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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Office Design - Large Conference Room

I think that this may be my very favorite space in the office.  I love the mix of materials and colors.  The artwork is a piece that I would love in my own house.  The taxidermy is as well.   Really, the accessories too!  I think this space is just very "me", and luckily they love it at the office as well.

The tables are zinc topped, and in my next post I will show you how I got the look for less! (without even knowing)  They wanted the chairs to be on rollers - not easy to find attractive chairs on rollers - but I did it.

Can't wait to share the reveal.  Right now the tables are covered with telephones!  Looking forward to those all being installed so I can get things back in order.

Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Office Design - Formal Entry

Here is my plan for the more formal entry of the building.

I fell in love with the beautiful sofa immediately, and worked from there.  Without time to special order pillows I went with what the store sells as their look.  It is not what I would have chosen (the dark pillows on the sofa are deep purple), but after I found the navy leather chair I think it all works together really well.   It's funny how when you have to decide quickly you can actually make something look really great - even if it wasn't what you had in mind.  There were many times where I would like one thing, but it was not available so I had to go to choice 2 or 3.  It has all worked out though.  I did end up using that wooden bench that I have on the Office Entry Board in this area - so I have to search out something to finish off the Entry.  Things change and you just have to adjust the plan.  The biggest thing I have left to do at the building now is to get the rest of the art, and hang the art.  Plus that one piece of furniture.  Oh, and when I can actually see the top of the conference room tables again that will be great.  Right now they have them covered with telephones :)

So I have to get ready, and get to work!

Happy Monday.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

High/Low - Chair - Look For Less

During this office building design I have run across a few things just by chance that are great for high/low comparisons.

I was cleaning up some catalogs, and I had dog-eared the page that this chair was on.   Having  completely forgot about it - I found it funny that I chose a chair from Target to use in the reception office that had the same type of look.  You could probably even sand down the legs on the Target chair - stain them - and get the chair to resemble this high end chair even more.

This is the Edenton Chair from Arhaus - On sale for $1149.  Was $2399.

This is the Swoop Chair from Target.  $199 right now - I purchased mine for $150.74.

Not a bad savings at all - $1000 less that the sale price & around $2250 less that full price.
I just assembled this chair yesterday, and it looks even better in person.  The fabric is thick and solid.  Really nice quality!

I was out browsing at Pottery Barn, and had the same kind of thing happen.  I will share that high/low after I share the Conference Room Inspiration Board.  It is an even closer comparison than this!

Love when something like this happens - especially when I'm trying to stretch my dollar.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Office Design - Reception Office Plan

Here is another inspiration board for the office that I am working on.

I just shared the plan for the entry last week.

Now here is the plan for the reception office.

This is one of the next spaces you see after the entry.

There is a set of windows from the entry into the reception.  I'm planning on hanging the House of Belonging "Follow Your Yellow Brick Road" sign on the back wall for all to see.  This was my inspiration piece.

To mimic the look in the photo with the pink flowers I purchased a unit from IKEA.  I'm looking forward to seeing it all assembled and in place.

The gray chairs are from Target.  The gold bug wall plates are as well.  Right now this will be a new position, but I am figuring it will be a girls office so I wanted to glam it up a bit.  I may do some kind of leg makeover on the desk.  I will decide when I see it in place.

This week things are starting to get moved into the new building.  Pretty exciting!  I'm looking forward to seeing it all together.  It will be a busy couple of weeks - getting everything in, and then deciding on any finishing touches that are needed.  I still have to order a black top for the IKEA unit.  Just a little more detail work to finish.  It's all very fun though.  The best "job" I have ever had.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Office Design - Front Entry Plan

Here is a peek at my plan for the front entry of the office building I'm working on.


The company wanted this space to serve as a spot for people to wait, lets say, if they don't have an actual meeting set up.  If they are just dropping by.  There is a medical component to the business so this is needed for security practices as well.

All of the walls in this area are mainly windows.  I am still trying to sell them on the drape idea.  I think that is is needed for extra color and softening of the window frames.  Even just on one of the walls this would be a big help.  We will see if that happens.

Otherwise, I chose 4 comfy chairs in a black herringbone pattern, a hammered metal coffee table, and a rustic peasant bench to warm it all up a bit.

They needed new flooring so we went with tile that looks like wood.

Other than that I am going to put a bouquet of pinwheels on the table, and I have a couple of Sugarboo art pieces from the Target Collection.

  So this is the first space that people will see as they arrive.

I sure hope they go for the drapes!

