When starting a new business, a great office space is essential. This is something that Ellie McNevin was keenly aware of when she and her business partner, Lindsay Fleege, launched Gray & Co, a boutique PR firm based in Charleston, South Carolina. After returning to the south after a long stint working in media in New York, Ellie got straight to work on reintegrating her roots and setting up shop. First thing on the agenda? Swanky new digs!
The location for the Gray & Co offices was a picture-perfect nineteenth century building on Society Street with beautiful bones and great potential. “It was being used as a storage space before we moved in,” Ellie notes, “so it just needed a bit of clearing out and fresh paint. We wanted to make sure to show off the architectural details like the tall windows, fireplace, and original floors.”
The space was small, but this is where Ellie and Lindsay’s experience living in crammed New York City apartments came in handy. “It was important for us to have two specific areas,” Ellie continues, “one for business meetings and client brainstorming sessions, and another for our daily workspace.” To accomplish this, desks were lined up in a streamlined fashion against the longest wall, while space was kept in the center of the room for a conference table. “The bentwood chairs have a slim profile, so they don’t take up much space in the major traffic areas—a huge bonus!”
After a bit of elbow grease and some help from friends, the office is a charming amalgam of southern charm and New York glamour. “It’s such a fun, happy place to be and work,” Ellie says. “We both came from corporate jobs, so it’s exciting to work in a space that reflects our personalities and our brand!”
Featured: Industrial Storage Desk // Bentwood Office Chair // Curved Leather Chair // Box Frame Console Table // Pillar Table Lamp in Antique Brass // Arc Mid-Century Chandelier // Gallery Frame in Polished Brass
Photos by Amanda Greeley