Cool Transitional

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This client was thrilled!

The client had last updated their reception area several years ago when ‘Rustic Italian’ was very popular. They made a huge first step by updating the reds and golds on the walls to a lovely combination of warm grays, and painted the chair rail and other trim white.

They have warm tile on the floor that is staying, as well as a tumbled stone look tile as accents throughout the space.

They asked for help to bring in more color, warm up the space, and modernize the look, while respecting the Doctor’s traditional taste. Challenge accepted!

Behr’s colors Smokestack and Sculptor Clay are perfect for this bright, light-filled space and complement the hard surfaces perfectly.

The beautiful large rug instantly warms the space, while presenting a lovely palette of cool colors to choose from. I primarily chose to use blues and greens, with just a touch of warmth to blend nicely with the tiles and rug.

By choosing two different types of seating (the traditional settee and the modern chairs), patients are presented a choice for their comfort and this allows a sense of control. This is a subtle way to send the message of care and comfort to clients who may be a bit nervous.

The floral art is a modern take on a traditional subject, and the beautiful flowing blues of the agate painting have small touches of gold flaking for some fun!

Introducing height in the inexpensive dried sticks (only $10!) will be a lovely touch in a corner, and the mix of metals (some black, some bronze) also warm up the space.

It can be challenging to bridge the traditional style to a more current look, but this design board is a great example of how it can be done. If you would like help bringing your office space up to date to support your ‘state of the art’ branding, don’t hesitate to contact us at On Point Space!

Traditional Minimalist Design Board

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Clean lines, a blended palette of warm and cool colors, and a touch traditional!

Combining single seating in a classic Mid-Century Modern Eiffel Chair and a tufted upholstery bench to welcome your patients, and warm light glows from the matte black sconces dotting the space. The gold lining of the lighting is a bit of a surprise, and is a gentle nod to the traditional.

The rustic vibe of the wood flooring makes for a solid foundation to balance the modern lines of the furniture, and the classic medallion rug is very traditional. The riot of color in the rug is softened by a treatment that makes it appear worn and almost distressed, and appears plush and comfortable. The print in the rug will also hide the occasional stain and traffic wear.

The warm wall color, Gray Mist also points to the traditional, and the warmth of this color is complimented by the choices of accent colors. To avoid the space from feeling cold, don’t go overboard on the blues and blue/greens!

The artwork is soft, abstract and includes both warm and cool color palettes. Choose canvas wrapped prints over glassed frames to help with acoustics in your office. They are also lightweight and easily moved around the space.

Like what you see? Contact On Point Space today to explore your Office Refresh! Contact me here or at (970) 218-2209 or [email protected].

Modern Mountain Design Board

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A more elegant, timeless approach to ‘themed’ decor is to create a feeling or an ambiance, rather than obviously themed decorations.

This design clearly evokes a sense of being in the forest, without a pine tree or snow-capped mountain in sight!

The shape of the soft furniture speaks to the modern vibe, and the while the accent tables and the bench are also very modern, the wood keeps them from feeling cold by introducing warmth and texture. This could also be presented as a ‘modern rustic’ design.

“Shoji White” by Sherwin Williams will read as a warm neutral white on the walls, without being sterile. The accent color palette is limited to grays, golds and a warm forest green and can be carried throughout the office.

Keep the artwork simple, and notice the slight touch of gold flaking in the paired abstracts – this is a gentle nod to ‘bling’ and will appeal to those patients with outgoing personalities.

And of course, a manageable number of live or high-quality faux plants will invoke a sense of calm and revitalization.

If you would like more information about how you can create a comfortable, elegant environment for the patient family in your office, reach out today! Contact me here or at (970) 218-2209 or [email protected].

Company Is Coming Everyday

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I received a phone call recently that went like this:


“Andrea! My gosh – it has been so long! This is Aimee! Remember me, from college?”

“You are kidding me! Aimee? I can’t believe it! How are you?”

“I know this is short notice, but my husband and I are in town and I heard you are living in Austin now. I would love to see you – can we swing by for a quick visit? We only have a day in town, but maybe we can come by for an hour after lunch to get caught up?!”

