I had a presentation meeting tonight for a new client who also happens to be a very good friend of mine. Christina started her own invitation and event planning business and it has really taken off. She recently acquired additional rental space which she uses as a reception area and to meet with clients.
This area functions well, are well organized, and gets some nice natural light.
Christina asked for my help with that back office there that you see through the doorway. There are multiple mismatched desks, tables, and chairs in that work area and she wanted the space to be cohesive and organized. Budget is small and there are pieces that can certainly be repurposed if we need them to be. We are also not ruling out Craigs List for some great finds as well.
Here is the initial layout that I put together for Christina. I really enjoy doing the layout and learned to draw by hand so that is what you see below.
This plan has already changed a little bit, but at least you get the idea of where I'm headed with this space. My main goal was to not have Christina's back to the door. I wanted her to be able to see right through that doorway (the desks are actually going to be pushed back some and we are ditching those shelves that you see in blue next to the desks). I also wanted to be able to give her a good perspective of the room when she is sitting at her desk, so her desk will sit at the top right there (green rectangles are the desks and placement that I've proposed). This work zone at the top will be a "permanent" type zone meaning that those desks won't move at all. The other work zone is going to be modular or multi-functional - meaning that the desk can either move (and has wheels) or it can be cleared and used as a table for a meeting or lunch.
The music to my ears moment was when Christina saw the "permanent" desk layout I proposed and said "I never would have thought of that". She hadn't thought about having those two desks face each other and have them sit perpendicular to the wall. Because Christina is such a great friend, I know how she is and this girl thinks of every option imaginable no matter what the task may be, so hearing those words from her was such a compliment (thanks CC if you're reading).
And here is my initial design concept board with a few options.
The pink fabric at the top will be for bulletin boards, and the chairs at bottom will be used in a sitting area. Christina recovered the chairs last year to bring them up-to-date. We are most likely not going with the desks you see here but this gives the general idea for what will be used. She likes the idea of having the sitting area and a collapsible table that could expand for meetings or office events. The shelving unit also got nixed (but again giving options).
So there you have it for now - this project is really about making the layout and space function for Christina's office so it's been a good challenge and a great learning experience to really stretch the layout and math muscles more so than the accessories, details, and patterns that you all know that I love (but will bring a little of that in too).
I hope to post the Arts Fest Part 2 later this week along with photos of the paintings we picked up.
Can you believe we're halfway through 2012?
Have a great day.