Name: Meg Shackleton of Margaret Elizabeth Jewelry
Location: Union Street; San Francisco, California
Size: 750 square feet
Years in business: 7 years
When you step into the studio of Margaret Elizabeth Jewelry you are taken by the similarities in style between the jewelry line and the space where it is created. Metallics with pops of color and plenty of texture set the tone in this studio workspace and showroom.
The decor is on trend while remaining timeless and the jewelry itself is beautifully displayed in vignettes around the room. An office off to the side is set up with glossy white desks, brass task lamps and inspiration boards that double as art. A floor to ceiling curtain is hung to conceal shelves crammed with supplies, paperwork and the like, keeping the clutter at bay and allowing them to put their best foot forward.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Crisp and clean with pops of color.
Inspiration: When it came time to design our studio I wanted it to feel open, airy, and bright. I was inspired by the look of white-washed lofts and wanted to take advantage of the barn-like feeling of the beamed ceilings.
Favorite Element: I love how open the studio is. It has beautiful vaulted ceilings and the light that comes through the giant skylight is so nice in the afternoon.
Biggest Challenge: Since the studio is one big open space, it was tricky to section it off into a 'working' area and then more of a display area for our jewelry to live. We ship all of our orders in house, so we needed a way to hide all of those ugly shipping supplies, cords, etc. We ended up hanging linen drapes (pottery barn) from electrical piping to section off the far corner of the studio. It's been nice having a cordoned off area and has allowed us to contain the mess of the back office.
What Friends Say: People often comment on the light and how bright it is. We're also down a little alleyway, so they're always surprised when they reach the end and find us!
Biggest Embarrassment: Our window valences were a little DIY project consisting of foam core, double sided tape, and Caitlin Wilson's lovely fabric. I cobbled them together one afternoon and was feeling pretty pleased after attaching them to the walls with a ridiculous amount of double sided tape (brilliant!). They looked fairly secure...and they were, for about 2 weeks. Then one night during an event in the studio, they both just flopped right off the wall and onto the floor! Luckily they didn't hit anyone.
Proudest DIY: We found the marble-topped bar at the Alemeda flea market. It was brown, with orange laminate and a big pleather border. It was a lot of fun refurbishing that piece. We stripped off the laminate, removed the pleather bar border, sanded down the brown paint, repainted it in a high gloss black, and then got a piece of marble cut for the top of the bar.
Biggest Indulgence: My husband and I traveled to Morocco this summer and I trekked back all of the Beni Ourani rugs that you see throughout the studio.
Best Advice: When you're looking for a new space (home, apartment, office, studio, etc), hold out for the one that feels right and gets you most excited. I looked at so many studios that sort of, kind of, would have worked...but I didn't love them. I kept trying to talk myself into how we could make the spaces really fantastic, but I wasn't convinced. When I walked into our studio I immediately knew that it was the perfect fit. Our little studio has some quirks, but I really do love being here everyday!
Dream Sources: Kelly Wearstler and 1st dibs
Resources of Note:
- Lucite Tables: (ebay vendor)
- Chair Swing: Stuff SF
- All Shelving Units: Alemeda Flea Market
- Round entrance table: Alemeda Flea Market
- White X Leg Desks: Cost Plus World Market
- White Shelving Unit with Baskets: Ikea
- White console under bulletin boards: Ikea
- Gold Wire Side Table: West Elm
- Mongolian Lamb Pillow: West Elm
- Desk Lamps: Robert Abbey
- Floor Lamp: West Elm (spray painted the base gold)
- Pendant Lights: Barn Electric
- Coffee Table Books & Jewelry: Margaret Elizabeth
- Large White Vessel on entrance table: Pottery Barn
- Large Jute Area Rug: West Elm
- Beni Ourani Rugs: Morocco
- Valences above windows: Caitlin Wilson fabric via DIY project
- Linen Drapes: Pottery Barn Peyton Drape in white
- Inspiration boards covered in linen
- Plants and succulents from Sloat Nursery in SF
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