“Of course! I would love to see you – where are you? Oh, that’s only an hour from here! I will text you my address, just swing by. I can’t wait to see you!”


And then the panic ensues.

Has this ever happened to you?

If you said yes, what is the next thing that happens in your house?

You will find me dashing madly around the house, throwing anything and everything that is out of place into a spare box or a basket, shoving that into a closet, quickly running the vacuum over the worst spots on the living room rug, throwing dirty dishes in with the clean ones in the dishwasher (oh why didn’t I empty it earlier?), spot cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms, and at the last second, throwing on a clean outfit and some makeup just as the doorbell rings.

I know that I don’t live in a dirty home, but my workdays and travel schedule often find me neglecting some of the daily and weekly chores. I get comfortable and stop seeing the clutter until one day, I can’t stand it anymore – or worse, I get that phone call above!

There was time in my life when I worked in a practice, serving our patient family. My career has evolved and over the last 10 years, I have found myself in hundreds of practices and I have seen the entire span of what constitutes ‘clean, organized and clutter free’ to teams and owners. The fact is, humans naturally get used to their daily surroundings and the things that might normally bother them, simply don’t.

So, what’s the big deal?

In this article from American Nurse Today, the author hypothesizes hospital patients are more comfortable in a tidy room. Now, project this to the patient comfort in a dental practice – for many of our friends, this is a far more stressful situation. When we neglect to see the clutter or dusty spots in the practice because we are in it every day, we create an environment that is less comfortable for the patients.

Here’s the deal: when it comes to your dental practice, company is coming every single day.

I encourage you to walk through your practice on an annual basis, put on your ‘patient eyes’ and be honest about what you see. Do this as a team exercise and involve them in the brainstorming session to improve the environment in which you care for your patients.

You will be amazed at the powerful effect this has on team, as well as the patient family. If you would like a full outline of how to conduct this team exercise,  request my free eBook “If These Walls Could Talk” and I will deliver it directly to your inbox!

Naturally Masculine Design Board

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A masculine feel to a space can still appeal to your female patients – after all, studies show that women are the main decision makers for family health care needs in 80% of households in the US.

Natural materials such as the pieced cowhide rug and the large cork pendants blend beautifully with the modern touches of chrome.

Naturally Masculine Design Board for Dental Office

Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore is a fantastic color for cabinetry, an accent wall or upholstery, and Sea Pine is a complimentary green that can be carried down hallways and used in restrooms.

The slightly green undertone of the main wall color, Alabaster by Sherwin Williams, will not clash or wash out the blues and greens used in the rest of the space, allowing them to subtly shine as the stars.

Small doses of mustard in artwork work very nicely, and can be carried throughout the practice.

For more information about these products, or for help elevating your own practice space, contact On Point Space today!

Contact me here or at (970) 218-2209 or [email protected].

White Done Right!

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Are you feeling brave??

An all-white office is definitely not for the faint of heart, but can certainly be a calming, relaxing space for your patient family.

However, there are some tricks to employ to avoid feeling cold, austere or uninviting.

This board is a favorite of mine, and can be tweaked to incorporate for feminine touches, or steer more toward the masculine.

White Office Design Board

Using Pure White from Sherwin Williams as the main color will keep the white walls from feeling cold as it is just a smidge off-white and on the warm spectrum. Use Chantilly Lace from Ben Moore, a true white, for the trim and if you have cabinetry or an alcove to highlight, Revere Pewter (also Benjamin Moore) is a gentle warm taupe. Pale Oak from the same company will be a lovely complimentary color for hallways or treatment rooms.

Bring in more warmth and subtle color with beautiful abstract artwork, and consider a three-dimensional piece of art, such as a macrame wall hanging – very trendy right now!

Using wood accents will also warm up the space, and ground the white surroundings just enough to keep your patients feeling balanced.

One last tip to ‘do white right’, is to expand beyond plain white – blend in off-whites, light grays, light greens, and light pinks to make the white really shine.

