SpG Studio: The Office (Progress!)

Spiegeling Office (progress!)I am SO excited to share some more progress we've made on our studio space! As you can see, it's still far from done, but we've made SO much progress. Here's a little time machine trip to remind you where we were just three months ago… 

The office (before!)

And here's how this same room looks today… (!!!!)

Spiegeling Office (progress!)   After much thought, we decided to go black! I am thrilled with the choice. It honestly does not make the room feel too dark. If anything, I feel like it brings out its best features by highlighting those beautiful bay windows. 

Didier built this awesome (and crazy practical) office table with our dad. We'll share more about that in a separate post soon! We decided to invest in comfy office chairs and boy, are we happy with that choice! 

Spiegeling Office (progress!) As you can see in this photo, we still have a LOT of decorating to do. Our favorite part!! 

Spiegeling Office (progress!)  Isn't our one little light bulb SO sad? We have a light fixture coming soon. I can't wait! 

Here's my favorite upgrade…

The office (before!) (Before) Remember how I said it would be cool to finish this entire wall with bookselves? Well, our contractor (Martin Remodeling) did an in-credible job!!! 

Spiegeling Office shelves(After) Bookshelves for miles, right? I can't wait to fill these up! 

Still on our to-do list: We purchased a black Smeg for this room for our team's lunches and snacks. We're planning a coffee cart area because God knows we love some coffee around here. Styling the shelves, for sure! Some hanging plants? Yes, probably. And that light fixture… We're SO excited for it to arrive. Beyond that, we're feeling at home here already! 

Thanks so much for taking a look at our progress. We'll be sharing more updates soon! xo. Helen 

Credits// Author: Helen Larson, Photography: Sarah Rhodes

  • I am loving how you ladies are reinventing this house, and these black walls look so sharp! Excited to see more progress!

    // Regina


  • Looks great! Love all the black and white. And those big open windows…so lovely!

  • I love everything about this space: the shelves, the table, the chairs, the yellow door..! I wish I could work in such a cool place 😉 Looking forward to more photos as all your decor come in place 🙂


  • Thanks so much Regina!! We’re way too excited to finally be moved in and using the space!
    xx- Helen

  • It looks so great already! I love the black walls and can’t wait to see the final product.

  • I can honestly say I love all of the design elements you’ve brought to your readers through your blog. So inspiring, I can’t wait to start decorating my own place with inspiration from you!

  • Black/white favourite combo….Have a lovely weekend all. x


  • LOVE the black walls, especially with those gorgeous windows and white curtains. And the terracotta pots lined up on the windowsill – you’re a girl after my own heart :p

  • These black walls with white trim…. stunning…. wow wow wow!! This room looks amazing!!

  • I love how the black paint turned out! I wouldn’t have ever thought of that but with those gorgeous windows & the fun yellow door it looks amazing!

  • It looks amazing! I am really enjoying seeing all of your progress!! The table is such a good practical design and I really love the bookcase. Where did you get those chairs from??

  • the desk is my favorite part. wow! so unique and practical!!


  • So awesome! I never imagined such a bright room with black walls! You ladies pulled it off well. Excited to see what you do next. 🙂

  • those bookshelves are perfect!! absolutely love this room so far!



  • I love the bookshelves. One day I’ll have a wall-to-wall book shelve like this!!


  • ladies this looks amazing!
    can’t wait to see the bookshelves all filled up.

  • Oh wow! It looks absolutely amazing so far! Loving the monochrome colour scheme too! x


  • This is beyond fantastic! Honestly I had no idea that black can be such a great choice!

  • Love everything about it from the table (desk like) to the shelves to the colors!! xo

  • I’m loving the small pops of color against the dark walls and beautiful floors…the door is my favorite!!

  • this looks really great. i would have thought that the black is too dark, but the nice lightening and the white furniture make it perfect

  • Surprisingly the black doesn’t make it look too dark at all!! I love what y’all have done so far… & that window, swoooon! New reader here, can’t wait to show!!

  • What a strikingly beautiful space. I feel a creative rush scrolling through these photos. Right on, you guys!

