My client is a therapist and came to me when she was ready to open her own private practice. She was looking for the space to be calm, warm, and a place she could even use for her own meditation. As I designed the office, I kept in mind to stick to neutrals, colors of the beach and peacock colors (her favorite), to create the mood we were looking for. These were the color palettes I kept referring back to.
My client’s landlord mentioned that I could take a box of antique books that one of his tenants left behind. Hello?!?! Interior decorator’s dream come true! This is the inside of one of the book covers that I framed (DISCLAIMER: No antiques were harmed in the making of this room! The cover was already broken when I got to it. I promise.).
Saw this vase and fell in love! I was looking for some white pieces to contrast the blue wall and this piece adds great texture. I placed a trailing plant inside the vase and love the life it breathes into the office!
I drew this bird and it is the perfect addition to this little vignette. You don’t always need to frame every picture. You can lean it on the side of the bookcase, if that’s the view when walking in the door. Or, you can lean it against the back of the bookcase and layer other items in front of it to give the decor some depth.
The best part of designing therapy offices is knowing that I am taking a small part in the healing process of many people!
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WHAT’S COMING NEXT?
A new blog post describing the thought process I go through when choosing items and when creating the layout. You’ll also learn how the collaborative process works, seeing how a decorator and therapist work together to create the right experience for their clients. The blog post will include a video interview with the therapist, recorded in her office. Together, we will discuss the process of transforming a room from looking like a DMV waiting room, into a calm space with healing energy.
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If you are looking for full service decorating for your commercial or home therapy office (or really any room you’d like transformed to have great energy), feel free to reach out to me. You can either fill out the contact form here or click here to choose a 15 min. time slot on my calendar to discuss your project with me.
Is full service is not the right option for you, but you want a customized room made just for you? Have no fear! I offer an e-design service that will be perfect for you!
There’s nothing that tops the feeling of a returning client! I had the privilege of working with this client when she updated her living room. Since then, every time I would see her, she would tell me, “It’s not right! Every time I walk into my living room, I cannot help but smile and have a sense of serenity. Then, I walk into my bedroom and I’m jealous of my living room!” She told me that she never realized that surrounding yourself with beauty was so important for your well-being.
Finally, when she couldn’t take looking at her blah room anymore, I got the call to design her bedroom. Her bedroom set had Old World style with regal elegance. She had a big cozy wingback chair that was perfect for curling up with a book. Everything else had to go!
After discussing the style and feel of the room with my client, I came up with a plan. Traditional romantic sophistication with a modern twist. I started with choosing paint. The walls were a very pale pink, which did nothing for the room. I searched for a rich corally pink that would complement the wood tones of the furniture. I first tried a few samples on the wall before I made a final decision (NEVER skip this step! Unless, of course, you really like re-painting).
As soon as the room was painted, it was shopping time! I found all these pillows at Homegoods in one trip, and if you know the store Homegoods, you know that was nothing short of a miracle! I styled them on my client’s bed and she was sold. It was love at first sight!
This Kravet duvet cover is gorgeous! It has an animal-like print on it, with metallic silver speckled detail. I layered on a faux fur throw to add more luxury, texture and interest. Although there are a bunch of different patterns in the bedding, they work well together because they are all neutral. If you stick with a tight color palette, you can really get away with a lot (especially when you’re dealing with neutrals)!
In our last project together, my client loved the added energy that color brought to the room. Not wanting to upset the feeling of tranquility, I made sure to lightly sprinkle color throughout the room. Framing these sheets of handmade marbled art in gold was not only simple, but was a great starting point for the color palette. DIY at it’s best!
To lighten up the mood of the room, I added a splash of modern. Marbled art in clean-lined frames, white fur rugs, a simple tall glass vase and other decor brought this traditional room to 2017.
I looked for a mirror to bounce some light around the room. I wanted it to be subtle, so the room would maintain a serene feel. This mirror really caught my eye. The ivory colored shell tiles are elegant, yet quiet. I also love how the curves in the mirror echo the arches in the art deco pillows.
This hanging planter was actually sold as a lantern. It came with a glass cylinder which I removed, creating this magnificent beauty. I went to the local nursery and picked up 5 small ivy plants, then cut a plastic planter down in order to fit it in the lantern “cage”. I placed each plant inside, through the “cage”, one at a time. So worth the effort! Love how it turned out!
The candles dispersed throughout the room promote a calm surrounding and a perfect place to reflect and meditate (another request of my client). My client recently told me she was away on a trip. When she returned, she was completely drained. She got home, opened her bedroom door, sighed with relief and then smiled. The most rewarding part of my job is knowing that my completed projects becomes the daily joy of some really wonderful people!
“Why is therapy office decor so important anyway?!?! What’s the big deal? The clients aren’t coming for spa day! They’re coming for me to help them with their issues. Anyway, my clients don’t seem to mind that it doesn’t look pretty in here. I mean, it would be nice if my office was decorated nicely, but I wouldn’t even know where to start!” -thoughts of many lovely therapists.
