The Office Reveal With A Really Unexpected And Clever Accent Wall (That You Can DIY)


When Anne Sage despatched me her shopper’s workplace area I instantly leaned in and requested, “this {that a} material accent wall?! Oooh, that’s sick!” Then as I continued to pour over the photographs, I stored discovering particular particulars and nice concepts. Not stunning although given how considerate Anne is together with her designs. However naturally, I had a couple of billion questions which we are going to get to in a minute. However one query we at all times ask designers of their initiatives is that if there have been any enjoyable surprises and/or challenges. What I completely liked was that Anne mentioned her shopper actually gave her free reign – “In all probability probably the most enjoyable shock I had was a shopper who liked all my concepts and gave me the liberty to run with them—how typically does that occur? So lots of the particular particulars on this area had been concepts that I’d been conserving in my again pocket for a extremely very long time, simply ready for a shopper who was daring and open-minded sufficient to attempt them!” That’s so true! Whereas I’ve solely had one “shopper” myself, watching Em/EHD workforce’s previous shopper initiatives and speaking to my designer associates, it’s uncommon that ALL offered concepts can be given the inexperienced gentle. For my part, it actually paid off (and is why hiring a designer is price it in the event you can funds for one). BUT for individuals who don’t have the funds, a few of Anne’s concepts are DIY-friendly!

design by anne sage | picture by elizabeth messina | from: the 2 month (sure two) kitchen reno that’s sporting an surprising pattern

Why is that this stunning kitchen in a weblog publish about an workplace you ask? It’s as a result of they’re in the identical dwelling! You could keep in mind this kitchen Anne designed and renovated in simply TWO MONTHS final 12 months. It’s extraordinarily cool to get to see extra of this dwelling’s areas and the way they work collectively. Right here’s just a little backstory in regards to the household and the brand new workplace:

“The shopper is a screenwriter with a younger household, she and her husband had lately bought her first home and we undertook an entire renovation of the entire dwelling. (You guys truly featured the kitchen I did for them too!) This room is on the house’s first ground, simply off the entryway, and the earlier proprietor had used it as a sort of den/TV room (therefore the wine storage cubby).”

What did your shopper ask for when y’all began?
“My shopper deliberate to make use of this as her dwelling workplace — her first ‘actual’ workplace after years of working from dwelling in her bed room! — and in honor of the massive step up, we knew we wanted to make it EXTRA particular. I requested her plenty of questions on how she works, what her dream setup would appear to be, and so on. and this area was born! 

A few of her callouts included a spot above her desk for doing storyboarding, a spot to chill out and take breaks with out having to go away the room and go into the remainder of the home, and plenty of storage. By way of aesthetic, she’d lengthy liked the heat and textural features of boho model however wished the workplace to really feel extra like the trendy evolution of the boho model she’d gone for up to now, to replicate the evolution that was occurring in her profession.”

Lime Wash (customized coloration however this) | Desk Lamp | Flushmount | Espresso Desk (comparable) | Rug

I like how this workplace was meant to replicate the evolution of her shopper’s profession! I can completely perceive the necessity for that bodily/visible illustration. I imply that’s precisely how I wished to really feel in my workplace space too. However what I sadly don’t have are material accent partitions. In fact, I wanted ALL of the data from Anne. So the concept for the material wall behind the couch got here after the concept for the wall above the desk on the opposite facet of the room. From Anne: “The actually cool factor about that wall above the desk is that it has a MAGNETIC pinboard behind it and was the place the seed of the concept for the material wall was truly born.”

– How did the concept first come up? “The thought for material on the wall above the desk was born as described above. However the thought for a material wall with a sofa that appeared to “come out” of the wall was born the 12 months earlier than when Crypton Residence got here out with some actually gorgeous striped materials that I used to be dying to make use of. There have been two particularly that felt like they had been meant for use within the area — the black stripe and the burnt sienna stripe, that are two of my fave hues collectively. When my shopper instructed me she wished a nap sofa, after which when the magnetic wall thought popped into my head, it appeared like the proper alternative to marry all these little threads collectively into one epic area! One particular factor about this material — it’s a bit onerous to see until you’re actually close-up to it, however the stripes are barely raised in opposition to the background, nearly as if they’ve been embroidered. It’s actually such a particular material and the tip result’s a tactile dream!”

What was the set up like? “In a phrase, irritating! All the pieces needed to be performed in a extremely particular order to get all of the strains proper, and I used to be juggling the scheduling wants of many various events — California Closets, the material installer/lime washer, who couldn’t set up every part without delay however slightly needed to work in levels, and naturally, my shopper who wished to have the ability to begin working in her workplace ASAP! And naturally, it needed to be performed very exactingly, since any errors within the set up would have resulted within the stripes being off and the entire idea happening in flames.”

