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May 30, 2014

Today's Before & After Friday Projects post is going to take a different look at renovations.  We're going to view commercial transformations.

 A dated office reception area received a sleek makeover:
What a stunning makeover - so much more professional and organized. 

The Roth Design Group of Los Angeles
converted an uninspiring conference room:

. . . . into an amazing creative modern space:

They also turned an unused restaurant basement
into a bar where diners can wait in comfort:
The previously unused space now generates revenue for the restaurant.

A downtown Chicago duplex was a neighborhood eyesore:
. . .  but is being restored to its former glory:

Storefront Architecture is a fairly new term that refers to the movement of designers and developers "rescuing" abandoned and neglected city properties:
Before                                                 After
Makes cents to me!

Some people might think, "What does commercial property have to do
with my home?"  The answer is surprisingly simple: if commercial
property falls into disrepair then the entire area suffers.  Tenants move
out, businesses are relocated elsewhere and home values in the area drop.
From a plain blank wall to a work of art:
Before                                                    After
An apartment building was starting to be vandalized with
graffiti.  The owner challenged a group of young artists to
leave their talented mark.  Gorgeous!

A struggling retail store went from cramped:

. . . . to shopper friendly:
So much more inviting, isn't it? 

A 30 year old commercial building at the beginning of its transformation . . . . . .

. . . . is now an asset to the local economy:


 When a commercial building undergoes a major renovation it
encourages other local businesses to improve their properties, too.

 When a pediatric center relocated to a larger property their old building was converted into a neighborhood bistro and wine bar.
 Empire Development

Studies show that office workers are much more
productive in a well decorated and colorful office:

I'll bet this doctor's patients like going to his office
a lot more now that he's renovated the building:

T. Clayton Jenkins Construction
And the neighbors feel better, too!

Check out the before inset in this photo:
It's hard to believe that it's the same office.

I'm going to close today's post with a commercial makeover
that might be closer to our hearts - a thrift store!

Design Sponge
Now we can see the treasures so much better!

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you have a great weekend.


  1. So many great ideas

    cheers, parsnip

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you're having a great weekend.

  2. Some of those are quite good. Others, I don't fancy as much, but I can still appreciate the time, work, money and energy that went into remodeling those spaces.

    1. I'm always so appreciative of businesses that renovate with the local community in mind. In some cities you're required to meet certain standards - no 'pre-fab' buildings, no garish colors, etc. But, like my grandmother use to say, "A barn is a barn no matter what color you paint it!"

  3. wow...hard to say they were the same places after their makeovers LOVE the mural

    1. It is gorgeous, isn't it? I love Art Nouveau designs and that one is amazing. Such a beautiful addition to the neighborhood.

  4. I have seen more than a few transformations such as these, because my husband does commercial interior design. I am always in awe that he can see beyond the original state.

  5. I never knew your hubby was a commercial interior designer! What a fun and exciting career. I'll bet he's excited to see downtrodden businesses perked up with successful renovations. It's a win-win for the business and the community.

  6. all very nice but I gotta say the last one the before would lure me in not the after but I am a thrift store junkie .