My name is Mimi Goldsmith and I am an interior decorator that specializes in transforming residential interiors and therapy offices. My very first project was a therapy office in a commercial space. That project actually sparked my love for design. It was really a blessing that came at the perfect time. I had 4 young kids I was caring for and my hubby had just started med school that year. Let me tell you, it was rough! He was gone all day, ate dinner with us and then had video study groups the rest of the evening.
He did warn me that it wasn’t gonna be easy. He actually told me something kinda funny too. He told me that at his med school orientation, the Dean was giving a speech. He started with, “Med school is no walk in the park. It will get grueling. It will ruin any social life you had. If you’re in a relationship, it most likely won’t last past the first year of school. Are any of you married?” My hubby piped up, “Don’t worry, I pre-filed!” I know, terrible! But I thought it was hilarious (that’s why we work so well together)!
So, that should give you a pretty clear picture of what med school life looks like. Life had made it’s adjustment, but I couldn’t keep up. I did try, but I was struggling. I was very happy that he was following his dreams, but I think watching him “go for it” made me realize how stagnant I was. I’m usually a pretty happy person, but the change of climate in my home made me feel like I was standing still, watching my life pass by.
What was my dream anyway?!?! I was 38 at the time and I remember many times when I’d be hanging out with a friend, I’d turn to them and ask, “What should I be when I grow up?” They’d laugh and we’d move on to the next conversation. But I was really unsettled not knowing what my dream was. I mean, I was pretty busy having and taking care of kids for a good decade. But they were getting older and more independent and I just kept asking, what will I be when I grew up?
In the back of my head I kept hearing something a friend says when the new year comes around. She says, “G-d should bless you with a year of revealed good!” That is my favorite blessing! First of all, it’s unique. “Happy New Year doesn’t have that much oomph after you’ve heard it 30 times. Second of all, it’s very powerful and helped me to really appreciate when I was actually able to clearly recognize the good in my life. Well, listen to the following and you’ll see the kind of blessing that I got.
One evening, I went shopping with a good friend. We headed out to HomeGoods (do you also hear the angels sing when that word is spoken?). As we shopped, my friend said, “I’m so excited, I found a space for my private practice office and I’m signing the lease tomorrow!” We hugged and I congratulated her. Then she said, “The only thing I’ll need to do is decorate it, but I have no idea what to buy and where to start. Wait, Mimi, you’d be so good at that! You want to design my office (insert more HomeGoods angel singing here)?” I answer, “Shut up! Really? Don’t tease me!” We hugged (I may have jumped up and down in excitement) and my answer was a big fat, “YES!!!”
The next morning, I met the landlord so I could take measurements of the room. Well, before he even showed me her office, he was taking me to other offices that were still in construction phase asking me about paint colors for those offices. I know it’s crazy, but I left the building with 2 projects that morning!!! I went home and starting doing research on interior decorating. Paint color! Lighting! Color palettes! Mastering my new floor plan software program! I loved it all! I mean, I had always loved it. But once I started doing research for the projects, I realized how passionate I was about it. It was love at first sight. I had found my dream.
The evenings look different now. The fam eats dinner together, I put the kids to bed and then my hubby and I sit together on our own laptops. We sit there for hours, him following his dream, and me following mine. My frustration has been squelched and my passion has been stoked. Realizing my dream had freed me. I am now able to love and embrace my life with joy. I am happier, which means that the family is happier too. All from a night out shopping with a friend at HomeGoods? You could bet that it was all chance, but I put my money on revealed good.
Thank you for the blessing!
Hope you enjoyed hearing about my journey! Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to connect! If you are thinking about decorating your commercial or home therapy office (or really any room you’d like transformed to have great energy), feel free to reach out to me. You can either fill out the contact form here or click here to choose a 15 min. time slot on my calendar to discuss your project with me.
Live outside the tri-state area? Have no fear! I offer an e-design service made just for you!
WHAT’S COMING NEXT?
A new blog post describing the thought process I go through when choosing and positioning each item. You’ll also learn how the collaborative process works, seeing how a decorator and therapist work together to create the right experience for their clients. The blog post will include a video interview with the therapist, recorded in her office. Together, we will discuss the process of transforming a room from looking like a DMV waiting room, into a calm space with healing energy. Subscribe to the blog if you’d like to get notified when new posts are published.
LASTLY, I’VE GOT SOME OPTIONS FOR ALL YOU DIYers!!!
I just launched a new service, “Therapy-Office-in-a-Click”! It’s basically the bed-in-a-bag idea, for therapy offices! It’s a budget friendly way to get the therapy office you’ve always dreamed of. It includes links to everything from furniture, plants and decor items down to inspiration stones and soothing scented oils. For all the details, head to my services page!
I’m working on a checklist called, “A step-by-step guide to decorating your tranquil therapy office.” If you’d like to receive the free pdf, just enter your info in the banner at the top of the page.