When it finally came time for THE to establish an official home base (otherwise known as THE homeroom), we had a clear vision of what we wanted and a list of non-negotiables: 

  1. The perfect amount of natural light...from all angles
  2. An open floor plan  
  3. A large walk-in storage closet for all of our merch, labels, supplies, etc. 
  4. A side room that we could turn into a glam/champagne/candy room because...why not?
  5. Close proximity to a drive-through Starbucks 

Thankfully, we weren’t forced to compromise. We found a space that checked every box, with the added bonus of a second level that overlooks the floor plan below. 

To say we were excited would be a HUGE understatement. As soon as they handed us the keys, we wanted nothing more than to clear our schedules and start designing every last detail. But we fought the urge; we know better than anyone that jumping into a massive project without the right tools only leads to crying in a corner. 

Because of the open floor plan, we had the freedom to customize every inch to our needs. This may sound like a dream scenario, but the truth is that designing an open layout can be challenging. While it’s crucial that the space flow and feel unified, it also has to serve as multiple rooms with separate purposes. But just like organizing, the key to mastering an open floor plan is all about blending form and function. 

When Wayfair reached out about partnering with us to style THE homeroom, we obviously said yes. There’s nothing better than shopping online, but especially since the site has over 10 million options. We used Wayfair’s filters to narrow down our selections and liked being able to shop in the space we were designing, as it was easier for us to visualize how the pieces would fit together. 

Our goal was to choose furniture that is functional and stylized, reflecting THE signature look. We kept to a black, white, and gray color scheme and included colorful accents of ROYGBIV throughout the space.

My husband, John, who is a professional photographer, occasionally uses THE homeroom as his studio, which explains the wall of ROYGBIV backdrops. Thankfully we love his taste, so we didn’t hesitate to style the walls with framed prints of his work. 

We needed to create multiple seating areas downstairs to accommodate a dual working space. Each seating area is uniquely different but still maintains a cohesive look. 

Kingwai 7 Piece Dining Set 

Craighead Folding Director Chair

Fong Bench

Adding an area rug helped to create some definition between the spaces. The Amoll Ivory/Black Area Rug paired nicely with the grey sofa and Tassone Metal Bench, which we used as a coffee table in a fun and unexpected way. 

The glam room is everything we wanted it to be. However, we mostly use it as a place to unwind after a hard day’s work. Yes, there are multiple bottles of champagne in that fridge, why are you asking? And, of course, a basket of snacks. We included a sofa, end table, and woven area rug to complete the space. When we start filming our Netflix show in Nashville, we’ll probably take advantage of the glam room for actual “glam,” so it’s nice that we have it. 

Conrad Sofa

Basnight End Table

Lindy Hand-Woven Gray Area Rug

2.8 cu. ft. Freestanding Mini Fridge

Let’s head upstairs, shall we? 

This is where the actual work gets done. It’s also the only space I was allowed to display my ROYGBIV Christmas tree 365 days a year. Joanna insisted that we also add a comfortable chair, next to a rolling cart of candy. 

If you recognize this Kingwai 7 Piece Dining Set, it’s because when a table is nice, you buy it twice. We don’t use the downstairs set as much as we utilize this one; this is where we primarily hold team meetings, make custom labels, and eat lunch when we order in. 

Desk storage space is a MUST, so we were lucky to find these Senga Reversible L-Shape Executive Desks, which include 3 filing drawers and open side shelving. We designed the layout with two sets of desks facing each other. Because of all of the storage space, all supplies can be hidden and stored at the end of each day. 

THE homeroom is our happy place and we’re so glad to officially have a space that our company can call it’s own (well, and also John’s). 

xo, clea + joanna


Divided Fridge Drawer Clear
Divided Turntable
Tall Drawer
Egg Bin
Narrow Drawer
Large Berry Bin
Produce Bin
Small Fridge Bin
Tip 1: Stock Up on Healthy Staples

If you want to start eating healthier, you obviously need to stock your fridge with healthy food. It helps to create a list of core staples to have on hand at all times. This takes the guesswork out of grocery shopping, and you’ll feel more prepared during meal and snack time. 

Tip 2: Edit, Edit, Edit

When it comes to actually organizing your fridge, don’t skip the editing process. Even if you don’t feel like it, start by removing every single item from your fridge until it’s completely empty. We suggest keeping a trash bag nearby and tossing anything expired as you go. And since your fridge shelves are probably due for a deep clean, here’s your chance to actually get in there and wipe off that weird sticky layer! 

Tip 3: Create Zones

Every category should live in a designated zone (location) and preferably, within a contained and visible home (clear product). This allows everything to be accessible, accounted for, and aesthetically pleasing...while also maximizing shelf space.

Tip 4: Label It

Labeling isn’t just the finishing touch, it’s actually the secret sauce of the system. Labels are really just straightforward directions for where items go. They concretely identify the contents that live in each container. It not only helps *you* maintain the system, but it holds your kids, your partner, and anyone else using the space, too. 

*Reminder: Think broad, not specific when labeling your categories. It should be a simple road map that’s flexible enough for the occasional outlier. 

Tip 5: Freeze It

Your freezer is valuable real estate in your fridge set up, so clear out those old popsicles and spilled frozen peas to make room for favorites your family will actually eat. We're looking at you last minute meals.

We love using our Freezer Bins to contain the chaos amongst the frozen pizzas and kids snacks. Organizing this space will take the dread out of opening this often-forgotten area, we promise!

Thoughts welcome!

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