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Industrial Maximalist Art Studio

Industrial Maximalist Art Studio

It's time to reveal my new art studio space! I did this space as part of a design challenge called The One Room Challenge.

This space is my studio here in Charlotte, North Carolina. It's part of an artist collective in Dilworth Artisian Station, a 100 year old building that was previously a lingerie factory and then a parachute factory during WWII. I share this rented space with my friend and neighbor, Sabra, who will be making jewelry there. Because it’s a rental, and we are aware that we could just have two years there before the owners decide to develop the property, I was somewhat limited in what I could do so I made changes that did not require much investment. I used existing electrical for the lights, peel and stick wallpaper and marble contact paper to zhush the counters without changing them. I brought in my Bari J. for Joybird sofa and used my own fabric designs.

Let's first review the before of and the inspiration for this space though. The bottom left two photos are what it looked like when I started. 

(I will link products at the end of this post)


Studio Space Inspiration


The Cabinets were painted Luau Green by Sherwin Williams, and I reupholstered the chairs in Bari J. for Art Gallery Fabrics. The table was found locally at an antique mall. It's an old pub table with barley twist legs. Bari J. Studio Space - Industrial Studio Space

I made the lampshades from kits I got on Amazon and added fringe from Fringe market. The mural is a Bari J. for Murals Your Way piece that you can buy.

Industrial Studio Space - Bari J.
The sofa is Bari J. for Joybird (Preston in Midnight Fleur)
Bari J. Sofa
I had a neon sign made by Yellow Pop with the words "Bloom Wild", the title of my book.
Yellow Pop Neon Sign Bloom Wild Bari J.
Above my desk, which I brought from home and have had for many years, I made two pinboards from foam board and drop cloths. The chair is vintage, and I had it reupholstered years ago in Bari J. for Art Gallery Fabrics from my Virtuosa Collection.
Bari J. Studio - Industrial Studio Space
For the curtains, I simply hung long canvas drop cloth from black rods for an industrial look.
Industrial studio space by Bari J.
Mural by Bari J. for Murals Your Way
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  • Jamala K Wallace

    What a cheerful place to be creative! I love the blended colors and patterns. The lampshades are totally adorable!

  • Jewel

    It turned out so cute!!! Love it!

  • Maggie Overby

    Love it, You know I’m a color girl so this space would definitely inspire me to create. Plus it’s a perfect backdrop for your beautiful art!

  • Wendy McMonigle

    Great job and congratulations on the finished product., I love the lampshades.

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