  • Wow! I LOVE the black and white contrast! Can’t wait to see the light fixture 🙂

  • Oh it’s coming along great! I love the black walls.


  • elsie, it looks beautiful!
    where is the source for the chairs?
    thanks <3 happy valentines day!

  • Holy Crap! Those shelves turned out amazing! So often before and afters can be underwhelming, but they really took my breath away!

  • What a great space! I LOVE the black! I’d always thought the rooms would feel dark and small. By the looks of it, it doesn’t; the white POPS! Can’t wait to see more!

  • Very jealous of both the bay windows and the table. Looking forward to hearing more about it…

  • How wonderful, I be it’ll look great when you are done with it!
    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • This room looks so sleek! Upon first look, the main black wall (between the windows and the shelves) looked like it could have been a chalkboard wall. I thought that would be a pretty cool idea, having a wide space to work out ideas.

  • Gorgeous! With progress like this, you guys are going to end up moving out of your homes and into the SpG house! 😉

  • This is looking GREAT!!! I absolutely LOVE that bookshelf wall! It’s been my dream (you know, ever since Beauty and the Beast) to have a whole wall of bookshelves!



  • love the way you ladies dare to frame this door in this bright yellow/grren color!


  • love the black walls, and this bookshelves! can i come work with you? pretty please?

  • Looks great! The black is a bold move, can’t wait to see how you style this room.


  • Even now, it looks ready for some awesome creative meetings! I love the table, I cannot wait to hear how Didier and your Dad built it!

  • Love! Would LOVE to see the desk tutorial–we’re planning on building our own desk too!

  • Wow to the beginnings of the makeover (whatta table!), but more so to your growth! I’ve been reading for quite a few years now, and seeing the progression over time has been so exciting.
    (side note: a few years ago, I never bought your diy planner, and I mourn that decision every time I get a new planner.)

  • WOW!!! I love it ~ all of it. That’s a kewel table they built…and I love the chairs….book cases ~ all very nice ~ great job!! 🙂

  • The black walls really add something to the room!


  • wow, i never knew a room with black walls could look so bright!! looks fantastic, ladies!

  • Ya know, I was a tad scared about the black, but I absolutely LOVE it!! I definitely makes the bay windows stand out. You have so much natural light, it’s impossible to make that room look too dark.

    xo Denise

  • Oh my gosh! The black is brilliant and those bookshelves! I’m dying. Can’t wait to see them styled. What an amazing space to work in.

  • from the first picture, i thought part of the wall was chalkboard! love the room; it looks great 🙂

  • LOVE that table!! I wish my desk at work looked like that. I love the idea of being able to put paperwork underneath, to keep you desk looking nice and organized. 🙂

  • I love the practicality of that table! I wish my desk at work looked like that. I really like the idea of being able to tuck your paperwork underneath your desk to keep it looking nice and organized. 🙂

  • Wauw it looks amazing! The black walls sure makes the room sooo pretty and more interesting – you kind of see the light more… I’m a fan of this 😉

  • What an amazing office-space! Can’t wait to see how it looks when the decorating is done!

  • You guys never fail to amaze me! You do so many things well, and design is just one more to add to the list. This house it turning out awesome, I always look so forward to the updates on the progress:)

  • The black walls look nice in this space, but they would look very sharp if you went in and fixed some of the wobbly edges between the trim, ceiling, and walls.

    The bookshelves looks great. Maybe some crown molding at the top and around the room to integrate them a bit more?

  • It looks amazing. At first glance I thought you had blackboard painted walls for brain storming.
    Love everything you are doing in the house.

  • Hey Angela!
    That’s so kind, thank you so much!!

    Don’t worry- we’ll do another planner in the future! 😀 I really appreciate you saying that!

    Thanks for reading!
    xx- Helen

  • Everything is looking so good. Love the black walls. And those chairs look amazing.

  • The place looks absolutely incredible! For a while now I wanted to paint the walls in my room black, leaving the ceiling white just like you did, and this just made me realise that I have to do it. Thank you. x

  • I am excited to hear more about the table! And those chairs looks amazingly comfortable.

