When Lauren, the Executive Director at Little Ambassadors' Academy, reached out to me and told me she was getting ready to open her second location and that she wanted me to design the teacher's lounge, I was ecstatic. I was excited she had asked me back after working with her to design a conference room and a library at LAA's first location and at the challenge of creating a space where the teacher's could let their hair down and relax a little bit, but still function as a place to receive parents and their pre-schoolers. Then she informed me of the catch, the ribbon cutting ceremony for the school would be in 3 weeks and I would need to have the space completed by then. We were also working with a small budget. Never one to back down from a challenge, I accepted the job and went to work.
|Photos of Little Ambassador's Academy, Cherrydale Campus, at the initial meeting.|
Next in what can only be considered a series of unfortunate events, there was a mixup with one of the deliveries. The driver refused to deliver the furniture and I was told, I would have to reschedule for another day. I was at my wits end. It seemed as if this project was about to blow up in my face. I called the store and was re-routed to every salesperson, logistics person, store manager in a 50 mile radius before finally hearing that the driver would be able to deliver the furniture that day. You would think that would have been the worst of it but no, the driver arrived with a partial delivery. I was missing a bookcase and the base to a table. Again, I called the store and put up a major fuss until I was assured I would have the missing furniture delivered the next day, 2 days before the ceremony. And we still needed a painter...
Without a confirmed painter at 530pm on a Thursday, I headed over to Potomac Paint and purchased the paint just in case the gods decided to smile upon me. I headed back to the site, dropped off the paint and began my commute home. At 630pm, I received a phone call from a painter confirming that he was available to paint the space the next day and would arrive at 8am. Whew.
|We narrowed the paint choices down to these two colors|
but ended up going with Ostrich. Paint swatches are C2.
|Jairo, the painter and life saver, painting the teacher's lounge.|
|Assembling the chairs, purchased from West Elm.|
|Almost fully assembled. Chairs from West Elm.|
|Chairs from West Elm. Table from CB2.|
Ikea GESTALTA Figure - Artist's Figure.
|CB2 Cielo II Sectional in Shadow. Pillows from Target.|
Ottoman also Target.
|Baskets from Target.|
With the end almost in sight, I asked Lauren for a few children's books to add to the bookshelves to complete the space. Check out the pictures of the completed space below.
|Little Ambassadors' Academy's, Cherrydale Campus.|
|Alba Credenza, CB2. Clock, vase and decorative art blocks, Ikea.|
|Hancock Bookshelf, CB2.|
Stuffed animals, Ikea.
|All wall art from Target.|
|Pillows from Target.|
|Ikea 8-bit reindeer designed by Monika Mulder.|
It has been said that in Scandinavian culture the reindeer is a
prophetic creature and a symbol of change.
All books from TJ Maxx.