The design of our new office space in La Jolla has propelled Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty to double our sales volume in the La Jolla market. Working with the team at SDOD, we were able to triple the number of real estate agents who work in the space by utilizing a combination of reserved private spaces merged with un-reserved hoteling and communal area spaces. The net effect overall has been transformative for our business. Sales are up, existing customers are impressed, new customers have been attracted to our business, new agents have joined our business and we have doubled our volume in less than 12 months. Each of these items on their own would have been a win but all of them combined have totally blown away our expectations when we hired SDOD onto the project.
While all of those stats are impressive, the most important impact is not as easily measured. The design of the space has created an energy and excitement within our business that we can not measure in a spreadsheet . Real Estate offices tend to be quiet and competitive environments where sharing is not common. The design and esthetic created by the SDOD team has transformed our team in how they work together collaboratively, how they feel about our company and the pride and confidence has radiated into our marketplace.
Can good design double your business? In this case, the answer is emphatically and simply, yes.
Tamara is the design pro that businesses need to help them stand out, express themselves, and create great workplaces. She brings her clients creative ideas and stunning designs. Tamara is savvy and sharp…and a lot of fun!
Denise Lee Yohn
Brand Leadership Expert & Keynote Speaker
What a great experience! Tamara made what we wanted to do look so much better, plus she made suggestions that have allowed us to make better use of our space. Every detail was handled perfectly, from sourcing the right carpets, to adding more color, to thinking about how we work in our space.
I was so impressed, that I started having her make every decision and I just followed. Thank you so much for making this process less stressful and within budget.
CEO Strategic Business Communications
Wow! What a huge talent! SD Office design was able to do a makeover for our primary tenant, in a building we own and manage in Pacific Beach. The building is on the Cass corridor and while our space would be called charming (code for very old and lacking), Tamara and her team created a corporate headquarters for Blenders Eyeware that is second to none. She was instrumental in retaining this tenant and adding massive value to the real estate for Next Space and our investors, which is exactly what we wanted.
Her creative nuances helped bring the Blender’s culture to life and make their people want to come to work. She could not be more current in today’s environment where employees are really questioning their workplace. If you are a decision-maker and want to reflect your culture and retain your team, hire SD Office Design. When you bring in a professional like Tamara, you are telling your team “you care” about them and their environment. There really is no greater compliment you can give your team members and no better way to keep them.
Founder, Next Space Development
As a national advertising agency with Fortune 100 clients, our standards are high. We also know and understand the value of branding, client experience and perception. So, when we determined that our corporate headquarters in San Diego weren’t a good reflection of who we were nor captured the innovative spirit and collaborative style of our teams, we were ready to turn to a professional design team to make a significant change. And that’s when we selected San Diego Office Design.
They immediately captured “our spirit” and interpreted who we were by grabbing elements from of our past (I admit, I’m a child of the sixties) and perfectly blending them with a fresh and vibrant view for the future. There were some unique building challenges through which they navigated smoothly and their attention to detail was outstanding. but best of all they just “got us.” The end result is a striking and quite unique space that demands attention while being thoroughly practical as well.
I must add that we were especially impressed with Tamara’s desire to understand our market niche and her willingness to collaborate with our own graphic designers throughout the process. It was satisfying and fulfilling in every way and we are the daily recipient of comments on her work from clients, visitors and our own team members. I would welcome you to contact me directly at any time if you want to know more details or would like to see examples of her superior work on our behalf.
Jamison Advertising Group
Tamara and her team provided Interior Design advice (and results!) for our office space. A fantastic upgrade which considered our work environment and team spirit ~ Tamara considered existing pieces and integrated new furniture, lighting and art into a bright and improved office which now reflects our company culture with fun and style! I love the results, and the morale among the whole team has improved with the enhancements. Pretty, less clutter, more functional and an inviting space to collaborate and work – Thank you San Diego Office Design Team!
Tracey Mumford Komata
National Food Group
Vice President/General Manager
As we anticipated celebrating our 100 year anniversary we were excited to remodel our facility. In order to achieve the level of quality and distinction that we desired we realized that we needed the sort of cohesive design plan and overall direction that interior design professionals bring to the table. Tamara and her team stepped in just as construction commenced on the remodel of our corporate headquarters.
San Diego Office Design, while working under the tightest of timelines and around a construction schedule that wasn’t alterable, pulled magic out of the air to breathe new life into our corporate lobby and conference areas. Lifelong employees are joyed to come to work each day as they walk through the redesigned entry areas. There is a certain sense of pride that comes from knowing that the company that one works for cares about its appearances- both inwardly and outwardly.
We were so impressed with SDOD’s integrity, creativity, and can-do attitude that we’ve partnered with them again for the redesign of our executive suite including private lobby, reception, offices, and board room. As our 100 year anniversary nears we grow more excited every day to see the transformation of our executive spaces. We know that Tamara and her team will be an integral part of each redevelopment phase of our 55,000 square foot facility.
