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The Doctor Is IN

A busy, local obstetrician/gynecologist was moving into a 
new, 3500 square foot space.
Her sister showed her my work for a large law firm
that consisted of using the best of what they had and refurbishing and updating their look.

This high energy, charming doctor wanted a comfortable, calming, fresh and feminine design.  

Below are the original offices.  The sofa was not worth using but the lamps could work with new shades.
I had to be brutal about not using the existing artwork although some of the chairs could be reworked...
especially the Parson's chairs as they are small (and the new lobby is even smaller than this one).
This love seat in the kitchen below was in good shape and would provide that homey feeling. 
Another "before"...
I did an inventory of what we could use and asked that they leave everything else behind.
We selected the carpeting right away...and agreed on the small green and gray patch below.
Then we selected laminate cabinetry and counter tops.  I prefer the solid colors--not the imitation wood grain or stone patterns.  I suggested laminate wood flooring (an upgrade) where we were supposed  to use hospital type linoleum tiles.

Paint Color Palette:

Benjamin Moore's 
White Dove (trim)
Aganthus Green (lobby)

Pale Oak (accent walls)
Tea Light (hallways)
Dream Whip (accent walls
  and restroom ceilings)

The colors are warmer shades (hey, who wants to take their clothes off in a cold room?).  
The Dream Whip Pink is a peachier pink and pretty.
Many of the rooms have this lovely view.  The building is owned by The Colton Company and they refurbished the space quickly.

We had flat paneled wainscoting installed in the lobby (I don't like to call it waiting room--who likes to wait?).  That alcove space on the left will hold a white wooden magazine rack that is on back order.
After my recommendation not to bring the old artwork over, the doctor bought beautiful plein air oil paintings in Laguna Beach, along with some art from her home.  She put them all in one office and I "shopped" it.  SO AWESOME.
Some of the baskets will be replaced with the rack for a neater look.  Remember that old sofa (notice the change in the arms)?
The goal was to seat 16 patients in the small lobby.
So, I had this double sided bench built.  Notice the faux ostrich leather seat and nailheads.
All the paint shades are in the above woven Kravet Smart linen including the pink.
Nice work A&B Upholstery!
The lamp looks better with the new, white linen drum shade from Pottery Barn.  Speaking of Pottery Barn...I knew these new Aaron chairs were very durable as I sold ours that we had for ten years and they were still like brand new (too bad I sold them before this project).
We recovered the seats in Robert Allen contract fabric.  
Above is my favorite painting of the California countryside.
I put felt tabs on the backs of the chairs to prevent marking the walls.
We had to keep the blond wood doors.  But the building owner liaison, Joe, was accommodating about the wainscoting--pick your battles.  Actually, he was great to work with.
So, we have about 15 places to sit...cosily, especially with pregnant ladies!  We were able to upgrade to  recessed lights in the lobby and have regular fluorescents elsewhere....
Pretty, feminine paisley wall paper was chosen for the restrooms.
Here is the staff kitchen.
I put up some wall art that made the cut from the previous building...
This is one of the many exam rooms, with a new throw blanket for warmth.  
The doctor bought them at IKEA...nice job!

These two chairs below were some that we refurbished from the old office.  
I reframed some of the doctor's certificates and hung them in a long hallway.


This is the small conference room where I like to imagine the doctor telling the couple 
"You are going to have a baby!"  Yay!

The only new furniture here is the table base that the doctor selected from Wisteria .
  I like to use mirrors in rooms without windows, like this.

The antique armoire gets a built-in space to hold medical literature just before check-out.

Here is the check out window. 
You can barely see it through the window...but there is a Ballard sisal bulletin board.
We bought several for the work stations like this...

Back to the lobby...

And you are out the door, until next time.

I may do an update when the Pottery Barn magazine wall rack is in...

but only because I'd like to drop by and say hello to the doctor and her lovely office manager.

I usually try to schedule doctor's check-ups and dentist appointments at the beginning of each year.  How about you?