Office Design

Two years ago, I was able to design my first office.

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If you didn’t see my post on that office, you can see it here.

Well, two years later in the same building, another company hired me to design their office and whew, did I have my work cut out for me.

I had the first walkthrough at the beginning of February. Here is what I walked into. Fluorescent lighting, lime green, tan…eek!

They needed individual offices in this big open room so the painters tape on the carpet is where we were planning to build individual offices.

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Other side of the room

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My first thought was that the space felt stark and uninviting so my goal was to add character and warmth. I pulled inspiration from my other office..high contrast, clean, industrial and wood elements. The tough thing about this space as opposed to the other office was that this office has zero natural light where as the other office had tons of natural light. Trying to make this space feel inviting was quite the task.

First things first, remove carpet.

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My initial vision was to sand, stain and seal the concrete for a clean, industrial look. Similar to this:main.original.640x0c

Unfortunately, once the carpet was removed we found that the concrete was not in great condition. Uneven, crumbling in certain places and not able to be sanded down. On top of those issues, the building is old with no elevator so the concrete guys had no way of getting their 1000 pound equipment in the room. Had to change plans so I decided to go with painted concrete.

Moving forward from there was office build out.

Framing.

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Sheetrock done.

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I decided to add windows on the ends of the build out to make it feel more open for the people working in the offices. If they can’t have natural light they can at least have a window. 🙂

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After the office build out, the lime green cinderblock columns got wrapped in wood and stained a rich walnut brown. I knew the first time I saw the space that the columns needed to be wrapped in wood to add character.

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3 out of the 4 offices have a column.

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This wall was saying goodbye to the dry erase boards.

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After ripping them off, we found that the drywall was in terrible shape and not salvageable.

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Solution=Shiplap

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So fresh and so clean clean.

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Another area to figure out was this odd “kitchen” area. They wanted to keep the kitchen so my thought was to remove the upper cabinet, add more lower cabinets and add a backsplash to make it feel more like a real kitchen.

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Added lowers.

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Backsplash. Now it feels like a real kitchen area as opposed to the weird situation that was happening before.

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After all of that was finished, floating laptop bars and lighting were installed. Goodbye fluorescent lighting! In the photo below, the laptop bars aren’t finished yet, but this was the day that my vision was finally coming together. I used the same pendants that I used in the other office and I love the statement they make.

Oh, and here’s the finished painted concrete floors! Love how they turned out.

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The lighting over the offices. Matte black tracks with bare bulb pendants.Love how it turned out!

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A couple of other areas in the office:

Individual Office- BEFORE

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AFTER

Fresh paint, carpet and added wood elements.

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Conference Room- BEFORE

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AFTER

Fresh paint, new light and wood accent wall.

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Hallway- BEFORE (well, after prep work)

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AFTER (pre art hanging, but you get the gist) Freshened up with paint and lighting!

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Artist Interview area- BEFORE

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AFTER

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That’s a wrap!

I am having professional photos taken of this space so I will share soon 🙂

xoxo,

O

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


House Tour-Stephanie-Guest Bedroom

When my sister in law, Stephanie, moved to Nashville a year and a half ago she had a new house and a blank canvas. She pulled inspiration photos, I pulled inspiration photos and the shopping/designing began! It was a lot of fun bringing a space to life and capturing her personality in the design. This is an all girls house! No boys allowed 😉

The wish list for this bedroom was: white bedding, abstract art, black iron bed.

This is the finished product. Clean and crisp.

All of the photos were taken by the talented Alyssa Rosenheck.

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Detailed shots of the nightstands

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One more full room shot

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I love the contrast of the white bedding, black iron bed, colorful art and driftwood light!

Stay tuned for more photos of Stephanie’s house.

xoxo,

O

 

 

 


The Kitchen is Open

From the first day we saw our house, I had big dreams for our kitchen. There was only one wall standing between me and an open concept floor plan. It almost took a year of living in the house, but in November while we were on West Coast tour we were FINALLY able to get that wall down and start updating our kitchen. Excited was an understatement!

These were the last photos I took before transformation began:

This is the wall that kept me from an open concept for almost a year. Its days were numbered from the moment we bought the house 🙂

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Entry into the kitchen. The only thing we had done at this point was get a new light fixture and paint the walls. It was very closed off from the rest of the house and not much fun to be in.

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Same view, but daylight. The only redeeming factor are the big windows above the sink!

