Name: Vana Chupp of Le Papier Studio
Location: Mount Prospect, Illinois
Size: 400 square feet
Years lived in: 7 months; rented
When Vana and her husband, both trained as architects, decided to move her office back into their house, they knew they were going to have to create a space where they could both be comfortable (he'd be using it occasionally, too) as well as a space that would keep Vana recharged and inspired. They weren't interested in creating just some "work-from-home" room! Their design solutions for this home studio have turned it into their favorite room in the house.
You first notice the room's focal point — the black chalkboard wall that is also the canvas for their art collection. Drawing inspiration from everything around her, like her past as an architect, her children, places she's visited with her family, as well as trends and fashion, Vana has made this room is reflection of all that inspires her. Opposite to the black wall there's a light gray wall with a white bookcase and sofa, housing lots of supplies stylishly.
"We also use the room to relax late at night, watch a movie, have a discussion — so it has to be comfortable enough to accommodate all that," says Vana. "I am proud of the space we have created. It is frankly our favorite room in the entire house."
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Eclectic and sentimental, clean and inviting, professional yet comfortable/cozy. My husband and I share this space, so we were looking for something that would work well with both of our aesthetics. This room isn’t just our work space; we spend many hours in here chatting, relaxing and catching up with favorite our TV shows. Therefore comfy was high on the list when deciding on the decor style.
Inspiration: I draw inspiration from my background in architecture, my boys, places we visit, trends and fashion.
Favorite Element: The black gallery wall is the focal point on this space and my absolute favorite element. I knew I wanted it before I had any idea how it was going to work in this space. The black wall creates a striking contrast with the opposite wall, which we chose to paint white. It also makes the perfect space for all our art collection.
Biggest Challenge: Builder’s grade doors (I dislike the oak finish) and the carpet. If I could have it my way all the way, I would go for white floors and doors.
What Friends Say: “Can we move in?"
Biggest Embarrassment: Not actually embarrassed by it but a random/odd fact is that this room used to be our master bedroom, so it’s connected to the master bath. My hubby’s closet is still very much part of this room. In that aspect it makes it a bit strange, but it works for us.
Proudest DIY: The gallery wall. It’s not complete yet, as we keep adding more art each week. But eventually we hope the entire 20 feet will be covered by frames.
Biggest Indulgence: We were pretty good at staying within budget, and by that I mean using the furniture from my previous work space and other items from around the house…The only purchases were the ghost chairs and linen curtains.
Best Advice: If you’re a creative type, you know the importance of working in a space that inspires you and recharges you. Don’t be hesitant to claim a space as your own (even if it’s a corner of your living room). There’s something about dedicating a space to yourself that is very special and rewarding.
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
- Valspar black chalkboard and plain white
- Desks, drawer cabinets, bookcase: IKEA
- White tables, drawer cabinets and bookcases: IKEA
- Ghost chairs: Amazon
- Wall Shelf: Pottery Barn
- Frames: IKEA and other various sources
- Rugs (white and sheepskins): IKEA
- White Sofa: Crate and Barrel (similar)
- Silhouette Pillows: Le Papier Studio
- Curtains: IKEA
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(Image credits: Kelly Allison Photography; Vana Chupp)