There’s something truly satisfying about an elegantly simple space. Be it a bedroom or workplace, minimalism is gaining popularity. But truly expressive minimalistic design with personality is a craft — a craft Jessica Comingore seems to perfect.

A couple months ago we teamed up with lifestyle blogger Jessica to revamp her Los Angeles creative studio. Discover how her personality and work aesthetic are so inseparable from her new work environment.

Inside Jessica Comingore's Minimalistic Studio | west elm

What did the space look like when you first got it?

The space was just an empty rectangle with sandy wood floors, white walls and broken blinds over the windows. It was essentially a blank canvas to create within. For the first few months, the set-up consisted of a folding card table, my computer and a chair from my dining room table at home, but this gave me a chance to feel out the space a bit, and understand how it could be best utilized to serve the various needs of a studio.

Inside Jessica Comingore's Minimalistic Studio | west elm

Inside Jessica Comingore's Minimalistic Studio | west elm

What challenges were there?

Initially, the challenge lied in finding someone to share the space with. I knew it was a great find, but was hesitant to jump out on my own into a solo studio set-up. In the process of putting the word out, I started to realize how much I enjoyed working in a quiet space and having the room to designate different areas to different tasks (e.g. a design library, a standing work desk, and a computer station). At only 300 square feet, the space is suitable for one business while still leaving room to grow into it. Our other challenge at the moment lies in the lack of air conditioning during the height of summer in Los Angeles. Needless to say, we are very much looking forward to fall.

Inside Jessica Comingore's Minimalistic Studio | west elm

Inside Jessica Comingore's Minimalistic Studio | west elm

What was your goal when designing the space?

Like any interior I design, my goal was to make it calming, comfortable and functional. I approached this space much like I did my home, with a base of neutral furnishings that ground the room and can be brought to life with accessories and plants. I always prefer simplicity when it comes to my surroundings and wanted to create a space that encouraged creativity and collaboration without overwhelming the eye.

Inside Jessica Comingore's Minimalistic Studio | west elm

Inside Jessica Comingore's Minimalistic Studio | west elm

How do you feel about the outcome?

I love it! As we put the finishing touches on the space, it started to hit all of the check marks for what we had envisioned. Opening the door to the studio every morning feels refreshing and gets my creative wheels turning in a way I’ve never had with a work space.
Inside Jessica Comingore's Minimalistic Studio | west elm

Inside Jessica Comingore's Minimalistic Studio | west elm

Inside Jessica Comingore's Minimalistic Studio | west elm

Inside Jessica Comingore's Minimalistic Studio | west elm

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Jessica Comingore is currently based in Los Angeles, where she runs her studio and authors a lifestyle blog that focuses on the creative process and the people, places, and practices she finds inspiring. Connect with her on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.

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Gina Zegel

July 25, 2015

I love this look but I find it hard to eliminate all the great “things” that I love to collect. Usually I just organize them in boxes and rotate displays. Fun but work. I am purging now but a studio is the only place I would be able to keep that sparse. Since I don’t have a studio my life works in the opposite way. My home is detailed with stuff and my storage (studio) is pared down and organized .

Tanja Peters

July 25, 2015

Hi Jessica, could you let me in on where to find that writing desk?

It took ages to find a table like this and simply love it!!! As I live in a small apartment this desk will do perfectly for a home table. (-:

Carlos

September 2, 2015

Jessica
After seeing your space, I feel so relaxed, love what you do with colors to create such an inviting space

Carlos

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Lucie

January 10, 2016

Really beautiful space! I love the soft natural touches.

Nicole

June 8, 2016

Hello Jessica, could you let me where I can find the desk?

kind regards,
Nicole

Maxwell Tielman

June 9, 2016

Hi, Nicole! That’s west elm’s Industrial Storage Desk!

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