by Jessica Porter
The Market Colors office resides upstairs within Summit Church, above all the goings-on below of people in the lobby and sanctuary. Since the church used to be an old movie theater, there is definitely an abundance of space upstairs. However, where there used to be movie reels and projectors, now there is space to house the workings of Market Colors (and the Children of the Nations office just down the hall). But it wasn't exactly ready to be an office upon arrival. It was, let's just say...awkward. The walls were an interesting shade of sea foam green with patches here and there of exposed drywall (super cute). To add to the awkwardness, there was a wall four feet high jutting out about 15 feet into the middle of the space—helpful for Hide-and-Seek, not so much for a work environment. That wall definitely had to go.
And so the work began. The wall was knocked down, taken out and never thought of again...until this blog, of course. As for the walls, the sea foam color wasn't terrible - it was almost soothing - but the walls needed something else. We painted one wall a deep red for a pop of color. On that wall we added photos from our travels, friends we've met along the way, portraits of our unforgettable craftsmen, and a map of where we've been and where we've yet to go.
Topping off that wall were some recycled Christmas lights to frame the photos, and the wall was complete! It never hurts to have a nice view when you're working. Too bad there are no windows in our office. No matter! We solved that problem by adding our own little product display wall as decoration. From Namibia Necklaces to our lovely Clutches, this wall displays inspiration.
Of course, our products needed a home too. Thanks to some wonderful volunteers, shelving was built to organize all of our products neatly and for easy access. A crafty addition of chalkboard paint made labeling each product’s space a dream. Every product has a place and every place has a product.
Lastly, a makeshift coffee bar because, well...coffee is always necessary. And because you never know when you'll need sprinkles and caramel syrup. After some creative thinking and lots of hard work, the awkward arena was transformed into what is now our cozy Market Colors office.