Before & After: A Garage is Converted into a “Babe Cave” Styling Studio

published Dec 10, 2015
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(Image credit: Adrien Rabago)

When Adrien and Jon moved into their essentially turnkey home in Los Angeles seven months ago, they still had one major project to tackle. As a fashion stylist and owner of Adrien’s Closet, Adrien has a massive collection of clothing that she uses for shoots, styling sessions, and rentals, and even a dedicated spare bedroom in the house didn’t provide enough space to contain her inventory (more on her style here). She soon set to work converting their two-car garage into a space where she can style clients, host personal shopping sessions, and showcase some of her amazing pieces.

(Image credit: Elizabeth Backup)

Adrien says:

I converted our unfinished two-car garage into my styling studio, Adrien’s Closet, just weeks after buying our home. It was our top priority to get my business up and running!

I had to remove rafters to create an open pitched ceiling. After a big deep clean of the garage space, we painted the ceiling and wood beams black to hide any imperfections.

The concrete floors were painted a beautiful light grey color and then were topped with two coats of lacquer to achieve a glossy finish. I purchased a pair of vintage French doors to install on the side of the garage. A contractor was hired to cut a hole in the wall and build a frame in order to install the doors. We used galvanized piping from Home Depot to build the clothing racks.

After hanging some photos of my styling work in mismatched frames, putting all of the clothes up on the racks, painting a fun mural on one wall, hanging a light fixture, and decorating the rest of the space, it all came together beautifully. My clients love spending time in my space. It’s the ultimate Babe Cave!

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The garage before its conversion: Adrien had the rafters removed to open up the ceiling. (Image credit: Adrien Rabago)


  • Vintage blue crushed velvet daybed: One Kings Lane
  • Chandelier: Tiffany’s Vintage store
  • Reclaimed wood mirror: LA Mirror Man
  • Velvet settee: Craigslist
  • Grey and white striped wool rug: Rugs USA
  • Zebra rug: eBay
  • Industrial pipe racks: Home Depot
  • Vintage trunks: Craigslist
  • Green zig zag chair/desk combo: Rose Bowl Flea Market
  • Round side table next to green chair: Santa Monica Airport Antique Market
  • Vintage printed side tables: Rose Bowl Flea Market
  • Bison skull: flea market in Santa Fe, NM
  • Artwork: original photography by various photographers, styled by Adrien
  • Picture frames: thrift stores, local flea markets
  • Long octagonal mirrors: Goodwill, then spray painted gold by Adrien
  • AC letters: Melrose Trading Post, spray painted gold by Adrien

Thank you, Adrien!