A Seattle-area floral studio is an unlikely source for kitchen and dining room ideas. But Teressa Johnson’s workshop, designed by Katie LeClercq, is just that.

Teressa Johnson Floral Studio white flowers kitchen sink and floating shelves

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Floral designer Teressa Johnson at work in her

Working out of the basement of her house had become a logistical challenge for Teressa Johnson, a floral designer based in Sumner, Washington.

“Mayberry House,” which is the nickname she gave the 1918 home she shares with her husband and small family, is tiny. And the basement had only 6.5-foot ceilings. Johnson began her career doing floral design for weddings and is now working for clients creating tablescapes, staging dinner parties, styling photoshoots, and creating Instagram-worthy installations. And as her work expanded, dodging the support beams and washer and dryer in the cramped basement became more of an issue.

Teressa Johnson Floral Studio kitchen with table, sink, and floating shelves
With its concrete sink, open shelving, and vintage table and chairs, Teressa Johnson’s studio does a great impression of a rustic kitchen. The walls are painted Simply White by Benjamin Moore, in an eggshell finish. The trim is Simply White satin.

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“It’s roomy if you’re short,” Johnson jokes. “But it’s very difficult to produce large-scale work, and then haul it to the car, climbing two different staircases.”

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Johnson set her sights on transforming the “underwhelming” garage behind the house as a potential new work space. The problem was: It was built in the 1940s, had no water, no insulation, and limited electricity. Undeterred, she contacted Seattle-based designer Katie LeClercq to see what, if anything, was possible.

Teressa Johnson Floral Studio kitchen with floating shelves
A vintage-inspired Smeg refrigerator keeps flowers chilled. Open shelves display Johnson’s many vessels for arrangements.

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“I admired Katie’s work so much that I needed to introduce myself,” says Johnson. “We met a couple times through mutual friends, but then we started working together and sparked a very dear friendship.”

Teressa Johnson Floral Studio dining room with French doors
Vintage bentwood chairs surround a dining table for six, which functions as a work table and a place to hold event planning meetings. The rugs are by Woven Abode and Jean Palmer Home.

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“I wanted to stop hearing my lovely but busy kids from above, and to have a place of quiet for client phone calls. I wanted natural daylight and ceilings where I could lift an urn and not ram the top of a delicate branch into the low ceiling,” she says. “Then I fell headlong into the creative genius of Katie. I think it was just one rendering and I could see what she saw, and it was perfect.”

Teressa Johnson Floral Studio storage
Built-in cabinets painted a moody blue-green (Benjamin Moore Street Chic), Shaker peg rails, and a vintage case provide plenty of storage space.

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Her design looks remarkably like an eat-in kitchen in an English country house, and the vintage elements, from the bentwood chairs around an antique table to the pendant lights sourced from 1stDibs, make it feel like it’s been there for decades. Anchoring the work space is a found laundry sink. There are built-in pantries for storage, where Johnson stows away everyday supplies, and ample open shelves to store the many vessels she uses for her florals.

It’s a mini-studio for photos, and when the table isn’t being used for work, it’s a spot where her friends like to gather for “deep and significant” conversations. The fact that Johnson’s husband did much of the handiwork himself makes it feel even more special.

Teressa Johnson Floral Studio green painted bathroom
An adjacent powder room with a wall-mount sink and shiplap paneling is similarly spare and charming. The walls are painted Lichen Green by Farrow & Ball.

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“To say I’ve received an upgrade is a laughable understatement, and knowing the sacrifice it took for my husband to relinquish his workspace, as well as build this whole studio by hand, the whole feat is an endearing love letter to me,” she says.

Teressa Johnson at her floral design studio
Johnson in front of her home floral studio near Seattle. The exterior sconce is by Schoolhouse Electric.

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Teressa Johnson Floral Studio white flowers
Check out Johnson’s site for more images of her beautiful work.

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If you can’t find a set of matching vintage bentwood dining chairs, Joss & Main sells an affordable reproduction.

Matthew Solid Wood Side Chair, $225

LeClercq hung simple pendant lights with white shade a little on the low side, and spaced them evenly over the table

White Ceramic Pendant Light, $132

If there is such a thing as a “charming” major appliance, the Smeg refrigerator is it. Find a similar model at West Elm.

Smeg Full Size Refrigerator, $2,499

Tall woven hampers with leather handles hide anything you want to store under a sink, and make open lower shelves possible.

Woven hampers, $140-$150

You can create a similar country-minimal kitchen look by skipping the traditional porcelain farm sink and opting for concrete instead.

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