Office Project

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 


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


House Progress

We have now officially owned our house for 2 1/2 weeks and I feel like so much has changed in the house in that short amount of time!

First order of business, which you saw in the last post, was carpet removal! What a huge difference it made when that carpet was gone! For now, we are having hardwoods installed in the living room/dining room/hallway and leaving the carpet in the bedrooms until the budget permits!

Here is a list of things we wanted to do immediately:

-remove carpet in the living/dining/hallway and replace with hardwoods

-have ceilings sanded, refinished and painted

-take down ALL light fixtures(get rid of them where they can never be found again haha) and replace with beautiful, new fixtures

-paint beams and brick fireplace

-paint all walls

-refinish both bathroom vanities

-tile bathroom floors(and scrub every surface :))

That’s our starting list! We have started to tackle each of those things the last two weeks and a lot has changed in the space!

Here are some photos of what the house is looking like at this point:

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It’s amazing how much brighter and airy it feels now! Note: that pile of wood is our hardwoods acclimating to our house. If you didn’t know, real hardwoods have to acclimate to the space they are going in for several days before they are installed or else they can warp and bend. We decided to go with 5″ wide plank white oak hardwoods! Cannot wait for those puppies to be installed!!!

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We hired someone to sand and refinish the ceilings and it was SO worth it! Perfect, smooth, brand new ceilings that really took it from 70’s to modern day! Note: that light fixture is hanging on by a thread…don’t worry its time is coming to an end very soon 🙂

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We spent Every. Single. Night. last week painting the walls!! Exhausting and tiring, but fun at the same time. Getting to see your place transform with something as simple as paint is fun to watch 🙂

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Guest bedroom with new ceilings and fresh paint on the walls. That weird box light will be parting with us also 🙂

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We removed the gold brass shower door, the cabinets are being refinished(just primed in this picture), the floors are getting new tile, fresh paint will be going on the walls and a new light fixture will be going in!

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View standing in the hall facing the living room.

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The only thing different about the kitchen is the new ceilings and the the old light fixture has been removed.

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I absolutely love the brick fireplace painted white! It has a whole new life now!

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So that is where we are at this point!

Still to do:

-finish painting remaining walls

-have flooring installed(which is happening this week ahhhhh 🙂 )

-remove old light fixtures(and replace with new ones soon)

Oh, here are a couple shots of the backyard because I forgot to put them in my last post. Great space, lots of potential!

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More photos to come as progress is made!

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo,

O


Office Before & After

Hey guys!

If you haven’t seen yet, I’ve launched a new website http://www.oliviacarswellinteriors.com and I’m very excited about it!

I have the After pictures of the office on my new website in the ‘Portfolio’ tab, but I thought I would share some before and afters with you guys here as well!

Get ready for a lot of pictures!! 🙂

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This office was such a fun project for me! I really enjoy watching a space transform from not-so-lovely to beautiful and bright!

xoxo,

O


Office ‘Before’

Today, I want to share the office project I’m working on with you.

This post will have ALOT of ‘before’ photos so you can get a good idea of how the space looked the first time I saw it. If you think it looks bad in the photos, just imagine it worse, my camera has made it look nicer than it actually is. Haha.

The entrance: the only thing I am able to change out here is the sign. A new one has gone up in place of the Lean Kit sign.

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When you walk through the door, you go through the lobby of another company then get to a set of stairs. My job starts at the bottom stair. You are greeted with your first dose of this not-so-lovely red that takes over a lot of the space.

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Once you reach the top of stairs, there is a random little area that I am calling the “landing”.

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Which leads you to a hallway…

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Oh the hallway…the dreaded hallway. Let me give you some words that describe the hallway: dark, dingy, creepy, gross…just ew! Haha. Red and black paint EVERYWHERE!

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There are two bathrooms in the hallway. The first is lime green, but shows up more yellow in these photos. In person, it is beyond lime!

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The second bathroom is…see if you can guess…yep, you’re right! Red!

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When you exit the bathroom, you walk a little further down the hallway…

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Then you finally get to the office door(the door on the right)

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As soon as you open the office door, you are greeted with a wall that blocks your view of the space.

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This is the view to your left.

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And your view to the right.

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Once you walk around the wall, you are in a big open space with great high ceilings, big windows and cool beams.

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Walk past the stairs and step down to another area.

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This doorway leads to what will become the conference room.

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Foyer to the conference room.

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A huge positive to this space and project is that even though it is very rough around the edges it has really good bones! Exposed brick, the beams in the main room and lofts really give this space a cool feel!

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This is the room that will become the conference room.

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This brick wall is the only thing I don’t have to change in this room 🙂

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Weird wall of soundproofing panels.

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Leave the conference room and you are back to the foyer.

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I know that was a lot to take in, but hopefully now you have an idea of the huge task this office has given me! I am SO excited to see this place transform!

After all of those ugly photos, I want to leave you with an inspiration photo for the space!

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Clean, crisp, simple, contrast.

xoxo,

O