Progress Report: Jeremy’s Studio

Jeremy Larson's Studio ©AlyssaRosenheckI am so so happy to finally be able to share these photos with you all! This is not the official tour yet (some of the spaces are still in progress). But rather peeks and certain views photographed by Alyssa Rosenheck for domino magazine earlier this summer.

Jeremy’s studio was by far the riskiest, most expensive and most complicated renovation in our home. It started out as a very small office and a garage, and now it’s one big space with a lot added to it, like extra rooms and a bathroom! If you want to be confused and shocked, take a look at our before photos here. They are even shocking to us. Haha!

Here’s some photos of how it looks now—

Jeremy Larson's Studio ©AlyssaRosenheck In the room that was formerly a garage, we had shiplap GLUED to the cinder block walls. This was a last minute choice, and it just helps the room to feel less like a garage and more like a real room.

The giant David Lynch poster is something we made (it’s just a blueprint copy and a giant frame we found at a thrift shop). The side table is actually the first dresser that we had in our first house. We just painted the fronts of each door white.

Jeremy Larson's Studio ©AlyssaRosenheck Jeremy Larson's Studio ©AlyssaRosenheck Jeremy Larson's Studio ©AlyssaRosenheck Jeremy says this is the most inspiring space to him. This is where he writes lyrics and it’s also a good space for meetings with clients. Since it was such a big open room, we created a faux wall with plants to break it up a little.

Funny side note! When we were in the process of moving, Jeremy said the ONE trend he didn’t like was rug layering. Well, you can guess what happened. When it came down to finishing up the room, we ended up feeling like the cowhide rug he LOVES (he actually found it himself at a flea market!) was much too small for the space. So we ordered this light jute rug. (One of the best rugs and prices I’ve found in the 9×12 size—we used this in our bedroom as well!) But when we put the rug down, it was a little boring. So we layered them and styled it all, and then asked him to just consider it. But when he saw it all in person, he loved it! (Sigh of relief!)

With such dark floors, I feel like the large light rug really ties this area together.

Jeremy Larson's Studio ©AlyssaRosenheck Now let’s talk about this sofa! You know we’re longtime fans of JoyBird. For this space we chose the Braxton Sofa in Zenith Teal. It was between that color and light grey, and I’m glad we went for a little bit of color. The Franco Albini pouf was a flea market find.

Behind this area (behind the plants), we plan to install a wet bar for coffee and La Croix. Just haven’t gotten around to that yet! In the right hand corner, you can see a small room—this is the half bathroom we added. It’s not fully decorated yet either, but we’re thrilled with how it’s coming along.

The chandeliers are from Schoolhouse Electric. They’re called the Vega 5 Chandelier. I don’t think I’ve ever installed multiple matching chandeliers before, but it’s a design trick I’ll absolutely use again.

Jeremy Larson's Studio ©AlyssaRosenheck This is Jeremy’s control room, which is really just a fancy word for computer room. To the right there are two small rooms we added (not photographed yet) for recording vocals and piano, and then one for recording drums.

This desk was custom built by Josh Rhodes. We hired him to build it while we were both still living in Missouri.

One of the struggles with studios is CORDS and CLUTTER. There are so many cords and so much clutter. We did our best to keep them under control. There are some that go through walls, and if you look closely in the bottom right of this photo, you can see a hole drilled though the walls to accommodate cords.

I’m not going to go into talking about recording gear at all here. I don’t think it’s relevant to 99% of you guys, and he is SO into his gear that it could probably become a 5 part series. Haha! That said, if you want to ask Jeremy any questions, he will gladly answer you! Just send him a DM on Instagram.

Jeremy Larson's Studio ©AlyssaRosenheck This wall really makes me smile! We are trying to use the instruments as decor as much as possible. It’s functional and beautiful. And it makes a lot more sense than buying tons of art for this space.

