NEW DARLINGS · Mar 8, 2016

Office Refresh

When we moved to Arizona from New York in July of 2013, we thought we knew our style. We made some impulse purchases and set up our dream space rather quickly only to find out that we may have pulled the trigger a little prematurely. We found ourselves bringing things into our home that we liked a lot without thinking about the big picture. Does this piece work with everything else? That’s a question we wish we had asked ourselves. When we decided to tackle our office space and do a complete refresh, we asked ourselves that question a whole lot. We knew we loved the rest of our home, but the office just always felt unfinished. This time around, we looked at the entire space. Will this work with that? Does this color belong here? Does this even fit? We think we asked all the right questions this time around, and finally we have an office space that makes sense, makes us feel comfortable, and most importantly inspires us.

We knew when we were designing this new space, that it was completely essential to include a place to sit back and relax. It’s almost too easy to plop down in front of a computer screen and not move for several hours. We get sucked into projects, editing photos, or just simply surfing the web, and some times the day goes by without ever having any real personal time. Having a chair nestled away in the corner of the room, with a stack of inspiring books close by is such a nice way to step away from the screen for even just a few minutes.

west elm side table (similar) | chair and stool c/o The Citizenry | pillow c/o Mae Woven

We partnered up with The Citizenry to finally create that spot in our home to just simply zone out. Sit back and relax, throw your feet up, read a book, close your eyes, gaze out the window. These things are so important to clear your busy brain. The Palermo Tripolina chair was the answer to all the questions we had been asking, plus it’s pretty easy on the eyes. Its gorgeous design had us swooning from the start and the story behind each handmade piece really drew us in.

west elm bookshelf, throw and accents | basket c/o Plum & Sparrow | sandals c/o Madewell

The Citizenry’s philosophy really resonated with us…

“We believe our homes should be reflections of the journeys we take. Our personal spaces deserve designs with a soul, a story, and a purpose.”

Our surroundings are so important to our state of mind each day. Creating a pleasing space for the eyes, creates a pleasing space for the mind. We made sure to continue the same theme as in our living room to create a natural flow throughout the apartment, while bringing in personal pieces that would spark new ideas and calming vibes. Above our desk (which was the one piece of furniture we kept, along with the desk chair), we hung a simple floating shelf, full of some trinkets like the wooden hand figure found while thrifting with family up in Sedona, desert rose rocks, a brass prism sculpture from our sweet friends over at Sisters of Nature, and a fun print we found on etsy a while back which used to hang in our old living room. We love that fun cycling duo!

Speaking of bicycles! We decided to hang our bikes in this room, as well. They’re just as much of a piece of artwork as anything else in the room and we didn’t want them getting rusty out in the desert sun when they weren’t being used. We threw around quite a few ideas about how we would do this, and finally came across this bike rack from CB2. The wooden design fit perfectly into the space, and the blue and black colors of the bikes blended in, rather than becoming a big eye sore. Overall, we’re happy with how it turned out and its super convenient for when we want to take a ride around town.

Love these natural bolga baskets by Plum Sparrow. They’re perfect for holding little odds and ends and blankets to curl up with. We have one in almost every room.

To complete the room, we added a printed shag rug with tassels, switched out the vertical blinds for some bright white linen curtains, and added some greenery from our local nurseries and flowershops. It’s amazing what some bright light and a few plants can do to pull a space together.

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