New Office Journal – Visit 3 – Downtown Dallas

Our New Office Journal continues…and we head downtown to look for an office / design studio to move into. Yes, downtown. So much for my cozy 5 minute commute. I’m not excited about it, but I have to do the due diligence to confirm I’ve explored all options before picking up stakes and signing a 3 or 5 year lease. I’ve commuted to an office in the past, so I know that if I find the right place, I would be able to suck it up and commute again. Plus, while we were searching the options, Dallas was named the Best International Skyline by USA Today – so I was admittedly a little enamoured.

I was digging the style the old buildings provided. Those wood beamed ceilings are authentic. Sigh.

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And the concrete floors were original and gorgeous. Ignore that tiny little door. There was amazing storage behind it. But I ruled out this space because it was literally in the basement. See those windows? They were street level. Great space but knowing myself, I’d be miserable without sunshine. If I

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am going to commute, I am going to have to LOVE my work space. Plus, I don’t want my colleagues to punch me out because I’m so difficult to work with.

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We exited the “Plaza Level” (aka Basement) office space, and went to the top floor. This is the atrium looking upwards. By the way, this building is Founders Square, which just turned 100 years old and is also in the process of getting a huge renovation in the next couple of months.

Michelle Lynne Interior Design Studio Search | Blog | Downtown DallasAnd this is the view from the top floor, looking down. Cool, huh? And that atrium space is what is getting the bulk of the renovation. Buh-bye 1985 ficus, hello swanky hotel lobby-like design. We were now heading to the Penthouse suite. Penthouse? You’re talking my language.

Michelle Lynne Interior Design Studio Search | Blog | Downtown DallasYou have to go down this odd little hallway to get to the entrance of the Penthouse. I was already envisioning the changes we would have to negotiate in the contract. This hall had a weird vibe, and I would want our logo to be visible at the end of the hallway (as it is the entrance was at the end and on the left). Minor details.

Michelle Lynne Interior Design Studio Search | Blog | Downtown DallasSo you walk in, and there is awesome sunlight on the first floor. First floor? Yes, there are 3 flights of stairs to get you to the top. Not a dealbreaker. I can use the exercise.

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And when you get to the top (Penthouse!) level, you walk immediately into a space that is surrounded by windows. First window as you enter? Forgive my poorly lit photo – I couldn’t wait to adjust it, I had to get to the window.

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This is the view I found. Take a look outside that window. WOW. Just wow. This definitely beats the basement.

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Here is some fancy camera work of the space. I say fancy, because it’s on the panorama setting on my smart phone.

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Here are the views from those windows. Talk about an inspiring workspace. Commute? What commute?Interior Design Studio Search | Downtown Dallas | Michelle Lynne Interiors Group Interior Design Studio Search | Downtown Dallas | Michelle Lynne Interiors Group Interior Design Studio Search | Downtown Dallas | Michelle Lynne Interiors GroupI had to pinch myself that this was even in my budget. I dreamt about the space that night. In my mind, I had the floorplan designed and already put a walking treadmill with a glass desk at one of the windows. But I don’t make snap decisions that are of this magnitude…so, I waited. I waited to see if I KNEW this was the right place to pursue. Always trust your gut.

And then? I got another idea to explore. What if I didn’t hide our design studio inside another building, but created something so beautiful that it would pull people in from outside? What if our space helped generate business instead of just house the business process? Hmmm. So, the search is NOT over. (I still requested more information on the build out I was envisioning for this amazing penthouse.)

So stay tuned. I’m determined to make a decision soon. I need time to design and build out wherever we select, without rush, AND without incurring double rent. We’re heading out again today for hopefully, the last leg of our search. (But seriously, how ridiculously amazing are those views?!)

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