The Studio Overhaul

If you follow us over on instagram you will be well aware that we are currently knee deep in a victorian home renovation. If you fancy heading over to Rock My Style then you can see a little of what we have achieved with the rooms downstairs (although we have made quite a few changes since).

After much deliberation, we thought it was about time that we turned our attention to one of the most important spaces in the house: namely what will be the Bonny & Clyde Studio. After Toby made the decision two years ago to work full time from home, it has become very apparant that the office space is just not fit for purpose. Without going into too much detail, there was actually a shower in this room (and when I say shower I mean a box with a shower head in it) and huge fitted wardrobes which dominated the space.  Now that we’ve attacked both of these issues with a giant sledgehammer we can actually see what we’re dealing with.
Eventually we will be using this space side by side, so we have had to think carefully about the layout and how we can both use the room comfortably.


The desk is going to have to be a big one. We will be using my very skilled brother in law to build us a reclaimed desk which fits across an entire wall. This is to house two iMacs, a laptop, light box and Wacon tablet which is used for illustrative work. As we will both be using this room, I will also need my own area for general pretty things – much to Toby’s disdain.

Although I love A frame legs like the image below, I do think they are space inhibative so we may opt for a hair pin leg instead. That way we can fit two or three chairs underneath, withour scraping our knees to shreds.

Now the random shower and wardrobes have been ripped out we have a complete wall which can be used for floor to ceiling shelving. We are hoping to use a range of crates and boxes to house our mountain of paper wares and general stationery. Our book collection is also reaching new heights so we will add some (more) reclaimed shelves to carry their weight.

Although Toby and I love a bit of Pinterest we both work better when we print our inspiration and photographs to create a physical moodboard. With this in mind we will be using one of the smaller walls to attach a full length cork board. This can be used to pin away to our hearts content and can easily be changed up with each new project. This will be a fairly modern addition to an otherwise rustic and industrial inspired space but I feel its a bit of a necessity.

We are still very much undecided about the flooring as it is currently a big fat mess. The floorboards are broken and so can’t be sanded as they have been in the rest of the house. As Toby favours a chair with wheels, we don’t feel that carpet would work in here either. We may well opt for laying a faux wood effect tile and adding rugs for warmth, but the jury is out at this stage.

Toby is a huge fan of plants and greenery so I’m guessing this is going to feature quite heavily, as will endless black and white prints of his idols. He has also gathered a whole ton of curios and little pieces over the years which are all crying out for a permanent home. As Toby will be spending the majority of his time in this room it’s important that he can work in a room that he connects with and has had a say in its overall appearance ( I say through gritted teeth).

We are aiming to have the studio finished by the spring time and are hoping it will make a massive difference to the way we work. It hasn’t been easy working from home when you’re surrounded by builders, plasterers and plumbers so here’s hoping for a little less chaos in 2017.  Now I’m off to find some flooring….



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