AO Reed & Co.
President and CEO
I was very impressed by Tamara’s work on a custom home so we asked Tamara to come look at our office immediately. She spent hours with us generating ideas and catering to our needs. Her ideas were fitting for a medical office. When a selected paint color looked different than expected, she came to the site within minutes and asked what she could do to make it better. She was keen and able to delegate and make arrangements promptly. We are very pleased with her work ethics, creativity, and the finished product. Both Tamara’s personality and approach were invigorating and her ideas, refreshing. She delivers a perfect balance between customer service and professional flare. We recommend her to everyone!
Dr. Michael Moon
Pain Care of San Diego
San Diego Office Design’s work has helped my firm present a more professional image to our prospective clients. The enhanced office environment has already helped us land two major accounts. The new office design has also positively impacted the company culture- employees stay longer and are more productive in the transformed space. I highly recommend San Diego Office Design to any firm who wants to present the best aspects of their brand to clients and employees.
Several years ago Tamara at San Diego Office Design pitched her ideas for my corporate headquarters’ downtown location. I was impressed by how respectfully she treated my vision and ideas. I was absolutely blown away by just how thoroughly she considered and incorporated our brand identity in all of the design decisions necessary to make our project come together. We’re delighted to report that our design remodel still impresses clients and employees.
Recently, I asked Tamara and her team to design my home movie theater. What the SDOD team came up with was exactly what my wife and I were looking for. Their attention to detail and professionalism keep all participants highly motivated and moving in the right direction.
We’re looking forward to many more design collaborations with Tamara and her team in the future.
The IT department at the City of Carlsbad was a maze of cubicles making it difficult for our customers to find an IT support person and impossible for IT and the business to collaborate. Cubes were cramped with little space to work. The entire area looked dismal. One might think that any change would be an improvement, but the IT team were not thrilled about changing their personal space. Then in walked San Diego office design – in particular Joanna Wheeler and Tamara Romeo. What a professional group, who did a very thorough requirements gathering, speaking to each individual on the team, measuring spaces, checking out every detail. They came with not only several different placement alternatives to redo the space, but many color-coordinated swatches of chair, panel, wood and paint selections and many different choices of office furniture that would meet our requirements.
My own endeavor on this was to shop a couple of furniture places, pick out some furniture I thought would work and just go buy it. What I had initially picked would have been a disaster. The requirements that Joanna so carefully gathered showed very clearly that if we were going to have a success with this new collaborative office space, we needed to meet individual needs and preferences. Joanna then took us on tour to several different finished offices in the area that held different manufacturer’s furniture laid out in many different fashions and colors so that we could see how these designs played out in the workplace. This was brilliant. The really cool thing about SD Office Design is that they aren’t tied to any specific manufacturer so we had the opportunity to look at many. In the past, we had worked with a single reseller of one manufacturer who simply drew a design and gave us pricing. There was no focus on the customer experience!
Joanna spent many hours with us going through design choices, changes and rearrangements in a very organized and amazing fashion. She obviously loves her work and is incredibly skilled, very knowledgeable and a joy to work with. The space SD Office Design designed and implemented for us is very collaborative, fits our requirements to the most specific details and is totally color-coordinated. Joanna took care of every detail of the implementation from the breakdown of the furniture to managing several different vendor deliveries and furniture set up. She also found us the best pricing on custom media tables that beat any manufacturer’s price and also made suggestions for artwork for our newly painted walls. Folks that visit here, other areas of the business and our executives are very impressed with the space. Enough so that they are making plans to do similar designs in their spaces.
SD Office Design made this all happen for us. There is no way that we would have had the knowledge, expertise and patience to coordinate, plan and implement all of this ourselves. SD Office Design created a design within our price point and delivered 10+ times what a single reseller offered at the same price! I am so happy with the result and highly recommend this team to design your working space. The great result makes all the difference to the staff that have to use it every day and the collaborative nature of this layout that they created for us has boosted productivity and encouraged the staff to work more closely with one another. The difference in productivity is quite noticeable and our business partners can now join us as we collaborate on projects.
I can’t thank you enough, Tamara and Joanna, for all of your thoughtful, creative work and ultimate patience in pulling this together for us!!!
IT Office Renovation Project
Chief Technology Officer
After 20+ years in academia, I recently left to open my own specialized medical practice. I had a clear vision of the kind of practice I wanted to create but I did not know how to reflect it in the design and decor of my new space. I am very glad I choose San Diego Office Design to help me address that problem. They understood what I was going for and did a great job! My patients are impressed by the decor and Rachel and Tamara were great to work with. I highly recommend them.
Dr. David Feifel
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