If you missed it on social- we are excited to announce that our brand new studio located in North Temecula is finally finished. We have been working on getting this new space ready since May and it can be described as nothing less than a labor of love, lol.
Here is a little bit of our journey from when we first got the keys until now. Most of the photos and videos that you will see were taken off iphones and saved from our Insta Stories.
When we first started thinking about moving, we were actually looking at a different space. It was next door to the space we currently have but it was smaller therefore less expensive as well. We must have toured the space a thousand times trying to figure out how we were going to make it work. Ultimately, it was not configured the way we needed it to be but the thought of getting a larger space was quite frankly- scary.
It wasn’t until Leah’s Dad said, “Why are you guys trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. Just get the space you need and do it right.” It was at that moment that we realized we had to take the risk. So, the papers were signed and we got the keys.
We definitely had our rose colored imagination glasses on because the place was an absolute mess. The carpets were stained and navy blue. All the trim around the doors was dark brown and forest green around all the windows. There were holes in the walls, ripped out electrical wires, and the showroom was a disaster.
Then it was time for renovations. We hired our good friend with Design Doctor and she helped us articulate our vision and start a Pinterest board. At one point- we threw around the idea of building a loft area to make the place two stories instead of one (which you will see when you click on our inspiration board). Who knows- that may still be in the cards for us down the road. Right away though, we knew the direction we wanted to go in was modern, chic and clean. Which meant all white with pops of gold accents with the first order of business being to get rid of the navy blue carpet.
Picking flooring was the easy part but the paint, that was a whole other story.
After the flooring, paint and baseboards were complete- we had to start picking furniture. One of the biggest advantages of having a business partner is that you have someone to bounce ideas off of that are going to be different from your own. But one of the biggest disadvantages of having a business partner is that their ideas are different than your own, lol. We’ve worked together for so long now that we have mastered the art of compromise and have learned to trust the process of finding that compromise.
Every time, the final outcome is always better than if one of us had made all of the decisions independent of the other. There were lots of hours in the office holding up prints of items, fabrics and swatches. We researched online and would frequent stores on the daily looking for what we needed. Thank goodness we had Design Doctor to give us direction and let us know what we needed and where.
But there was definitely a few mishaps along the way– there was the wrong color couches followed by the right colored couches that needed to be custom made because our reception area is an odd size.
Then there was our marble table that showed up with a HUGE crack down the center.
Then there was the infamous non-returnable mirrors that were supposed to go in the office but couldn’t go in the office because the wall behind our desk is CONCRETE. Then the round coffee tables that were the size of a step-stools that were not going to work in the front room. Just to name a few, lol.
The best part was being able to invite the team out to celebrate with us.
Then there is our showroom in the back of our offices where we have Captured Photo Booths.
In case you were wondering where those mirrors went that we could not return– they are in the “LMP Selfie Bathroom” because doesn’t everyone take selfies in the bathroom?
Thank you all so much for stopping by and sharing in this journey with us!