This set of chairs is an old flea market find. We decided to paint the fronts of them to help them pop against the dark wall. But we kept some of the old rustic wood because Jeremy’s studio is the only part of our home where anything “rustic” happens. So we tried to play that up!

Jeremy Larson's Studio ©AlyssaRosenheck There was this empty, sunken-in area in one wall. We added shelves for his vintage drum collection.

Jeremy Larson's Studio ©AlyssaRosenheck Well, that’s it for now!!! Stay tuned for the FULL tour (with a video tour as well) coming some time this winter. This is the first studio renovation we’ve ever taken on, and it was very much a joint effort. We’re so proud of the finished result. As I type this, Jeremy is downstairs recording a string arrangement.

I don’t always get emotional about renovations (at least not in a happy tears way—haha!), but this space is a dream come true for both of us. I am a true fan of what he does and am so happy to hear all the new songs being written here! In fact, he has a full-length album that will be coming out this winter. I’m so proud! xx -Elsie

Full resource list: Sitting Room—9×12 light jute rug, Braxton Sofa c/o JoybirdVega 5 Chandelier/Schoolhouse Electric, Leather Chairs/Urban Outfitters, Coffee table/West Elm, Console Table/West Elm, Buffalo Plaid Throw/Schoolhouse Electric, Faceted hanging planter/All Modern, Macrame planter hangers/CB2. Studio Room—Grey Rug/Rugs USA, Light fixture/CB2, Stool and lamp/Target.

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson, Photography: Alyssa Rosenheck

  • What a transformation! The guitars and drums as art is a great idea, and the execution is impeccable! Can’t wait to see the rest. Thanks for sharing!

  • Elsie – you have no idea HOW motivating and encouraging this is for me and my husband! In April we purchased our first home, a 1969 ranch in need of some major renovation. We’re turning our large walk out basement into a studio & recording space for my husband, who’s a musician as well. Sometimes he gets discouraged with the amount or work, risk, or money it takes to make progress on it…but showing him your before & after photos of Jeremy’s studio lit a fire in him again! THANK YOU! So very much. We can’t wait to hear the music that will come out of your beautiful space. <3 Elizabeth (and Aaron)

  • This is so amazing, def my favorite so far! Such an awesome transformation (and I’m so confused in comparison to the before photos haha). Love the color in the control room, what’s it called?

  • Wow, what a gorgeous space and conversion. I love the instrument collection as art. It can really make a difference creatively, to have the right space. Sounds like this is perfect for him. Nice work, Elsie. P.S. that David Lynch photo is awesome!

  • Thank you Ana!!! :)) Even though there is so much DIY we try really hard to make it looks like it could be store bought. That was Jeremy’s one big request in this house (“not too crafty”) and it’s been a fun challenge!
    xx- Elsie

  • Seriously, AMAZING! I’m renovating my house and this is so inspiring! Are all your plants real? They’re beautiful but there’s so many! I’m impressed you’re able to keep up with all of them 🙂 you go girl

  • I would have to completely agree with everyone above – the rooms look gorgeous and I love how the color palette is kept rather simple. It adds such a clean and modern feel to everything. Can’t wait to see more photos!

    Lena
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  • This is my husband’s dream space.
    Right now, his band is recording and mixing in our basement and they’re finding it so impossible to feel inspired and creative in that space. But THIS! What an important gift to give yourself as a creator. I’m going to share this with my husband, today.

  • I think this might be my favorite room in the house so far. What musician wouldn’t want to work/be inspired here?!

  • The transformation is amazing! I love how it looks now. You did a fabulous job. Can’t wait to see the full reveal this winter.

  • This looks amazing and is such an inspiring space! I am currently redoing my kiddo’s playroom and just finished hanging multiple guitars on the main back wall. Such a fun way to be displayed, used as art and also enables easy access for playing:) Love, Love, Love this space!!!

