Interior design students give SFA advisor an office makeover

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Have a disorganized room full of clutter and badly in need of a makeover?

Each year, Stephen F. Austin State University conducts an office makeover. The typical SFA office may match the description of your own home or office, and this story may inspire you take on a similar challenge.

"No organization. There was papers everywhere," Geneva Castillo, an SFA interior design student. "There was no way of filing and putting things where they need to go."

Turn a group of upper-level interior design students loose, and they'll design a rather drab office into exactly what Jack Challenge winner Billy Harris wanted.

"Oh, the students did a fantastic job," Harris said. "I just kinda told them what I wanted and they took it and made it so much better."

Harris said he loves advising students. However, he also loves receiving advice of his own on office design. The interior design students started with fresh paint and then put the stacks of paper in a modern filing cabinet.

"It contrasts with the light colors on the walls and the light colors on the floor and really accents with the daylight coming in," Kendall Thompson, an SFA interior design student, said. "It brightens it up and the bookshelf on the back really helps warm up on the room."

There definitely won't be any sitting down on the job in Harris's office. He asked the interior design students for a stand-up desk.

For conferencing, there's a custom-made sit down desk made from re-purposed fire place andirons. However, Harris spends most mornings standing at his computer.

"There was a report in Men's Health that talked about if you sit for six hours or more a day you have an increased risk for a heart attack," Harris said. "I've already had one heart attack. I don't want to go back."

Nor does Harris plan on going back to a cluttered office. Frequently used items will stay at arm's length, storage space will be utilized, and he'll surround himself with images he loves.

Harris was thrilled to be named the 'Jack Challenge' winner. He's hoping his office redo will inspire others to think about ways to improve their own offices.

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