And if leather is not in the budget, be sure to use scotch-guard on your fabrics!

Love what you see? Let On Point Space help elevate your patient experience with our design services!

Contact me here or at (970) 218-2209 or [email protected].

Modern Color Design Board

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Bright jewel-toned abstracts may seem like a bold choice for your dental practice, and they are! But they work beautifully when balanced with lots of white or black horizontal surfaces and white walls (Benjamin Moore Alabaster) – this gives a place for the eye to rest, and allows the bright color to shine.

Modern Color Design Board for Dental Office or Home Office

Many of these pieces were pulled together for a client for her home office, and I loved them so much – I knew they could work for the right dental office.

While the majority of the pieces are clearly Mid-Century Modern, those bright yellow chairs offer a bit of balance with the soft velvet fabric, and the very traditional lines – and yet, still very modern with the color!

I love a great, easy to clean Eiffel Chair, and these are especially good, because the entire backs of the chairs are purple! What an unexpected twist on the ubiquitous style!

If the space is large enough, this color palette will support a simple geometric mural, tile or bold color on an accent wall – but be careful not to overdo it!

If you like what you see, and would like to learn more, please contact  contact me here or at (970) 218-2209 or [email protected].

The Power of Less

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Every now and then, I pick a winner. 

Real Simple is a popular magazine, and while I have picked one up here and there over the years, I never felt compelled to subscribe to the periodical – it just has never left me thinking, ‘a-HA!’ 

Until now. They got this one just right. 

This Special Edition of Real Simple “The Power of Less” has wonderful articles that will help bring some clarity to creating more space in our lives, minds, homes, and calendars.

From step by step approaches to clearing out the email inbox and how to say “no” to avoid over-commitment, to how to disconnect without becoming a digital hermit and a discussion on Swedish Death Cleaning (it probably isn’t what you think), this edition has great take-aways, action plans and conversations about generally living with less.

I encourage readers to purchase this magazine the next time you are in your market (it’s available until March 2020).

And it got me thinking about conversations I have had in recent months. 

It’s about time….

As we begin 2020, I have heard many colleagues talk about the need to approach this new decade a bit differently.

I hear more and more friends talking about paring down in their lives. Not just the things and stuff and clutter – but their time, their commitments away from home and family, and their distractions from what is truly important.

Learning how to politely decline commitments of our time and resources is critical for our own well-being. And yet, it can feel selfish and personal to say no. A gentle “I would love to do that for you, but…” can be a helpful way to decline the favor being asked without implying it is a personal matter. 

It’s about having enough… 

I am a fan of Marie Kondo’s method of tidying up – I read her book a couple years ago, and binge-watched her Netflix show last year at this time. And I have employed several of her techniques in my home as well as clients’ homes.

When talking about this with friends and colleagues, invariably, the conversation steers toward the idea of minimalism. Most people think of austere, stark, all black and white spaces. And while that is certainly an approach, that isn’t what minimalism actually is. 

Minimalism is not about living without; it is about living with enough.

Enough to fulfill the aspects of your life that need satisfying and allow you to really enjoy that satisfaction. Enough to allow you to focus on what is really important, to find happiness and joy. Enough to bring you peace. 

It’s about being connected…

I am sure no one would deny that as a society, we are becoming less and less connected with our fellow man. From cyberbullying on social media (not just a problem with teenagers and children) to observing families that eat dinner with their noses in their phones, our hyper-connectivity on the internet certainly has its downside. Making small changes in our online time can make a big impact on our mental health and our happiness.

My hope is that we make a swing in a different direction and that we begin to see a decline in anxiety, suicide and polarization, especially in young people that are shaping our world. 

I wish you the best in this new decade – the hope of a fresh start is palpable, especially this year. If you happen to pick up the magazine, I hope you find it as interesting as I did.

I will be making some changes from the pearls I gleaned from its pages, and if you do the same, share them with me. As always, I would love to hear your thoughts. 

And if you need help with any of these I’m always an email or a phone call away! You can contact me here or at (970) 218-2209 or [email protected].

Nine Tips for a Smarter Workspace for 2020!