  • Oh sorry! I just saw that was actually a question. Yes, all the plants in these photos are real.
    We do have some fake ones in our house though (high bookshelves, dark bathrooms etc…)
    xx- Elsie

  • Why would it be confusing to see the before? Shocking, yes? I was confused lol as to why I would be “confused.” Shocking – yes. Transformative! yes. Amazing! yes. Incredible before vs. after. yes. Word choice matters and better invites the reader (aka your CUSTOMERS) into your world (i.e. to buy your stuff).

    Thanks! This is an incredible renovation and the space looks to be a professional yet personal space for music makin’.

  • Sorry about that Evelyn! I think it’s confusing to look at because we moved so many walls, removed doors etc. It’s just hard to tell what space was what in the before/afters, even for us! 🙂

    Thanks for the compliment! Elsie

  • The jute rug in the link has a grey border but it looks like yours doesn’t. Is it the same rug?

  • so glad you shared this reno. my husband hopes to have a space like this in our home someday too. so inspiring! 🙂 good job guys.

  • Such a creative space…you can tell a lot of love went into every step of it and it looks super professional, if that’s not a legit studio I don’t know what is. And I totally feel you on your cordage struggles. My husband is into PC gaming and there are SO many cords and such! It has taken us many years to find a way to make his space look nice and be functional!

  • What a beautiful space! I’m so inspired by the colors, the neutrals, the styling, the instruments.. I love the seating and the wall of flowers and especially the color of the couch! Well done!!

  • Looks awesome!! Definitely what my husband and I hope to do for his music room- especially the hanging guitars. How many does Jeremy have??

  • Lovely blog post, so inspiring ladies! The colours are just stunning.

    I especially love the David Lynch photo, could you please tell me where you got the image from? I’d love to do something similar for my next renovation. Thank you 🙂

  • Love love all your renovations! The studio turned out so great…any chance you might be able to share in a future blog post how you plan the renovation for a room? My husband and I just moved to a new apartment, but I’m a bit overwhelmed in how I best plan the rooms and how to select new furniture pieces etc. Love all your work 🙂

  • Hi Cori,
    It’s Midnight in NY by Behr. It’s kind of a rich deep green in real life. I’m really glad we took a risk on it because it’s a color I’ve never EVER tried before.
    xx- Elsie

  • Thank you so much Andrea! We’ve never worked so hard on a space before. It was a labor of love for sure. So fun to meet people whose husbands also do this kind of work. I meet a lot of women with husbands in bands, but producers- not so much!
    xx- Elsie

  • Could you explain the ceiling? I see it was a drop ceiling initially and would love to know what you did to it.

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    Hi Elsie can you share where the acrylic serving tray is from?! Thanks!!!! Lovely job!!

  • Wow! What a cool and inspiring space. I have been waiting for something to punch me in the face as a starting point for our sunroom/playroom, this is it! Couple, questions…. What is the finish on the floors? Are they painted, or is it a stain? And what is the width on your shiplap? Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful room!

  • So exciting! I know it would be a dream come true for my husband to have a set up like that (but probably on a smaller scale lol). Love the way it turned out!

  • You guys have done an amazing job! May I ask though, where is that great wooden footstool from? It´s perfect!

  • My husband and I both have past experience in audio engineering, so I have been so…SO excited to see this space! The ‘before’ post blew my mind, I was so stoked to see you transform such an interesting space. I can’t wait for the video tour!!

  • Hi i’m from Switzerland- I LOVE YOUR STYLE!! where can I buy this kind of lights, especially for childrens room? THX Paulina

  • would you mind sharing your costs for these re-models? I would find that super helpful and I think help other readers know the realities of upgrades!

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      I’m probably not going to share the cost of every single thing we did during remodel (just too many random things) but if you have a specific question about any element I am more than happy to answer! xx

  • I’ve been eyeing this sofa for my living room for a while now… I even have fabric samples sitting on my coffee table right now. I’m very interested to know how ya’ll are enjoying the sofa, any pros and cons (if there are any). I’d really appreciate any feedback since I’ve never ordered a sofa online.
    Thanks!!