin.  I actually took these first two photos of the basement to send into “Real Simple,” to ask for help…..but then of course, I never sent them. :)

I am a bit embarrassed to show you these, but you would never fully appreciate how far we had come if you didn’t see.


Kinda boring.  Kinda gross.  Kinda outdated.


And here it is NOW!!!  New lighting, new paint everywhere, new furniture, canvases, prints….YIPEEE!!

This is now our studio/client lounge.:)   Much more updated right?


When you walk downstairs you are greeted by this beautiful face. :)


Here is our main area…


We also have this little seating area as well.


This is the kitchen/bar area which got a HUGE makeover!!! This area was such an 80′s eyesore that left up to me, I would have ripped it all out.  Brett convinced me to work with what I had (and so did our budget) and I have to say I am kinda proud of my ingenuity. :)


Especially proud of my bar which was cream formica from the 1980′s, with cherry wood trim.  I did a “faux” stone look.  I like it!!!


And the bathroom… I wish I had a photo to show you what it looked like before, but alas, I never had any reason to take a photo of how ugly it was.  Let me tell you, it was HOT in the 80′s!!!  Like RED and BLACK splatter paint HOTNESS, with all brass accessories!!  I kept the matching trash can as a memento – I should have taken a photo of it, but I didn’t.

Isn’t it pretty now???!!


So, if you are a bride of mine, most likely we will meet in our client lounge at some point. :)


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May 1, 2009 - 4:10 pm

Erin - This gives me hope for my wood-paneled basement!

May 1, 2009 - 4:18 pm

Ryan - OK, Ill send my address. Though I wont be relegating you to a basement. I was thinking more living room remodel. You aren’t too busy are you? I mean you have lots of free time right? Haha, talk to see you soon, glad to see all is well.

May 1, 2009 - 4:28 pm

Jeff - Fantastic!
When’s the grand opening party?

May 1, 2009 - 4:34 pm

Briony - wow…this was a fantastic transformation. where did you get your pictures printed and canvased?

May 1, 2009 - 4:44 pm

betsy - WOW!!!! I’m so inspired! I SUCK at interior design. I’m so impressed!

Now where’s the big 7 foot octo-light? ; )

May 1, 2009 - 5:01 pm

esther - Wow! That looks awesome! I can’t believe you changed the the bathroom though:-) The 80′s ruled!

May 1, 2009 - 5:20 pm

wrecklessgirl - looks BEAUTIFUL! so comfy. :)

May 1, 2009 - 5:21 pm

Cathy and David - BRAVO!!! BRAVOOOO!!!

May 1, 2009 - 9:12 pm

Ashy - So proud! Though I am going to miss the days of running around in the basement with the kiddos and playing on their “obstacle courses”. It’s beautiful!!!!!!!!!!! Ya did well.

May 1, 2009 - 9:13 pm

Ashy - ps- I miss the blue couch.

May 1, 2009 - 11:36 pm

Tabitha Blue - This looks amazing!! What an awesome job you guys did… and saving $$ as well!! It’s an inspiration. Plus I really need to learn to take before pics, it really does help tell the story!

May 2, 2009 - 12:32 am

Abra - Great job. It looks truly awesome.

May 2, 2009 - 7:58 am

holly - i’ve told you i love your studio a million times, but just so you know, i loooove your studio. in a few years, let’s have one of those meetings you mentioned in the client lounge. ;)

May 2, 2009 - 9:58 am

Gail - Way to go Jess – this space is AMAZING!!!!!!!!

PS – Since you seem pretty awesome at interior design, you should give this web site a gander (WARNING, WARNING: MAJOR TIME SUCK):

PPS – So what happened to the Dora tent? HAHA

May 3, 2009 - 2:12 pm

rebecca-linh - your space is goooooooorgeous! congrats!!

May 3, 2009 - 9:40 pm

gina@kiwistreetstudios - i’d say you have a second career waiting for you too!
very very cool, professional, welcoming, and warm.
nice job jess!

May 5, 2009 - 3:58 pm

Kelly (Daphne Photo Studio) - You did an awesome job!! I would hire you based on this space alone!! :)

May 6, 2009 - 4:06 pm

uncle j - Looks GREAT! Can’t wait to move in

May 7, 2009 - 2:55 pm

Amber - You did a great job on your studio!! I especially love what you did with the counters in the bar area– You are SOO creative!

May 7, 2009 - 5:11 pm

Lauren - awesome space guys!! Love it! i really enjoy the chosen color palette :) kudos.

May 7, 2009 - 10:25 pm

Felisha - wow-it’s beautiful!

May 7, 2009 - 10:56 pm

Nicki - Tres chic! Very inviting and warming. One question, where did the kids play room go? I’m glad all of your hard work was worth it.

May 8, 2009 - 3:20 pm

Alex - My HOME!!!! :-) )))))) Ok, temporally ;-) Loved it sooo much but missed my girl…

May 13, 2009 - 12:55 pm

jess - wow what a transformation… amazing……..

May 24, 2009 - 3:01 pm

Maya Laurent - Wow!!! Impressive do it selfers!!! My goodness you are going to knock client’s socks off in that space!

May 29, 2010 - 6:43 pm

adrienne - ahhh!! i love it guys! Thats so beautiful. i recall the splatter paint bathroom from the babysitting days, and i gotta say… i love the makeover! Its so HGTV!!! lol

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