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The Happily Eva After Studio Reveal

Eva Amurri Martino stands at the marble island in the center of the Happily Eva After studio space

Welcome to the Happily Eva After studio!  I’m so excited to show you where I spend the majority of my time– day and night! Ha!  When Kyle and I were house hunting in Connecticut, we were on high alert for the perfect space to hold the Happily Eva After studio as the business grows and develops.  I needed gorgeous light, lots of room and storage, and space that could hold parties, photo shoots, Youtube video setups, backdrops, a space for meetings– and an ability to adapt as I take on employees.  Whew! As you can imagine, not a lot of spaces fit the bill!  We thought we were going to have to find someplace that had room enough to build a structure from scratch…until we found our current home.  It had the best space that was being used as a media room.  The only problem, it was a bit dark and carpeted and didn’t feel as spacious as I needed.  I put in hardwood floors, changed the ceiling and all the lighting, and painted everything a ultra bright white.  And boy did it transform the space! It feels palatial now! Since the space is all mine, I wanted to go ultra femme with the decor.  Or at least what ultra femme means to me– very feminine and eclectic but with a modern, industrial touch.  A modern woman personified! LOL. I just love how it turned out, and I can’t wait to see how it morphs as Happily Eva After grows and changes!  Design sources are listed below.

Eva Amurri Martino's studio for lifestyle and motherhood blog Happily Eva After

The marble topped island and framed logo in the Happily Eva After studio

Eva Amurri Martino's studio for lifestyle and motherhood blog Happily Eva After

The sitting area of the Happily Eva After studio

an array of pillows on the couch in the Happily Eva After sitting area

The coffee table scattered with books and objects in the Happily Eva After studio

A detailed corner of the Happily Eva After studio

The "kids corner" of the Happily Eva After studio

Eva Amurri Martino's desk in the Happily Eva After studio

White and gold desk accessories in Eva Amurri Martino's Happily Eva After studio

Eva Amurri Martino hangs something above her desk in the Happily Eva After studio

 

Eva Amurri Martino's studio for lifestyle and motherhood blog Happily Eva After

 

Shop the look…

 

 

Design Sources

Couch: West Elm (in yarn-dyed linen weave, “Ice”)

Coffee Table: Cyan Design

Multicolored Trays: Aelfie

Rug: Lulu & Georgia

Marble-topped Island:  Custom design

Side Chairs: Lulu & Georgia

Rattan Side Table: One Kings Lane (similar)

Side Table Lamp:  Vintage

Couch Pillows: Lulu & Georgia

Furry Throw:  Pom Pom At Home

Eva Poster:  Vintage

Walnut Credenza:  Room & Board (similar)

Milk Glass Table Lamps:  Vintage, shades by Anthropologie (similar)

Trio of Cloches:  Grandin Road (similar)

Desk Chair:  West Elm (similar)

Computer: Apple

Teacup Succulent Planter:  Happily Eva After DIY

Desk Accessories:  Target

Baby Bouncer Chair:  Skip Hop

Baby Play Gym:  Skip Hop

 

 

 

Photographs by Courtney Ann Photography
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48 Comments

  1. Gemma says:

    Just wow! What a transformation!!

    Gemma
    http://www.fadedwindmills.com

    03.13.17Reply
  2. Faith says:

    Nice work, Eva! If you ever decided to do a Happily Eva After magazine, I would subscribe! You are so inspiring!

    03.13.17Reply
  3. Love the space. SO bright and airy!

    03.13.17Reply
  4. Anila Cooper says:

    I am happy for you, but at the same time very envious. I live in a tiny 1 bedroom apartment that is probably smaller than that entire room. You are so lucky.

    03.13.17Reply
    • Corey says:

      Don’t be envious…money doesn’t buy happiness. Her husband isn’t faithful I hear.

      03.13.17Reply
      • Corey says:

        Sorry, wrong person! A different Eva..

