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Corporate Headquarters

This is my corner office. This is my Barbie dream sample room. This is my sanity. This is my mom cave. This is SHIMPROJECTS. I'm still learning to take baby steps. I'm learning how to be more 'balanced'. To not rush. To curb my Aries impulsiveness. To stop, drop and roll. And most importantly, decide when to move away from the computer, the planning and the designing, lock up the office and go home three blocks away, to my boys.

In conclusion to my previous write up titled Magic Spot- here are some snaps of our corporate world headquarters- located in the fabulous, sunny, slightly seedy South Beach, Florida. The 2 week bang out reno was definitely a highlow job- a mix of personal furniture stolen from my house- and inexpensive, functional, college-dorm-vibe finds...with new floating raw wood floors and the magic of white and grey paint a la Benjamin Moore...

Separating worklife from homelife is an important part of my quest for balance nirvana. Happy to be on that path!

The Boardroom: where multi-bajillion dollar deals and designs happen.

The Boardroom: where multi-bajillion dollar deals and designs happen.

Staff Cafeteria: subtle reminders

Staff Cafeteria: subtle reminders

Idea Board: how we did things before Pinterest came along...

Idea Board: how we did things before Pinterest came along...

Employee Break Room: where we dream tropical daydreams

Employee Break Room: where we dream tropical daydreams


MAGIC SPOT

It's been said before- design is not glamorous. I have worked in many fabulous and not so fabulous offices in my illustrious design career. From light filled studios in a scary part of Toronto; to the 6th floor of the Rockefeller Center (overlooking Matt and Katie do their daily Today Show thang); to a windowless office attached to a parking garage- every single job I have had has brought me not only great work experience but also, an ability to be flexible and erase any expectations when it comes to where my design genius happens.

This year the need for more space and a need for simplicity and silence (as I work on my little design book project...more to follow later!) prompted me to seek out a separate 'work' space. I had some basic criteria.

1.  Has to be walkable from my house

2. Has to be close to the kids' school

3. Has to be inexpensive and charming

4. Has to have parking

Living in South Beach, I knew that #4 was going to be a long shot- but I started my search and found a perfect spot to call home. But not without first giving it a little love. Watch what happens here when I convert this 497 sf space into the perfect working mom cave...stand by.