Friday, July 18, 2014

Project Update: Cakewalk Style Shop

TGIF!  Are you looking forward to the weekend ?  I hope so!  I thought I would close out the week with sharing a few updates on my Cakewalk Style Shop project, which I first introduced here. I am helping the owners of Houston boutique Cakewalk Style-  Jennifer Grigsby and Gina Cartwright- space plan and design their new shop location at 3201 Westheimer. How cute is the exterior?!

One of our main goals in the new space is to design inspiring office spaces in the back of the store for the girls to work from.  We are working with very minimal square footage, so function is our main focus .  To help add order to the overflowing supplies and products the girls had in their offices, we created a storage unit wall in Jen's office, constructed of Ikea Besta shelving in high gloss white. We plan to wallpaper the bit of wall nook that is visible in the Ikea Besta shelving and add downlighting.  This space is where Jen and her team plan to wrap and pack online orders:

We are also planning to wallpaper the main focal wall in Jenn's office that you see upon walking in her space. We decided on a bold floral print- Ellie Cashman's Dark Floral II Light Fresco wallcovering:

In Gina's office, we are in the process of adding window treatments to the windows as well as brainstorming an interesting ceiling treatment.  Here's what the current window situation is:

The glazed tiles aren't ideal, but because the girls are renting the space we have to work with what we've got!  The building sits on an east-west orientation, so there is serious sunlight streaming in in the afternoon.  The girls have even admitted to wearing sunglasses at times because of how bright it is!  So, window treatments are needed ASAP.  The plan is to do an interesting cornice box to frame the corner window and add roman shades.  Here's what's in our inspiration file:

I love the geometric shape of these cornice boxes.  They'd add such visual interest to the space and hide a bit of the upper tiles.

I'm thinking it would be fun to do an interesting trim on the roman shade:

For the ceiling treatment, love the idea of stripes like Kelly Wearstler utilized in the Avalon Hotel:

More fun stripes in a bold patterned nursery:

We will be installing the wallpaper soon, so I'll be able to share more progress pictures with you then.  I also need to take more photos of the offices themselves- I realized as I was putting this post together that I don't have many "before" photos that help explain the layout.  Be sure to follow along on my instagram for sneak peeks as we work on the space!


  1. nice pics!! ;]

    new post

  2. I love this store and think it's gonna look great when you are done!

  3. We can't wait to see it! We love working with you!

  4. Love the wallpaper...can't wait to see the finished project. PS, let me know if you need an assistant.

  5. I love ALL these ideas! I'm all about cornish boxes and roman shades!

    x Lily

  6. love all your ideas!! I can´t wait to see more. those cornices are beautiful!

  7. Love the wallpaper! Can't wait to see it completed :)

  8. Really cool space and love the floral wallcovering! Have fun! xo Nancy


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