Prism Dermatology: Waiting Room

At Michelle Erin Interiors, residential design projects are our norm. This year we had the opportunity to delve into the realm of commercial design - and lucky for us, this medical practice client was completely on board with designing a space that felt more inviting and less clinical than your typical doctor’s office.

The dermatology office’s brand “Prism” is something we integrated in the design from the beginning - an office reflecting the idea of a prism: a clean design incorporating color throughout the space in artwork, furniture, and finishes.


We toured three potential office spaces with the client before deciding on a new home for Prism. It was an 4600 square foot shell - and a completely blank slate. While the perimeter of the space is lined with windows and lots of natural light, the waiting room would be situated in a spot with no windows. Our solution? A large skylight and coffered ceiling design to maximize light in the space.

Once we finalized the office floorplan with the architect, the real fun began! Take a look at some of our initial design concepts and sample presentations.


Deciding on light fixtures was one of our favorite parts of the process! We really wanted some statement pieces in the waiting room and love how these chandeliers from Visual Comfort and pendants from Quorum Lighting finish the space.


During the initial design phases, we had quite the blank slate in the waiting room. Lots of big walls and endless possibilities for reception desk design. To fill the space and add interest we designed and added picture molding throughout, a fun tile accent wall, and colorful built in displays for reading material, products, and waiting room refreshments. This added to the residential, home-inspired look we were aiming for.

The reception area needed to be a statement - and communicate the Prism experience and brand from the second patients walked in the door. The large custom sign, stone accent wall, paneled reception desk, and quartzite waterfall detail at the counter accomplished this. Here are some installation progress photos!

When it came to making furniture selections we chose residential inspired pieces, but don’t let the modern shapes or fabrics fool you. These pieces are bulletproof! Each upholstered piece is medical grade with antimicrobial, durable, cleanable fabric and reenforced frames. We worked closely with commercial furniture companies Kellex and Flexsteel on these pieces.

Following four months of construction, our team spent 2 days in Dallas, TX installing this project - and loved seeing everything finally come together.

Thanks so much to Jason and his team at Jason Jones Photography for the final photos of the space below!


We loved working on this project and getting to bring a residential eye to a high end medical office. If you’re in need of a residential or commercial designer, we’d love to hear from you!

Stay tuned for pictures from the rest of the office - the waiting room is just the beginning!