Right now, the space is a small unused utility room behind the powder room on the main floor of my house. I am studying to be a massage therapist. I want to turn the room into a beautiful, serene, joyful space where I can bring clients to give them a fantastic massage experience.
The room is an L-shaped space, consisting of a roughly 4'X7' entrance corridor (running from the door in the northwest corner, southward into the room), and then an 8'x12' main space when you get past it. It has a scattering of built-in cabinets which are not in good condition and will be torn out prior to the start of the project. It also has vinyl flooring that goes all the way up the walls, which will also be torn out. A high window to the south looks toward the neighbor's window about 100ft away. There is a small sink in the northeast corner of the room. You have pretty much a blank canvas -- flooring, cabinetry, wall color and material, window coverings, are all yours to determine. The only thing you have to keep is the sink. You can make it any type, shape, or appearance of sink you want; it just has to remain a functioning sink where I can get water for hydrotherapy.
I am doing the project as a remodel, but describing it as an interior design project because I'm not asking for help with changing wall positions or rearranging structural space. I want help choosing colors, tiles, materials, lighting, artwork; and also the few items of furniture which will be needed within the room. I am new to interior design, which means I need very exact specifications -- not just a paint color, but a brand and where I can buy it; not just a kind of chair, but an exact make and model, and where I can obtain that. I will also need descriptions written in plain English, with everything explained if you use design or architectural terms.
I want a room where my clients will be able to let their cares and worries fall from them, learn to relax, and enjoy their massage experience; but I also want a room where I will be happy to come to work each day. I'm not interested in the minimalist modern or Japanese designs that spas often use; I love rich color and texture and brightness and pattern and intricacy. How you merge the needs of my clients to relax and my own need to feel energized by my workspace will determine how well you succeed at this project.
I love handmade or handpainted items, especially from the Americas, the Mediterranean, or India, as well as some of the more lavish, elaborate Chinese concepts (not the minimalist, subtle side of Chinese style). I love rooms which are absolutely drenched with color, where everyplace you look there's more rich detail to see. I want my clients to feel like they're on a decadent vacation when they come into the room; a feast for the senses.
I am a novice at remodeling or design, and I intend to execute this project within the year, so I need very exact specifications... everything I would need to go out and buy all the items you propose and get them installed to make the room look precisely like your images. I'd be happy to continue working with the winning designer after the competition ends, but it's not necessary for them to be onsite if that's inconvenient for them.
There are a few items which have to be included in the room:
-built-in storage for my supplies (these can be in the entry corridor, or in the main space of the room itself, whichever works with your design), my books, and my record files
-a flat surface on which I can write (can be fold-down from the built-ins, perhaps?)
-the sink in the northeast corner
-a chair for clients to sit on
-a rolling stool for me to sit on
-a clothes rack for clients to hang their clothing on
-a digital clock someplace I can easily see it from most of the room, but where it's not obtrusively in the client's face
-the massage table, centered so that I can walk freely around it and stand or sit on the rolling stool at all sides of the table. (I already own the table I'll be using; it is brown but will be covered with sheets most of the time.)
The lighting is directly overhead and needs to work on a dimmer switch. I'll need some kind of window covering which allows in light but doesn't let the neighbors see into the room. The floor and all surfaces (cabinet doors, walls, etc.) must be easy to clean and sanitize (no carpet!!)
I don't have a set budget for this project, though I'm thinking I don't want to go over $4,000 unless I absolutely have to. I'm counting on you to show me where I need to spend money to get what I want, and where I can cut corners, and I will be choosing based significantly on that knowledge... not the least expensive design, but the one which spends my money where it's needed to get the right look, and doesn't spend it where it can be avoided with no serious loss.
-Physical and emotional comfort for client
-Physical and emotional comfort for me
-Ease of use (can I reach what I need easily? Can I move around the table the way I have to in my work?)
-Joyous, colorful beauty
-Use of recycled, repurposed, or re-used materials
-Affordability if all other criteria are met
-Bird's-eye views (in color if possible)
-Eye-level views (in color if possible)
-Full description in text format, including explicit brands, names of exact items, and where I can buy those items
-Budget breakdown, showing me what each item costs, along with a brief text description of why you chose to apply most of the budget to what you did.
I want to feel joyous when I enter this room. I want my steps to pick up speed and I want to feel like singing when I look around my studio. I want my clients to feel wrapped in lavish care. The name of the practice is Rainbow's End Bodywork, which should tell you how much I love color. I have a special fondness for Central American handpainted tilework, and it would be great if you could incorporate some of it into the room. At the same time, I can't afford to make the room feel crowded or claustrophobic. There is a fine line between giving my clients a decadent, full sensory experience, and overwhelming them. I'm counting on you to walk that line and not cross over.