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After closing on our house just two weeks ago, we’ve already finished our office! Yes, we’re proud, in fact, I think we deserve some applause because it was really hard work.

but seriously, check out the final result, complete with our cute dog eating a bone…

Mid-Century Modern home office by The Markows

A little background, we put in an offer on our house January 9th, and we closed February 28th, thanks to our kick ass realtor, Diana Brunner… have you ever heard of such a fast and on time closing before?

Since we purchased a 1960s ranch (beautifully updated and waiting for us,) we figured it was appropriate to run with the mid-century theme, at least with the office, so that’s just what we did.

We started with the clock… actually, I started with the clock while we were still in our apartment. I obviously couldn’t get my vision for the office out of my head…

Mid-Century Modern home office by The Markows

Here is a link to the tutorial I used:)

Once the clock was finished, we moved on to painting, well, Steve moved on to painting, turns out, I’m too short to evenly paint a wall, but luckily Steve is an advantageous 6’3. (please forgive the camera phone quality of these next few images;))

We used Behr paint, “Window Pane.”

Mid-Century Modern home office by The Markows

and while the paint was drying, We were in the garage sanding and lacquering our desk top…

Mid-Century Modern home office by The Markows

as for the desk top its self, we ordered an unfinished butcher’s block workbench from Home Depot for $290.

Then we lacquered it and screwed in some hairpin legs that Steve found on etsy. Overall, the 60×30″ desk cost us $387, not bad.

We decided that we needed a table for our printer since we didn’t want it taking up space on our desk, so we repurposed an old end table from our apartment by sanding it down and priming and painting it…

Mid-Century Modern home office by The Markows

it fits the room perfectly and serves its purpose, all for the cost of four cans of paint… about $20.

Then we decided to add some post card shelves…

Mid-Century Modern home office by The Markows

We followed this awesome tutorial from Young House Love. Since the former owner left us the white trim paint, the total cost of these was about $9, the cost of the 4, 4 foot pieces of pine board:)

As for the 5×7 throw rug, we found one that we really liked at Bed Bath and Beyond for $100, then when we went back the second time, it was on sale for $75, SCORE!!

And then we found two desk chairs that we loved at Staples for $150 each…

Mid-Century Modern home office by The Markows

We found this light that we love at Home Depot for $60.

Mid-Century Modern home office by The Markows

And then we stole the piano and TV from Steve’s parents:)(always great to have awesome in-laws;))

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Clock: $80

Paint: $40

Desk: $375

Polyurethane: $12

Printer table: $20

Postcard shelves: $9

Office chairs: $300

Area rug: $75

TV bracket: $50

Light fixture: $60

Framed photo order (obviously a priority;)): $300. We wanted to keep it to personal photos, some we’ve taken on vacation in the Florida Keys, or while we were working, and the two framed photos of us were taken during sessions by our friends and talented photographers, Dennis Pike and Ryan Brenizer.

In the end, our office cost us just over $1,300. I’d say that’s pretty good for my favorite room ever, and the most important room in our new home. It also felt amazing too see my vision come together in a space where we’ll be spending most of our time during wedding season…

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Mid-Century Modern home office by The Markows

  • Julie Simeone - March 16, 2014

    I love it. ReplyCancel

  • Donna Mancuso - April 15, 2014

    great blog:)ReplyCancel

  • Jon Sharman - June 7, 2014

    This is awesome, great work!ReplyCancel

Kaitlin and Ben: I don’t know where we should do our engagement photos… we have roof access at our apartment in Manhattan…

Us: YES! just tell us when.

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  • Elissa - March 6, 2014

    Dream come true! I wish I could shoot on a NYC rooftop :) This is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Mathew - March 23, 2014

    Incredible! I love the night city look, and you shot it flawlessly!ReplyCancel

  • Paul Krol - May 19, 2014

    Killer work guys – a ton of fantastic shots – they look amazing!ReplyCancel

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What a great way to start off 2014! We knew going into Mandy and Chris’s wedding that it would be an awesome day. We went to high school with Mandy, and she is also our hairstylist, and we got to hang out with her and Chris when we did their  engagement session at Carton Brewing. They are two of the most fun, relaxed people we’ve ever met. Its hard to be around either of them without constantly laughing.

They got married at Allaire State Park, and like most weddings, things ran a little late….We were running out of time to do portraits because the park was closing. Julianne remembered that there was a spot we could take some photos down the road. With Mandy willing to trek through a field in her dress and some amazing January sunlight, everything lined up perfectly:)

Aside from how much fun we had, one of my favorite things about their wedding was the favors. Homemade beer that they brewed themselves, complete with photos from their engagement session as labels on the bottles. How cool is that?

And if you’re ever in the Howell/Jackson area, check out Mandy’s salon, Salon 202, its where Steve’s hair is made perfect and Julianne’s is made blue:)

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  • Dennis Pike - February 3, 2014

    Crazy bad ass awesome! I wish I was a guest at that wedding. LOVE the portraits in the field!ReplyCancel

  • Jakob - February 6, 2014

    Beautiful use of light, well done.ReplyCancel

  • Sabrina Kolotylo - February 6, 2014

    You guys captured some fantastic candid moments, such a awesome job!! The shoes with the ferret = the best.ReplyCancel

  • brie - February 6, 2014

    Wow, killer wedding! I absolutely love the portraits in the field, that light is amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Tim Kelly - February 7, 2014

    Wow what a crazy awesome looking wedding. Some magic dancing photos in there. Great photos!ReplyCancel

  • Darren Gair - February 7, 2014

    Great work capuring their day so well….ReplyCancel

  • brett - February 7, 2014

    these are all so great. love all the animal shots too. haha! but those shots in the field are just sooo good!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Champa Jennings - February 7, 2014

    Two thumbs up for the killer double exposure. Good stuff!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Schilling - February 8, 2014

    So many cute pets! So many gorgeous tattoos! So many smiles and laughs! This looks like such a fun wedding and I love their style and your style capturing all of it!ReplyCancel

  • Jouni - February 8, 2014

    These are awesome! I had to look at that DE photo a few times to get what was happening there. Very nice job guys!ReplyCancel

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2013 was a huge year for us. We made a ton of new friends, went to some awesome places, grew personally, grew professionally, strengthened our relationship, and had a lot of great laughs.

2013 also brought some not so great things. Issues with our neighbors, personal struggles, a health scare, car troubles, and a few crazy people.

We are happy to be alive, healthy, and together. We are happy to have our little doggie. We are happy to have an amazing amount of support from our family and friends.

We want to thank each of our couples for allowing us to live our passion, for trusting in us, and giving us the creative freedom that every artist so deeply yearns for. Its an indescribable feeling to be able to be a part of your lives and we truly appreciate you letting us in to experience it. We can never express how much you all mean to us.

Please scroll down to see some of our favorite photos from 2013. Each and every photo has a story. Everyone in these photos has inspired us and made us better people.

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  • Elissa - January 31, 2014

    What a crazy year. Your work is stunning, and all of the shots stacked up like this just makes me wanna cheer! *fangirling*ReplyCancel

  • Dennis Pike - January 31, 2014

    I apologize in advance for the course language I’m about to use… but HOLY BLOODY FUCK! SOOOOOOOOO good it made my eyes hurt. Seriously, just insane.ReplyCancel

  • Bryan Verdi - February 1, 2014

    I just told Lauren that you guys prove that not anyone can pick up a camera and continuously get great shots time after time. Great work. Hope to see u soon. ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Marciniak - February 7, 2014

    Incredible! ReplyCancel

  • Juan P. Fernandez - February 9, 2014

    Wow love it guys!!!ReplyCancel

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