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dental office organization

We are in the home stretch of 2019 and the new year is almost here!

I know that many practices are in the thick of their busiest schedules as patients are taking advantage of ‘use it or lose it’ insurance benefits, and perhaps are looking forward to having a break for the holidays.

As you look ahead to 2020 and strategically plan your next year of serving patients, I encourage you to take a view through patient eyes at your business desk. Remember this is the first thing your patients often see – what does it say about your expertise?

Many practices that I enter have amazing business team members with unbelievable knowledge and experience, but their workspace appears disorganized, unprofessional, and frankly, unclean.

Good news! It does not take long to improve the perception your desk is projecting! 

Science has shown that a workspace organized and free of clutter creates an environment that is conducive to creativity and more efficiency, which leads to more productivity.

Mentally, clutter is distracting and creates stress. When discussing art, photography, and interior design, it is desirable to include ‘white space’ – areas where there is no content or strong color – in order to allow the eye and the mind to rest.

Open space on a desktop or the backdrop behind a computer station accomplishes the same result and reduces stress.  

Here are my top 9 tips for creating a workspace that is more efficient and more professional.

Clear the clutter!

Understand that anything that is sitting on horizontal surfaces reads as clutter and sends the message that the space (or the person working in it) is disorganized. In the extreme, the message can even be read as ‘dirty’, although I am certain that this is not the case – it is a perception. 

Clean off Counters and Desktops

Limit items on the counters or desktops to those things that really must be there, and if there are a number of small items, such as pens or business cards, keep them contained and in finite amounts – you do not need 20 pens available to your patient checking out!

Any containers or baskets should be new in appearance – replace chipped and discolored pen cups or frayed baskets.

Limit Personal Items

Limit personal items, such as pictures and cartoons.

A family photo in a nice frame is lovely, ten photos poorly printed on curling paper taped to the backdrop of the counter are not.

Cartoons cut from the local paper discolor quickly, are often derogatory to dentistry, and send an unprofessional message to patients.

Signs, Signs and More Signs

Limit signs communicating office policies on the countertop or taped to the wall. Printed signs do not replace verbal communication and do nothing to establish trust and rapport.

Purge, purge, purge!

If you have not touched an office supply or file for a year, consider letting it go or at least relocating it so that it is not taking up your precious drawer and cabinet real estate.

Do You Have too Many Pens?

Gather all the writing utensils in your practice. If the pen is not working, the eraser on the pencil is gone, or the marker is dry, pitch it! If the imprinting on the pen is for another practice, or if it is not promoting your own business, offer it to your teammates to take home or donate it. 

Goodbye Random Scraps of Paper

Get rid of random scraps of paper that you will not use, last remnants of sticky note pads or scratch pads, etc.

Again, if it bothers you to throw them out, offer them to the team or for use in the staff lounge or private offices. The key is to remove them from the front office where they might send a negative message to the patient family. 

A Word About Sticky Notes

For the love of dentistry, please clean up all the sticky notes around the computer desks!

Invest in an inexpensive label maker (don’t use handwritten stickers as labels) and make small labels for important numbers that always need to be accessible, such as NPI numbers, tax ID numbers, etc., and place them neatly on monitors, or inside cabinets.

If you can’t let go of the rainbow of squares around the desk, consider using the Sticky Notes feature on your computer. It is a free feature that is standard on all Windows operating systems. It can be found in Accessories listed with the programs that are installed on your computer. They will live on the desktop of your computer, and you can even copy/paste from a Sticky Note if you create one with a template for information that is entered often into another program, such as insurance benefit breakdowns.

Bonus tip: If you right click on Sticky Notes in the list of programs, then click Pin to Taskbar, you will always have them available at the bottom of your screen. 

Organize it all!

Now that you have cleaned off the horizontal surfaces and purged the outdated, useless and obsolete supplies from your inventory, let’s get it all put together for maximum efficiency!

Group Like With Like.

This will be a logical process – all writing utensils will be stored in the same area, paper goods such as letterhead and envelopes together, etc. They may be separated further, but the entire team should be able to find a particular supply at any given time. 

