Welcome to the new Flea Style headquarters, y’all!
Between space planning our shows and taking countless event planning meetings last week, we somehow managed to move into our new office and transform the corporate digs into a comfy bohemian hangout.
It’s filled with things we love and loads of loot from our vendors. Here’s the lowdown…
This ’60s bamboo tallboy had been collecting dust in my garage. Furniture vendor The Collected Eclectic Home painted it this dreamy green hue (Clary Sage by Sherwin Williams #6178) and polished up the brass hardware a bit. I’m so in love.
I used an antique secretary for our bathroom storage. When I opeend up the doors, there was stationery from the ’50s inside! Now it holds toilet paper and Advil…
For those of you that don’t know, I’ve been in the decorating and styling biz for more than a decade. This year I officially turn the lights out on my interior design company Cobb Interiors to soley focus on Flea Style. But for 10-plus years I’ve been in the design world from styling editorial shoots to decorating floor-to-ceiling residential projects.
I treated this move like any of my decorating jobs to knock it out so we could get back to business asap for our shows. It’s crunch time, after all!!! I hired my dream team of installers and we knocked the entire job out in four hours flat from packing the trucks to hanging the last piece of art.
Tip: When hanging an art wall, pre-arrange pieces on the floor and brush up on your measuring/math skills (or have a numbers whiz pal on hand)!
My kiddos were in on a lot of the action. Although I usually leave them home when I work, they love an install. So they helped from sweeping floors to unpacking items (playing with bubble wrap, more precisely).
I had several items pre-install but I did need a few key big pieces since we bumped up in square footage. As luck would have it, some dear (and crazy stylish!) friends hosted an estate sale last week and invited me to pre-shop.
I snagged some insane stuff — the turquoise leather sofa, killer marble side table, antique Asian armoire, trio of floor mirrors — from them. The rest of the items are a mix of finds from our former office, local vintage stores and scores from Flea Style shows past.
The back of our office will house our show’s props, which will stay in storage until the March show. It will be so nice to finally have all company loot under one roof for easy access and inventory. Plus, I’m thrilled to finally stop throwing money away on storage!
I had a lot of fun framing art for our funky gallery wall. To keep costs low, I used several frames that were collecting dust in my hall closet. Even though they didn’t fit perfectly, I used fun mat colors and spacing dimensions to make the decision intentional and interesting.
I left a couple of my old oil paintings raw and hung them with giant clips. I love the idea of rotating art out as my mood or decorating mojo shifts…
Tip: Ask your framer for permission to comb his or her stash of throwaway frames. My framer gives them to me for free and then I just pay for the mat, glass and labor (usually about $40). It’s a way to get vintage frames while recycling and on the cheap!
My grandmother is a book collector (the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree). She has a fabulous dollar store near her home in California and sends me amazing finds like this old school Kelly Wearstler tome.
I love having items from her around me in my home and workspace. I think of her always even though we live thousands of miles apart.
It’s no secret I hoard rugs and textiles. The habit came in handy with the new space. Our favorite is the antique Moroccan rug in the lounge area that I scored in Marrakech last spring.
It was a little small for the space so I bought a cheap sisal rug on Overstock.com to layer it with. Voila! The combo is now the perfect scale for our hippie hangout.
These framed kilim rug bits are one of my favorite moments in the office. I scored them at a local flea market last year.
I debated buying them because I didn’t have a home for them at the time. I’ve learned that sometimes you just need to bite the bullet on rare finds that you fall in love with because if you really adore them, they always find a happy place in your life down the road…
Same story goes with these doors. Man am I glad I trusted my gut on that decision years ago! I can’t imagine my life without these bad boys.
I sent sweet Lauren, my interior design assistant, on a wild goose chase for this vintage wicker screen. I found it on Craigslist for $50. She ended up in a Mexican grocery store parking lot 30 miles from the office but it was well worth the hunt!!!
When styling bookshelves, coffee tables, you name it, I like to have all of my accessories and decor on a big table to know what I’m working with at all times. It helps me get an idea of scale, color, etc. and makes the process really speedy for me so I don’t dilly dally with selection decisions.
How fun is that white driftwood ball chandelier? It’s from Pottery Barn Teen, fyi. I did buy some stuff from big box stores.
The ottomans above are from Crate & Barrel and are a steal right now! The leather Moroccan poufs are from Overstock.com. A handful of accessories are from HomeGoods. And our coffee table is from Arteriors.
We have a few things to still complete: reupholster conference room chairs, hang conference room driftwood chandelier, build two new desks…
But all in all we’re really settled and so excited about our new space!