My (Not So) New Space

A year ago I decided it was time to grow my business and find an office space.  I had been working out of my house since I started Jennifer Taylor Design and the walls were closing in on me.  I had taken a "baby step" in early 2016 when I joined a co-working office space called CoLab and being there really showed me that having a real office was what I needed to take JTD to the next level.  Being able to have a presentation space was key to providing my clients full-service design.  So, the search began...

I have to say, it wasn't pretty out there.  I saw some UGLY spaces, but my agent was patient and helped me find something I could afford (which was key) and that I could make my own.  Manor at Midtown is an office park just down the street from my house, so the location couldn't be better for me.  Here's a few pictures from the day I saw it for the first time:

Jennifer Taylor Design - BEFORE
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As you can see, I had to really look past all the negatives and know I could create a space I could be proud of.  Now, a year later I'm finally sharing my new space.  The main room is where I meet clients and store a lot of my samples.  I still have a wish list of more improvements (draperies, new fabric on the chairs, etc) but those will come with time.  The more I can disguise that ugly brown carpet, the better!

Jennifer Taylor Design
Jennifer Taylor Design
Jennifer Taylor Design

The second room is where we work and a place I can hide my messes.  I used most of the pieces from my home office and added a some new.  My biggest challenge in this room was hiding all these ugly wires.  You can see this wall from the main room so I really had to dig deep to come up with something.

With the help of my carpenter, I designed a slatted panel with hinges that could open in case I never needed to get back there.  Thank goodness I did because this is where my internet wiring is!  With the addition of a fun light and colorful art, it became the perfect backdrop to my desk.  

Jennifer Taylor Design
Jennifer Taylor Design

One of my favorite things in my office is the wall space above the meeting table.  I had a metal screen fabricated by my local metalworker and installed some colorful art on top, then added some fun floor lamps on each side.  It was a great mix of contemporary and industrial!

Jennifer Taylor Design
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