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Studio Tour :: How We Put Together A Creative Collective To Afford Our Dream Office Space

Back in 2013, I had a crazy idea. A friend of mine had been occupying a stunning studio space and she informed me that she was moving out. I wanted it. BAD. But there was no way I could afford it on my own.

So, I did what any motivated entrepreneur would do: I rounded up a crew of other creatives who were also looking for a space, and my first creative co-working studio in Seattle was born. Six years later, we're back in the neighborhood where it all started, with a whole new group of inspiring women, and an inspiring studio tour to share with you today!seattle creative collective studio tour in black and white | coco kelleyseattle creative collective studio tour in black and white | coco kelley

Over the years there have been a few versions of this space. Our last collective was housed in a cool spot that had more of a warehouse feel, but this one might be the best one yet. And not just because of the location - but because of the people in it. This group of women is insanely talented, and we offer each other so much support as mentors, friends and colleagues.

For people like us, traditional co-working spaces just didn't make sense. I need space to store my props, to shoot in, to be able to use for project for both the blog and our Emerald Studio clients. Other gals in the space use it for events, workshops, even pop-ups. And the reason I'm spelling this all out for you is because I want other creatives to know that having your own special studio is so possible. seattle creative collective studio tour in black and white | coco kelleyseattle creative collective studio tour in black and white | coco kelley

Of course, there are other expenses that go into a space like this, and decorating is definitely one of them.

For this project, we teamed up with Room & Board as well as Article to create a space that's as functional as it is beautiful. I feel incredibly fortunate that I'm able to partner with brands like this, you guys. I don't take a single moment of their generosity for granted, and every day that I walk into this studio I still get excited to see how it all came together thanks to them.seattle creative collective studio tour in black and white | coco kelleyseattle creative collective studio tour in black and white | coco kelley

Before I dive into the design though, here a little bit about the studio. There are four spaces that are all adjoined. The kitchenette, our permanent desk space, our 'drop in' desk space (which also doubles as where we shoot content), and our storage. Not surprisingly, we didn't shoot our storage space for this feature, but it's hidden behind the double doors that you see next to the leather sofa. seattle creative collective studio tour in black and white | coco kelley

I have to say that our marble desks from Room & Board get the most love from visitors (and we love them too!). They were fully customizable - picking our base color and then the top - and all the options were so good, it was hard to make a decision! The larger communal tables are the same frame, but with a different (more durable!) top, so you get that feeling of a seamless design but not too matchy. seattle creative collective studio tour in black and white | coco kelleyseattle creative collective studio tour in black and white | coco kelley

In this same room with the desks, we created a little seating area in an awkward corner, and use this gorgeous bar storage from Article to house all of our office supplies (a printer, paper, etc) as well as wine (obviously an office essential!)seattle creative collective studio tour in black and white | coco kelley

This takes us to the kitchenette which I adore. Actually, this little view right here is 100% my favorite moment in our space! Lucky for me, my desk sits right across from it.seattle creative collective studio tour in black and white | coco kelley

The kitchenette is a super special piece that we had custom made by a local duo by the name of Walnut + Oak. They were so fantastic to collaborate with on this project, walking through all the little things that we wanted, like the fact that the top 'drawer' actually pulls out to reveal a hot plate that we cook on. And the bottom drawer is a bin for all our dirty dishes to keep them out of sight. seattle creative collective studio tour in black and white | coco kelley

If you want to see a little bit more about the space and all of us in it, head over to the Jackson St. Studio website for more info! We cannot thank our partners enough in making this dream space come true.

Below are a few quick links to items in the space, but if you see anything not linked, please ask! I'm happy to help provide sources.

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1. room & board leather chair | 2. article wood & leather chair | 3. room & board marble desk | 4. black plug-in sconce  | 5. fabric artwork by meike legler | 6. article marble & oak side table | 7. black and white striped planters | 8. blu dot leather sofa | 9. article black bar cabinet | 10. room & board clear glass table lamp

Oh, and if you want to read a bit more about the creative process, check out this article about us, featured on Dwell!! We are thrilled to have them supporting the story of our little studio.