Name: Rashida Coleman-Hale, Melody Miller & Sarah Watts of Cotton + Steel
Location: Old Fourth Ward; Atlanta, GA
Size: 1,600 square feet
Years worked in: 6 months
Rashida, Melody, and Sarah, three of the designers of the fabric company Cotton + Steel, have created a fun creative space with Japanese and Mid-century design influences in playful shades of teal and hot pink—an ideal office space for the child inside everyone.
With playful touches of color, children's toys here and there, and a cozy built-in loft, it's obvious that this warehouse has been transformed into Rashida, Melody, and Sarah's ultimate creative HQ. Even Melody's hair and clothes seem to fit perfectly into the aesthetic of the room! The bones of this industrial space have given the designers a great canvas for their vintage-inspired style, and the high ceilings beautifully showcase their fabric designs. In such a large and open space, there's a bit more freedom in using bright colors and patterns. It's offices like this that make work feel a little less like work.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: We have a playful vintage industrial style.
Inspiration: We are inspired by flea markets, vintage ephemera, Japanese design, and our community of illustrators and designers.
Favorite Element: We love the tall ceilings and the bright natural sunlight in our space. We also love the contrast of the cozy sleeping loft; it’s a perfect place to take a mental break from our design work and host overnight guests.
Biggest Challenge: Our biggest challenge is also our greatest asset—we’re flooded in sunlight. As the season shifts from summer to fall, the lower sun chases us around the studio all day. We are constantly adjusting our drapes and shielding our eyes, trying to hide from the sunlight.
What Friends Say: Our friends love this visiting us in this space… they say it’s very inspiring.
Biggest Embarrassment: Probably inside the fridge. Also, don’t look in the storage closet :)
Proudest DIY: The mint green Mid-century china hutch. When Melody found it at an estate sale several years ago, it was dark brown and had been sitting in a cloud of cigarette smoke for many years. Refinishing it was a pleasure, and the vintage floral wallpaper behind the shelves is still a favorite.
Biggest Indulgence: Melody had the blue sofa recovered several years ago with a panel of her fabric for a trade show display. It was a rather expensive prop, but it’s been so much fun to have it around ever since.
Best Advice: Enjoy your work. Surround yourself with people who inspire you.
Dream Sources: Alameda Flea Market in California
- Mint green Mid-century china cabinet: estate sale, painted by Melody
- Yellow crochet rug: from EvaVillain on Etsy
- Blue metal shelves: CB2
- All fabric: Cotton + Steel
- White glass table: IKEA
- Yellow chairs: IKEA
- Sofa: vintage, recovered with a panel of Melody’s fabric from her 2011 Ruby Star Shining collection
- Wooden table: handmade from old barn wood from Melody’s husband’s grandparents' farm
- Quilt: Green Bee Pattern Co. Diamond Ring pattern made from Cotton + Steel fabrics
- White and red enamel table: Atlanta estate sale
- Hanging lamps: IKEA
- White desks: IKEA
- Yellow chairs: IKEA
- Yellow rug: Urban Outfitters
- Vintage industrial desk: purchased from City Hall East when, over the course of a few days, they sold off the entire collection of vintage office furniture from within the building before it was gutted to become Ponce City Market.
- Ephemera: collected by all of us through travel and thrifting
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