Designer Spotlight -Mallory O’Brien, Project Manager at Resource One

What’s the most enjoyable aspect of your profession/industry?

I love helping people and solving problems. I think that design is this perfect marriage of aesthetics and math and you have to love both in order to design well.

 

In your opinion what are the trends going to be in 2019 - or what trends are you already seeing? 

In commercial design, we’re seeing a lot of “resi-mmercial” design, meaning residential making its way into commercial spaces. We’re seeing a lot of influence from what makes a home comforting and translating that into commercial spaces, whether it’s a lobby, an office, or break room. The new office is looking to hire and retain talent and those looking for jobs, in Springfield, Chicago, or anywhere, want to make sure that a place where they spend most of their time, will be a comfortable environment.

 

Where do you like to use reclaimed wood in a home or commercial space? And why? 

I’ve used Sangamon Reclaimed in a variety of spaces, most recently my mother-in-law’s bathroom for just some simple shelving. I’ve also collaborated with them on a 12’L table for a break room. I think whether it’s a small space or a large one, having something unique and custom really makes a space interesting and they’ve always helped me achieve that.

 

You worked with SR to deliver a table for Dot Foods - why was buying locally so important in this case? 

This is a great story! One of my favorite clients, Dot Foods, wanted a custom table for their break room, but not just any table. So I reached out to Sangamon Reclaimed and they found some reclaimed wood from a schoolhouse in Brown County. Dot Foods is in Mt. Sterling, IL, and most of their employees are from that area. Having something locally made and sourced for their employees was just a lovely way to bring in their community into the space.

 

Favorite public building in Springfield?

I’d have to say the Dana Thomas House, and not just in Springfield, but probably of all of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work. He was a visionary and I love that building and what it means to have one of Wright’s greatest works just down the street!

 

What impact do you think Sangamon Reclaimed has made on the furniture business in Springfield - and has it been an asset to the industry locally? 

I’ve known Brian since high school and to see the impact he’s made on this community is just beautiful. I love how he’s decided to make his passion project work for our community and to see how they’ve grown in such a short amount of time. They’ve really invested in people and creativity there and I think it shows how innovative they are.

 

What’s the most important question a person should ask before purchasing a piece of furniture? 

“What’s the investment I’m putting into this?” With the Amazon and Staples era of furniture ordering, we see some of our clients making fast, cheap choices on furniture for speed of delivery. Unfortunately, that means you’ll see that piece not only deteriorate quickly, but that it could be made with harmful chemicals that can have a lasting effect. Furniture can take time and money, but by doing more research, I think clients can educate themselves on what they’re getting, not just how quickly they’re getting it.

 

Favorite project in 2018? 

Now that I’m a project manager, I help manage projects from beginning to end. That includes Dot Foods, where we are renovating their existing building. It’s one of my favorite projects because of how they treat their employees and in one large aspect, that’s the space where they spend their time.

Mallory O’Brien, Project Manager at Resource One

Phone 217-753-5742

mobrien@resourceoneoffice.com

 

Illinois Environmental Council reclaimed wood tables reflect values of the organization

We loved working with the Illinois Environmental Council (IEC) to furnish its new downtown office in Springfield, Illinois.

Director, Jen Walling, and her team are transforming the IEC’s new home at 520 E. Capitol Ave. into an environmental community center. 

Our tables were handcrafted using 2x12 antique heart pine floor joists salvaged from the Colfax Hardware Store circa 1893 (Colfax, IL). 

“The Illinois Environmental Council bought its first building in Springfield after 45 years of renting in the community. This opportunity was so special for us and we wanted furniture that matched our values of sustainability. We were so excited to find Sangamon Reclaimed. Sangamon Reclaimed came into the building and proposed tables for our common area made out of reclaimed wood that fit into our budget. The tables are gorgeous and functional and are the exact centerpiece that we needed to celebrate the space and our commitment to sustainability,” said Jennifer. 

Sangamon Reclaimed Will be at the Home Builders Expo 2019

We are excited for this year’s Home Expo at the Bank of Springfield Center next month. If you’re working on a project, or want a beautifully handcrafted piece of reclaimed barn wood furniture for your home, make sure you stop by our booth. 

Doors open on Friday, February 22 at 2pm and tickets are $6 at the door. Children under 12 are free. On Friday seniors receive $1 off admission. On Saturday firefighters, police, and military receive $1 off admission. On Sunday educators receive $1 off admission.

Designer Spotlight -Paula Ryan

What are the trends going to be in 2019?  

I think the farmhouse look is still quite popular, but with a cleaner look to it, less gray and more white and black finishes.  


What’s the most enjoyable aspect of your profession?  

I love meeting and working with different people; learning their stories; what makes them tick and then try to incorporate that into their house. I also love the finished product; seeing a remodel or new home complete and looking back on the before photos still astounds me sometimes. 


Where do you like to use reclaimed wood in a home or commercial space? 

I love using natural elements in a home to warm up a space. My favorite is live edged anything!   

What was your favorite project in 2018?  

We remodeled a home that once belonged to a very dear childhood friend of mine. The family had to move their mom to Chicago and they had no family in town, so I helped them figure out what to do with all of her "stuff" Then I helped find the new buyer, who was a daughter of a family friend of ours. After that I completely renovated and updated the home for this young family. It was so fun to see this old home that I had spent a lot of time as a child transform and now this young family will enjoy it for many years to come. 


What is your favorite public building in Springfield?

The restored Governor's Mansion; I've been on the tour twice already. The molding and attention to detail is amazing. 

You can find Paula Ryan Designs and Ryan Homes and Development at 3149 Hedley Rd, Springfield, Illinois 62704 and she can be contacted at (217) 341-4501. 

 

Reclaimed wood paneling

We are excited to launch a new product for commercial and residential use with a range of applications from accent walls to decorative ceilings and cabinet cladding to so much more. 

 

Our reclaimed wood paneling comes in three finishes: 

Weathered Gray, Original Brown, and White Washed 

Reclaimed wood paneling available at Sangamon Reclaimed

Reclaimed wood paneling available at Sangamon Reclaimed

 The beauty behind our reclaimed wood paneling is that you get the saw markings; nail holes, and other signs of wearing, but the quality of the material is second to none because each piece has been hand selected by experienced craftsmen and planed, straight lined, and trimmed. The reclaimed wood paneling has also been heat treated at 140 degrees and kiln dried to 6 to 8% moisture. For more information speak to one of our experienced craftsman.