Ribbon Cutting for New Office

What a night!  So many people turned out for our ribbon cutting party, and we even got to actually cut a ribbon with giant scissors! The food was catered by Olivia Simpson and it was delicious as were the cupcakes and cake from Sweet Pea Bakery in Portland.  In addition to clients, our friends turned out from BNK, DT Glass, Goldsmith and Co, Artheads, FSM Furniture, Photo Media, Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Doug Klein, Velvet Cicadia, Laura Janes Fine Art, Stephens Homes, Sargent Design Works, Window Covering Solutions and more.


This is our third office move since we’ve been in Portland.  The cool thing is that this is the first office we were able to design ourselves.  Previously, it was a 30+ year old dental office.  Located in the basement of the building, there were many walls chopping up the space.  We gutted it.

The new space is full of light with eight 8′ x 4′ windows.   With all that great light, we were going to be spoiled with light during the sunny months.  However, as we live in the NW, we had to plan for  dark months, so our office is equipped with both incandescent warm light at 2700K and standard office LED light at 3500K.  This allows to see sample colors in the correct light depending on the project.  If we are working on residential, we have lights for that and if we are working on commercial, we have correct lighting for that as well.

Right sizing was our goal in our remodel.  One way to get there was a serious conversation about our library. Our previous library was huge.  It was nearly half the size of the 1400 SF office we inhabited.  This new office library is about 150sf.  We cleaned out vendors who were difficult to work with or who didn’t have the product we really needed and often used.  Our new library is less then 1/4 the size of the our last library but it has about 1/2 the product we used to keep on hand, however, it’s better organized.

Our last office was chopped up into private offices.  That was not very conducive to the way we work.  So, we created this space to have an open work area.  The conference room opens in two directions to my personal office and the open work area further encouraging a collaborative environment.

Product Information: Here’s the skinny on the products we used in our renno. Our carpet is a hospitality grade carpet from Masland. Our conference room has an awesome dry erase, magnetic, and projectable wall covering from our vendor Koreseal.  Our LVT flooring is a European product called Creations by Gerflor.  Our lighting is USA made from Barn Light Electric maker of retro light fixtures.  Our Contractor was Brokamp and Jaeger of Oregon City.  The move and renovation took about 5 months,  but we had fun getting to work on our own project and now we get to say “I love our space!” too.