When I started Metz Interiors 2 years ago, I was literally working from my kitchen table. As things grew, I upgraded to the unoccupied bedroom downstairs that was mostly piled with junk we couldn't find a place for. Then as things really grew - I was just too busy to do anything about my own space, and was just trying to keep up with transforming everyone else's.
The good thing about working in that dumpy little space for so long was that it gave me lots of time to think about it and how different it could be. My mind was designing while my hands were sewing.
Artistically I wanted my office to be as simple as possible in style and colour. I wanted the space to feel like a blank canvas. A place without limitations, where anything could be conceived and created. Ethically, I wanted it to be as environmentally and budget friendly as possible. My goal for the space was to re-use / re-purpose as many items as possible. Practically, I needed a better space for product photos, more functional sewing space, storage, and a work surface. From a design perspective I needed to create light and space in my small, dark room. I was so eager to get to work! Finally things slowed down just enough to begin.
Re-using / re-purposing furniture and other salvaged materials not only prevents more waste from being added to our landfills, it also reduces the need for new wood and materials, and saves the energy required to manufacture, package and ship new items. It's also exceptionally easy on the pocket-book!
I chose to stick to a very simple colour scheme of grey and white. Using a lot of stark white created much needed light and space. The grey brought contrast, weight and balance. Using furniture and forms with straight, clean lines complimented the simplicity of the colour palette. A brick wall would bring texture, line and shape, creating more variety and interest. A great geometric pattern would add pattern and variety but stay in harmony with the simple, clean design.
With all this in mind I set out to see what I could find.
One of the great things about living in the 21st Century is that (without sounding like a total creative downer) everything's pretty much been done before. If you want straight lines, if you want curvy lines, if you want clean simplicity or elaborate detail - you can find something from the past to fit the bill. I was on the lookout for retro items, dating from an age of clean lines and boxy forms - the 1960s. I knew something would turn up in a thrift shop sooner or later, I just had to wait and watch . . .
I complimented the cabinets with open shelving on the top. 3 out of the 4 shelves just happened to be left behind in various rooms by the previous owners of my house. All I had to do was bring them together, paint them white and create 1 more out of scrap wood to match.
This retro sewing desk, I was particularly fond of. It added a little bit of retro-detail and all the function I could ask for. I was wooed with it's fold-out, expandable work surface and stow-away compartment for a sewing machine. The thrift store price tag didn't hurt either. A little sanding and a couple coats of paint later it was ready to roll.
|Sewing stool before:|
|Sewing stool after:|
The filing cabinet was a necessary evil. I inherited this used one from my mom, and with a couple coats of grey paint - it worked.
|Recycled bike-wheel clock from Stuff Made From Stuff.|
The bits and pieces on the shelves I either already had, or were easy enough to pick out of local thrift shops for dirt cheap.
|Faux brick wall.|
The lettering for my business logo I ordered online from a great little company called Craft Cuts. They'll cut letters for you of any size and any thickness in any font all at a totally reasonable price! Painted and stuck on my wall with double-sided permanent mounting tape - they worked out just as I had envisioned.
|Closet doors before:|
|Closet doors after:|
I replaced the old trim with new pieces made from recycled material, and changed the floor to an inexpensive, single plank "smoked driftwood" laminate also made of recycled material.