Designer Kate Strickland of West Haddon Hall is an expert at crafting both chic residential homes as well as inspired office spaces, so it should come as no surprise that the CEO of a full-service marketing consultancy firm came knocking on her door to help her craft a stylish space that was also work-appropriate.
“Our client Dawn, the company’s CEO, was so much fun to work with and had the best taste,” says Strickland. “She told us that she loves the aesthetics of Palm Beach, Playa del Carmen, and the Beverly Hills Hotel.” With the client’s tastes confirmed, the designer sought to seamlessly incorporate the differing points of view of a laid-back, tropical-chic hotel and a productive office environment.
A fun wallpaper with a subtle tropical theme became the jumping-off point for the office’s décor. “She wanted to find a great wallpaper pattern for her office that she could live with every day,” shares Strickland.
As far as the colour and material story goes, cheery feminine hues and classic materials like walnut and marble make for a sophisticated space. “Our client loves aqua blues, seafoam greens, and rich materials with a really soft hand,” shares the designer.
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Though the CEO’s office has a ladylike vibe, the designer knew that the company’s more public areas would need to appeal to a broader range of aesthetics. “We wanted the entrance area to coordinate with the CEO’s feminine office, but to also appeal to those with more masculine tastes who work for the company as well,” says the designer. “In the lobby area, we paired a black velvet sofa with cream-and-black striped chairs and a midcentury desk to counteract the femininity of the light pink walls.”
Though the space is an open office building, the design of the office feels decidedly residential. “We began designing Dawn’s dream office and then built the rest of the space accordingly,” says Strickland. “We didn’t want to be held back or boxed in by the industrial nature of the office itself, so we just did what we wanted to do anyway!”
When asked how she approaches an office project versus a residential interior, the designer let us know she sees little difference. “We strive to design offices that are as beautiful as homes, so the process isn’t all that different,” Strickland says. “We use more durable materials—like the sisal carpet in this space—and create a number of custom pieces to suit a commercial clients’ functional needs.”
“Whether it is a residential or commercial job, we strive to tell an original story,” says the designer. A beautiful office with a subtle tropical theme? Original indeed.