Before & After; our OTR studio!

We all love makeup before and afters, but today is slightly different.

I first saw photos of 2009 Elm on Facebook. My friend Mike Basch of Squirrel Films said he has studio space to rent so I went down the next day. I had just started to look around for a place that would offer us more room to spread out and also have a boutique.  To say that it was a diamond in the rough would be an understatement. Fluorescent lights, ugly fixtures, unflattering paint colors..BUT it had an original tin ceiling, great storefront windows with ornate bars, and stunning double front doors. And when Mike mentioned he *might* expose the brick on one wall, I was intrigued.

After sleeping on it I just knew it was going to be a great fit for us so I pounced.
Over the next week, Mike and his handy friend James demolished the plaster. They discovered that a doorway had been filled in with cinder block. Womp, womp. After much deliberation, Mike decided to have that pulled out and then installed vintage bricks in its place. The result was amazing.

My friend Honour helped me pick out paint colors. We chose two cooler tones of grey; lighter for the back wall and deeper for the long wall. I love the undertone of lavender in them. I have a lot of colorful painted furniture so I figured neutral was the way to go. For the back room we chose a deep aqua and a bright coral for the bathroom. We also hit all the white trim in the whole place. Luckily the floors were newer Pergo so we didn’t have to worry about those.

Mike removed the fluorescents and I chose three of these paper chandeliers from IKEA. I’ve always loved this fixture and at $50 bucks a pop they’re a steal. I love the patterns they make on the walls at night too.

For the front windows I went with black chandeliers to echo all the black trim. I really agonized over that…I was worried it might look like the Munsters up in here but I really love how they looked once he installed them.

I picked the most amazing pink for the front doors and I could not be more thrilled with how they turned out..but now it was time to move on to the windows. I went with SpeedPro to do my vinyls and sign. I wasn’t a fan of the existing numbers in the transom so I picked a font that I felt went with the building a bit better. Then we did vinyls along the bottom of the windows as well as a hanging sign. All of these were designed by Be Big Studios.

So it was on to decorating. I was able to use all my furniture from the old place. I am obsessed with rescuing old pieces and painting them up, and I when I got them in there it looked like the place was meant for them.

I might have a faux deer head addiction.

I added the zebra print rug because I felt like the room was crying out for some black, and I feel like it changed the whole feel of it. I have this crazy mishmash of IKEA and bright painted old stuff, but I feel like the brick wall really grounds it. I’m a big fan of Everything But the House so I got quite a few things there, as well as tons of accessories from TJ Maxx and Home Goods.

 Above is the FACEing classroom…

For some reason I had this crazy idea to write on my IKEA tables with dry erase markers, and I really love how it looks.

 I am still debating on a giant piece of artwork to go over the yellow dresser. Commitment is hard for me. And I’ve added a few things since my friend Mandy

came in and took all the great photos above. We just can’t to have you come down and see it in person! It’s such a fun location, just down from Rhinegeist and Findlay Market!

August 14, 2014

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  1. Kel Klump says:

    Looks amazing. Cant wait to see more of it soon!

  2. Lelia Wendel says:

    Completely gorgeous!! I think I need to come in and get some "back to school" gloss and check out the new place!! Congratulations! So excited for you!

  3. Kristie at The says:

    Wow, wow, wow!!! This looks so awesome!! What a great job 🙂

  4. nancy says:

    Thanks Kristie! i am a fan of your blog!

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