Tuesday, March 20, 2012


I've been working on Strongbox West for a while now and I wanted to wait tell I finished before showing some Before and Afters BUT the exterior is so close. It's been so nice outside and I smile every time I pull up so forget it- I must show you some photos now. Strongbox West is a Co-working Community on the Westside of Atlanta (the best side of Atlanta). A lot of the members are in creative fields like web design, programing, graphic design, marketing, and so on. My clients Rick and Amy had a wish list addressing a lot of features and spacial issues they were ready to upgrade, but livening up the exterior was definitely on the top of the list. We decided on a deep grey and orange color palette because it felt lively and appealing to a Tech-savvy entrepreneur-type who may work here. The bold facade, custom signage and abstract photography are eye-catching from the street. We repaired the concrete and drew attention to the entrance with color and by extending the stairs to the left and added a clean pathway to the right. The new linear planter is built, lit and stained but empty while we wait for spring to get here! We're also still on the hunt for a funky vintage bench for the concrete platform on the left. After getting to know the rockstar owners Rick and Amy; keeping the original pirate flag was a no brainer.

We were able to keep the signage cost under control by hiring local artist Keri Cawley to construct the letters out of sheet metal and resin. You can also see in the before and after picture that the grey paint only wraps around the side to the window, you can imagine how much labor and paint we saved by doing this. We also reused the frames from the original window signage as an art feature and we found a new home for the giant red star inside.. More to come soon!


  1. wow, what a transformation. It looks great! I look forward to seeing more photos.


  2. Thanks Laura, I appreciate the feedback!


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As a lover of all things creative, I've created this blog to inspire and admire crazy good design. I own Kayte Designs, a small interior design firm with a focus in Hospitality, Residential and Office Design. We are based out of Atlanta, GA.