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Good morning! I hope you had a great weekend. I spent the last two days relaxing and walking along the shore as much as possible while the Chicago weather stays in the 50’s.

Now that I’ve shown how I made the chevron paintings and giant inspiration board, I can now reveal the full studio tour! Take a look.



These are two new lamps (and also Christmas presents from my parents). They are definitely large (too large?). I love their modern colors and retro shape. In the future, I can see them flanking my bed on nightstands or even in the living room. But for now, they look pretty good here.


This wipe board was totally office supply generic until I gave it a quick makeover on Saturday. I’ll post the easy changes I made later this week.


Turning a normal closet into storage for the business was not easy until I hung this Ikea shelf from the built in rod. For $6 that is plenty of storage!

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  1. Jill

    I love the lamps! They are such a bold but sophisticated statement! I was in Chicago all weekend… thought of you! It sure was gorgeous, wasn’t it?

  2. I love the refinished calender! I thought the lamps definitely created an oomph effect on that desk.

    Overall, a great job!

  3. Flavia

    What a great place to work everyday! I love what you’ve done with the space. The lamps look great.

  4. sunny

    Beautiful studio! I love the photos..and I love the workspace with the artwork, the table and the lamps. Lovely!

    I have the same hanging storage in my closet and hadn’t thought to put supplies in there. Now I will!

  5. It looks great! I think the lamps definitely work.

    Man, I like that worktable more everytime you feature it. The marble is so pretty!

  6. I love the inspiration board! And I was lucky enough to experience one of those fabulous Chicago weekends you speak of in early November. I couldn’t believe it! I was running along the lake in a tshirt and squinting through the sun.

  7. Carolyn

    This work space is incredible eye candy! You have put so much work into all the details. I can’t wait for you to share more secrets re: adding oomph to the ordinary. I have a white board and have never thought to add fun details like you did! You have definitely inspired me to focus on my work space after Thanksgiving :). And the little vase of flowers on your work table is just too adorable!

  8. Sue

    Hi Jess – I love your studio, it is looking great and is certainly a place I’d be happy to spend my days. I think I’m going to have to borrow the cork board idea so thank-you for the inspiration (in more ways than just this).

  9. Jess

    @All: Thanks for the kind words on the studio! It took some work, but I like how it’s developed.

    @ Jill: You were in Chicago too? Let me know next time you are in town :). We can meet up for coffee.

    @Fee-Amore, Jill, Flavia, Sunny, Magchunk: Glad you like the lamps! I’m not quite convinced they should stay here forever, but at the moment I like them a whole lot more than the old lamp which was here. Eventually they might find their home in the living room or bedroom.

    @ Sassy Molassy and Sue: Steal the idea my dears! I love the board, it makes a big statement for not too much $$$.

    @ Carolyn: I’ve seen pictures of your space as well and it’s adorable too! The wipe board was really simple, just a spray can of gold paint and pretty yellow paper with stamps. Voila.

  10. Jill

    Yes, it was a whirlwind trip… we hit up the Nature Museum, RJ Grunts and a quick cruise through the Lincoln Park Zoo before it got too dark! What a gorgeous day in the city – perfect weather! I’ll let you know next time I am there and have some time (or am without kids – even better!)

  11. Jess

    @ Jill: Oh my gosh! I live right near there! I love the RJ Grunts food- the salad bar looks very impressive as well. Sounds like a plan for next time :).

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