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The transformation of an inky tattoo parlour to a gilded estate agency.


makeover-opendoorsOpen Doors – a letting agent and property management company in Buckingham – has unveiled its superb new office. Clients and locals will appreciate the transformation from tired tattoo parlour to sumptuous office space. The project was delivered by MPL Interiors.

makeover-office-interiorsThe new office is a blend of opulent colours, boutique-style furnishings and original features that creates a homely, inviting environment for tenants and landlords. Amanda McKenna, lead designer, said the aim was to create a workplace far removed from a cold, clinical office, “The Open Doors refurbishment gave us a chance to create a luxurious look in a business environment. I love blending high-end details with functional furniture as it shows just what can be achieved in an office. This job also illustrates that agents don’t have to spend a fortune on bespoke elements or designer items to create a unique feel. Almost all the items at Open Doors are off the peg – the skill is pulling them together in a professional way, giving the air of a much more expensive fit out.”

makeover-interior-agencyA recurring theme is metallic – gilded wallpapers and mirror-finish accessories, “The office is divided into three sections,” says Amanda, with the front-of-house receiving the most lavish look. We used a midnight blue and gold fleur de lys wallpaper and a complementary typographical wallpaper to give the client-facing area a neo-classical feel, with a dramatic light pendant and two button-back armchairs enhancing the living room look. There’s also a statement mirror, a mirror-finish cube side table and a bespoke 3D wall logo that we created, which all help reflect the gold details and natural light.”

makeover-interiorFor all its glitz, the new Open Doors office is also functional. MPL Interiors customised two curved desks to create a focal point for visiting clients – joining them to create a sweeping arc with a bespoke modesty panel. There’s also new flooring – wood effect vinyl and carpet that follows the curve of the desk to define the waiting area and the staff quarters. For a letting agency and property management company, there is actually scarce mention of property, with a small collection of wall mounted property display units and an understated cable-hung LED light pocket window display. It’s all in keeping with the commercial meets residential feel Open Doors wanted. The exterior is suitably refreshed, with a new fascia featuring stud-mounted acrylic letters and a whitewash of the very detailed façade.

makeover-opendoor-exteriorThe property management and administrative staff areas also had a makeover. Fleur de lys wallpaper is used here in more natural, subtle colours, with key-themed wall art, new desks, flooring and statement pendent lights. “We worked around original beams and to brick fireplaces so the traditional wallpaper really suited the space,” adds Amanda. “Now staff and clients can feel inspired and relaxed, knowing that property can bring a touch of luxury.”

This article was previously published with photographs of Ange & Co., rather than Open Doors. Our sincere apologies to both estate agencies for the error.

January 23, 2015

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