Mid-Century Modern Office Lounge Makeover

A month ago I got a call from an old coworker to makeover an office lounge (where I used to work!)  She shared that the room was under-utilized and really sterile - this is what it looked like before we got started:

The really beautiful booth chairs were already there, and we wanted them to stay.  My goal for the new lounge was to make it feel warm and inviting, a place people wanted to hang out.  It was a space I'd seen a lot of in my former life as an employee, and I was very motivated to see the room get some love.

The first step was removing the cold (but beautiful!) glass and welded steel tables.  They were not the right fit for the space (sharp angles on the chairs, sharp angles on the tables, it all felt really pointy and not so welcoming.)  I found the Fuller Cocktail Table in Walnut at Room and Board, it's just gorgeous and instantly made the space feel so much warmer.  Isn't it funny what swapping out one piece of furniture can do to change the way you feel about a room?

The next find was this Dutch mid-century table - one of my favorite Alameda Point Antiques Faire scores from last month, cannot wait to see what turns up this weekend at the Antiques Faire!  I had way too much fun picking out books for this room, the guy who started the company loves art, music and has an awesome sense of humor so I kept that in mind. 

The antique pull toy on top of the stack of books reminded me so much of the State of California flag, I couldn't resist it!

The view is just outrageous, floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Bay Bridge.  And seriously, it's not even the best view in the office.  Sooooo jealous.

Yes, it's a little "home-y" for an office, but that was kind of the point.  They already have several conference rooms, call rooms, and they are all pretty serious.  I wanted to get people to feel comfortable and lounge-y in this one room, to be more social and take in the view.  I think we decided we could sit in there for hours.  Can't wait to go back and visit (man sometimes it's hard letting go of all the pretty vintage finds!)

Fuller Cocktail Table in Solid Walnut - Room and Board
Dutch mid-century side table with drawers and iron pulls - Alameda Point Antiques Faire
White Skars Tall Serve Bowl (used as planter with fern on side table) - CB2
White Skars Taper Serve Bowl (used as planter for succulents on coffee table) - CB2
White Patterned Pot in Waves (on console table) - West Elm
Rustic Console Table - West Elm 
Shades of Blue Pencil and Watercolor Art - already owned
White Evesham Chairs - Keilhauer 
Standing globes - Alameda Point Antiques Faire
Rocking Bird - West Elm

Antique Brass Martini Side Table - West Elm
White Lacquer Tray - West Elm
Mid-Century Inspired Water Carafe (With Wood Base) - West Elm (can't find it on their website)
Strauss 11 oz. Double Old-Fashioned Glasses - Crate and Barrel
Modern White Clock - Ikea, from a while ago unfortunately!  Wish I had bought them out!
Oversized Green Vase - Vintage
Vase (with star of Bethlehem flowers on lower console shelf) - West Elm (not on website)
Small Painting - from my collection, can't remember artist (eek! but I think it was local)

1 comment:

  1. What a success in transforming the new lounge into something warmer and more inviting to the guests. You made a wise decision in removing those furniture with sharp angles too. Thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts.


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