PROJECT

DESIGN PROJECT:: THE PENNY HOARDER HQ

Every once in a while, we get really lucky! We meet really fabulous people who invite us into their homes to design the perfect environment for them, then they ask us to do their workspace. This project was nothing less of that. A while back we completed the private residence for the CEO of The Penny Hoarder (photo tour of that beauty in the near future!). So, without question, I was more than thrilled to accept.

 

This space is a really cool space, earlier in the year, it was rehabbed and brought back to life by Boyd Construction. The building was on it's last leg (and rumored to once have been a brothel.) They took it to it's bones and made it shine, without loosing it's character of being a 100 year old building. It was a widen open blank canvas. That's where the LG Design team got to work.

Kyle, CEO of The Penny Hoarder, explained he wanted an open work environment. Places for people to collaborate, brainstorm and feel creative. He also wanted to incorporate cozy little spots for people to relax and have conversations. He believes in a healthy balance of work and play, to produce top knotch work. All while having a modern tone.

So we got to work... 

A bright and sunny conference room overlooking Central Avenue. 

An open writers area with individual desks. We decided to design the space with half walls to house all of our electrical needs while creating separation. We finished them off with old brick to bring in that 100 year old building vibe. 

If you know me, you know we are going to try to sneak some wallpaper in somewhere! This time we decided to dress the long hallway with a plum/purple geometric pattern. I absolutely love how it looks with the copper accents throughout the space.  

We also lined the hallway with tourqouise chesterfield sofas, the art was inspired by what started The Penny Hoarder -- couponing! So we had custom acrylic boxes made and filled them with millions of coupons. Okay, maybe not millions, but a lot! You get it... 

While working in an open space is fun, we understand that sometimes you need some quiet spots to get your ideas out and pen to paper. That's where these glass "pods" came into play. Sleek, simple and efficient.  

We mentioned Kyle likes to have a healthy balance of work and play, right? Well if this isn't proof enough... A shuffle board for those much needed breaks! 

Just what would The Penny Hoarder HQ be without some fun with pennies? We love this coffee table featuring Lincoln made out of nothing other the copper pennies! 

More creative writing and collaboration areas throughout the space...

A modern kitchen and break room featuring a stainless steel backsplash in the classic subway style.  

 

Aren't these copper chairs the coolest?! 

Last, but definitely not least, we had some fun in the bathrooms with a bold wallpaper and paired them with funky mirrors. 

So what do you think? Isn't The Penny Hoarder HQ such an invigorating space? I feel like my creativity would constantly be flowing.  

Tell us your thoughts below! 

 

All photography by Native House Photography.  

BEHIND THE SCENES:: WITH THIS ARTSY DESIGNER

Alrighty, so it's no secret, I love to paint these little magical images for my clients and their future spaces. I feel like I'm painting a little dream world, that will eventually be their everyday reality. It's pretty exciting! 

The truth of the matter is, I am really an artsy fartsy nerd at heart. I just love art, painting and being creative. It's something that has been part of my life since I was a small girl, learning to paint from my great-grandmother. 

The simple fact that I get to use this in my every day "job" is amazing! I use the word "job" loosely, because what I do feels nothing like a job, it's pure enjoyment. (And to me, that is what work should be!)

So, why exactly do I opt to do this individual paintings for clients? The answer is honestly pretty simple. The environment we are creating for you is 100% custom and for you. No one else. It's honestly something that we bring to life from our creative souls. Doing these paintings is just a further extension of that. When you invest in design services, I really invest in you and your space. 

Secondly, I view your space as a work of my art, so why not enjoy some two dimensional art along the process? 

These painting really help you, the client, get the vision. These paintings are not meant to be exactly precise, or honestly, even perfectly to scale (that's what our CAD drawings are for.) They are meant to help bring the dream to life and get you really excited on the journey you are about to embark on. Truthfully, it's a bit of a relaxer for me too, a chance to unwind and breathe, it's like my yoga.

