Thursday, October 18, 2012

Decorating and Accessorizing Ackerman-Estvold Engineering

In the past few months I have had the honor of decorating and accessorizing a local engineering/surveying company as they moved into their newly remodeled and expanded space. While a registered interior designer chose all of the paint colors, furniture, fixtures and flooring, it was my job to then come in and make the space whole. All elements already had a modern feel, so I was guided in that direction when choosing greenery, artwork and accessories.

The most unique aspect of Ackerman-Estvold is the history of the company. Both father and son, along with partners, have built the company from its original surveying roots into a strong and growing engineering and surveying firm. The greatest thing is that they made a variety of historical items from their grandfather available to me to use throughout the space. I absolutely love the mix of modern and vintage. With current design trends, a variety of accessories try to mimic the industrial and vintage look, but this was the real deal straight from the early 1900's! I don't think this was the original intention, but as I sat in their offices before the move I noticed some of the older items that they had just dragged out of storage. They went on to tell me that they had the original tri-pods and surveying tools used by grandpa Ackerman! I knew I had to incorporate these special items into the new space.

They are moving fast into the future; growing rapidly, yet have a strong connection to the past and history of family and this industry.

So, here is a glimpse of some of the details of design. (more to come!!) I was also commissioned for artwork, so you will see my canvases throughout.

This is my favorite area. The console table was chosen for it's modern feel, but had the mix of industrial flair with the steel and reclaimed wood. This piece was perfect to display the mix of accessories, along with the contemporary artwork. Not only does the wooden piece on top add a natural element, but it is an actual post used by their grandfather. It's topped off with his original surveying journals and gear, while the sleek grouping vases tie in the colors. The whole design is flanked on the side with two tall vases, adding a pop of color and balance.

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