August 30, 2012

Redecorating the Clinic Rooms

I don't recall if I talked about it here or on Twitter, but ever since Patrick started at his new practice a year ago, he's wanted to redecorate his patient rooms. Things have been a little busy, but we finally got around to it this last week, thanks to the help of my fabulous mother!
Somehow we forgot to take before pictures of all of the rooms, but they were basically like this - just kind of random, dated stuff in there. Our goal was to modernize them a bit, and make the space seem a bit more warm and inviting. And of course, doing it all on a budget.

For the first room, we went with kind of a "modern" feel. We painted the room gray, and used mostly turquoise and orange accents, and some fun prints. We debated painting the chair rail white, but in the end, for times sake, decided to leave it be. I'll go ahead and put this out there now - I had a horrible time trying to take pictures of these rooms. Aside from the funky lighting, I really need a wide angle lens. So you'll just have to use your imagination through my guided tour here. :) The turquoise cube was from Kirkland's, and the chairs are from TJ Maxx. 
The chevron and quatrefoil frames, as well as the chevron magnet board, are from Hobby Lobby. And the mirror? You guessed it - Hobby Lobby too. 
 I added a few family pictures, and some free printables I found via Pinterest. You can find the "This is the day the Lord has made" one here and the Faith one here.
On the opposite wall we hung all of Patrick's "DAD" pictures from the last few years. We put this canvas on the wall where you walk in, and another chair is sitting underneath it.

The next room is a kids type theme. After we moved, I never hung up the alphabet cards that were in Manny's nursery, so I thought this would be the perfect spot for them. (info on where I bought the cards is in his nursery post I linked to.) We also hung a canvas of Maeva in a doctor's bag from her newborn session, and have one of Manny on the way from his newborn session where he's wearing scrubs. It will replace the one of just Maeva on the right. I wish I would've ordered these bigger, but they'll work.
We also put a long mirror along the side of the exam table so little kiddos could check themselves out. I added a few things from home on top of one of the cabinets, but might switch this out for something else later. 
This is on the wall to the right when you walk in. I have been obsessed with these rain gutter bookshelves ever since I saw them awhile back. You just use a vinyl rain gutter and a few other pieces to make these gallery style bookshelves - SO clever! If I ever get to have a play room, these WILL be the first things that go up! There are tons of tutorials out there, so I just googled and used the first one I came across. You can find it here.
We wanted a quote to go over the books. I wanted to use "I like big books and I cannot lie", but Patrick vetoed it. (lame-o) But I do think this turned out cute! I ordered the vinyl from Expressions Vinyl and cut it with my Cricut using the Sure Cuts a Lot software, that sadly, is no longer available for purchase...but that's a whole other post. Underneath the chair rail we painted chalkboard paint, and added a little bin for chalk and erasers (which we didn't have yet in this picture). We still need to replace the chairs in this room, and will probably add some little plastic kid's chairs and/or table.
This is the 3rd room. It was the hardest to photograph and really doesn't depict the color of the faux finish accurately. My mom did an amazing job on it though!

The majority of the decor is from Hobby Lobby. The vase on the right and the filler is from Kirkland's, and the wire basket is from Marshall's. We are still looking for new chairs for this room.
I love the memo board for announcements instead of just hanging them on the cabinet. The picture on the right inspired the decor for the whole room. Everything in these pictures is from Hobby Lobby.

My mom had the idea to add hooks for people to hang their clothes on if they have to undress for exams. I think it's a really nice touch! Everything in this picture is from Hobby Lobby except the vases on the right, and they are from Kirkland's.

Well that about wraps it up! I tried to cover any questions you might have, but please let me know if I missed anything. I'm so glad we finally took the time to do this. And mom, you are THE BEST! As always, couldn't have done it without you. Love you!! :)


  1. You're so creative!! Great job!

  2. It looks great! I love the gutter book shelves! Really inviting and friendly!

  3. looks great. i'd definitely feel comfortable undressing in one of those rooms.

  4. The rooms look great! I wish my doctor's office looked like this. Is he a pediatrician?

  5. The rooms turned out amazing. I would love to come to his office.

  6. They turned out fantastic! They all look so good! Cutest doctor's rooms I have ever seen, for sure! :]

  7. Awesome!!! Wish my doctors had rooms that cute and inviting!!

  8. These rooms look amazing! I love all the teal stuff in the first room! :)

  9. Soooo beautiful! I wish my doctors office were like this! =)

  10. LOVE LOVE LOVE this! Makes me want to go to his practice! We have the rain gutter shelves in our reading nook and I took scrapbook paper, cut into triangles for a banner. and strung with ribbon and nailed into the wall. So cheap and easy to decorate right above the gutters! I also love the mirror above the table :)

  11. I didn't know your husband was a pediatrician. How fun! My husband is a NICU fellow. He will never have a cute office like these. I bet his patients (and their parents) are going to love these.

  12. First off, the office looks GREAT!! I bet everyone will want to come visit him because of his office, because he is such a great doctor. :)
    Second, I about wet myself reading Amy Tippins comment. That girl is cray-ZIE!

  13. The rooms look fantastic!! Love the pics of your lovelies on the walls too!! You are so talented! And I LOVE the rain gutter bookshleves. Although I would have wanted to put something like "Let's get your mind IN the gutter" but Patrick probably would have vetoed that too. Damn professionalism. :)


  14. i love what you did! i especially love the tuscan room!

  15. It looks AMAZING! I love Hobby Lobby too. I could spend days there! Haha :)

  16. I love that you did that. Much more homey...

  17. Okay, so I'm a little behind on seeing this post but I LOVED IT! When Brandon finishes residency he will be purchasing my uncle's clinic in my hometown and we swung by the office recently and my uncle mentioned that that it was time for a face lift but he'd leave it up to me... It never occurred to me that I'd be decorating a doctor's office! Love seeing what your transformation! Thanks for the wonderful ideas!


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