Chris Barrett Design's Creativity Warehouse

Chris Barrett Design's Creativity Warehouse

Marcia Prentice
Feb 4, 2013

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.

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!

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

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



Thanks, Chris!

(Images: Marcia Prentice)

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