Camille Styles took a plunge this year that every creative professional dreams about. She signed the lease on her very own studio and office space – one that was big enough for her fast-growing team.

Suddenly she was looking at an entire building to design from scratch!

Exciting (but scary) stuff, as every writer knows that the blank page can be one of the most frightening sights in the world. The “fear of a blank page” even has an intense psuedo-scientific term: vacansopapurosophobia.

To avoid this hard-to-pronounce terror, Camille stuck to a few basic principles that kept design process focused…

Read on to discover how Camille and interior designer Claire Zinnecker began with nothing more than a Pinterest board and ended with an incredibly bright + multifunctional studio building – photographed by Jessica Pages.

Plus get 3 easy practical tips that you can use to start improving your space tonight!

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“When I found this 1930’s bungalow in downtown Austin, it needed a lot of love, but I immediately fell in love with its charm as well as its close proximity to so many of my teams’ favorite restaurants and watering holes. Since our studio is the scene of daily photo shoots, food styling, and recipe testing, we needed a space that would photograph beautifully and could be transformed to fit whatever we’re shooting..”

Designing A Studio Space From Scratch by Camille Styles | west elm

Flower Arrangement - Designing A Studio Space From Scratch by Camille Styles | west elm

“Every creative space has got to have an inspiration board! Don’t get me wrong, no one loves Pinterest more than team CS, but there’s something to be said for doing it the old-school way and ripping a gorgeous page out of a magazine, letting it greet you when you walk through the doors each morning.”

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“We kept the bigger furniture pieces simple and classic, and added interest by layering on plenty of pattern, texture and metallic touches that could be added or subtracted to fit the mood. Now when I walk through the front door, the entire space feels like a breath of fresh air, and I’m inspired to get to work and be my most creative self.”

Dining Set - Designing A Studio Space From Scratch by Camille Styles | west elm

Glassware Set - Designing A Studio Space From Scratch by Camille Styles | west elm

“A fresh coat of white paint and clean, modern fixtures went a long way in transforming our studio space. This room thankfully had the original wood floors that just needed a bit of polishing.”

Narrow Accent Table - Designing A Studio Space From Scratch by Camille Styles | west elm

“A cactus is great for those with a black thumb (me) since it requires nothing more than monthly watering.”

Designing A Studio Space From Scratch by Camille Styles | west elm

“A full-length mirror for last minute outfit/makeup checks before photo shoots is a pretty, practical addition to the space.”

Floor Mirror - Designing A Studio Space From Scratch by Camille Styles | west elm

“An eye-catching nook can go a long way in making a small room feel luxurious.”

Green Mid-Century Sofa - Designing A Studio Space From Scratch by Camille Styles | west elm

“The entire process has been fun, challenging, occasionally stressful, and most definitely a great learning experience in so many ways. It’s been really exciting to see our original inspiration boards come to life!”

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Designing A Studio Space From Scratch by Camille Styles | west elm

Designing A Studio Space From Scratch by Camille Styles | west elm

Want to redesign your home office? Avoid vacansopapurosophobia by starting with small changes. Take a few minutes in the space tonight to consider the following:

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    Does your workspace have empty nooks + corners? Think about creating a comfortable spot to sit and review documents, away from your desk.

2.

    Is your workspace practical to a fault? An interesting mirror adds much-needed personality, but it’s also functional.

3.

    You heard Camille: “Every creative space has got to have an inspiration board!”

Camille Styles

Camille Styles is the founder and creative director of lifestyle blog CamilleStyles.com, as well as a sought-after event stylist and lifestyle expert. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband Adam and their 19-month-old daughter, Phoebe.

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Anastasia

May 21, 2014

Love this – love Camille! Such a fabulous space, hoping to see it some day!

Sue

May 23, 2014

Where is the blue/green rug from?

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Lin

June 7, 2014

love this!!! Where is the white shelving from that’s behind the desk??

Carol

June 9, 2014

This is absolutely the coolest office ever. Love the all-white. I’d also like to know where you
got the blue-green rug, and the green sofa, and the rhino. Actually, I’d like to place an order for the whole office, as-is.

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