First, let me preface this by saying that our company has been in business for 51 years. We’ve changed and evolved over the years,…just as interior design styles have changed. If you ever visit the home of Dreamwalls, Gardner Glass Products, in North Wilkesboro, NC, you will find a labriynth of hallways and aisles where the building has been added on to, opened up, revamped, and remodeled. Parts of the building still have traditional offices with doors – although we never close them, and other parts have a more open collaborative floorplan, that allow easy communication. The only constant is change.
So when our President and CFO allowed me to redo the corporate lobby that hadn’t been updated since the 1980′s, I jumped at the chance. In the 20 years I’ve been working here, we had kept everything the same; but that carpet was the impetus of change. It was worn completely out. It needed to be removed. So, they asked if there was anything else we could do to make the space feel more professional and modern. YES!
Don’t misunderstand me. I don’t discount the previous design. The former President’s wife was an Interior Designer, and had access to some of the most beautiful fabrics and furniture in the world. The details in trim and quality was beyond compare. The burgundy grasscloth was a great textural choice, but the sun hadn’t been kind to the panels. The sofa was falling apart and wasn’t practical for the type of traffic we saw. The layout could be improved and updated.
So, I went to work, sketching and making plans. Having no actual budget to work with was my biggest challenge, so I tried to be very thoughtful and re-use where I could. Some furniture would simply have to stay. We didn’t have professional wallpaper hanger access, so the decision to keep the grass cloth was made. Our President and CFO both needed to like the design and feel comfortable with what it said about Dreamwalls. No small task.
Tomorrow, we’ll see the (almost) end result.