Archive 2020

Introducing “The She Shed”

Hello to my renovation buddies! Thanks for returning to my blog. For any who are new, my name is Jay Waters. I blog about renovation projects I’m working on. 

The project I’ve been working on lately is a Victorian house downtown. I’m converting the house into a space that will work for lawyers. Most of the offices in the area are law offices, so I thought that it would be smart to convert my Victorian into law offices.

The “She Shed”

Today, I’m talking about the shed behind the house. I was struggling for months to come up with an idea for the shed. Of course, I could always just make it a shed. But, how boring would that be? Lawyers don’t need as much storage space as a homeowner would, so I thought I would convert it into something more interesting.

I decided to turn it into a “she shed.” I got this idea from an NYC truck accident lawyer. I think it’s a fabulous idea. So, I started to think of a concept for the “she shed.” I thought, why not make it into an escape for female lawyers? Especially for female lawyers who are nursing and need to pump during business hours. 

Lawyering is a stressful job, so I wanted this space to feel peaceful. I started by painting the ceiling a nice pale blue, and I had an artist come in and paint clouds on the ceiling. Next, I painted the walls a pale cheerful green. I wanted someone to come into this space and feel like they are relaxing in a spring meadow. 

Next, I filled the space with as many fluffy armchairs and ottomans as I could find. At first, I was going to have all of the chairs match. But I thought that would be boring. If you don’t know by now, I don’t like boring. 

I found armchairs of all shapes, patterns, colors, and sizes and mismatched ottomans. Now, this might sound a bit stressful, but I made sure they complimented each other and felt cozy rather than overwhelming. A bit of organized chaos is sort of my design aesthetic. 

The end result is so gorgeous. I think the lady lawyers will never want to go back to work. They might just grab a few books, kick up their feet, and become women of leisure. 

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Each Stair Riser Represents a Different Legal Practice Area

Welcome back to my renovation blog! For those of you who are new, I’m Jay Waters. On this blog, I share renovation and design projects I’m working on. My latest project is a Victorian house that’s being converted into office space for lawyers to rent. The entire project has taken on the lawyer/legal theme. I can’t help myself!

I have been going over the top, and today’s post on the staircase project I’ve been working on is no exception. I can’t seem to prevent myself from going big with my lawyer/legal theme. 

About the Staircase Project

So . . . I have been focused on the gorgeous staircase in this Victorian. If you’re familiar with Victorian houses, they often have grand wooden staircases. These staircases are real showstoppers, but I wanted mine to be even more unique. 

What I did was sand the staircase railings and give them a nice dark stain (almost black) to give them the feel of an old English courtroom. Then, of course, I gave them a nice polish. But, it’s the stair risers that I’m really excited about. I came up with the idea of doing a stencil on each riser of the different types of legal practice areas. 

For instance, one stair riser reads: SEC whistleblower law. Another stair riser reads: criminal law. Another riser reads: personal injury law. Another reads: employment law. This goes on for fifteen stair risers. Who knew there were so many different types of legal practice areas out there? Corporate law, environmental law, family law, and on and on it goes!

I decided to keep the stair risers white and do a nice black stencil. Cursive writing, naturally. I did consider doing a typewriter-style font, but I ultimately decided on cursive. I really love the way that it turned out! 

If you are ever considering changing up your staircase, playing with the stair risers is a great place to start! You could do a unique color or pattern. It really is a wonderful way to change up your space.

Until Next Time!

You all are wonderful for checking in with me to see how my project is going. I hope that this blog gives you renovation and design ideas. As a design lover and renovation lover, I am always looking for inspiration. Hopefully this blog and my reno project is inspiring for you!