Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Two Great Looks That Look Great Together!

I'm working on bringing some cosmetic touches to an already beautiful room. The room is currently very monochromatic and has some lovely things, but it's missing a "layer" that will bring it to another level.  I can't show you yet, but I can show you something.
I presented this peacock pillow on the right for a touch of color and uniqueness on a cream and tan bed. It's linen with a down fill, and it's gorgeous.  I want to pair this ikat fabric with it. Isn't it pretty?

Stay tuned...

Sunday, June 13, 2010

The "Wait" is Over

...get it?
This is the WAITING room that I worked on with the office space. The original space was done at the same time as the office, which looked like this BEFORE:

The old waiting room coordinated with the old mauve office shown above, with shades of gray and mauve in the striped wallpaper and the shiny, "wood grained" paneled wainscoting. The fluorescent lighting, while quite effective in illuminating the space, really didn't add warmth to this ground level room.

(Clicking on all the photos below will enlarge them if you want to see them better, just use your back button to come back to the post.)

Here's another view of the waiting room, with the new chair put in for fun.

The paneling was a thorn in the owner's side. Ripping it out and re-sheetrocking the whole space was going to add significant time and money to the project. With other major home improvements looming in the near future, the decision was made to keep it and make it look as fresh and new as possible.
If you read the prior post on the office, then you already know we had about 10 days to get both rooms done, plus a powder room (that had plastic tiles! That will be a new post). New carpets, new lighting, new ceilings, fresh paint, new furniture, accessories, and window treatments, and voila!

To show you again, from this:

To this!

And from this...

To This!

Out with the old:

And in with the new:

New window treatments will installed as soon as I can get over there. The sofa is a durable microfiber that will hold up to the arrival of many clients. It also is a sleeper sofa for when the owner has overnight guests to her home.

I love the white glass lamp with the woven shade that is on the new stone table. I will have to get a better picture of that! (FOUND IT!)
What do you think? Is it a calm, gender and age neutral environment fitting for a psychologist's waiting room?

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Design In Other Forms

I had some fun last week. It was purely a major way to distract myself from my actual responsibilities of the day/week/month. It was also a challenge to refresh some skills I have let fall to the wayside.
A very close friend asked me to design a t-shirt for his team. In less than a week. Oh, and please include these certain features. In less than a week. And in a certain digital format. In less than a week.
Softball theme. Girl. Include certain words.
This is the first one I did:
Okay, but not what he was hoping for. Girl swinging a bat would be better. Oh, and please include home plate. Hmm. Maybe this?
Warmer. Some things still off. Tried moving the words and changing the color. I liked the "2010" on the angle in the ball. Thought that would work.
Then my husband pointed out the plate is the wrong shape. UGH! And another request: change the batter so that she is not facing that way, remove the little ball she's hitting and make it look like she's hitting that big ball. Less than a week now.
I still liked this girl:
but tried editing the other one:
But it wasn't working out. Maybe something new?
Not sure about it, seems so plain. Hmm. What about this? I got the plate right!
Well, now the softball player seems too small! Is that image too busy? And now I'm pretty much out of time, because I had actual WORK to finish and had to stop procrastinating on it and focus! Okay, okay, one more, I say. And that's it. This copy has some weird lines around it, but I think they are cleaned up in the final version.
And that's all I had time for. I sent them all to my friend and I don't know which one, if any, he chose. I'm waiting to see.
Which one do you think he picked?
I will post the verdict soon!

Office is Open For Business!

My client gave me 10 days to get her office and waiting room transformed. The tight timeline was due to the fact that this is her work space, the place she meets her clients daily, and she was only able to take a week off from work to get this done (which was probably one of the reasons the office and waiting rooms haven’t been renovated in so long).
After working out a time frame where there was a 3 day weekend worked into the schedule, we were off and running. With the painters, electricians, sheetrock installers, carpet installers, and furniture deliverymen all doing their work, I really only got 3 days to get her office ready for business!
But before that, there was a lot of planning. Being a psychologist’s office, the plan was to make it fresh and updated but not to make extreme changes to the layout, which could disrupt patients comfort level. This was very important, as was the fact that we needed to keep it fairly gender and age neutral. There were a lot of things like this to consider, which is a lot different than designing a bedroom or living room in someone’s home. Finding items that had interest and a little of my client’s personality without being pronounced and too personal was a challenge. And to have it be professional without being clinical or sterile, was also on the list.
This is what we were starting with:
Pinky mauve and gray wallpaper and gray shiny paneling in the waiting room.
Worn gray industrial carpeting on the floor doesn’t help!
...and pinky mauve paneling with pinky mauve wallpaper in the office!
In an effort to keep our time budget and our dollar budget in control, the decision not to rip out all of the paneling was made, and I just had to make it look BETTER.
I really think we did it.
There are some odds and ends that need to get done, but the office was ready for business this week. I believe my client is happy with the new office, although she feels a little disoriented after working in the same room with little unchanged for about 20 years.
The custom window treatments are being made, and the baseboards are going to be installed in a few weeks. The little end table on the left side of the sofa may still change to something different.
Here's a little video slide show:
If you want to see these pictures better click here.
What do you think?
Please add a comment! (Waiting room will be in a new post.)