Is {that a} lime wash paint on the wall? Do you have got any ideas for individuals who need to however have by no means used it earlier than? “It’s certainly lime wash! Since we had been doing two of the partitions with the material, I used to be involved {that a} regular paint end on the opposite two partitions can be too stark a distinction—I wished to maintain the sensation of heat and coziness going! Lime wash was the proper resolution, because it brings its personal earthy depth to the feel celebration. The excellent news about lime wash is that it’s fairly straightforward to work with and get consequence, even in the event you’re a first-timer. It’s fairly forgiving and may be constructed up or diluted down as you go alongside. One factor to bear in mind, although, is that you would be able to’t inform what your closing consequence will appear to be till it’s fully dry—so depart your self numerous time (i.e. a couple of days) to take the method slowly. It’s one that may’t be rushed. As properly, it’s very drippy and messy, so make sure you shield flooring, furnishings, and so on. By way of approach—as at all times, YouTube has some good movies to get you began. But additionally, don’t be shocked in the event you develop your personal approach as you go alongside and get the texture for what works finest for you!”

Wall Cloth (material: dharma, coloration: oreo) | Couch (customized design commissioned by Kim Salmela) | Couch Cloth (material: dharma, Coloration: sienna) | Customized Cupboards (end: wooden grain assortment in pure)

– How onerous was it to match up the strains on the wall to the strains on the couch? “Actually, it wasn’t as onerous as I assumed it might be — it simply required working with distributors who take accuracy of execution as critically as I do. For the reason that wall and couch materials had been of the identical sample, only a totally different colorway, I knew that as long as I gave particular directions to my wall installer and couch upholsterer, we’d be okay. We used the center level of the wall as our reference level, which means that we’d have a black stripe on the actual middle of the wall, and a sienna stripe on the actual middle of the couch. After which, after all, the couch wanted to tuck completely into the opening created by the bookshelves—however I wasn’t fearful about that in any respect, as a result of the workforce at California Closets are SO spot-on with their measurements and manufacturing. They’re unbelievable at taking a customized thought like this, including all their very own particular touches, after which executing it to perfection. However one factor I’ll say, is that I checked and double-checked and triple-checked my measurements extra on this challenge than some other I’ve ever performed, ahha!”

Would you say it’s DIYable and if that’s the case what are your ideas/warnings? “A cloth wall is unquestionably DIY’ready! A cloth wall with stripes that line up completely — not solely with a striped couch however with the grid of a built-in bookshelf? Nicely, let’s simply say that’s an ADVANCED DIY, ha! One of many largest challenges within the set up was truly my fault—when selecting the striped material, I didn’t assume via the complication that may be posed by the truth that the stripes run width-wise on the material, not length-wise. What this meant in apply was that my installer couldn’t simply unroll the material and put it on the wall vertically as I’d envisioned the stripes. Somewhat, she needed to sew a number of items of horizontally striped material collectively to create the look of vertical stripes—however she needed to do it in a manner that the seams didn’t present. That is truly the place the bookshelves got here in helpful, since she was in a position to conceal the seams behind the cabinets. (Thank goodness this challenge was in LA, the place I used to be capable of finding a former set decorator + scenic painter who had transitioned into doing dwelling decor work however had tons of expertise troubleshooting bizarre requests like this!)

By way of ideas/warnings for anybody who needs to do that at dwelling: Undoubtedly select a material whose sample runs the LENGTH of the material so that you just don’t end up in an identical scenario. As properly, I’d counsel beginning small with any sort of cloth work—like perhaps attempt your hand at masking a folding display screen first, to get the texture for it. There are some good tutorials on YouTube that element the instruments and methods you want—they’re fairly easy, simply material starch is probably the most generally used adhesive, after which after all all of the exact slicing and measuring instruments you’d anticipate for one thing like this! 

As for the explanation you would possibly select to do material as an alternative of say, wallpaper? Cloth does add a extremely elevated textural contact, because it does have that woven really feel that almost all wallpaper doesn’t (grasscloth wallpaper being the exception after all). It’s a extremely heat and comfy vibe that will get created. And in our case, due to that piece of sheet steel above the desk — wallpaper wasn’t actually an possibility, because the ridges attributable to the sting steel would have proven via wallpaper, whereas the material is extra forgiving and hides these ridges higher.”

How is the big artwork piece held on prime of the material? “It’s a really gentle float framed canvas with the backing torn off, so we had been in a position to simply use two very small image hanging nails to hold it — proper into the material, after which the holes truly sort of disappear when the nails are eliminated, in the identical manner that the opening from a tailor’s pin disappears after its faraway from a chunk of clothes.”

