Catspiration Friday – Before & After

Happy Friday! Welcome to another Catspiration Friday post.

This week I was digging through my old client pictures trying to find some before images for all of our afters, and ran into this telling photo. From the Kenan Institute project, these two images are from the same angle, and show quite a difference in the space.

Changes we made:

  • removed an awkward conference room with glass panes and filled in the flooring
  • selected new paint colors for better visual flow and branding
  • designed a barn door to separate the front community space from the smaller breakout rooms in the back
  • created a new custom bar-level work space that doubles as a staging space for events
  • brought in all new furniture and accessories

As y’all probably know, I’m on the road quite a bit traveling to meet clients and vendors, and when I’m driving anywhere I’ve got a podcast playing. I am particularly obsessed with a handful of interior design business podcasts (nerd much?). As I was listening to Kimberley Seldon’s Business of Design Podcast, one of her guests said interior designers “take a vision or a desire from a client and turn it into a physical reality for them.” And it hit me that yes, this is exactly what we do here at Catherine French Design.

For the Kenan Institute, they needed better flow and function, in addition to an aesthetic facelift. They had a vision, and we were the channel with which to turn that vision into a physical manifestation. Want to see more of the Kenan Institute project? Check out these two previous posts here and here. Interested in starting a conversation about your space and vision? We’d love to chat.