San Antonio Regional Hospital :: KE Design

San Antonio Regional Hospital was a behemoth of a project for my mother's one-woman design firm, but what's wonderful about that is I can see her touches all over the space. The new wing opened in late October and it's absolutely beautiful. I don't know how she manages to make a hospital room seem homey, but she does! I especially loved the comfortable side chair that reclines (anyone that's spent time at someone's bedside knows how welcome those are).

Please to enjoy the latest in my collaboration with my amazing healthcare designer mom.

Check out the custom-designed side table below - the "wing" shelf adds extra space and allows for plenty of supplies to be stashed bedside.

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Besides the patient rooms, the standout for me was the main lobby. Aren't those artichoke light fixtures stunning?

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I always love her textile choices - these chairs are neutral enough for a waiting room, but not boring or cheesy.

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We just loved the playroom! Even the signage is sweet (and no pastels in sight, phew!).

I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!


Newhope and Eastvale :: Healthcare Design Photography

My mom is an amazing interior designer who specializes in healthcare (hospitals, medical offices, Alzheimer's facilities, etc.), so when she hires me to photograph her projects I always answer the call. Bonus: we work very well together, possibly because we speak in mother-daughter shorthand.

This time we shot two locations in one day. We should all be so lucky as to wind up in a facility KE Design worked on when we get sick! 

Newhope was a real passion project. She worked with the husband and wife team to create a space inspired by the beach (they're about 3 miles from one). The wife is a doctor specializing in acute pain and the husband manages the office in addition to his other businesses. They are the nicest people and it was a real collaboration.

Isn't the art installation in the waiting room absolutely stunning? I remember my mom showing me samples of the artist's work years ago (Natalie Blake Studios). The tiles are hand carved and the level of detail is incredible. Plus the shell-shaped light and the patterned privacy glazing on the door are lovely nods to the theme.

Think about it - when is the last time you went to a doctor's office and saw so many warm, comforting colors?

If the gorgeous photography on all the walls is starting to look familiar, that's because it's by surf photographer Clark Little. Even if you don't know him by name, I'm sure you've seen it at some point because it's everywhere, and for good reason! His work really pulls you in, and seeing it in a medical setting makes me happy. (Also, they're original prints beautifully framed. I can't tell you how many places I've toured with my mom that have clearly enlarged low resolution prints. Not cool, super obvious bad quality, and also ridiculous given how easy it is these days to source directly from artists and photographers. *end rant*) 

We also went to Eastvale San Antonio Medical Plaza, a huge new building of medical offices. We focused on the urgent care clinic, staff training/meeting room and public areas.

Isn't that textured wall amazing? And I love the lighting, I wish I could hang smaller ones above my bathroom vanity.

I'm so incredibly proud of my mom. Healthcare may not be as glamorous as other types of design, but her passion makes me stand up and pay attention. She never goes for the cookie cutter approach and pushes her clients to always think of the patient's comfort first. It's inspiring how dedicated she is to learning and keeping up with new developments. Of course I'm biased, but I'm not alone in thinking she's awesome - she has more work than ever these days!