Laura Hooper Calligraphy is a multi-dimensional business based in Washington DC. Not only does Laura offer clients hand calligraphy & stationery needs for weddings, showers, and events, she also has a line of lifestyle & party goods. And on top of all that, she teaches the art of pointed-pen calligraphy at in-person workshops around the US & Canada with her sister, Alyssa. (Whew!) When it came time to expand her business into a studio, the workshops were top of mind. She explains, “One of the main factors that pushed us to get the studio was being able to hold our DC area beginner calligraphy workshops in our own space, and we wanted to be able to welcome our students into a learning area that is inviting and reflects the Laura Hooper Calligraphy brand as a whole.” The space had white walls, grey floors, wood accents, and an exposed brick wall — a perfect starting point for the company’s new home! 

The space is quite large and has plenty of function for the business. “My favorite component in my personal office is, of course, the gorgeous wallpaper on our accent wall! I love a good black and white pattern and this one resembling ink splatters was the perfect fit for us,” Laura gushes. “I wanted the office to be comfy and feel like a room in my own home so that I would look forward to coming in each morning.” Laura kept things primarily black, white, and metallic. This made shopping a breeze and resulted in an inviting and polished space. She also knew that storage would be key but that some pieces shouldn’t hide out in bins and baskets. “I specifically wanted a desk with drawers to accommodate all the tools I use daily, and then have others scattered around the space,” she recalls. “Calligraphy tools are actually quite beautiful on their own, so they make great décor pieces!”

In the room with the exposed brick, Laura and her team envisioned a space that could get a little “messier” and accommodate inventory and packing. This called for a large workspace to spread out orders, so they commissioned a local carpenter to create the oversized island with cabinets for storage and a large top for working. Using shelving without backs allows the charming exposed brick to show through — one of our favorite details! This space also houses something special. Laura smiles, “The Smeg fridge was our biggest splurge in the whole studio other than the custom island. I’ve always wanted a Smeg and this was the perfect opportunity!”
For the workshop area, Laura and her team opted for the high gloss table tops from Ikea. (Easy ink clean up!) There are matching white cabinets here for storage, and a pop of gold with the high barstools. But the highlight? Laura doesn’t hesitate to choose a favorite. “Of course, the huge laser cut that reads ‘she designed a life she loves.’ This rings true for us personally and professionally and wanted it to inspire everyone that steps into the studio. We hope that everyone that visits for class enjoys our space as much as we do!”