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This is the wall from the other side.

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Phase 1 of kitchen updating included:

-remove wall (which is where the refrigerator was before which meant we had to find a new spot for it, so we decided to cut the cabinet and countertop off and put the fridge where it looked like it always belonged)

-new flooring

-subway tile backsplash

-new appliances

We would love to get new cabinets and countertops, but that will be in the future.

All of the work was being done while we were out of town so our contractor sent us photos of the progress.

First step, cut countertop and cabinet where the fridge will move to:

Believe it or not, this small amount of progress got me super excited for the new kitchen layout!!

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Next step, remove the wall and make an opening.

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View now standing in the kitchen facing the living room. We can see to the front door now!! Woohoo!!

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Next step, which proved to be the most stressful, was the flooring. When they pulled up the old floor there was a not-so-pleasant surprise underneath….

Completely rotted/moldy subfloor!!! (this was NOT a fun picture to get)

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I’m really glad we weren’t there because the contractor said the smell was unbearable! EEK!

So the original plan was to rip out old flooring, apply cement board and lay new tile. Simple right? Well, plans changed when the rotten floor was revealed, so they had to demolish the subfloor all the way down to the joists!! $$$ (the joys of updating an old house)

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Getting these pictures while being out of town was definitely not fun, but we were just glad to know the mold was gone and a brand new subfloor was going in.

New plywood subfloor was laid and then cement board on top of that. Things were starting to look up 🙂

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We got home from being gone 2 weeks and the very first thing we did was prime the walls because now that the kitchen was open to the rest of the house we wanted it to look cohesive.

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Ready for some pretty photos now??

View in living room now!! A million times better!!!

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I was so happy to get rid of the laminate orang hued fake hardwoods and replace with these beautiful tile floors!

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We needed some extra storage/counter space since we lost some when we moved the fridge. This little IKEA cart did just the trick. It’s the perfect size and look for the space!

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Subway tile will always be a favorite of mine. It’s just classic.

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We took off the old bifold pantry door. Still need to get a cute curtain or something to hang, but for now it’s open and I don’t mind it 🙂

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View from kitchen to dining area.

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We are so happy with how everything turned out! It’s like that wall was always supposed to not be there! 😉

Our next project is our garage that’s not used as a garage anymore. I will be sharing that process as it happens!

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo,

O

 

 


House Progress: A Little Over A Year In

I haven’t posted since May!!! How did that happen?? I will definitely not be winning blogger of the year award. Haha.

Today, I want to share what our house is looking like a little over a year in. We celebrated the year anniversary of living in our house on January 15th. I really can’t believe it’s been a whole year! It’s exciting to see how far things have come and it’s also exciting to keep doing projects and making our house feel more and more like us!

And now a slew of before and “progress” photos because let’s be honest…I don’t know when or if I’ll ever feel like my house is ready to be called “after.”

Living Room:

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Progress

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Dining Room:

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Hallway:

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Guest Bathroom:

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Guest Bedroom:

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Master Bedroom:

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Master Bathroom:

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3rd Bedroom (used as Stephen’s music room):

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Progress- As you can see there is still no light fixture, nothing on the walls and basically everything was just plopped down in there. Did I think this room would still look like this a year in?? No way, but life happens and other things were priorities 🙂

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You’ll notice that I left out the kitchen because I am going to share the whole process we went through in November of updating it. Stay tuned 🙂

That sums up our house at this point. Still a lot to do, but proud of how far it’s come!

xoxo,

O

 

 


We have a white house!!!!

My vision has finally come to life. We have a painted white brick house!!!

I have dreamed about this since the moment we bought our house and I am SO excited to finally share some after photos!

Paint colors:

BM – White Dove (brick)

BM – Brandon Beige (doors)

We had new gutters installed, a new light fixture, house numbers, and worked our booties off on our yard!

Here is one before photo just to refresh your memory:

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AFTER!!!!!

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It’s crazy how different it looks! I really don’t even feel like I’m at the same house!

Here are a few more angles of the front of the house:

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Stephen has become quite the landscaper 🙂 I love that we have this built in planter!

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Side of the house:

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Back of the house(taken the night of our housewarming party):

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We love that the exterior now matches our style and personalities!

I will leave you with one more before and after because I’m a sucker for transformation 🙂

Before:

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AFTER:

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Goodbye old and drab; Hello beautiful and bright!

xoxo,

O


Exterior Progress

Hi guys!

