State Farm Insurance – Office Update

State Farm Insurance – Office Update

I was contacted by Aileen Dugan from State Farm Insurance earlier this year to evaluate an office space which houses two of her employees.  She has made changes over time to this space, including the wallpaper installation, custom window treatments and new carpeting.  What we were focusing on with this project were the workstations (new furnishings & arrangement) and a new wall treatment (to coordinate with reception area).

Our first step was to work on the wall treatment to coordinate with the reception area – which had had a chair rail added and a darker color painted below.  It was decided that the wallpaper on the lower wall would be removed and a dark color of paint would be used.  It was a color that worked well with the Reception area, the existing window treatments and the large scale artwork that was remaining in the room.

Dugan Before

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The next step was to create a furniture plan using an existing desk and storage unit (that were in a different part of the building) and a new desk that matched as close to the existing as possible (wood tone, edging and hardware.  A group of drawings using straight, L-Shaped and U-Shaped desks were presented then narrowed down to the final arrangement – seen here:

Dugan Arrangement

After the desk size was determined, it was placed on order and the focus went to ordering the side chairs.  New chairs that were similar to the Reception area chairs were purchased and it was decided that one per desk would work and keep costs down.

You’ll notice in the “after” photo that the artwork was given a new, silver toned frame that really highlights the colors from the painting and gives the office a contemporary look that mirrors the new furnishings.

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Small changes can make a big difference in every space – whether it is residential or commercial.  This was a great example of using existing furniture and design elements as the starting point to create a plan to update a room.

The biggest perk of my job is that I get to know and work with such great people. It was so nice to work with Aileen and her wonderful staff, Cleo, Michelle and Scott!

For more information on how Parker House Design can help you update your office space, contact us here.

Repurposing Tip:  Skis to Usable Home Items

Repurposing Tip: Skis to Usable Home Items

In a recent post to the SUNDAY FUN PIX on Facebook, I posted a photo of an Adirondack chair that was made from recycled skis.  It was such a novel idea to have winter sports gear creating an item that we’d most likely use in the summer.  As we shift from Winter skiing to Spring skiing here in New Hampshire, I thought I’d post some other fun ideas I found to recycle old skis.

Vintage Ski Rack http://www.recycledskis.com/racks

Vintage Ski Rack
http://www.recycledskis.com/racks

This is probably a way many people have seen skis recycled.  I recommended it to clients a few years back for their mudroom and there is one like this in our local Orthodontic office.  The owner is a huge ski fan from Maine so it was a great way to let us know more about him, give his office a fun theme while providing a place to hang our coats.

Here are a couple coat racks that stand alone but are used for the same purpose – a little vintage and a little more modern.

Modern & Colorful

Modern & Colorful

On a smaller scale, some decor items to personalize your space.

Mug Rack from The Cabin Wall.com

Mug Rack from The Cabin Wall.com

Wine Rack from Forest Furniture Tahoe

Wine Rack from Forest Furniture Tahoe

The most unique way of recycling skis that I found was this chandelier made by Designer Willem Heeffer.

Willem Heeffer Chandelier

Willem Heeffer Chandelier

Willem Heeffer Chandelier

Willem Heeffer Chandelier

Could you imagine using any of these repurposed ski projects in your own home?  If so, which room(s) and how?

Repurposing Tip:  Paint Furniture

Repurposing Tip: Paint Furniture

When we are talking about redesign or One Day Room Makeovers, it’s all about repurposing the beautiful items you already own.  Many of us have “hand me downs” from various family members that have sentimental value.  They tend to have beautiful details that are not found in the furniture on the market today but are not necessarily the wood colors we’d like or are worn from years of use.

Try a fresh coat of paint with new hardware to completely revitalize a piece of furniture that you love.

This beautiful piece has a lot of character that goes unnoticed until the green paint is applied.

AFTER

AFTER

All of a sudden, the details are visible.  The dark top and hardware really add a wonderful contrast against the lighter green.  This unit would have been lost against the wall if it remained as it was prior to the addition of paint.

To view more great before and after photos of this project and others, check out the Remodel-aholic Blog:

http://www.remodelaholic.com/2010/10/wooden-dresser-painted-green-furniture-redo/