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{before & after} executive reception

As promised this is the reception area of the executive office I recently completed.  If you haven't seen the executive office before & after, I suggest you take a look at that now.  

BEFORE:  This is the front entry of the office.  Imagine clients walking in- straight into the reception desk and all this file storage.  

AFTER:  This is the front entry now.  Clients walk-in and are welcomed with this beautiful custom reception desk and a cozy guest chairs.  This layout makes more sense for the flow of the office, as the waiting clients are separated from the main office by the reception desk.

BEFORE:  The reception chairs used to sit where the reception desk is now.  This caused the clients to walk by the reception desk and potentially sensitive information, to see directly in the main office, and then face the front door.

AFTER:  Now this is what clients see when they walk in.  This desk was custom designed by me and the master carpenter created this masterpiece.  It has a wonderful waterfall top with two types of hardwood pressed together.

AFTER: Here is a more detailed view of the waterfall top.  While you can't see in these images, the top actually floats about an 1" around the rest of the desk for a lighter feel.  

BEFORE:  You can see that this beverage center does not work and is not a good use of space.  The office needed more storage.  

AFTER: Now the custom cabinets create more storage and hide the chaos.  (Knobs had not yet been installed when this photo was taken.)

 Looking to have a space you'll love to come home to?  Contact Capella Kincheloe Interior Design about Design Services


{before & after} executive office

This is an interior design project I recently wrapped up for a financial planner's office here in Phoenix.  After years of built-up clutter, she desired more organization and a more professional-looking office.  She didn't want the office to feel too corporate and still be welcoming to her clients.  Since she wanted to keep much of her existing furniture, we focused on items that would make the most impact (the grasscloth wallpaper) and eliminating items that were erroneous in the office.  We tried very hard to change the 30-year-old drop ceiling tiles, but the landlord was not on-board.  


AFTER:  The wallpaper softens the industrial-ness of the office and give texture more than paint.  The conference table is the same, but we brought in linen covered chairs to lighten and bring in feminine lines.  The chaos of the cards and photos is now contained in two framed bulletin boards.  


AFTER: I had the certificates reframed to give them more importance and be a cohesive grouping.  The two lamps add height to this side of the room and the fluorescent overhead lights can be turned off and still have light.

AFTER:  This is the first thing that clients now see walking into this office.  The doors were painted to show them off and add color.  The new rug defines the client area and plays on the door color while covering the industrial carpet.  The curtains soften the room and are a nice counter-point to the dark heavy office furniture.

Next week, I will share the reception area of this office, the transformation is even more astonishing than this office.

Looking to have a space you'll love to come home to?  Contact Capella Kincheloe Interior Design about Design Services


Happiness Is

Did you know that the UN has declared March 20th to be observed as the International Day of Happiness?
"The day recognizes that happiness is a fundamental human goal, and calls upon countries to approach public policies in ways that improve the well being of all peoples.  By designating a special day for happiness, the UN aims to focus world attention on the idea that economic growth must be inclusive, equitable, and balanced, such that it promotes sustainable development, and alleviates poverty. Additionally the UN acknowledges that in order to attain global happiness, economic development must be accompanied by social and environmental well being." -
So today, instead of spreading hate, anger, aggravation  annoyance, or any other negativity, decide to be positive, loving, understanding, if only to yourself.  In an attempt to be a bit happier today, try to not get annoyed when someone cuts you off while driving or irritated at the loud cell phone call your co-worker is having, because these feelings only create unhappiness and suffering.  Because happiness spreads and to reach the UN's admirable goal stated above, we must find happiness in ourselves.

Your happiness homework tonight is to watch Happy.


new digs?

I have several posts that I want to post.  However, I am in a fork in the road.  I am trying to decide what is best- switching to a blog hosted on my website,, switching to wordpress, changing the domain of a curated lifestyle to a subdomain of or leaving everything as is.  There are pros and cons to each solution, mainly involving complicated SEO and links and other things I don't quite understand.  Because of this crossroads, I am a bit paralyzed.

Any advice or thoughts?