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Name: Chris Barrett Design
Location: Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California
Size: 1,300 square feet
Years in business: 23 years

I have talked about Chris Barrett before, when she was launching her very first textile line. I am absolutely crazy about her style, and I don't know why it took me so long to stop by her studio and capture the place where all her magic happens.

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The ladies of Chris Barrett Design looked like they were having so much fun . The entire time I was photographing the studio I heard laughing and arguing over music choices. I was even offered a cupcake from Sweet Lady Jane. It really is a dream workspace!

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Our style is chic and inviting.

Inspiration: Inspiration was easy for this space. We are working in an old warehouse space at the old Santa Monica Studios. It's inherently industrial.

Favorite Element: We love the sliding barn door!

Biggest Challenge: We struggle with the temperature control! It's either too hot or too cold.

What Friends Say: Everyone loves the quality of light in our space.

Biggest Embarrassment: We're not embarrassed, but wish we could improve the parking here. There is never enough!

Proudest DIY: We used plumbing pipes to create the handrail for the staircase, then wrapped it with twine. That was such a time consuming project, but very worth it.

Biggest Indulgence: We got a toaster oven to make cookies.

Best Advice: Be brave. Be confident.

Dream Sources: 1stdibs for indulgence

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Resources of Note:


  • Ikea for all of our desks
  • 1stdibs for the French vintage chairs at the conference tables
  • Vintage metal desk at reception - Powder coated at Ajax's (7933 Gloria Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91406-1825)
  • Vintage glider - Santa Monica Swap Meet, powder coated at Ajax's (above)
  • Pillows on vintage glider - Chris Barrett Textiles
  • Antique Swedish desk - Lief
  • Antique settee - Lee Stanton Antiques
  • Antique desk - Chris' office
  • Eames chair - Chris' office
  • Storage cabinet - Chris' office - Ikea
  • Guest Chair - Chris' office - Ikea


  • Storage boxes for our library - Ikea


  • Track Lighting - Halo
  • Wooden Chandelier - Tara Shaw



  • Downstairs - concrete



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Thanks, Chris!

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