Designing a Therapy Office

Therapy Office Decor in serene coastal colors, designed by e-designer and blogger, Style by Mimi G

BEFORE (pretty sad looking place)

AFTER (Aaaahhh…much better!)

Interior Decorator and E-Designer,Style by Mimi G,Therapy Office Design, Psychotherapy Tranquil Decor, Rockland County, NY

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.

 COLOR PALETTE FROM A THERAPY OFFICE DESIGN BLOGPOST
COLOR PALETTE FROM A THERAPY OFFICE DESIGN BLOGPOST

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/252342385349079783/

Therapy Office E-Book Guide and Checklist to Help Create A Serene Office- by E-Designer, Style by Mimi G, NY
CLICK ON THIS IMAGE TO GET THIS E-BOOK FREE!

 

Interior Decorator,Style by Mimi G,Therapy Office Design, Psychotherapy Tranquil Decor, Rockland County, NY

This is the inside cover of an antique book that I framed. The colors worked perfectly for our palette. I also added a little pop of pink to each side of the room, which added a bit of contrast and vibrancy. When decorating a therapy office, you want to stick with neutrals and soothing colors. The small added pops of a contrasting color is optional, but I think it gives just the right amount of a boost of energy to the room. You definitely want your clients to feel calm and relaxed, but you don’t want then falling asleep! 🙂

 

Interior Decorator and E-Designer ,Style by Mimi G,Therapy Office Design, Psychotherapy Tranquil Decor, Rockland County, NY

Therapy Office Decor Clickable Shopping List-All the decor needed for a Therapist to open their private practice!
TAP ON THIS IMAGE FOR YOUR SERENE PRIVATE PRACTICE!

Interior Decorator,Style by Mimi G,Therapy Office Design, Psychotherapy Tranquil Decor, Rockland County, NY

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!  

 

Interior Decorator and E-Designer,Style by Mimi G,Therapy Office Design, Psychotherapy Tranquil Decor, Rockland County, NY

Interior Decorator,Style by Mimi G,Therapy Office Design, Psychotherapy Tranquil Decor, Rockland County, NY

When styling a shelf, make sure to vary the heights of the items. If your items are around the same height, you can stack up a few books and place one of the items on top to create variation. Make sure not to line everything up in a row. Layer items to create interest and depth.

Interior Decorator,Style by Mimi G,Therapy Office Design, Psychotherapy Tranquil Decor, Rockland County, NY 

Interior Decorator and E-Designer,Style by Mimi G,Therapy Office Design, Psychotherapy Tranquil Decor, Rockland County, NY

The best part of designing therapy offices is knowing that I am taking a small part in the healing process of many people! 

Interior Decorator and E-Designer,Style by Mimi G,Therapy Office Design, Psychotherapy Tranquil Decor, Rockland County, NY
I’VE GOT SOME OPTIONS FOR YOU DIYers!!!

I just launched, “Therapy-Office-in-a-Click”!!!   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. All items have positive customer reviews- you can skip all that time researching! Click HERE to start shopping!

I also created an e-book, “A step-by-step guide to decorating your tranquil therapy office,” that I’m giving away for FREE!!! It includes a detailed breakdown of how to create a therapy office with amazingly soothing energy. It also includes a checklist of all the items you’ll need to buy. Click on the image below to head to my online therapy office studio, or click here to SUBSCRIBE to receive the e-book for FREE!

E-Book Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Tranquil, Counseling or Psychotherapist Office, by E-Designer and Blogger, Style by Mimi G

Interior Decorator and E-Designer,Style by Mimi G, Blogs about Therapy Office Design, Psychotherapy Tranquil Decor, Rockland County, NY

Love what you see?

Tired of endlessly pinning items on Pinterest that you never actually purchase?

Get the beautiful serene office you and clients deserve!

Interior Decorator and E-Designer,Style by Mimi G,Therapy Office Design, Psychotherapy Tranquil Decor, Rockland County, NY

FULL SERVICE INTERIOR DECORATING

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.

 

Interior Decorator and E-Designer,Style by Mimi G, Blogs about Therapy Office Design, Psychotherapy Tranquil Decor, Rockland County, NY

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!

