Name: Chelsea Matthews, CEO & Founder of Matte Black (a cultural marketing firm) + other creative businesses in the space - SVZ Interior Design and Willa Creative
Location: Culver City; Los Angeles, California
Size: 2,000 square feet
Years in business: 2 years
You might remember Chelsea from her house tour a year and a half ago. She had this incredible style and matte black walls in her living room and bedroom. I was recently revisiting her house tour and took a wild guess that she would also have a pretty awesome workspace as well - I was right!
When I first walked around the workspace of Matte Black, I thought, "how does this girl have so much cool stuff and such a stylish office?!" The best part of the design is that it is very attainable - when I heard that the white desks were Ikea I was really impressed. The interior designer in the office thought up the graphic for the wall which really adds to the design but doesn't cost much more than paint and some time. The design of the workspace really proves the point that it isn't about cost, it is about style, color, pattern, and knowing how to make a statement in your space.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: I would describe the space as modern glam and functional.
Inspiration: I wanted something that felt open, creative and bright. To me, it's about creating a space that my staff wants to come to everyday that is inspiring, comfortable and has all the essentials (ahem, coffee).
Favorite Element: The art walls and overall creative feel that just seems to flow throughout. We've really done a lot with a little, or so we like to think!
Biggest Challenge: While we have a nice flood of natural light, there are not a lot of windows in the space so lighting was definitely a challenge. We tried to make it feel bright and open, even in spaces where it isn't.
What Friends Say: That it's inherently a billboard for my company. (The outside is painted in matte black).
Biggest Embarrassment:There's an exposed old telephone electrical box that I have been meaning to cover up with some sort of cool cabinetry... it's an eyesore to say the least.
Proudest DIY: One of our conference tables. I had this vision of taking a slab of wood and covering it with a collage of photos and magazine tears. We got some inexpensive table legs and covered the images with glass and voila. It's one of the talking pieces of the space!
Biggest Indulgence: Our Arteriors Jana Brass & Marble lamps
Best Advice: It's not enough to do your best. You must know what to do and then do your best.
Dream Sources: Pinterest and Kelly Wearstler coffee table books
Resources of Note:
- Sofa: Urban Outfitters
- Coral side tables: Vintage from Palm Springs
- Desks: Ikea LINNMON high gloss with tops with Ikea Lerberg Trestle legs (sprayed gold)
- Eames (knock-off) chairs: Modern in Designs
- White CB2 desk chairs
- Wooden conference table: Ikea Stockholm Collection
- White shell chairs: Got at a prop design house yard sale
- Metal grey folding chairs: Ikea
- Arteriors lamps
- Arco Lamp: Vintage from Palm Springs
- Brass multi-prong lamp: Vintage
- White hanging lamp in conference room: HD Buttercup
- Dunn-Edwards: dark grey - can't find paint color
- Leigh Viner prints
- Society 6 Pomegranate print
- White paint splattered art: Kelly Wearstler wrapping paper, framed
- Prints with text: Fab.com
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