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?
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!!!
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