.Interior Decorator,Style by Mimi G,Therapy Office Design, Psychotherapy Tranquil Decor, Rockland County, NY

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.

Interior Decorator,Style by Mimi G,Therapy Office Design, Psychotherapy Tranquil Decor, Rockland County, NY

Need some help choosing relaxing art for your office?  Check out this blog post!  Click Image Below!

 

Relaxing Wall Art For Your Therapy Office, brought to you by Style by Mimi G, e-Designer specializing in therapy offices! Perfect for designing any calming space!

Interior Decorator, Style by Mimi G, uses tranquil colors and decor to design a therapy office. Perfect for a Psychotherapist commercial or home office.

Interior Decorator and E-Designer,Style by Mimi G,Therapy Office Design, Psychotherapy Tranquil Decor, Rockland County, NY

Interior Decorator and E-Designer,Style by Mimi G,Blogs about Therapy Office Design, Psychotherapy Tranquil Decor, Rockland County, NY

To see all of my therapy office e-design options in one place, click here!

Interior Decorator,Style by Mimi G,Therapy Office Design, Psychotherapy Tranquil Decor, Rockland County, NY

 

Interior Decorator,Style by Mimi G,Therapy Office Design, Psychotherapy Tranquil Decor, Rockland County, NY

Interior Decorator and E-Designer,Style by Mimi G,Therapy Office Design, Psychotherapy Tranquil Decor, Rockland County, NY

 

Interior Decorator and E-Designer, Style by Mimi G, offers full service in the tri-state area and e-design service nationwide

Interior Decorator,Style by Mimi G,Therapy Office Design, Psychotherapy Tranquil Decor, Rockland County, NY



 

Designing a College Student Lounge

College Student Lounge,designed by Style by Mimi G, Interior Decorator and E-Designer

My clients run the Center of Jewish Life/Hillel of Rockland College.  Thinking about updating their Hillel student lounge for a long time, they decided to reach out to me. I was more than happy to take on the job.  I knew it would be an exciting challenge! My clients wanted to change the room’s vibe from boring lunchroom to fun lounge/hangout. The room was pretty small, so the first thing I did was booted all of the original items/furniture that were not necessary. The only things we kept were the bookcase and fridge.  The replacements would all be budget friendly and have a tight palette so the room would not feel too busy. We chose black and white with pops of blue. Once that was figured out, a-shopping I did go!

So, how do you make a room with boring grey wall-to-wall office carpeting look fun and fresh, you ask?  Drop a great rug on it!  The first purchase I made was this amazing rug that looks like the tide coming in on the shore. I knew it would bring some life to the room and steal the show!                                                                                                                                                                                                          College Student Lounge designed by Interior Decorator and E-Designer, Style by Mimi G. Check out the blog and E-Design services!!!

My clients wanted to hang up some pictures of the students, so I decided to create a gallery wall. All white frames would be nice and clean looking, but this is a student lounge, so I thought we should have some fun with it! I wanted to have a black and white speckled background for the gallery wall. I originally planned on using speckled wallpaper but that would have taken us way over our budget. Luckily, my clients had many wonderful students that were willing to volunteer! Out with the wallpaper, in with the hand-painted speckled wall!!! They did an amazing job!College Student Lounge designed by Interior Decorator and E-Designer, Style by Mimi G. Check out the blog and E-Design services!!!

For all you peeps that are dying to get some wallpaper on your walls but can’t afford it, DIY it! Okay, it would take a really long time to do this yourself, so call over some friends. You may want to make a one drink limit, unless you’re going for a modern art look. In which case, you may as well get your kids to help you. Then when you and the kids finish the walls, you can celebrate with your friends and go out for those drinks! Both are very good options. There are so many great ideas out there for DIY accent walls. You can head over to my Pinterest DIY board to check out some that I’ve pinned –https://www.pinterest.com/StylebyMimiG/diy-ideas/.

The rest of the room was all planned out. I knew the Hillel lounge needed some Israel-related paraphernalia but I didn’t want it to be cheesy(AKA, big poster of the map of Israel, etc.).  I decided to create a modern asymmetrical string art of Israel. Check out this great tutorial I put together. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

College Student Lounge designed by Interior Decorator and E-Designer, Style by Mimi G. Check out the blog and E-Design services!!!

