My work studio at Grove House is essentially, an attached studio apartment. It can be accessed through the main house but also has it’s own separate entrance. It has a full kitchen and pantry (although we haven’t installed a range or refrigerator, it’s been plumed for both) a full bath and a large walk-in storage closet. I often say that I could easily and happily live in it, and when I’m home, find myself spending much of my day here. Aside from our master bedroom, it has the best natural light, which is why I’m so partial to it. The slipcovered sofa tucked under the windows is my favorite place to read, and our rescue dog, Liberty’s, favorite place to nap.
The space is a mix of neutral layers and textures with a few bold pops of black through the art and accents. The vintage seascapes, found while thrifting with my daughter, impart a California vibe to the room and mix well with the modern floor lamp and black marble coffee table from LuLu & Georgia. The slipcovered sofa bed is from Ikea and the sheepskin rug was a flea market find that I hand washed in the bath tub several times using this natural Australian soap and sheepskin brush. Let’s just say, it was quite the job.
I found the worn wood bowl at an antique show and keep it filled with a collection of rocks and leaves from our last vacation and a few feathers from our hens. The small ceramic tray is from a French potter, whose work I have been collecting over the years.
Whenever I’m in Seattle, I try to stop by GlassyBaby to pick up a new hand blown votive. I prefer buying them in store because they light them so you can see which you like best, as they have subtle color differences. These three are Kindness, Wish, and Wet Dog.
Here you can see how the seating area is adjacent to my desk, which I shared here. When the weather is nice, I like leaving the French doors open, especially during orange blossom season! To the left is the bathroom and the hallway that leads to the main house. The studio front door, kitchen, and work area are directly behind. Just now thinking a full tour might be more helpful. ;)
Btw, my dog often sleeps inside that orange crate/printer stand. There’s a little ticking stripe pillow on the bottom that she loves.
I’ve had this tall wood side table for years and added a salvaged slab of antique marble to the top. It currently displays a few pieces of pottery I made, a stack of books, and a rock my husband brought me from the bottom of the ocean. The small holes in the rock are the perfect size for these thin beeswax candles. Not your average candle holder for sure!
To keep the space feeling light, I picked up this rattan chair at Ikea (which appears to be discontinued, grr!) and added this honeycomb lumbar pillow - currently on sale! The large floor basket and adorable wool footstool were both HomeGoods finds.
Although the sofa is slipcovered, I don’t love the fabric, and instead use two antique French sheets over the seat and back. I actually like the layered look and find slipping them off and on for washing so much easier than slipcovers. They can be a pain to put back on!
My studio mascot and avid sun seeker, Liberty (aka Bertie Girl) is quite fond of coming to work with me. Whenever I say, “Let’s go to work!” she quickly dashes off, as if it’s a race to get there. Sure wish I could match her level of enthusiasm!