I’ve been wanting to reveal this project to you for SO long and while it’s been “finished” for a while, we were waiting for some finishing touches to arrive before we revealed the final space! And we finally get to share all of the exciting details with you today! 🎉
So, grab a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine, I’m not judging 😉) and let’s get into it!
I have wanted an office ever since our team started growing, and as luck would have it, we took over the lease practically right when Coronavirus hit. I have to admit I was anxious and devastated as the investment in the lease and the renovations were a lot of money, and I ultimately didn’t know what would happen to the space. Luckily, even though the girls have been working from home, I have been able to use it to escape from the house when I need it. It’s a little bit lonely at times, but my fingers are crossed that we will all be able to work from there as a team shortly! 🤞
We tried to document the process as much as we could along the way, so you could have a behind the scenes glimpse into this journey of ours. So, make SURE to watch the video below! Long story short, it was a stressful process, and we went WAYY over budget but it turned out more beautiful and cozy than I could have ever imagined. When I look back on everything, I feel as though we did a lot of unnecessary updates, but I really felt like in the industry that we are in, which is making people smile, laugh, and being a creative outlet. It was important to me that the space reflected that for the team; I wanted an office that was inspiring, beautiful, clean, felt safe, and was ultimately a happy place for the girls to work. I really feel like we achieved that.
Before we get to the good stuff … the official walk-through reveal AND video. I wanted to take a minute and send a HUGE shoutout to some of the people that helped make this project happen! First and foremost, this project would not have been possible without Kara from Blue Alice Space + Design. She took the reins on all of the project management and coordination and helped design the entire space. My cousin Charles from CW Persona did all of the renovations, and all of the stunning built-ins and cabinetry were designed by Westwood Fine Cabinetry. First and foremost, we wouldn’t have been able to secure this stunning space if it wasn’t for Meghan from HM Commercial Group. They were all crucial in this project, and it wouldn’t have been possible without them.
Well, are you ready? Let’s head on in and check it out!
The JHD HQ Reveal
As soon as you enter the space, you are greeted with beautiful custom built-in shelving done by Westwood Fine Cabinetry, a local Kelowna company. I am so blown away with the final result, the design and build were completely customized, and every inch is stunning! They also designed an adorable little bench within the built-in, where I originally thought Leo would sit quietly while I was working at the coffee bar. It looks adorable, but I don’t know what I was thinking … a 4-year-old sitting quietly waiting for me to finish work! LOL! Jokes on me! 😂
While the first floor is pretty small, I knew I wanted a decent-sized boardroom area where we could have meetings and a place the girls could eat their lunch and hangout. The boardroom table was designed and handmade by Holly (Shay’s best friend) from The Shed Design, and I have to say I’m obsessed. Each end of the table features a gorgeous marble end cap and the wood is just stunning.
Also, I was genuinely surprised by the chairs, they are an IKEA find, and all of the girls LOVE them, they are not only comfortable, but they look amazing in the space! This area wouldn’t be complete without the Leo rug (go figure 🤪) from Caitlin Wilson Design, the Gleaming Primrose Mirror from Anthropologie, the Samsung Frame TV, the Annie chandelier 😉 from Design Lighting, and the gorgeous Magnolia Mural wallpaper from Anewall.
I have to say that this custom pink kitchen is one of my favourite touches throughout the space! Justin wouldn’t let me have a pink kitchen in our home, so I thought the next best thing was having one at the office.🤪 To complete the look, we ordered a pink Smeg fridge only to realize that it was a little too bubble-gummy for the space, so we had it custom painted by Paul Jarvin (Justin’s friend) in Benjamin Moore Salmon Berry 2089-50, one shade darker than the cabinets, which were painted in Benjamin Moore Peach Kiss 2089-60. To top it off, we added in Intense White countertops, brush-finished white quartz from Caesarstone, and Rivtastone Countertops, best for high traffic kitchens. And, if you know me, you know I can’t live without a coffee (and wine 😉), and the Philips Saeco Coffee Machine we have in the office does not disappoint! The cabinets are, of course, from Westwood Fine Cabinetry, and the hardware is from Emtek.
When we toured the space for the first time, I remember looking into the bathroom and realizing just how much love it needed. It was not pretty. It was stark and cold and just not inviting whatsoever. I remember trying to wrap my head around how we were going to make it feel more feminine and cozy and SOMEHOW we were able to pull it off! As soon as you enter the bathroom, on display is our “Lovey Lady Lumps” print; I especially love it in this space because we all have our lumps and bumps and we should be PROUD of them. It’s a gentle reminder for all of us. I opted for a bold yet feminine wallpaper from Anewall called Rose Le Soir to add a hit of moodiness in the bathroom. As for cabinetry, we did a beautiful custom piece from Westwood Fine Cabinetry and added an oval mirror and two gold sconces on either side!
