posted by on 2017.10.24, under Get the Look

My limited apartment space has made it tricky to pursue all those creative projects that I’ve kept on the backburner for much too long. So lately I’ve been thinking about rearranging my living room to create the ultimate studio space in lieu of the generic sofa-plus-coffee table layout. What better inspiration to get those juices flowing than Warhol’s Factory?



Sifting through photos of the Factory remind me of the basic rules for a great workspace: keep it cool and simple. With seating and storage used sparsely where needed, the Factory feels laissez-faire—a blank slate to let ideas flow, but with a mind-boggling silver backdrop that instantly adds the necessary hip factor. It’s business and party all in one.

The Factory Photos

The Bentley Silver Pouf from One King’s Lane is perfectly priced to allow for multiple quantities when company arrives. It adds that funky silver touch without the commitment.

The Factory 1

Henley Pouf, $59 (In grey. Silver is currently out of stock)


A stylish chair that’s also comfortable is key. I’m partial to this Swan Wool Leisure Chair from Overstock.

The Factory 2

Swan Wool Adjustable Leisure Chair, $295


It’s all about the basics when it comes to a good desk. I especially like Ikea’s mix-n-match series, perfect for putting together a custom no-frills table top. This Linnmon/Finnvard model is tiltable for optimal painting and drawing.

The Factory 3

LINNMON/ FINNVARD white table, $79.50

Say what you will about Ikea, but they know how to do storage. The Hellmer drawer with casters is a fresh take on the usual filing cabinet, and its mini drawers are the perfect size for storing art supplies.

The Factory 4

HELMER Drawer unit on casters, silver, $39.99

It’s not complete without a little objet d’art, like this eye-catching yet minimalist retro lamp from West Elm. For additional work lighting, add simple task lamps where needed.

The Factory 5

Clint Mini Task Lamp – Marble / Black, $99


A Factory-inspired studio wouldn’t be complete without an Andy Warhol print. If you love pop art but you’re bored of the ubiquitous Marilyn and Campbell’s Soup Cans, change it up with something surprising. has such an incredibly thorough selection of Warholian wonder to choose from, like this portrait of Ingrid Bergman. A large print like this one adds a pop of color to a muted backdrop.

Ingrid with Hat, $45

Ingrid with Hat, $45

If you live in New York, check out Casa Lever (a restaurant designed after an airplane cabin and decorated with over 20 oversized original Warhol portraits) for inspiration on hanging Warhol prints.

But I digress.


A studio/home office should feel like a place you want to spend time in and express yourself, because why stifle your creativity in a bland environment? If you’re feeling up for it, try painting one wall silver. Add a disco ball for good measure, and you’ll be channeling Warhol for your next project!

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posted by on 2011.03.08, under Teen Dreams

Please welcome Genny, a 16 year old writer with an eye for design. We asked her to create her dream room on a budget. -FM

Every teenager has their ideal room – a sanctuary where the mind is cleansed and the body is at ease. A bedroom is more than just a place to rest, it reflects an individual’s personality. Being a teenager myself, it’s important for me to have a place to unleash my creativity and explore my artistic capabilities. So, it’s no surprise that my room is filled with collages and all sorts of crazy things that my mind can muster up. Unfortunately, being a teenager has its limitations and so does my bedroom. In this piece, I will create my dream room with 5 items that I feel portray me best. Enjoy.

My dream room would be a whimsical place; very “fairy tale–esque,” but with dark tones. My first item of choice is this velvet head board, which sets the mood for my dream room.

Velvet Tufted Headboard in Pewter, $349

Another item that goes perfectly with my dark fairy tale theme is this haunting tapestry of grey birch trees- it reminds me of a dark, enchanted forest.

Birch Trees Tapestry, $38

For storing books and knick-knacks, I like this floral side table. It goes well with the tapestry and stays true to my color scheme.

Flourish Storage Side Table, $49

I would also add this Alice in Wonderland Pillowcase set. You can’t get more ‘enchanted fairytale’ than Alice in Wonderland.

Alice Tea Party Pillowcase Set, $34

To top it all off, I would add a bird cage lamp. Nothing feels more whimsical than waking up to beautiful birds hanging from the ceiling.

Birdcage Hanging Lamp, $98

Even though for some it may not come easily, being creative can be pretty effortless. Staying true to your style is one of the most natural things in this world and what better way to do so then to get started on the room of your dreams! Hopefully these few paragraphs have ignited your imagination. I wish all who have read this best of luck in their artful journeys.