Second-time client, first-time quartz wall!
I had worked with Ian on his previous office space so we had a good understanding of how he and his wife/business partner wanted to approach this design for their new office.
They purchased an existing building in Kingsville and underwent a significant remodel to the entire property – enclosing the patio space, completely changing the interior floor plan and reworking the exterior. The main reason for the move was expansion – Ian was knocking it out of the park with his insurance game, their team was growing and you can’t forget about the furry emotional support team that needed to have a bed or two!
Given that this was a commercial space and Ian Murray Insurance is a part of the Desjardins Insurance umbrella, I really wanted to play off the existing branding, incorporating a lot of green and hexagons (you know me and my hexagon shapes).
Working off of the architect’s floor plan, I rearranged a few offices in the main area, giving a little more flow and personality to their working environment. Once they were happy with the layout, I discussed all the changes with the architect and we were approved!
Then we moved onto selecting the finishes and man did we have fun here…
Kingsville is a small town with old-world charm, so we wanted to keep that vibe and not veer too much into contemporary territory. We went with a warm brick that almost looked reclaimed, arched windows with black frames, and we decided on sleek exterior lighting to surround the entry. Of course, possibly the star of the show, is the backlit metal and wood sign which was custom made from Michael Difazio Reclaim Artistry. Absolutely gorgeous!
Reception & Offices
The goal was for clients to get that “WOW” feeling as soon as they walked in the door. I suggested a fully wrapped Cambria quartz wall that was backlit in the shape of a hexagon. Paired with a custom designed reception desk and faux-wood parquet tile throughout.
Glass walls were another show-stopper for this one, paired with a subtle hexagon patterns in the wallpaper accents and a light green carpet for the individual offices.
Kitchen & Washrooms
The kitchenette/conference room might be my second favourite space of this entire project (have you seen the quartz wall yet?). With the same faux-wood Parquet tile from the main area, we went with darker grey cabinets, a subtle pattern on the countertop and a glossy white hexagon tile for the backsplash.
The center of the room includes a semi-custom conference table with electrical outlets that come up from the bottom for easy access during meetings. Overhead are stunning, contemporary hexagon lights and the icing on the cake is the vinyl wall decal of their Company Values.
The Ian Murray Insurance team was ready to make the move into a bigger space, bigger team, bigger business and I’m so grateful I got to be a part of it!