The wall shelving unit can also be superior! What was that technique of designing it like? When you can share what was the price of it? “The price of the entire unit, bookshelves/drawers + then the desk/undercabinets, was $7,500 via California Closets. The shelf over the desk was one other $1000, that needed to be performed by my carpenter as California Closets didn’t provide a floating shelf within the shallow depth that I wished (this one is 6” deep as I recall).

It was an actual pleasure to design this practice build-out with California Closets. I got here in with the preliminary sketches and practical requests (drawers to cover a printer and workplace papers, for instance), after which they used their experience to assist me nail down the small print. For instance, certainly one of my favourite little easter eggs on this design is the way in which the toe kick underneath the drawers that flank the couch is the very same peak because the seam on the backside of the couch. There isn’t a single side of this area that wasn’t thought via actually fastidiously by each me and the CA Closets workforce, and I like working with them for that cause!”

Is there a narrative behind the silver pot? “A number of the equipment right here, that one included, are classic finds from my private assortment. That one, particularly, was a midcentury ice bucket I discovered on the Pasadena Metropolis School flea market years in the past!”

Jess right here! Man, I like the sweetness and whimsy of these penguins on this room!

Brass Lamp (DIY) | Lamp Base | Stool | Customized Cupboards (End: Wooden Grain Assortment in Pure)

What was the dialogue between doing a standing desk vs a sitting one? “All through the entire dwelling renovation with my shopper, ergonomics was a serious matter of dialog as she’s fairly tall and has again points. She knew she wished a standing desk—she’s at her desk quite a bit, in her job—however we each agreed that every one the adjustable sit/stand desks available on the market weren’t as much as the model requirements we had been seeking to set on this area. So constructing a standing-height work floor, after which giving her a counter peak stool for sitting when she desired, appeared like the proper compromise.”

Was a part of the aim so as to add the material on the desk wall to be an superior inspiration board to pin photographs? “My shopper had mentioned certainly one of her ‘have to haves’ was a spot for storyboarding with index playing cards over her desk. And naturally, we might have performed one thing like a corkboard, or linen pinboard – however I wished the general area to really feel actually glossy and streamlined, and people sorts of options felt clunky to me. So the concept to do a chunk of sheet steel on the wall, after which cowl it with material so that you couldn’t even inform it was there, was born! When you look carefully, you may see that the photographs over the desk are held up with little brass magnets. We affixed the sheet steel to the wall with liquid nails (aka tremendous robust glue), and it spans the complete peak and width of the wall above the desk, as much as the place the small shelf is.”

I LOVE how glossy these cupboards are! Was {that a} resolution to the unique nook being a bit too deep? “The unique nook was only a common counter depth, truly — and people cupboards underneath the desk are certainly one of California Closets’ signature choices for dwelling workplaces. They conceal shallow cabinets which can be good for conserving cords, energy strips + different tech eyesores hidden. There’s a grommet gap within the desk floor above, after which you may run cables out of your gadgets on the desk down the opening + plug them into the outlet that’s hidden behind the cupboard doorways. We had one in my outdated dwelling workplace too and it’s actually a GENIUS resolution! (There’s an identical outlet/gap scenario within the drawers that flank the couch, too!)”

So earlier than we get into the prices let’s check out these superior earlier than and afters!

Anybody else able to fortunately nap on that couch on this serene and comfy area? However earlier than we fall asleep let’s discuss cash, lets?

If you’ll be able to share, what was the funds? “We didn’t have a set funds on the outset, extra of a objective for ‘let’s do that proper however not go too loopy’. I got here up with the design, we priced it out, the shopper felt it was price it, so we went for it! It undoubtedly helped that this wasn’t a HUGE room, solely about 10’ x 12’, so we had been in a position to pack it with customized options and nonetheless preserve our general prices in a doable vary for the shopper.”

Prices had been as beneath:
Cabinets + desk: $8,500
Customized 77” couch: $1,900
Wall material: $450
Lime wash + stripe material labor to put in: $2,700
Remaining decor accents: $1,500
TOTAL: $15,050

Jess once more. I do know this isn’t a small quantity however contemplating all of the customized items and labor it is a stable whole price! But when that is out of your funds keep in mind that if you’re helpful (or are open to studying), plenty of these concepts may be doable DIYS (ie the material partitions, lime wash partitions, built-in cupboards). Take the inspiration if it speaks to you and make it your personal. Congrats to Anne for yet one more stunning area accomplished and see y’all tomorrow!

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*Design by Anne Sage

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