See the whole process of the adult daycare center come to life!
Happy New Year, friends! I hope you’re having a great start to 2021. After resting for more than a week, I am ready to get back to work. I can’t wait to share my adult daycare center project with you!
For the last three months, I have been working tirelessly at a private adult daycare facility in Duluth. A sweet reader, Esther contacted me by email after following me on Instagram and asked if I would be interested in interviewing to decorate this 27,500 square foot facility. I came in and immediately got the job after meeting with Esther as well as the director at MDC center. It is currently the largest adult daycare center in Atlanta.
MDC is a multi-service healthcare company that provides unique services to senior members. The facility that I worked at offers daytime social get-togethers while under the supervision of trained medical professionals. They also reach a multitude of ethnicities providing a valuable service to so many cultures. As part of their design, they have separate designated areas that showcase a bit of the unique cultural backgrounds that are reflected in the center. If you are a senior citizen or you have parents who are, I totally recommend checking this facility out. Contact Esther at email@example.com for a tour and let them know I sent you. They are currently not open due to Covid but you can still schedule an appointment for a tour.
After getting the job, I immediately realized how daunting of a task this truly was. This was not only my first commercial project but decorating a 27,500 square foot facility in about 12 weeks was the biggest challenge ever! MDC provided an assistant to help me with all the install and I couldn’t be more thankful for Mark. Design is so physically taxing and having another pair of hands was a huge asset. If you want to see a ton of BTS videos, they are all saved under my Instagram highlights.
For the first part of the series, I wanted to share some behind the scenes photos along with a couple of finished spaces like the receptionist area and one of the living spaces. The facility has multiple homerooms that offer comfortable living room spaces, a library, spa and massage, game room, theatre, gym, cafeteria, nurse’s station, resting rooms and more.
The amount of art, furniture, and decor I had to buy was intimidating. I had to take slower shipping speeds into consideration due to Covid but I aimed to finish everything right before Christmas. I’m proud to say that I did indeed finish but it wasn’t easy. Some nights, I couldn’t sleep because I kept dreaming of different configurations for the rooms. It’s a good thing I love design so much!
Dealing with this particular commercial space posed a challenge because I was working with really weird and wonky layouts. The walls would be angled or circular and the large windows and doors tended to be tricky. MDC wanted everything to look more modern and welcoming, but I still needed to factor in comfort and safety since this was for a particular audience. Oh yeah, I also had a strict budget I needed to stay under!
An important task was also tracking all the inventory and figure out where everything had to go. I felt there was little room for error especially when it came to furniture because of the tight timeline we were working with. I had to make sure measurements were precise and I researched and designed for hours and hours at home each week. BUT it was all worth it. I had so much fun working in this space and it really pushed me mentally. I don’t have a background in design as I’m totally self-taught. I’m truly thankful they entrusted me with this job.
Okay, let’s get to the design! I’ll start with the reception area as this space gave me the most trouble. I can usually figure out a room fairly quickly but this space really had me stumped for weeks. I moved things around a few times until I was finally happy with the space.
The reason why this space was challenging is that it’s very long. There are two areas on each side for the waiting areas. I kept the chairs as the facility recommended I use them since they had good arm rests and were comfortable for the seniors.
I kept whatever I could use and most of the time moved them around to other spaces. I moved the coffee table and console table to other rooms since they were still in great condition.
I needed to add rugs but the issue was that it didn’t fit any standard rug sizes. It was either too big or too small. I thought about lining two 6×9 rugs together on each side but it encroached one of the doorways and that wasn’t practical.
I had to also consider wheelchair access and walkers. We couldn’t have tripping hazards!
I must have measured this space 10 times just to make sure I could get it right. Here’s what I came up with.
I added two narrow modern coffee tables and console tables to give it symmetry. I kept one rug on each side and added a few marble and gold accent tables. I
I placed rubber grip mats under the rugs along with rug corner grippers to avoid them folding up. The rugs are quite heavy so I don’t see them causing any issues curling up.
Here’s the other side.
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Gold console tables,similar octagon gold mirror, mid-century brass and wooden coffee tables, acrylic ladder shelf, neutral medallion rugs, non slip area rug pad, rug gripper edges, ivory decorative box
Let’s move on to one of the living room areas. These rooms are huge as they are filled with tables and chairs for most of the space. Then, they have these designated living room areas off to the sides.
For this particular living room area, I removed all the existing furniture.
The yellows and reds weren’t working for me and I couldn’t implement them into my design. I did keep the live plants!
The large colorful bold rug is the showstopper in this space.
I was really satisfied with these sofas! They were comfortable, stylish and at great price points.
I can’t do anything about the fire extinguishers on the walls, existing carpet, paint, metal commercial windows, and ceiling tiles so I focused on the areas that I could improve.
The three set etagere is a beauty! I filled them with decorative vases, art, candles and other interesting decor accents.
I had Mark install so many curtains throughout the building. Since we had to stay on budget, we used these 118 inch linen drapes and curtain rods.
I placed a simple console table and large art near the entryway.
- Gold Console Table
- Bold rug
- Downloadable art
- Art frame
- 2 arm chairs with nailhead trim
- Gray tufted sofa
- Black velvet sofa
- Etagere bookcases
- Etagere center bookcase
- White Curtains
- Curtain rods
- white garden stool
- tufted coffee table
- wooden end tables
- white and brass lamps
I hope you enjoyed this post! Follow along as I continue to share the rest of this big project with you all. Feel free to leave any questions under the post.
Let all that you do be done in Love. 1 Corinthians 16:14
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