In my excitement and haste to make my rooms look amazing, I totally forgot to take before pictures.
I know, what a dork.
So instead I took pictures of my partner’s rooms, which pretty much mimic the way my rooms USED to look with just slight variation in the lame ass paintings. I was going on vacation and I hired a lovely gentlemen to paint the rooms while I was gone. I had to clear all that crap out of there before I left for Disney World -the greatest place in the world. I was kind of in a hurry and just wanted to get everything cleared out so I could don my Mickey ears and get the heck out of town. The last thing I was thinking about was taking pics. Here are 2 of my partner’s rooms, aren’t they lame? My rooms were somehow worse…but you get the idea.
I have 3 exam rooms. Each now with their own unique nature/outdoor theme. In preparation for the “reconstructing,” I ordered a few prints from Overstock.com and I found another one I really liked at World Market. I spent a nice Saturday afternoon perusing our local antique show, wheeling and dealing and buying a bunch of junk to hang on the walls. That’s pretty much my most favorite thing in the world to do. I wish Cracker Barrel would hire me to decorate their restaurants. That is my true calling in life.
I call this my “Take a Walk in the Woods” room. The white thing on the wall is 1/3 of a folding screen. The other 2 parts were missing. So I thought, wow that’s a little gem, I’ll give you 5 bucks for it. I wasn’t totally sure what to do with it. I consulted the staff. The consensus was to write my favorite poem on it. I left out certain words and allowed the staff and patients to write in the missing words with any color marker they wanted and in any way they wanted.
Room #2 is probably most patients’ favorite. When I first saw the single yellow wall, I thought I had made a big mistake. It was really yellow.
Obviously this is the “Beach Room.” Once I hung the painting and saying on the wall, the yellow softened a bit. I think this room is my favorite, too.
Room #3 is the “Lake Room.” It reminds me of the end of summer, the leaves are starting to change, a slight nip in the air. No one is on the lake. They’ve all gone home. The days are getting shorter. Those are fishing poles and canoe paddles on the walls. I placed a tackle box on top of the cabinets, high enough so no little hands could get pinched.
I have a few more ideas to add to the rooms. I want to have the staff and patients take photos of nature and I’ll hang them up. I have a window in the first room that I can hang photos on. I have a shutter for the beach room that I haven’t hung up yet -it would be a great place for photos. I’m trying to talk Donna into making a star out of tobacco sticks for the lake room. I could put photos on there, too.
My rooms are not exactly typical of a doctor’s office, but if you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m not entirely typical. I think my rooms exude a bit of joy. I’m certainly happier now.