New Year, New Office

June 11, 2012 by Natalie Hager

This year has brought many new things. I hired my first bookkeeper who is fantastic and makes my life so much easier.  I hired Kelly, my assistant who just graduated from O’More College of Design, and she is super talented and a wiz at AutoCad.  I hired Lauren, my intern from Colorado State University. And I’m expecting a baby in mid-November.  Last, but not least, this year has brought a new office!

I moved my office to a great location in Berry Hill.  The building houses Designers Gallery along with other leaseable office spaces.

The office has been so fun to decorate; I’ve transformed it from one large open room to a multifunctional space on an AFFORDABLE budget!

Check out the pictures!

Welcome…

Here’s the lobby – my favorite part of the building because of the original terrazzo floors and retro staircase.

Come on in!

A good spot to drop my bag and hang up my jacket.

This console and two lamps provide a nice focal point when you enter the office.

I love all the natural light!

I divided the room with Khadi Blockprint Panels that I got for a steal at West Elm ($10 ea).

To hang them I went to Home Depot with the measurements I needed and had them cut to size 1/2″ metal electrical conduit.  I suspended the rods with 1/8″ metal rope, 1/8″ wire rope clamps, and  1/8″ aluminum stops , which cost about $130 for all 12 panels and hardware.

 Here’s the informal conference area where I meet with my clients.

My materials library – this is where the magic comes together!

Storage boxes from IKEA:  Kassett magazine files ($4.99 for pkg of 2) and Kassett Box with lid ($9.99, pkg of 2)

Here’s Kelly’s workspace, which was once my grandma’s desk and chair, and is now a vintage modern piece.  Lamp from World Market, $49.99

My workspace

This is my client chair.  It’s a found piece from Retropolitan ($125) that I painted Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze ($5) using a high-gloss finish.  I reupholstered it with a scrap piece of fabric from Hable Construction.

A homemade book shelf.  I stacked wooden crates from Michaels to create a sturdy and modular unit.

And of course it never hurts to have some sweets to keep you going!

(Container Store, $9.99)

Hope you enjoyed a look at my new office, and I hope that you’ll come by for a visit sometime soon!
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