Hello everyone! Today I am going to reveal an optometry office I helped design.
About a year and a half ago, Dr. Brog and his staff were moving to a new office. They loved the layout of their old office, and wanted to keep the majority of their furnishings and equipment. Our mission was to make the new office look current and, you guessed it, family friendly.
Let’s check out what their old office looked like.
This was the front desk:
To the right was a waiting area plus some frame boards.
First of all, let’s talk about the items that were dating the office.
The orangey-brown oak trim and frame boards; the orange/brown imitation granite Formica counter tops; and some of the accessories that hung on the wall were all contributing. (Before you panic, I thought I would let you know that Formica + imitation granites don’t automatically qualify a home as “old-fashioned”. They are coming out with great options all the time, and I continue to use Formica and other brands like it. It was the tone of the counter tops that was the problem).
Because of the expense of buying new frame boards, we needed to keep them. So, what was the solution?
We painted them white. We added a glaze to help combat the visibility of tiny finger marks (lots of little kids go through this office) and some crown molding to give them a new elegance.
For the new colors, I took cues from these blue waiting chairs they wanted to keep.
We painted surrounding walls in a soft gray, but did the wall directly behind the front desk in my favorite navy, “Amalfi Navy” from Ralph Lauren. We installed some stunning pendants over the front desk. My husband and his business partner were the contractors for this building, and they decked it out with their signature trim.
(Photographs taken by Paul Richer)
This front desk was custom. I did it all in wood (even the top) and simply covered the heavy working areas with glass. I love the upscale look it creates.
We added a few new pieces of furniture to complement the chairs (the chairs can’t be seen in the photo, but they are lined up against the wall just out of view). The settees are from C.R. Laine and they are upholstered in indoor/outdoor fabric. And the amazing new artwork? Photographs taken by Dr. Brog’s wife! Aren’t they amazing? She had them printed on canvas and we hung them.
I hope you enjoyed seeing the new office! And I highly recommend seeing Dr. Brog if you need some new glasses. That’s where I purchased mine.