Over the last few months, Amanda and I have been slowly but surely pulling our own design space together.  We approached our office in the same way we do any client’s space…we have just been implementing our plan VERY. SLOWLY. 
Honestly, we didn’t actually set out to “do” the AsterHouse office…we had literally dumped all of our paraphenalia into the raw space and thought we would tackle it when we had the time and budget to do it “right”!!  But because we both operate best when we are inspired by our environment,  it didn’t take long to see the need to get the office done…or least started…
As much as we desired the space to provide the inspiration for great design ideas…we knew it would never be right unless it functioned well…and that, we knew, was the first place to start.  AsterHouse loves to create gorgeous spaces, but if that space does not function well it is a huge FAIL in our minds…so, that is where we always begin…whether for a client or our own office!

For our home away from home, the wish list was kinda long…we have a nice size space…about 20’x18’, but it needed to house two desks, an “island-ish” place to lay out projects or splay our huge drawings.  We needed a “lounge area” to host clients as well as attractive storage space to hold our growing collection of fabric samples, vendor catalogs and our office stash of Twizzlers!!  (Must have creative fuel!!) 

When thinking through the function, elements of form always enter the mind and often inform the layout…for instance, we like to work facing each other…it makes bouncing ideas off so much more fun when you can see each other face to face…so, instead of two separate desks we found this fabulous “dining table” at West Elm…
…and it was our jumping off point for the whole work station!  We sent a friend on a wild goose chase through IKEA (a whole other post!!) to pick up some fabulous storage pieces for the walls and we had a local contractor build us a custom wall unit!!  (the top will eventually be covered in stainless!!) 
With the white laquered furniture, storage pieces and white trim, we chose a pale gray for the walls…I will admit that it took two tries to get it right…but we love it!!  Perfect backdrop to all the gorgeous colors that roll around our creative space!!
SW7671 On The Rocks
So here is what we have so far!!  I don’t really have any good “before’s” and it is not even close to complete so it cannot be referred to as an “after”…so here is a “now”!!
(I will save the lounge area for another post….the furniture is in place but everything is still in “before” condition!!)
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