New Office Journal – Visit 4 – Addison

It is almost official! We are in negotiations for a new office space in Addison. It’s not at all what I had imagined when I started the search, or even started thinking about what our next space would look like. We are going to be in a retail space but NOT a retail shop. What do I mean? Instead of hiding our soon-to-be gorgeous new studio space inside a commercial office building, I thought why not put it in the face of our potential clients? Our target market is the busy professional – and Addison is definitely full of those. Plus, Addison is easily accessible for our clients to the north and those inside the 635 loop.

The location is great. But the design is what is going to really be the showstopper. After all, it’s what we do, right?

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So I have my general ideas of what the space is going to look like. I’ll have a seating area in the front – literally a living room. But there will be a piece of art hanging from the ceiling and a yet-to-be-identified sparkly chandelier hanging just in front of / above the art – to grab people’s attention from the street…and we will leave it on in the evenings even after we’re gone. I’ll let you know WHERE the office is after we get the lease signed.

In order to create an entry type of feel, without blocking the light from the front window, I want to have something like this screen built to size. I like the natural wood color too. I thought it would be cool to make from reclaimed wood or pallets, but I am re-thinking that as I work my overall design.

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Entry screen in wood

As for our desks, I will also have those made. Their detail will mirror the design of the screen on a (much) smaller scale. They’ll be finished in a high gloss white. I think.

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Desk

And in order for the clutter that we (mostly me) seem to gather on the surface of our desks, I’ll have a double decker shelf built in. It can expand & retract, which will also be ergonomicaly better for the keyboard height. I really wanted to find space to put a treadmill desk so any of us could walk & work, but I’m not sure that is going to happen. Do any of you have one of those?

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Double Decker Desk

And for storage, this is my inspiration. Of course, this looks more like something you would find in a closet, but I love the gracefulness it evokes. I definitely want to house the printer and all of the ugly daily necessities hidden behind doors and in drawers. I like the creamy color, but may also consider a soft gray. I need to work out my color palette quickly!

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Storage (Inspiration)

Michelle Lynne New Office Journal starts designing the new space | Addison | Interior Design Firm Stained Concrete Floor

Espresso colored stained concrete.

Regardless of the shades of white or gray, don’t you think the furniture will look amazing with an espresso colored stained concrete floor?

So that is the rough idea. The key is for it to be PRETTY and ORGANIZED (i.e. “Glamorously Functional”). If you want to see more of my ideas, you can follow my board on Pinterest HERE. And as we make decisions and get into the nitty gritty details, I’ll be sure to keep you posted. I already have the design studio worktable selected – I think – and I know I want to put a bold (pink?) wallpaper up in the bathroom…so there are still lots of fun details to be decided. Do you have any fabulous ideas that you think would work in our space? I would love to hear about them!

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