How To Incorporate a Home Office into Your Living Room

In case you’ve been living under a giant pile of work lately {raise hands!} and happened to miss it, our uber-talented Editorial Director, Bianca, was just featured in the latest issue of Rue Magazine! And not just any ole’ issue, it’s the Anniversary Issue – the biggest of the year! I couldn’t be more excited to show you some snaps of her crazy hot home office space — it’s just the right amount of moody glamour and much-needed function; proof positive that you don’t even need a “real office” to achieve a similar look. Bianca’s going to take it away! Just own the envy and take notes! – Erin

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Not everyone has the luxury of having a dedicated room for an office, right? Myself included. My office is actually my living room and admittedly, it was tricky trying to figure out how much “office” to incorporate into the space I veg out the most. You may remember the previous layout of the room here. The “office” was tucked away in a corner on purpose. I didn’t want it to be a focal point because really, who wants to stare at their desk more than they have to??

It worked for a while, but it really wasn’t ideal for me being shoved in front of a closet.  So I moved the desk against my main gallery wall and boom, the room changed- for the better! The white desk popped off the dark wall and by clearing the paperwork, leaning some artwork and placing pretty objects on my desk, it camouflaged it enough- making it a highlight of the space without taking away from the purpose of the room.

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Objects and magazines are always rotating on the surfaces of things. My coffee table already doesn’t look like this- in fact, a lot of things are different! I’m always picking up something new to add to my home. I think it’s so necessary for my sanity- to change things around. It keeps things from getting stale. I just bought this crystal candle that I’m obsessed with, this decor book called The Chamber of Curiosity and this throw- like I need ANOTHER one!

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One of my favorite areas of the room is the bar area. It sits atop a dresser that holds dvd’s and computer cables. I added drawer pulls from West Elm to make it look a little more fancy! It’s a real mix of high and low. I’ve found all of my barware at thrift stores and painted the framed piece myself. Everything sits pretty next to my favorite pair of Regina Andrew alabaster lamps- my ultimate splurge! And just in case you were wondering, here are the most common questions that I get regarding my space:

> Dark paint color? Benjamin Moore Nightfall, 3 coats

> Art piece above my sofa? I painted it! Email me for commission prices and look out for prints coming soon!

> Are the black chairs velvet? Linen? They’re wool and pinstripe and ever-ee-thing!!

Be sure to read the full story in Rue’s Anniversary Issue here and another behind-the-scenes interview on what my day really looks like – including my fave music, artists, must-haves and go-to websites- here.

 

original photography for Rue Magazine by Aubrie Pick 

 

5 Design Trends to Refresh Your Home for Fall

While the world is running around in their street style best enjoying the chaos of the concrete jungle, that is New York Fashion Week — we have other things on our mind. Fashion has always been a passion, but it will never stand in the way of our one, true, love: design. When asked to make a decision between recaps of the runway or sightings from the latest design showroom, it’s a no brainer: decor me, please! It’s why instead of chatting our favorite Spring 2015 moments — although, did you see the Tome and Suno show? Ok, how ‘bout Mara Hoffman? And dammit J Crew, I think you got us again. So good. But anywho. We’ve rounded up five design trends we’re loving for the new season!

Like Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello, clusters of pendant lights are still going steady this season and are in fact H-O-T-T-E-R than ever. We love this high contrast matte black trio against an all white backdrop!

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Marbleizing everything is everything right now! Since we trust you won’t be adding gorgeous slab counter tops to your world anytime soon, why not get a marble fix with smaller, more accessible accessories! These goodies {from H&M no less!} would pretty your fall table right up!

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Gold cabinets. They’re not really trending, but they can be if you want them to be. And we want them to be…Is this even real life?

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Sure, we’ve all got a sheep skin {or three, preferably Icelandic!} in our homes these days, but how about adding a furry little seat? Shearling stools seem to be having a moment. They’re popping up everywhere – even Nate Berkus has a version for Target! While we’re still not entirely sold on this one, a sassy little stool is certainly a fun way to add a twist to your space without making a major design commitment.

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But we are all for adding a divan. Half bed, half couch, 100% chic. I’m stalking 1stdibs as I type.

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And those my friends, are five fall design trends that will quickly catapult you to days of pumpkin spiced lattes and too much TV. It’s why we’re currently running, nay sprinting, {in our trending Normcore outfits!} all the way to the hardware store! —Bianca

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How to Mix Modern Style with Classic Designs

Mixing different design styles can be a tad bit tricky, wouldn’t you say? A room can just as easily look collected as it can look ALL over the place. After visiting EQ3’s new San Francisco store front last week, we realized that there’s a simple science to making rooms feel uber modern but not cookie cutter. It all comes down to one very important {and proven!} theory: start with a classic design.

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And what’s more classic than Herman Miller? Nothing. Herman Miller is to modern design what peanut butter is to jelly- they need each other. And just like the new swirl PB&J {already mixed in the jar!}, they are one. Starting with a classic Eames lounger is the way to make modern feel, well, modern, but also totally timeless. Your space will feel alive- rather than cold and futuristic. And after that, the rest is history!

As that living room illustrates, layering styles doesn’t have to be complex, nor involve a whole lot of stuff! What’s that mantra – oh yeah – keep it simple {stupid!}. Start with a classic Herman Miller piece {like the lounger or coffee table- that just happen to be on sale here!} and then bring in the edgier, yet still streamlined, details. An architectural metal arc lamp makes a soaring statement and is a classic in its own right. Smaller modern accessories like a sculptural vase {love this one!} and a geometric accent pillow stand strong next to it. And don’t forget a conversation-starting art piece – our decor secret weapon if you will!

If you happen to be itching for a more modern take on your home, you’ll be excited to learn that EQ3 is having a sale on a number of their classics, including this gorgeous plywood chair that we’ve had our hearts set on! You’ll def want to add these great deals to your shopping cart before we do! 15% off Herman Miller pieces ends June 9th!  – Bianca

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Get The Look:

> Maple Mirror
> Metal Cast Floor Lamp
> Leather Magazine Rack
> Flirt Accent Pillow
> Shadow Vase
> Noguchi Coffee Table
Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman
> Tessa Mod Shelf
> Framed Skull Art Print
> Copper Candleholder
> Grey Wool Sitara Rug

image via Domus Nova