What initially made me fall in love with this unit is this little coffee bar that overlooks the park. I love the idea of sitting there and people watching (and working, of course 🤪). The funny thing about this office is that I don’t actually have an “office”.There are two private offices upstairs that belong to Shay (our COO) and Jennifer (our Financial Controller). I have no regrets for the most part, but I do get distracted from time-to-time when I’m at the coffee bar and the office is full. The good news is that it hasn’t really been a problem as all of the girls have been working from home as of late.
Welcome to the second floor of our space! When we first took over this space, the stairwell up to the second floor wasn’t very “pretty” and I really wanted to add some more depth to this space. With the help of our friends at Metrie, we were able to add beautiful wall panelling using their MDF Panel Mould.
At first glance, I was really unsure how the upstairs would turn out, but I’m so happy with the final result! One of my favourite features on the second floor is the pink accent wall and image gallery; I like to refer to it as our homage to our Instagram accounts! The desks and chairs facing the accent wall are from IKEA, even the floating shelves too! We had Mindy’s desk in the corner custom-designed by Westwood Fine Cabinetry which they made from Hickory wood and stained with Pale Ale, a custom wood stain. The top of her desk is Empira White from Caesarstone and Rivtastone Countertops, an interpretation of authentic Calacatta marble with a timeless look.
We have two executive offices on the second floor that belong to Shay, our COO, and Jennifer, our Financial Controller. When we took over the space, the glass walls and sliding doors were already installed, I wasn’t a fan of them at first as they aren’t really my style, but they have really grown on me! In both of the girl’s offices, we have desks and chairs from IKEA; they are a fraction of the price and look just as good as well as custom cabinetry from Westwood Fine Cabinetry (can you tell I love them 🥰).
I wanted to round up all of the details on the office design in one space to make it easily accessible for you.
Design & Construction:
Design: Blue Alice Space + Design
Construction: CW Persona
Built-ins & Cabinetry: Westwood Fine Cabinetry – Design Discount
All Other Walls: Benjamin Moore Classic Grey OC-23
Upstairs Accent Wall: Benjamin Moore Spring Pink 2090-70
Smeg Fridge: Benjamin Moore Salmon Berry 2089-50
Westwood Kitchen Cabinets: Benjamin Moore Peach Kiss 2089-60
Westwood Built-Ins (main floor): Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace OC-65
Westwood Built-Ins (upstairs): Benjamin Moore Nimbus 1465
Main Floor: Anewall Magnolia Mural – Sponsored
Bathroom: Anewall Rose Le Soir – Sponsored
Stairwell: Metrie Fashion Forward Scene II 1 1/8″ MDF Panel Mould – Sponsored
Throughout: Emtek Westwood Pull 8″ 86478 Satin Brass – Sponsored
Bathroom Door: Emtek Diamond Crystal Knob – Sponsored
Boardroom: Design Lighting 6 Light Chandelier White – Design Discount
Bathroom: Savoy House Monroe 9-302-1-322
Executive Offices: Wayfair Nelly 12 Light Sputnik
Stairs: Lights on Banks 3 Light Chandelier F3321/3ADB – Design Discount
Bathroom: Caesarstone Intense White – Sponsored
Mindy’s Desk: Caesarstone Empira White – Sponsored
Coffee Machine: Philips SAECO XELSIS Coffee Machine – Gifted
Barstools: Wayfair Kolar Counter Stools (back in stock March 3rd!)
Desk Chairs: Ikea Langfjall Beige/White
Upstairs Desks: Ikea Linnmon/Alex with White Oak top
Executive Office Desks: Ikea Hemnes
Boardroom Rug: Caitlin Wilson Leo Rug – Gifted
Second Floor Runner: Caitlin Wilson Hibiscus Runner – Gifted
Executive Office Rugs: Caitlin Wilson Hibiscus Rug – Gifted
I am head over heels in love with this space, and we are already busting at the seams. My gut tells me that we will need a new office sooner than later, but we’ll see what happens in the future.
I was so excited to work with all of the above-mentioned companies throughout our renovation and we’re so grateful for partnering with some of them on this huge project! Please note that all thoughts and opinions are my own.