The search for a new home for Bungalow 55 took approximately 6 months. My priorities for the new space were very different from the ones that dictated my decision to open at Cluny Court. 7 years later, the key drivers for the new space needed to be light-filled & offer free parking facilities. Upon viewing our unit with its tinted floor to ceiling windows & the spectacular view across the jungle top, the fate of Bungalow 55 was sealed.
The next step was addressing how to transform the office space into a "home". My first priority was to strip it back to get good structural bones. This entailed the removal of 45 light fittings from the ceiling, 200kg of glass and 100kg of wood. It took 3 full days to remove the tinted plastic on the windows and the glue residue that coated the glass.
Once we had the bare structure, then we added cornicing to the walls to give the room some warmth. I chose a more contemporary cornice that I saw on my recent travels to London. Lighting points were strategically placed and then came the paint.
It Wasn't All Easy Sailing...
I chose the paint in the twilight. According to Nippon Paint there are not 50 shades of white but a selection of approximately 10 that were shown to me by my contractor.. I chose Lilac White. Which seemed the perfect colour. The primer & paint works took all weekend. My rookie mistake was that I didn't go to check the paint as I was comfortable with the colour I had chosen.
I went to see it Monday morning when the carpet was being laid and nearly fainted! The reality of the lilac white colour is that the walls were indeed Lilac. A distress call to my husband only confirmed the error of my ways when it was pointed out the colour had "lilac" in its name and I should have gone for a Brilliant White! Sue, our store manager, also reminded me, about my directive to only use "WHITE" white for her recent kitchen renovation!
The removalists were booked to arrive Tuesday morning at 10am to hang the artwork and install the key pieces for the showroom - the counter, bookcases , display cabinets and tables.
My contractor took a deep breath and said "no problem Ma'am". We chose the new paint colour and crossed our fingers & toes. The change to the space was incredible.
The flooring was also a game changer - it turned the space from being industrial to feeling more like a tropical oasis. I had recently discovered the new range of "Faux Sisal" that had been released in to the market place when doing a commercial client quotation about 4 months ago. We also now offer a range which is cut to measure and samples are in store.
I am a strong believer in breathing life in to existing pieces within a home. I painted the counter from its original grey/black scheme to white/black and painted the book case behind the counter to white. I removed the carcass for storage and used the Louvre doors as a feature wall behind the counter in the new store. The transformation of these pieces was brilliant. Spray painting or staining furniture can change their appeal and make them assimilate in to a new space.
The Game Changer
In conclusion, simplifying the internal structure, selecting a good white paint, strategic lighting and good flooring transformed the space into our new home!
A Dedicated Space
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