Wednesday’s Wink … { my teachers lounge design }

 I usually do not take on renovation projects (since they take sooooo long) OR commercial projects (which are all spaces NOT in a home), but when I was contacted to design 2 adjacent rooms for a teachers lounge AND WAS TOLD that they wanted a ‘home like feel’ then …. I couldn’t turn them away! The school is in Manhattan, and my first task was to create a questionnaire form to give all the teachers - it was important to gather as much info on what the teachers liked so I could create a design that they all enjoyed. I must admit, I enjoyed giving the teachers ‘homework’ … haha!!!! But it wasn’t a vendetta (hmm, maybe!), but a way to gather/merge all their likes (sure???!!!!). Below is a photo of their conference room …. see the windows? Contractors added a kitchen space in front of it …..

Here’s the AFTER VIEW … they did a GREAT job, dontcha think?

The school used their contractor for the reno, and I used mine for the furniture assembly & painting. I helped pick the counter/cabinet colors and once that was confirmed then I was able to move onto picking the furniture items for the room …. see how the dining table ‘matches’ the cabinet color?

Below is another BEFORE and AFTER …..  What do you think of the transformation? A+++ from the teachers (yeaaaah!)

 With a tight budget, it was important to aim to add elements that made a visual statement … like the GIANT floral decals below instead of a framed art piece. Funny looking back at the bathroom photo (see right pic). It looks like it is a black and white photo, but it is NOT … it was simply a drab looking room …. I added a tailored tan curtain, new wall colors and … it’s ALIVE!!!!! = new beautiful bathroom: 


Oh, the teachers wanted a new carpet .. so OUT COMES THE eeewwww old CARPET:

…. and what a gem we spotted - under the carpet were animal tiles, see the FISH tile below?

…. and the MUSIC NOTE tile:

…. and the BUNNY tile (u know how obsessed I am when I see bunnies!!!). But, alas … the teachers wanted the carpet so bye bye tiles and …..

…. hellooooo carpet (I choose the green to give then an ‘outdoor feel look’ inside:

Here’s an overall look at the space - walls taken down, plumbing re-located, walls painted, carpet installed, furniture added (both sofa placement and dining table designed with an ‘open conversation’ feel.

So, is this how YOU imaged your teacher’s lounge to look … the before or the after? Looking back at schools I attended, I don’t recall peeking into the teachers lounge .. hmmm, though I always imagined it to be party central (not sure why … guess just visualizing our strict nuns partying hahaha). Have an A+ day!!!

(photo credits: Ada’s Interior Design) Every comment is read, appreciated, and loved. To leave a comment please scroll down!

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25 Responses to Wednesday’s Wink … { my teachers lounge design }

  1. homestilo says:

    You really managed to turn this into a much happier and brighter space. How nice for those teachers- a place where they can comfortably lounge.

    • Ada says:

      I’m glad to keep teachers happy - they TOTALLY deserve the treat … so they can continue to educate .. inspire students!

  2. Janet says:

    This teacher lounge looks more vibrant from the before pic. I love how you implemented the large flower decals.

  3. Rose says:

    What a beautiful space! I love the happy + bright blue wall color! Definitely a HUGE difference between the before + after :)

    • Ada says:

      Glad u love the design Rose, all created within the client’s budget! The client was actually the mother of a student .. who gifted the design for the school.

  4. Giovanna says:

    Wow! Great reno! You did a great job on that space! Definitely get the “home” vibe!


  5. Bonnie says:

    What a great transformation for these teachers!

    • Ada says:

      Hi Bonnie .. yeah major difference - hey even teachers need a WELCOMING space for them to feel appreciated and productive :)

  6. I love this reno! It’s so homey and cozy, but modern and cute! Lucky teachers!!

  7. Felicita Castro says:

    Well done Ada. You are a miracle worker. The space is extremely relaxing, beautiful colors on the walls. An excellent place to take a coffee break and replenish yourself. Good idea in saving money by using the flowers instead of spending money on art. I wish you could have done something with the animal tiles. Keep up the good work!!! :)

  8. noreen says:

    hello ada, i am a teacher, and let me tell you how important your work is - very! this room makes them feel important, comfortable, and - your goal - at home. we work so much - it feels like we live at school sometimes. hooray for you!

    • Ada says:

      Oooh, how sweet of u to take the time to say so Noreen. Again, I don’t take commercial project, but they had me at the word ‘HOME’ feel :)

  9. Nina says:

    Well done Ada! It looks so much brighter and happier now. It’s so important to feel comfortable and at work too…

  10. What a difference! So much fresher and modern! I particularly love the blue walls.

  11. Michelle says:

    Gorgeous! It looks like someone’s home now. Heh, I do think those animal tiles are fun though!

    • Ada says:

      I found the tiles soooo cute, hey of course (completely understandable) teachers wanted something more ‘mature’ :)

  12. Well done Ada! What a beautiful transformation.

  13. karlita says:

    wow! I loved this renovation.. the before and after images are great! you did give the space a home-y feeling!

    • Ada says:

      Glad u like the design … gathering all the teachers comments and creating ONE design for them that they love .. phew!

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