In Part I of our interview with Ashley Redmond
, Director of Design Services for online interior design firm Decorist.com, she told us about her initial steps in redesigning the company’s new office space in San Francisco’s Presidio.Today, we find out how it all went, how much money they spent and why embracing affordable design in the new office is so important to Decorist.This interview has been edited for clarity and length.Were you working within a budget?
Yes. We definitely had a budget; it was $20,000 for the space.I wanted to bring artwork in … some kind of textile installation … but those are very expensive. So, I was looking around for stuff, and I found this tassel art, and I said, “We’re going to all make these together,” and it became a project with the team.The whole project cost about $200, and it takes up 12 feet of the wall. It’s a cool art piece that gets so much attention, and I love that we all did it together. (Pictured above.
)Did you make any special considerations for personal space?
In the individual offices, I did try to respect the person that was in the space; for the public spaces I wanted it to be … inspirational for what we do.Did you collaborate, and if so, how did you go about doing that?
I did ask people what they would like in their space, and I kept getting, “It’s designer’s choice,” so it was pretty easy that way. But, I did ask what would be helpful to be more productive.How long did the project take?
It was about three months.How was it received by the employees?
Everybody was here working during the process, so it was like Christmas every day. Everybody was involved.What’s your favorite part?
I love my office, obviously. And, I really love the tassel art. It makes me happy every time I walk in.Is there anything you would change now that you’ve been there a while?
I feel the vision was completed in the way I had it in my mind. I feel like everybody’s happy, and that makes me feel like I did a good job.Anything you’d like to add?
An important part of the design was making sure it reflects what we do at the company – creating accessible design.I really tried to choose vendors and things that are affordable; things that aren’t out of people’s reach – like the rugs that we got from ATG. They make such a huge impact, and I love how that came out.We’d like to thank Ashley for her time, and thanks to Decorist for providing personalized interior design services for every budget!