        03.13.17Reply
      • Michelle says:

        Strange…I was on the subway with her husband once (I recognized him from HEA photos) and he was talking to two Italian women and said that his wife was born in Italy. I remember thinking it weird because she was born in New York!

        03.13.17Reply
        • Annalise says:

          Strange…my friend ran into him and he said his wife was born in Venezuela. Maybe he’s been married before?

          03.15.17Reply
      • Anna says:

        Wow, that is a nasty gossipy comment. If you have nothing nice to say perhaps keep things that you “hear” to yourself.

        Your office and family are beautiful Eva, keep up the good work!

        03.13.17Reply
      • kathleen says:

        Yikes! That is not a very nice thing to say.

        03.13.17Reply
      • Bec says:

        I’ve been trying to think of something snappy and clever to say in response to a comment which was clearly made in an effort to be hurtful – and unkind. But all I have is my gut response: You’re quite the creep. Go find something better to do.

        03.13.17Reply
      • Ann says:

        Are you kidding me? Why would you spew words like that? Seriously, why follow a blog in the first place if you are going to be negative and hurtful. You are a bully!

        03.13.17Reply
      • Alexis Denn says:

        Respectfully, this is not the forum nor is it kind and is wasteful energy. I wish you strength in your own life, Corey, and hope you can find the good in yourself to focus on your own happiness and not feel the insecurity of your own pain to spread toxicity among people you do not know. Much Love.

        03.14.17Reply
    • Alexis Denn says:

      Respectfully, this is not the forum nor is it kind and is wasteful energy. I wish you strength in your own life, Anila Cooper, and hope you can find the good in yourself to focus on your own happiness and not feel the insecurity of your own pain to spread toxicity among people you do not know. Much Love.

      03.14.17Reply
      • Alexis Denn says:

        Apologies for oversight, Anila. This was not meant to be directed toward you but toward Corey. Sincere apologies. Have a fantastic day!

        03.14.17Reply
    • Oh my goodness, this chain! Anila, sorry that your comment was used as a way to spread unnecessarily negative and catty sentiments

      Those who defended me (and common decency): THANK YOU!

      To anyone who heard anything of my husband, by my husband, etc: He is an amazing man, and we are very happy. He also knows where I was born. LOL. But thank you so much for all of your concern

      03.16.17Reply
  5. Debra says:

    Love your design skills! (If I had the $$ I’d do the same!). I have early 90’s Flea Market tables and Cost Plus rugs!

    03.13.17Reply
    • I love refurbishing flea market finds! The vintage lamps in this post were refurbished by me personally– I bought them for next to nothing since they looked like junk!

      03.16.17Reply
  6. Jennifer says:

    Wow!!!! It’s perfect! Love it!! I wish you many, many years of continued success In your beautiful home office. ?

    03.13.17Reply
  7. Jen says:

    Wow! What a transformation! I wish you many,many years of continued success in your beautiful home office.

    03.13.17Reply
  8. Such a beautiful space!!

    03.13.17Reply
  9. Carly says:

    Is the desk chair comfy?

    03.13.17Reply
    • It’s actually not really, which is prob why the site doesn’t have it anymore! (I linked to a similar, more comfy seeming one). I actually have this chair as a placeholder while I save for a very $$$$ once from Design Within Reach that I am coveting!!!

      03.16.17Reply
  10. Jo says:

    Wow what a truly stunning space! So bright and fresh and a joy to work in I imagine. This is going to sound pretty daft but here goes…..what ‘shade’ of white do you use to achieve such a brilliant, bright, fresh finish? Your woodwork and walls blend seamlessly. I live in the UK in a Victorian town house so a completely different canvas – narrow with cosy rooms. I have tried using white paint to give an illusion of space but my white always seems just a little on the dull side. Perhaps the difference is the amount of natural light and windows? Also, you have amazing, beautiful and I imagine not inexpensive home accessories. Do you not get precious about your children touching/moving things? I get a little on the tense side if things don’t get put back in their place, when little sticky hands venture out of the kitchen or when the football comes out for a little indoor kick about!!! x

