Friday, December 30, 2011

Tale of Two Offices

This month has been busy for everyone but as I sit here now at the end of it, I am in awe of what has taken place. Not only has my 1st born graduated from college, but my friend Brandy and I decided to form a design business and landed our first job. This being said, 2 "offices" have been designed. My son used his graduation money to build his own super computer that will hopefully design himself into independence, aka: out on his own, so an "office space" was needed to house this machinery. Four garbage bags later, some serious dusting and a trip to goodwill formed this space:

This is how he was functioning for 4 yrs. of graphic design school:

Now the situation is this:

chair is from the GW
art given to him for Christmas from the most amazing store here in Nashville called OMG
The artwork is supposed to motivate and inspire.

Now for office space #2 that was a paying job. It was a space in an engineering firm on Music Row that needed to shuffle some personnel around and turn a small conference room into a usable space for their director of marketing. It was an interesting challenge for two people that typically pour over design mags featuring homes, but we  faced this job like we would a home...think about form and function. This employee needed to access large binders and used multiple monitors on the desk so large desk space and open storage was key. However in any office there are always items that need to be concealed so closed storage is important as well. Keep in my that this is an engineering firm so the esthetic is clean and sleek.

We started out with a space that looked like this minus the credenza sans drawers:

  Typical office carpet, red/orange feature wall, no natural light, dry eraser board, $1000.00 budget.

We had no time to change the "feature wall" color so we decided to use a complimentary color with it, turquoise, which happened to be in these amazing mid century modern chairs. Open storage was provided by the  shelving above the desk  and closed storage in the credenza. The painting picked up on the wall color and every room needs a great lamp.
All in all it was a great experience and am looking forward to what the new year brings.


  1. Wow! It looks great! I had no idea you girls had taken the leap and already got a paying job! Good for you!!

  2. Great office space...and the turquoise die.