Late last summer I met with Bernadette Hunt of TCP Realty in regards to updating their Ocean Club Office. It had been ten years since they moved in and the furniture, though in good condition, made the space feel dated. We took a tour of their Le Vele office, with it’s open floor plan and overall modern style, and discussed taking the renovation in a different direction. Bernadette wanted to appeal to clients of traditional taste as well as clients who prefer more modern aesthetics. To demonstrate transitional style, I pinpointed a crushed velvet armchair in the space. It was large enough to lounge, but overall dimensions moderate enough to meet the smaller floorplan of the Ocean Club Office. It had a traditional barrel back, but the crushed velvet vivid fabric and flared wood legs gave it a contemporary edge. This perfectly transitional chair, a marriage of modern and traditional styles; Nomad by Four Hands Furniture, became the starting piece for the renovation.
The existing furniture was dark, bulky, and full of ornamentation. We selected new furniture in the transitional style that was more evenly proportioned to the room sizes. I like to use a few common denominators throughout to help tie interiors together. Navy blue was a heavy influence in this project, as were small splashes of bright brass details.
The front office formerly used a folding screen for privacy from street traffic. We installed indigo drapes, a remedy which allowed a healthy dose of natural light to pour in when desired, yet shields onlookers when meetings are in session.
For the reception we wanted a bold first impression which we achieved through this gorgeous Flat Vernacular wallpaper. The only builders work was replacing the glass block within the partition wall between the reception and the rear office with a logo customized frosted glass. The idea was to allow additional natural light without losing privacy between the two spaces. TC Millwork handled a tricky installation due to the logo being printed slightly off level. They also managed to repair a chair that had been received damaged, matching the bleached finish flawlessly!
I enjoyed updating this space and hope to gain more TCP realty clients after this transformation.