    03.14.17Reply
    • Hi Jo! Thank you!!
      So to answer some of your questions: yes, I totally find that different amounts of light give different shades of white different looks in a room. I ALWAYS test the shades I’m deciding between in large test patches on the wall before choosing, and try to see them at varous times of day on the wall before making my selection. In the rest of my house, I chose Benjamin Moore “Chantilly” but in this space it is “Bright White” since I wanted a really ultra white look and all the light just picked it up. I also chose eggshell for the walls, and a gloss finish for the ceiling and floors.

      In terms of kids + home decor: I am NOT precious. In fact, my two year old vomited about two buckets of berry smoothie all over my bedroom two days ago and I still don’t regret using light colors ha!!! I just feel like we have one life to live, why adjust everything? I do keep lots of stain stick handy though, and never use upholstered chairs in the dining room or anywhere where my kids will be sitting and eating. Also: I only allow Color Wonder markers in my house (they can only draw on special paper and show up clear on anything else). That helps a lot!

      xoxo

      03.16.17Reply
  11. Jess says:

    It’s beautiful! How do you keep your house so white with 2 kids?! I can’t keep up with my 2 kids and the messes they make on a daily basis!

    03.14.17Reply
  12. Alexis Denn says:

    Gorgeous! What a difference! Did you end up keeping the built-in desk area? It was hard for me to tell? Either way, love it! I also love the rug runner palate 🙂

    03.14.17Reply
  13. Julie says:

    Because I’m a container store freak, and love to organize… what do you store in the island? crafting? writing? Just curious. Love your blog!

    03.14.17Reply
    • I FEEL YOU, Julie! I keep crafting/creative tools and elements in the island! Also all of my stationery. I have a stationery OBSESSION!

      03.16.17Reply
  14. Alessan says:

    Hey Eva! Loveeeeeee the space!!! Could you also do a blog on the master closet and bathroom!! I’m sure they are beautiful rooms too 🙂

    03.14.17Reply
  15. Kelly says:

    Ummmm- LOVE IT! Fantastic use of light and ultra femme colours, those lamps pretty much stole my heart. Love them!

    03.15.17Reply
    • Thank you! The lamps I am especially proud of since they were a vintage flea market find and I refurbished them myself! 🙂

      03.22.17Reply
  16. Krista says:

    as someone who lives in a 1924 home I LOVE all the white as our home was built with lots of dark wood. Your space is bright and beautiful. Really though, I want to know about those pants you are wearing!!??!! so fun!

    03.17.17Reply
  17. Cat says:

    What a beautiful space Eva! I’m hoping when we buy our next house it has room for an office for me but I told my husband if it doesn’t he has to build me something. We want property so I don’t think it will be an issue. I love what you did with the room. SO much brighter and so very very Eva 🙂

    03.17.17Reply
  18. Leigh says:

    It looks amazing!!! You should have been a decorator!

    03.17.17Reply
    • Ha! Thank you! Hopefully some home decor items will be next up in the Happily Eva After family of product 😉

      03.22.17Reply
  19. PATRICIA says:

    You are a joy, Eva!!
    The rooms looks so colorful and inviting. Bet it’s nice on those gloomy winter days. I love all the colorful touches. I agree – you have a unique talent for decorating and your writing/comments are “right on” and fun to read.
    Keep it up and lots of luck in your endeavors.

    03.18.17Reply
  20. Teddy says:

    Who makes-slash-where can I find those multicolored table lamps atop the wooden credenza? I don’t see them in your list, nor the Shop The Look. Thanks! The room looks fantastic.

    03.21.17Reply
    • Hi! Those lamps are the refurbished vintage milk glass lamps. I refurbished them myself, as they were a flea find! The shades are from Anthropologie and no longer available but I linked to a similar style xoxo

      03.22.17Reply