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Less Than Impressive Garage Turns Stylish Design Studio
Sabrina Soto used to harbor a dirty design secret: her garage was just as dingy and disorganized as the spaces she was sent to rehab on HGTV. But like many of the homeowners she helped, the interior designer finally became fed up with her utility room that was lacking in practicality and personality. After a little elbow grease and a lot of creative solutions, she transformed the room into a fully functional design studio that captures her bright and bold style.
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Work Meets (Pattern) Play
“I wanted to create a space that was bright and functional,” Soto says on her website. Pale blue cabinetry, a large work table and walls with DIY storage all come together to create a home office any design guru would envy.
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Because she was converting a garage, she had a few elements she had to get creative with. “I knew I wanted a huge light fixture over the table. The only problem was that the motor for the door was right where I wanted to hang the pendant — total buzzkill!” Soto writes.
A motor that can be installed to the side of the door served as a stress-free solution. “I love that it’s completely out of the way and I can still open the door for a nice breeze and natural light when we are shooting projects,” she says.
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Wall to Wall Inspo
Soto needed to organize and display her tools and inspiration, so she created walls of peg board and tack board. “I found a CNC company in the valley and reached out to see if they could laser cut the pattern on an 8’ x 4’ board,” she says of the peg board. “It was fine in a matter of days!”
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Soto cut dowels at different lengths to fit the pre-drilled peg board holes and to better fit her specific needs. She cleverly arranged colorful washi tapes, scissors and even shelves to stay organized without sacrificing any style.
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“I wanted a huge tack board for my designs, fabrics, etc.,” she says. “I decided to make it a DIY project using homasote, which is basically recycled compressed paper.” After cutting it to size and attaching it to the wall, she caulked the edges and camouflaged it by painting it the same color as her walls. “I absolutely love it,” she says. “Oh, and it cost me less than $100 for the whole thing!”
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A chic sitting spot makes for a soft place to cozy up when Soto needs a break. An industrial-style coat rack and a nearby sink seamlessly blend into the design while still serving their practical purpose.
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Soto’s space is now ready for its close-up, and the TV personality couldn’t be more pleased. “I’m so happy with how it turned out,” she says. “[It’s] my little happy place.”
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