I’m Alia and this is Jamie. We have been dating for a year and a month. and I just moved to Simsbury, Connecticut a month ago. A month ago? Two months ago? Three months ago. So I wrapped up my whole studio apartment in new york had it moved up here and when you really break down what you own and you see it all in like fifteen boxes being wrapped up in one small truck you’re like, “huh.” I wanted her to be comfortable, this is a big change. I was more nervous about how I could make her happy than really whether or not she would fit in. He challenges me he makes me think about things really differently but once I think about it his ideas are really interesting and valid and when we do it together, we are better together. I think I’d like to take the upstairs empty bedroom and turn it into an office for you. So it’s a little bit of a fantastic catastrophe. I think I can transition that closet where you’re keeping some of your miscellaneous clothes to kind of a work station office area. For an office, it’s gonna be awesome. I want her to feel like she’s got a really special place. Again, more nervous face. I let you do the formal living room. I am surprised but sometimes it’s a very different type of surprised than I imagined. I was thinking, we create a little bit more space. but we could maybe put a desk some shelves, maybe a really cool light. But maybe it’s more of like a nook. We could do like a desk that comes out a little bit. Would you be cool if we took the doors off? I definitely want to take the doors off. The rail, the shelf will obviously come out. What if we do wallpaper? We are definitely keeping the wall paper people here in Simsbury, Connecticut in business. In fashion and design we call that idea a Feature Focus. That point in the room or that point in the outfit where your eye goes first. So I feel like if we do a really cool metallic wallpaper your eye will be automatically drawn to the office. I’m excited about this, this is gonna be awesome. Let’s do it. There we go. That’s impressive. In order to take the last bolt out of the door usually you need an extra hand. I need you to hold this door for me. Ooh, a little snug. Are you kidding me? Babe, this is my new look. We’ve got a clean palette here. I’m gonna have a guy, Joe he’s awesome, install the wallpaper and then I have an awesome chandelier coming. You’re gonna love it. Does that mean I get to get back to work? You’re dismissed. Perfect. So one of the most important parts of a modern office today is inspiration I really want to be able to look up and see something creative that inspires me. I call this project, your live mood board. I took a queue from the wallpaper and I actually got the same wallpaper but in a larger scale to create my mood board which I am going to use clipboards for and the plan is to wallpaper them in the same wallpaper pattern as what’s going to be behind them so in essence they become part of that wall and you can clip things to them that really represent what’s inspiring you in the moment. So what we’re going to do is literally just trace the clipboard. Take your exacto knife and make that nice clean line. Then we actually need to cut out a little piece to account for the top so we’ll just trace that. When you clip it in, you’ll see that it fits perfectly. and we’re just gonna glue it down and use a little double stick tape. Just like that. and a girls best friend in making sure that your wallpapered clipboard stays sticking to the clipboard is a big book to put on top for about an hour. Just let it sit. And then we’ll hang them. Okay, let’s check on the progress. So it’s been about an hour. I love it, look how cute this looks. This is gonna look great. Wallpaper can be really tricky to install. My strategy when thinking about how I’m gonna put this closet together. was to use what I call the investment strategy. In fashion, it’s sort of that same idea as wearing a t-shirt and jeans but really expensive shoes and investing in a hand bag right? Because that’s where you eye goes, that’s what you notice. I gave the measurements of this closet to Calico and they created a custom piece of wall paper for this entire closet. So I’m putting into the hands of a professional. This is my guy and I’m really excited to see what this looks like. I like to design every room with one dramatic element that really draws you in. in this case its calico wallpaper. They’re one of my favorite brands because they design beautiful wallpaper to look like artwork so it really defines the space. I am going to put together a really cool storage solution. A book spine basket It’s gonna look like a shelf of books when we’re done. I got this basket at home goods. I think I spent $4.99. The books, a set of 24 vintage encyclopedias got on ebay for fourteen dollars. I’m gonna measure the basket on the cardboard and just mark it off. I’m gonna cut the cardboard and I’m gonna affix it to the basket first and the easiest way to do that is good old fashion zip ties. Make a little hole and put the zip tie through. Make sure it’s lines up so once you have it zip tied put that aside and we are going to cut the books. So you take your exacto knife and I’m just gonna cut the spine. Keep one side on the left and one side on the right. So from the side, it looks like their’s still a book. and in the middle, we’re just going to keep these spines. Good old fashioned fabric glue goes a very long way and you could be generous with it. Once you have all of your spines You’re literally just going to line them up. Once you have all of your book spines lines up you can turn it right side up like it did. It needs about 20 minutes to dry to make sure that the spines are actually affixed to the cardboard. when I think about creating design solutions, I really want them to look elevated. That is number one for me. If it looks like a hack, it is a hack. If someone saw this and was surprised by it I did my job. Going out on the town today I’m thinking maybe some coffee table books, a few objects. Just things that have some personality i think really are going to bring that space to life. I’m at Beehive Home It’s a really cool home decor store and one of my favorite spots in town. I’m here to get some ideas for the closet and I’m already seeing some pretty awesome inspiration Wow, having a great oversized chandelier really makes a small space feel bigger. A lot of people think you have to match the scale of the room to the fixtures but I love a bang fixture or something that just jumps out at you and makes the space pop. It’s not the office stuff that really makes the office it’s the untraditional pieces that you find that surprise and delight that really make it come to life. I think you’re coming with me actually. So this is a desk from CB2. It is marble top, so it is quite heavy and I’ve never actually seen it in person I’ve just seen it online. Let’s get this box open. I love it. What we’re gonna do is we’re gonna bring it upstair to the room because we won’t be able to fit it through the door. This is gorg. These tones surprisingly just work really really well together and it has this really amazing textural, high gloss feeling. It looks great. I am obsessed. Obsessed with this wallpaper. So this is my favorite part. I am going to decorate the shelves. So what should we put on them? Is it a stack of books? Or is it a clever storage idea>A little bit of both. Where do you live? This is so awesome. I love it. I might live here now Let’s put the books in the tray. You’re like the style boss babe. Jamie, I’m impressed. What is this? The cherry on top. Thank you for this. It’s awesome, I love it for you. It’s awesome.