Interior Designer Elkhart Goshen Indiana
Commercial Interior Design is an extremely important part of any company's branding. Not just for visitors but also for the employees the company attracts and retains. I follow a simple 'think it', 'see it', 'do it' process and this CEO had the 'think it' phase well planned!
Wanna see how the practical and the pretty came together for His vision?
Both clients and employees draw conclusions about a company by the way it looks because the way it looks tells a story about the company, it's people and it's values--even in a small, rural town like Middlebury Indiana.
So hiring a professional interior designer to help you create that space makes sound business sense.
When the CEO of a local company called me about a kitchen remodeling project, he was well prepared. He had done his homework and knew exactly what he wanted in terms of project goals, style of the room and the activities therein.
During the initial design meeting, he shared a few beautiful inspirational photographs from his Houzz ideabook. (If someone recognizes the designer for above pictures, please let me know so I can give them credit for their beautiful work).
Then he took me down a long 'peachy' hued hall and showed me three equally ugly rooms that nobody wanted to spend any time in - -EVER -- imagine that! (I so wanted to title this post, "Ugly Room Makeovers" but my google analytics genie predicted that no one would ever find it -- EVER.
He said he wanted to transform that unused space into one big break room for his employees. And he wanted this space to communicate warmth and welcome and be nicer than what his employees had in their homes - to encourage collaboration, teamwork and creativity (aka: to bring people together)!
This CEO really got good design!
He purchased a Design only package for renovations that included all the visuals he needed to communicate his vision and feel confident about his layout, color, fixture and finish selections. He knew that the better he could communicate his vision to his contractor, the more likely he was to achieve it.
The color palette was inspired by the company's own brand colors.
Notice there is no peach!
Then he added another goal -- he wanted to push the design limits a little and create something different than the usual commercial designs for kitchens and break rooms in Elkhart County. He wanted warm and welcoming with a modern vibe and Tesla twist.
And isn't that what interior design is really about? Creating a more livable, personalized space that facilitates a functional goal?
So I was both excited and challenged to share in this adventure and create a space that reflected his company's brand vision, values and function goals....especially after seeing this room....
During our initial design work meeting, I noticed the cramped yellow kitchenette already had plumbing so I knew the new kitchen sink needed to remain in this area to help this project make sense. This started the collaborative brainstorming and problem solving that I look forward to. He brought up concerns about electrical access to the island that would house the sink as the flooring was on slab. And I suggested we could build structural posts on each side of the island and run them up to and through the ceiling and then finish the posts like cabinetry. Don't get me wrong - I'm not a builder - I help others develop their ideas so they can hand them off to the builder so he can do what he is good at - build quickly without delays.
And this business man was no stranger to remodeling projects. He knew that bringing on an interior designer early would save him time and money on the back end. He knew that by making definitive decisions at the beginning of the project meant that he would not have to do it again at the end with the money that was leftover and be disappointed.
Voila....the power of a clear vision!
Now, his employees show up to work every morning to this place!
Here is another before and after, lest we forget....
And sometimes amazing things happen here...
.......like new ideas are born, friendships are formed, goals are met and new deals are done.
Because that is what happens when you get clear on how the practical and the pretty affect your vision.
As Winston Churchill once said, "We shape our buildings and they shape us."
Does your small business interior reflect your company mission or brand? If not, then we should chat. I keep professional interior design costs affordable by being a team player, by working online which reduces the need for in person meetings and by offering design only packages at a fixed rate where I do what I'm good at and you do what you're good at!
Are you stuck in design indecision or overwhelmed with all the possibilities?
Here's your next step - I offer a complimentary on-site 30 minute interview where I'll listen to your wants and needs, share with you I've learned as an award winning interior designer for the past 20 years that will help you avoid typical design mistakes and then, if it will serve you, I'll put together a free estimate for your project.
Then, you'll be amazed at the power of professional interior design on your people and bottom line
Contact me today to discuss how I can help!
I love Makeover stories - especially ones that point us to the ultimate Creator!
Until next time....hugs & blessings (Numbers 6: 24-26),
Have you benefited from this 'makeover' story? Do you need just a little help with the planning or do you need a fixed rate room design package to help pull it together?
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About this blog...
I began writing this blog in May 2016 after discovering that my mother always wanted to be a writer. She had Alzheimer's disease and never realized her dream. Sometimes in our deepest grief we are motivated to encourage others to fearlessly be themselves so that their gifts and stories are shared. I mean, how else can we change the world? So I began to record the things that reflect who I am and what is important to me, because one day my memories too, may be gone and what would that mean to the people God gave me to care for and the good works He gave me to do? So, here is where I share the important stuff so that you can learn real design, not decorator tricks, but fundamental and salient concepts to apply so that you can create your own legacy home and so that my family and I can remember the life we lived and created here in our home, our sacred place. I hope you're inspired and encouraged as I share my memories, my work, my mission & my life. Hugs & blessings, (Numbers 6: 24-26)