DESIGNING WITHOUT CORDS - Modern Lantern 'Headquarters' ;)

stephen and carrie fitzwater modern lantern office redo

Photo by Kye Lee

Last year Modern Lantern moved out from our dining table and home office and into a great dedicated work environment where we are fully focused on our startup venture. Now imagine how great it was to hear we were accepted into the small business program at IDEA Works, Fort Worth's incubator space. So now it's time to create our uber efficient small work space!

The first thing we did was paint the office a clean Alabaster White SW 7008 (which happens to be Sherwin Williams color of the year for 2016;) When you have a small space that you are working with, light and white is the way to go. It just makes the small space look a little more airy and simple.

To maximize space in our tiny 300 sq foot office in Fort Worth's historical Southside, we used a 100 year old front door, and cut it in half, vertically, and then rested it ontop of IKEA's modern Besta cube units. Ended up looking very unique, mixing vintage and modern, and costed us very little! I added some custom built keyboard trays that were on glides and we even used the old door knob hole to fish the cords through and give us a clean work space. We also used Container stores 'cord control' to help organize the cord chaos with two computers on one shared desk for a simple clean look. You might guess exposed cords kinda give us the shakes! Ha.


modern lantern office redo

white elfa shelving
Naturally, we also LOVE to show off our beautiful cordless lamps! So again to get a custom look we headed over to our local Container Store where a designer sat down with us and helped us plan out our exact needs and dimensions for our display ELFA shelving. Again we went with white to really contrast, making our lamps the hero.

quirky plug
Because our lamps are rechargeable and we have 10 or so in one small area, you have to have an efficient and clean way to keep those batteries charged. NO problem! we picked us up a Quirky pivot power surge protector that easily fits those larger plug packs all in one place. Nice and neat, like we like it.


We are so happy with our home away from home, and while we miss hanging with our pets, we do love when humans come visit us at Idea Works. So next time you are in the neighborhood, please stop in and say "Hi", we'll be happy to show you around and who knows, we may give you  a sneak peek at what we are working on next!

Modern Lantern
600 E. Rosedale, #117
Fort Worth, TX 76112

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  • Modern Lantern says...

    Hi Cjkneislermoore,

    Thanks! That is why we are here;) Yes we will be back in stock in about a month and please consider subscribing to our newsletters at the bottom of our home page at:

    On Mar 15, 2016

  • Cjkneislermoore says...

    Our house has tile floors without outlets. What were they thinking? Please send us your designs and dates the lamps will be available. We need a beautiful, decorative reading lamp that’s reasonably price. Go!

    On Mar 14, 2016

  • Modern Lantern says...

    Thanks All! Patti, we are thrilled that you’re thrilled;) Now we just need to get back in stock, LOL. YES, we are looking for investors to move this thing along quicker, so if you know any non sharkey, sharks, send them over! HA HA! Thanks.

    On Mar 11, 2016

  • Patti Stanford says...

    I think you guys are so freaking cool! I’ve been looking unsuccessfully for cordless lamps for years. The house I bought has a 28′ × 20′ great room with no floor outlets, so was thrilled to find your site. I love the story of how you so creatively designed your office. I’m in the midst of a renovation and can’t wait to figure out which of your beautiful lamps will fit best in my new spaces. Have you ever thought about going on a show like Shark Tank to increase your ability to design and manufacture more of your lamps? Or are you happy in your current size? I just think you have such great ideas and designs. Keep up the great work!

    On Mar 07, 2016

  • Andrew Tinch says...

    Love your line! Modern looks with ultra convenience. I wish my office was this svelt.

    On Mar 05, 2016

  • Dianne Hancock says...

    I love this. I love everything about this! Can I come see you Monday around noon or so? Will you be there?

    On Mar 04, 2016

  • Carrie Fitzwater says...

    Thanks so much gals! Really appreciate the kind words shared;)

    On Feb 22, 2016

  • Melinda Hague says...

    I’m so excited to see this new space for such a innovative company. Thrilled you guys are doing well. This has been an idea I knew was going to take off. Congratulations!!
    Can’t wait to see it!

    On Feb 22, 2016

  • SYLVIA says...

    Looks clean, organized and brilliant!
    This says a lot!

    On Feb 20, 2016

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