Design Before and After: An office makeover


Shortly after Conrad Architecture and Design became a legitimate business, my friend Steve asked me to design the interior of his office where he works as a financial advisor. He had recently moved, and when I walked in it was pretty much empty. Below is the BEFORE picture.


Because of the line of work Steve is in, the carpet, wall, and desk colors were dictated for us, so I added a palette of black, grays, and browns to provide an elegant and modern feel.

Steve was interested in having an area where his clients would feel comfortable meeting with him in a professional yet intimate setting, rather than sitting across his desk, so I gave him a round table to give the meetings a less hierarchical and more inviting feel. The table came from CB2, and the chairs are from Wayfair.

I added a credenza to hold and display books, family photos, and personal items. An Ansel Adams print plays nicely against the green colored wall, while the beige wall displays a clock and an oversize mirror that gives dimension to the room. The credenza is from CB2, I found the mirror and clock at Nordstrom Home, and the lamp is from Target.




Lastly I gave the office a clean waiting room with 2 scooped back chairs from Target, a Simon X coffee table from Pier 1 with a glass top to be able to appreciate the table leg detail, and an area rug to delineate the space and bring the items together. The rug is from Wayfair and the wall art is Steve's.


We also added {this set} of 3 dot coat hooks next to the door to use as a place for outerwear and we were done! As you can see, even when you have to work within a given frame of color choices, you can still have an elegant and inviting environment. Yay design!




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