Here is a collection of a few of my favorite images:

As you can see from the images above, our clients taste really vary from one to another, which is so exciting. I love diving into a new style with every project, and trying to figure out a way to perfectly relay that beaded chandelier, or the fabric for the drapery. 

Well, that's just a little bit of the story behind the paintings you often see posted on social media and in presentations. Maybe I will be painting for you next!


DESIGN PROJECT :: THE GAS PLANT BUILDING

Most people think of design as an interior process but sometimes our work takes us outdoors too. That was the case with our Furnish Me Vintage project.

The Gas Plant Arcade building located in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg on Central Avenue was built in the 1920s and over the years it became the little ugly duckling on the block, in desperate need of a good makeover. 

Photo Courtesy of Furnish Me Vintage

Photo Courtesy of Furnish Me Vintage

And we can’t even blame it for letting its looks slip. This 30,000 square foot building was said at one time to have a chicken factory on the fourth floor!

When the new owners Jackie & Todd Wilson of Furnish Me Vintage bought the building last year, though, its time finally came to be transformed. Furnish Me Vintage is widely known for its vast selection of Mid Century Modern furniture so the outside of the building needed to reflect all of the fabulous finds that were inside. At the same time, we didn't want to take away from the industrial warehouse feel that it had always had.

Photo Credit:  A Traveling Broad

Photo Credit: A Traveling Broad

So we kept is simple, a neutral gray that will withstand the lovely St. Petersburg sunshine, emphasizing some of the architectural elements with another shade of gray. 

Photo Credit:   Native House Photography

Photo Credit: Native House Photography

We then added 30 linear feet of Brazilian Teak up the center to really take advantage of the height, and finally placing the signage atop the teak was the icing on the cake for us. 

Photo Credit:   Native House Photography

Photo Credit: Native House Photography

The result was a beautiful swan of a building. We love it! They now have furniture on all four floors. They also have a functioning glass garage door for events and other fun things to come. We balanced it by designing custom mullions on the other side and finished it all off with some decorative sconces — the jewelry to a building that looks as beautiful as all the furniture it houses.

Photo Credit:   Native House Photography

Photo Credit: Native House Photography

DESIGN PROJECT :: THE SHERLOCK HOLMES PROJECT

One of the many amazing parts of being an interior designer is working with clients that have a vision and helping to turn them into a reality. In our latest project, for a client in Old Northeast St. Petersburg, we are making a Sherlock Holmes inspired library.

When thinking of the fictional detective, dark wood finishes, wallpaper and warm colors come to mind and that’s exactly how the Sherlock Holmes Museum in London has the apartment on 221 Baker Street decorated.

Photo Credit:  Flickr

Photo Credit: Flickr

Victorian style furniture and rugs are also throughout the space.

Photo Credit:  Travel Style

Photo Credit: Travel Style

The BBC gave Sherlock Holmes’ apartment a touch of the 21st century for its hit show Sherlock by adding some modern accessories and light fixtures. 

Photo Credit:  Cumberbatched

Photo Credit: Cumberbatched

In our project, though, we wanted to keep the feel of London in the 1890s while adding some subtle details like straight modern lines and metallic finishes that made the space timeless, not dated. 

Lisa Gilmore Design  Sherlock Holmes  Inspiration Board

Lisa Gilmore Design Sherlock Holmes Inspiration Board

Lisa Gilmore Design   Sherlock Holmes   Inspiration Board

Lisa Gilmore Design Sherlock Holmes Inspiration Board

We relied on a mix of fabrics to add character to the space. From a print to a classic English plaid, velour and textured leather, the different surfaces each have their own appeal and brought together make for a room design with as many unexpected turns as a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novel.

We can’t wait to share the photos of this space when it’s done but for now, we’ll have to leave it as a mystery. The inspiration boards are a pretty good clue as to how it will all come out.

Photo Credit:  Feed Floyd

Photo Credit: Feed Floyd