When Amy Pearson and I were asked to design a church space, we admittedly had some preconceptions in mind. We envisioned rows of pews, commercial grade carpeting, and bland furnishings - neither one of us could say we were particularly thrilled at the prospect! ;-) However, upon getting to know the clients and learning more about the project, we discovered that they were seeking a surprisingly casual space that needed to be multifunctional and feel inviting, relaxing, and warm. The congregation members were attracted to an eclectic vibe, mixed with elements of industrial and mid-century modern.
The empty space was formerly a hair salon that must have had its heyday sometime in the early 80s. It was somewhat of a sad sight, and would require a total overhaul. Take a look at the before photos and the short list of things we tackled in the space to help bring it back to life...
Because the space required much needed updating and repairs, and not to mention a brand new kitchenette, we needed to work within a tight budget for furnishings and decoration. However, we were thrilled that we were still able to make the space feel cozy, homey, and pulled together. Take a look at the after photos:
The newly opened up entrance now has room for a trio of shelves and a comfortable ottoman for the church's lobby / bookstore.
The entrance leads into a new kitchenette, which features beautifully dark stained butcher block countertops and crisp white Shaker style cabinetry. The classic and clean-lined kitchen with a hint of industrial blends well with the space and is fitting with the checkerboard floors.
The kitchenette also doubles as the checkout area for the bookstore and a food service area during events.
The reading room has a cozy living room feel so that members can have a calm and comfy place to relax, read and study. The majority of the walls were painted in Sherwin Williams -Loggia, which really helped warm up the space. We brought in an eclectic mix of furnishings and decor that reflected the member's style.
We were happy to be part of the church transformation and hope they will enjoy the space for many years to come.
Do you have a design project you are interested in working on? Don’t hesitate to reach out to me to discuss how we can work together!
Project done in collaboration with Amy Pearson Design