Magnus Enjoying New Corporate Office in Renovated Chagrin Falls Barn
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She describes the overall design style as eclectic. From lighting fixtures to furniture and accessories, items in the office were sourced from a wide variety of local and coast-to-coast suppliers.
Renewable materials were used wherever possible. The grand chandeliers and other overhead lights alone were purchased from nearly a dozen different manufacturers.
“I was hoping for original fixtures made from recycled products, but these are really hard to come by, so most of the lights were designed to look aged,” said Dottie.
It’s a deliberate decorating process and still a work-in-progress. “It would’ve been easier to fill the halls and walls with stuff quickly, but I prefer to hold off until the ‘perfect’ find comes our way.”
To meet structural design standards, the barn roof and upper level were torn down, but restored to match the original look as closely as possible. All salvageable parts of the old wood, beams and siding were reused throughout the space.
The walls in all the offices are wood, as is the flooring throughout. Every office has a distressed, barn-style door in white, and the first office off the second-story lobby has two original horse stall doors that slide.
Guests enter through the lower lobby, where “Walls of Fame” host stories about Magnus’ success. A display case, originally from France, presents awards the company has won for growth, innovation and management excellence, including regional and national Entrepreneur Of The Year® honors from Ernst & Young and the top Weatherhead 100 accolade for fastest-growing Northeast Ohio businesses.
A cushy leather couch, textured, fabric chairs and period accent pieces surround the upper lobby’s floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. A third-story loft is adorned with a love seat and light brown cow-print chairs that match the second floor’s cow-print throw rug between guest workstations.
Down the hall, the original grain silo was converted into a conference room by adding a floor and small, high-up windows to let in some natural light. “This is my favorite room. The roof is tin, and I wanted to keep it rusty. I love rust,” said Dottie, who also had a rusty iron fence installed in the loft that overlooks the second-floor lobby. Farm-inspired accessories in old metals can be found on walls and tables.
“I think the feeling the office portrays is warmth. We didn’t want anything sterile,” said Eric. “The good energy leads to greater happiness and creativity.” Inspiration and imagination are keys to Magnus’ achievements in natural animal feed ingredients, natural industrial and consumer waxes, and alternative solid and liquid fuels.
Between the outside entrance and interior, three American flags are present. The property eagerly awaits spring landscaping. In the meantime, employees are happy for indoor parking.
“It’s neat when a space has a rich history and tells such a story. Magnus is really blessed to be able to write new chapters here,” said Dottie. In addition to Dottie’s interior design business, Atelier Home, she recently formed Chagrin Falls Architectural Salvage & Redesign with partner Tom Demrovsky.
The company preserves pieces of design history from old barns, homes and buildings by salvaging hardwood floors, beams, stone, recycled brick, slate, barnstone and other products. Much like Dottie did for Magnus, her new business sources far and wide for special building materials and decorative items.