  • So excited to learn more about that fantastic table!! Love the black contrast 🙂

  • This room is absolutely amazing! Is this black a chalkboard paint? I also love your bookshelves!


  • When I read that you painted your walls black, I was a little surprised and unsure, but I really love the black walls! I do think they make the windows stand out and I also love the contrast, too. Can’t wait to see it all decorated!

  • I love this!!! And after trying for a long time to convince my husband to paint part of our living room black, I finally showed him these photos, and he got convinced. YESSSSS. So thank you! Looking forward to see more after-shots of the house 🙂
    xo Kat


  • I love a wall of shelving – to me it just shouts “possibility”… for storage, decoration, personal expression, inspiration. The space is looking terrific!!

  • Gorgeous! Those black walls are so stunning, and really draw attention to the bay window. And those chairs! They’re the most rad looking office chairs.

  • This room is looking SO AWESOME! I’m super excited to see the finished product! I think the black walls + white rolly chairs give the room such a chic vibe!

  • I love the black so much! Total inspiration. At first I thought it was actually all chalkboard but either way it’ll serve as the perfect high contrast background for beautiful photos.

  • I love your black walls. We’ve got one black wall in our kitchen and it looks great:)

  • That table looks great! I’m looking forward to see how you constructed it. I love saving money in the budget by building the larger items-more wiggle room to buy artsy stuff later.

  • Wow, such a difference. I love taking chances on things like wall color, and apparently you guys do as well! I love the dark.

  • This is BEAUTIFUL! I love the black walls too! Is it chalkboard paint? If not, I wonder if it would work similarly with chalk every once in a while. This looks like an incredible think space. I’m so excited for you guys to work in here! I’d die to have a studio space like this one.

    Nicely done!!
    xx. Jillian

  • It looks AMAZING!!! I can already imagine how creativity flows in such an inspiring “ambiente”. Great job and I am so curious abou the progress.
    xx, Sarah

  • it looks amazing!! I love the shelves and how the bay windows look with the surrounded walls in black… Congrats!!

  • i’m really digging the progress shots updates. i like that it gives a glimpse of the reality that is the before to the magic that is the after. it makes tackling a big project seem more manageable and that the in between phase is just part of the process!

  • Wow, it looks great! Very professional and at the same time, very personal! Can’t wait to see the finished look!

    Cx from http://mixedmediumstheatre.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Oh I love love love the black! That table is pretty awesome too! Cant wait to see more as always!

    Lulu xx


  • Wow, that wall of shelves looks like it was always supposed to be that way. How beautiful, I would not normally consider black for a wall color but it does make everything pop and the table reminds me of kindergarten class when everyone had their cubby in their desk for their stuff. It looks like you can store things out of site in that table, with everything at your fingertips but still neat & clean. I would love to have that in my school room.


  • What a great looking workspace! It’s love how bright the room still is even with such a dark wall color! What is that wall color? Is it a true black?

  • The book shelves!!!! Gorgeous!!! Can’t wait to see how you girls fill those up.


  • Lovely photos ! Great post ℓα ℒιcσrηe – ℒa vie est ℓa petite ℓicorne.

  • I love that giant desk/table. The black walls look fantastic, I love that it doesn’t look like a cave at all in there. Such a cool workspace!

  • Everything is so beautiful ugh, you ladies are so talented. I hope you both go from strength to strength !

  • Wow black walls – daring, but it totally works! Also, I have to say that I love the table with the extra space underneath the table top – brilliant! Indeed, your contractor did a truly wonderful job with your bookshelves 🙂

  • Would you mind terribly sharing the link? I have been looking for a chair just like this for my home office!

  • WOW…this place looks amazing. I would have never had this vision from the way the house looked before. You ladies sure are talented. The office is so simple and beautiful. Love the little succulents on the window sill. The black and green really look great together.


  • it’s beautiful! can’t wait for more updates!


  • The space looks great ladies! I hope to one day have such a stylish office for my business. Continue your inspiring work! xx

  • Love it! 🙂 Come to think of it, this would look good in my office (maybe I should ask my boss? ;)).

    ps: the Smeg is the smartest move ever, let me assure you

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