I also commissioned one of the students, Gayil, from Hennas by Gayil (https://www.facebook.com/hennasbygayil/), to create a drawing of a Chamsa. I had seen her work before and knew she was extremely talented. Well, she did not disappoint! Check out the beautiful detail in this drawing!!!

College Student Lounge designed by Interior Decorator and E-Designer, Style by Mimi G. Check out the blog and E-Design services!!!

I wanted it to have an authentic look, so I had her draw on paper with raw edges and pinned it onto the matting of the frame.

College Student Lounge designed by Interior Decorator and E-Designer, Style by Mimi G. Check out the blog and E-Design services!!!

When it was time to shop for furniture, I searched for simple, fun and modern. For the chairs in front of the gallery wall, I chose black leather chairs to help that wall feel grounded. Two mid-century modern chairs in black and white houndstooth material were placed opposite the speckled wall. The pattern of the fabric helped create balance, adding a similar splash of black-and-white-crazy to the other side of the room.

College Student Lounge designed by Interior Decorator and E-Designer, Style by Mimi G. Check out the blog and E-Design services!!!

I chose simple birch nesting tables to add a natural element to the room. The matching stools brought balance to the other areas of the room, while affording extra seating when needed.  I customized the stool tops to add some texture and color to other parts of the room. I stuck to our tight color palette when choosing the fabric for upholstering and the paint for the stool tops.

FROSTA Stool IKEA The stool can be stacked, so you can keep several on hand and store them on the same space as one.
http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/60162301/

This is the Frosta stool from Ikea. It is so affordable and you can customize it in so many ways!

                                                                                                          College Student Lounge designed by Interior Decorator and E-Designer, Style by Mimi G. Check out the blog and E-Design services!!!

I am a big believer in bringing life to a room by adding live plants. I scoured the internet for a cool hanging planter and found this gem-of-a-gem-shaped glass hanging planter. I created a beautiful terrarium, layering pebbles, varied types of dried moss and a succulent plant.

College Student Lounge designed by Interior Decorator and E-Designer, Style by Mimi G. Check out the blog and E-Design services!!!

I always choose succulents to add to client’s rooms, because they are hardy and most people are unintentional-plant-killers ;).

The Before…and Afters

img_2986-edit
before
College Student Lounge designed by Interior Decorator and E-Designer, Style by Mimi G. Check out the blog and E-Design services!!!
after
img_2985_new
before
College Student Lounge designed by Interior Decorator and E-Designer, Style by Mimi G. Check out the blog and E-Design services!!!
after

College Student Lounge designed by Interior Decorator and E-Designer, Style by Mimi G. Check out the blog and E-Design services!!!

 College Student Lounge designed by Interior Decorator and E-Designer, Style by Mimi G. Check out the blog and E-Design services!!!

Love what you see? Tired of endlessly pinning items on Pinterest that you never actually purchase?

I can help you create a home you love!

I have 4 service options available; E-Design, Full Service,   2-Day Styling Service and Consultation for the DIYer.  Visit my services page for full details.

 

WOULD LOVE YOUR FEEDBACK! SCROLL DOWN TO LEAVE A COMMENT!

Do I Even Have a Dream?!?! My Unconventional Journey to Interior Decorating

Therapy Office Blog- Therapy Office that uses coastal serene colors. Perfect for a psychotherapist or social worker office.

Do I Even Have a Dream?!?! My Unconventional Journey to Interior Decorating

“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.

Interior Decorator,Therapy Office Design, Psychotherapy Tranquil Decor, Rockland County, NY

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.

THE BEFORE PIC

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.

ANOTHER SAD BEFORE PIC

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!

I’VE GOT SOME OPTIONS FOR ALL YOU DIYers!!!

Just launched a new service for you, “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!

Now available, a free e-book called, “A step-by-step guide to decorating your tranquil therapy office.” Click on the image below to get yours!

E-book to help guide you to create your tranquil therapy office!
FREE E-BOOK!

 

http://stylebymimig.com/

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.

http://stylebymimig.com/


http://stylebymimig.com/

http://stylebymimig.com/

 http://stylebymimig.com/