Store Items Based On Usage And Need

Limit the different places that a supply needs to be stocked and stored. If you only need window envelopes once a month during statement generation, and rarely outside of that, don’t store them in the drawer next to your desk. They will be just fine in the cabinet behind you, and this will free up space in your drawer for other items that you need more regularly. 

Label Everything Clearly.

Again, invest in a label maker and use it! Label files clearly, label shelf space for supplies (inside cabinets only) and perhaps binders that are dedicated to a particular purpose, such as practice reports or insurance information.

Bonus tip!! Don’t Buy Supplies In Bulk

Avoid the temptation of buying supplies in large quantities for minor bulk pricing reductions. The space that is taken up with excess supplies is expensive in commercial real estate.

I worked with a client who purchased 10,000 imprinted folders for treatment presentation and after 2 years of boxes tucked into every corner of the practice, they have not yet opened the second box!

With free shipping available from so many suppliers, it just does not pay to save those few pennies. 

Holiday Break Is A Great Time To Purge and Organize

Depending how much time has passed since you have last done a major purge and organization session, this may take anywhere from an afternoon to as much as a week.

This kind of project is a productive one to complete over a holiday break if it is approved by the practice owner. It will allow the team to start the new year with a clean slate.

The business team will breathe a sigh of relief in the coming year and will be able to improve their focus and efficiency, and patients will comment about how clean and professional the office looks!

For more ideas on getting your dental office organized and ready for 2020, contact us for your consultation.

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One Thing You Need to Make Your Home Office/Guest Room Perfect

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entrepreneur working from her home office/guest room sofa

Many entrepreneurs and business owners have a home office and do a significant amount of work in that space.

Some are fortunate to have a room that is designated or designed to serve that single purpose. More often, the home office is ‘dual-purposed’ to meet other needs of the household.

The most common situation I hear about is the home office that is squeezed into the guest bedroom. Or worse in some cases, the home office is sacrificed altogether so the family has a room for the occasional visitor. Sound familiar?

As someone who loves to entertain, I personally love the idea and understand the want of a dedicated room for my guests. For many years, I had exactly that.

However, as my life and career evolved, I understood that I had to evolve with it and I determined that I needed an office more than I needed a bed taking space – after all, it was only used 3-4 nights a year at most.

I decided that my hard work did not deserve less honor simply because I don’t travel to an office space.

Now I often challenge clients that find themselves in this same predicament with the question: “do you work hard?”

And when they inevitably answer in the affirmative, I follow with “is your work important?”

In fact, in my experience solopreneurs work especially hard and have an amazing capacity for creativity.

The very next challenge I present to them is to answer honestly how many nights a year the guest room is actually used for visitors.

Most often the answer is somewhere along the lines of “I could count the nights on one hand!”.

I begin to see the light bulbs turn on.

They realize they are delegating a space that is used 1% of the year to the comfort of guests, when more than 60% of the year.

They realize the space is actually used to work!

They stare down the barrel of resentment when they begin thinking about the creativity and productivity they have sacrificed to the queen (or king) sized bed in the room that rarely sees a person that doesn’t live in the house.

When I realized this myself, I sold my bed and bought a sweet little (pink!) sofa for my office that I sit on almost every day at some point. It easily converts to a bed for my occasional guest.

The best part, I get far more use out of it than I ever would out of a guest bed.

Create a comfortable seating area with a sofa, like mine, that can be used as alternative seating for the day to day activities performed in the running of a business can be perfect solution for your home office/guest room too.

Before you roll your eyes with memories of the paper thin mattress with the crossbar digging into the small of your back from the ‘pull-out’ couches from your youth, take a look at this New York Magazine article that gathers a list of almost twenty sofas, chairs and sectionals in all price ranges that pull double duty as an impromptu bed for your guests.

BONUS – this curated list from interior designers includes a variety of styles and tastes for the modern home office entrepreneur. 

This is the best of both worlds and makes me smile every time I walk into my office – does your office do that for you? 

For more ideas on improving your home office, contact us for your consultation.

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