We completed another great tour and survived our first winter in our new (old) house!

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Now that cold, dead winter is behind us and we are staring at the face of warm, lively Spring we have been itching to get started on some exterior updates! I would describe the exterior of our house as a very basic, old,1970’s brick ranch with baby blue trim and brass house numbers…such a great combination, right? I have been patient long enough, the time has come to start shining this diamond(in the rough) up.

Here is a picture of the front of the house the first day we saw it:

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And the back:

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List of exterior updates:

1- Remove hedge of bushes along the brick wall

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2- Remove tree on far left side of the house, paneling where garage door used to be, install/brick in a window & install new front door!

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Home Depot shopping for the window and front door.

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Paneling wall before:

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Window in and ready for brick.

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In the picture below, the tree is gone, the new front door is in and the window is in. These three updates, though nothing too major, got us super excited for the future look and feel of the house!

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She’s a brick….HOUSSEEEE! Ha. The size of the brick matches the rest of the house perfectly, but the color and grout do not since the house is getting painted. We are hoping that it will look like the window was always there once everything is painted!

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Wall complete!

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Front door before:

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Front door after:

Soooo much better 🙂

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3- Remove old shutters and pressure wash house to get it ready for PAINT!!! I have been waiting for this step since the day I first laid eyes on the house. I have always loved painted brick homes and knew that as soon as weather/time/money permitted, it would be painted…and what color other than my favorite, white! Note: a new roof will definitely be in our future, but for now it’s all about the paint!

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Shutters are gone and the house is ready for paint!!! This old house is getting a complete makeover starting today!!! The painting is underway and I am beyond excited to see it completely transform!

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Here are a couple more photos of the exterior. Right side of the house:

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Just a cute picture of Stephen enjoying the backyard 🙂

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I am hoping that the next picture I share of the exterior of our home, will be a beautiful, bright, airy painted white brick home with new gutters, an updated light fixture, new house numbers and fresh landscaping! I cannot wait!

Say goodbye to the 1970s and hello to modern day!

xoxo,

O


Floors on floors on floors

Hey guys!

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Things have been moving forward with our house and the topic of discussion today is…FLOORS! As you saw in my last post, we removed the carpet and are having hardwoods installed in the living/dining/hallway. We quickly realized why everyone told us that a house is more expensive than you think…

Once the carpet was removed, we found that the sub floor was particle board. I didn’t have a clue if that was a good thing or a bad thing because I don’t know anything about subfloors, but our flooring guys quickly informed us of the problem with particle board. Back in the 70’s and 80’s when houses were being built, a lot of contractors opted for the most inexpensive products when building a house, so now, 30 years later we are finding that some of the work that was done on houses built in those years have some shoddy things going on. Basically, particle board will rot and crumble away over time so you need a solid sub floor like plywood in order for hardwoods to be installed! Our subfloor had to be ripped out and re-installed with a plywood sub floor before a single piece of hardwood could be laid! At least we know that our floors are going to be as solid as possible!

While all of the flooring mayhem was going on at our house, we were packing up our apartment! That was hard! Hard because its the place weve lived the longest. Hard because it was physically exhausting! Hard because your life and home that you made so many memories in is gone! Thankfully we are all moved out now and we can just move forward trying to make our new house feel like home!

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Our dark, empty apartment. The last picture I took of it 😦

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Now, for some flooring progress photos:

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We had some pretty awesome curb appeal going on with scrap wood and other junk in our driveway and a toilet on our front porch! Reallll classy 🙂

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New subfloor installed..yay!

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This was the last picture I took before we left town for 2 weeks!!

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Because I have been out of town for the entire hardwood installation process (insert scream here..ha), I have been going crazy wanting to see just a little peek of what they look like! Thankfully, our realtor went by the house and sent us a few photos! AHHH! Beautiful white oak 5″ hardwoods! Cannot wait to see those puppies finished!

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I am beyond excited to get home and start putting furniture in and making this place feel like our home!

The agenda for next week:

Monday-move all furniture in and start unpacking/organizing

Tuesday-new light fixtures going in, new outlets and switches being installed and cable/internet set up

Wednesday-try to relax for a minute before we leave town again Thursday morning!!!

Next week is going to be the week when it really starts turning into our home! Cant wait to share it with you guys!!

xoxo,

O