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Where Have I Been ...

Hello again!

Where have I been?

Well, this has been the coldest and longest Winter I can remember.   A little more snow is supposed to find it's way here today - then hopefully it will be finished.   I am getting pretty tired of asking myself if I should wear the brown boots or the black boots.   I am longing for warmer weather and long walks outside.  Real Spring weather cannot come soon enough.

Basically I have been kept busy with Noah's Basketball (now Baseball: first game already cancelled probably because snow is still on the field and it is freezing cold), seeing friends, a few workouts a week (though not being good about cardio at all), and something else really fun.

I had a little job that I did from my house, and while it was good for me to have some work to do it didn't do anything to enrich me so to speak.  I did learn to use the number pad on my keyboard very well without looking - I love that.  In the past month my job is now being done at the new company headquarters which is now out of state :)   Honestly, really LOVE that! 

So now what?  That is the great thing.  I guess anything is possible, and now with the boys being older I can really figure out what that should be.

I already have one project underway which has been so much fun that it is really not like work at all.

The company I was doing the work for is moving to a new much larger space.  This new facility has many rooms that the old one didn't have.  And guess what?  I was given a budget along with a list of rooms to design!

I have been working on the following spaces:

Reception Office
Formal Entry
Conference Room
Professional Break Room
CEO Office

I am hoping that my visions look as well as I hope they will in each space.  I think the style is kind of quirky sophisticated with a manly vibe.  Sometime next week I will start getting things put into place so I will keep you posted.  I will make some boards to show you my ideas, and then we will see how everything looks when it is all together.  I didn't have any time to spare so I had to roll with what I could get my hands on quickly, and what was within my budget.  Luckily I have more of my budget left so after everything is in I can add a bit more where needed.

Thank you for reading.  So glad I got this post out there.  It's kind of hard to know where to start again when you have been away for awhile.  

Friday, February 14, 2014

Sharing The Love - Grandma's Chocolate Pudding & Red Envelope Canning Jars & Make A Cupids Arrow

This is a very cherished family recipe so why not share the love on Valentine's Day.  This recipe comes from my late grandma.  She was very special to me - that one person that loved me unconditionally, and made me feel like I was important, special, and worthwile.  I think everyone needs someone like that in their life, and I was very blessed to have her.  On special occasions her chocolate pudding always makes it to our dessert table.  Sometimes I make large servings, and other times I make taste size servings so we have room to sample some other desserts as well.  It is not complicated to put together - all you really need is patience, and to be ready for lots of stirring.

I like to use canning jar to serve this dessert, and Red Envelope contacted me to see if I would be interested in trying out one of their products.  Why YES of course!  I must also mention that the email I received from Amy at Red Envelope was so kind and thoughtful.  Her words really were heartwarming.

So, already being a fan of Red Envelope trying one of their products was a very easy decision - narrowing down my choices proved to be the bigger challenge.  Seeing that I have been interested in the set of 12 mason jars I went with them.  They are adorable and practical.  I think great for drinks and desserts.  Even a mini flower bouquet would be a nice way to use them.  My mason jars even arrived gift wrapped in their beautiful red box with cream ribbon.  Just another example of how this company is such a class act.

    (shown here with and without their lids)

Grandma's Chocolate Pudding

2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup Hershey's cocoa
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups milk - I usually use 2% or whole
(last time I used a mix of 1/2 unsweetened coconut milk and 1/2 unsweetened almond milk.
My family didn't notice the switch, and I noticed that it tasted the same, but was less creamy)
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Combine first 4 ingredients in a saucepan, and mix them together.  Add milk.

Stirring constantly, cook over medium heat until smooth and creamy.  Mixture will thicken and begin to bubble.  This is when you know it is ready to remove from heat - add butter and vanilla, and stir. Carefully pour into serving dishes of choice, and chill in refrigerator.  This can be made a day ahead. Serves 4.  I usually double or triple this recipe.

For Valentines I decided to make something that I thought would add a fun little touch and make the jars look festive.  My idea actually turned out more fitting that I anticipated.  I simply wrapped some metallic yarn around the tops of some wooden skewers.  I used some short skewers that had a larger tip on top - the shape turned out to look just like an arrow.  I started wrapping the yarn down about an inch and tied the yarn off at the top with a simple knot.

I hope you try and enjoy this very special recipe and have a Happy Valentine's Day!

Lastly, thank you to Red Envelope.  Love my new mason jars, and I'm looking forward to using them in many different ways.

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