Who says that office spaces have to be dull? If you're a creative mind, being crammed into a beige cubicle is probably the worst possible thing you could do for your inspiration. Instead of stifling imagination, your office space should do the exact opposite for you.
In this office, I've added only a bit of color to keep distraction to a minimum. Though there's only a bit of color, that doesn't mean that this space lacks in style. Inspirational quotes, a small gold-dipped dinosaur succulent planter, and a gorgeous patterned pillow bring this space together beautifully.
Ready to see the cutest desk setup you've seen in a while?
What do you think? I would be so productive if I were able to work in this space everyday. I'll probably be dreaming about that chartreuse chair for the rest of the week because I'm seriously so so obsessed with it.
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In my next apartment, having a reading nook is non-negotiable. Reading nooks don't have to be complicated; all you really need is a good bookshelf, a few comfy chairs, and a table to hold a warm cup of tea. Though those are the basics of a reading nook, that doesn't mean your space can't also scream style.
This weekend, I spent the day in Austin, TX and was inspired by the bright colors and tribal patterns in the boutiques of SoCo and on 2nd street. The color inspiration from the room was solely based on the bold tribal rug chosen. The navy and yellow accents in the room were inspired directly from the pattern in the rug; the wall color was also chosen to complement the mauve-esque color of the rug's background.
My goal for this moodboard was to bring unique shapes and patterns into the same room while creating a cohesive and functional space. I think that I was able to achieve that goal by finding a great statement shelf and by pairing two completely different chairs.
Curious to see how everything came together? Check it out.
What do you think? My only complaint about the room is that I had trouble finding prettier books to "stack" on the shelf. I then realized that most of the books I own aren't that beautiful. For a space to be livable, style sacrifices may need to be made. (I cringed while writing that sentence, but the statement still stands.) Those sacrifices may include incorporating books that don't have the prettiest of spines into your space because their content outweighs their worn covers. Despite that, I'm super pleased with the way this space turned out.
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Tribal patterns are all throughout this fun moodboard design. But what happens when tribal meets mid century modern and a touch of 70's? A really really fun moodboard design is the result.
Peacock chairs are some of the coolest pieces of furniture out there. If you've ever sat in one, you know just how royal you feel with the chair towering over your head. These chairs transport you to another time in design- they're absolutely lovely. This chair paired with a mid century modern sofa and velvet window treatments gives this room throwback vibes. What really brings this room into the 21st century is the tribal pattern wall tile, a marble drum coffee table, and a seriously bad ass Jonathan Adler end table.
While sourcing, I came across a company called Loom Decor and fell in love with their work instantly. The chartreuse pillow and adorable pouf are both from their website, which specializes in custom orders. I would love to use their product for a client because I can tell they know what they're doing when it comes to quality work.
That's enough chatter- here's this week's design:
Was it everything my description above made it out to be? I am really pleased with the outcome of this room and am now a total convert of putting tile on the wall (and not just in the bathroom or kitchen). When I'm able to put real tile on someone's real walls... that's how I know I'll have made it in the design world.
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Neutrals can be cool? No way. I wouldn't have thought so either until actually trying my hand at designing a room using only neutrals. When not working with color, the use of different textures is so important to bring interest into a space. Furs, metals, and patterns (though neutral colors) are anything but boring.
Some people, like myself, prefer colors to dominate a space. Others may prefer more zen-like environments, which can include the use of a lot of white. This board took me out of my comfort zone for sure, but I am super pleased with the result and am confident that I could make an all-neutral room for a future client.
Finally, the moment you've been waiting for -
Ta-da! What do you think? My personal favorite part of the board is the matching cat and dog prints, which are by two totally different artists but match the same color scheme and style. Actually, my favorite part is the starburst mirror. Actually, it's the sequined throw. Actually, the whole room is amazing and I would be proud to put this in any client's home.
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Here's where you can come to get your weekly dose of design inspo. Every Monday, there will be a blog post with an original Ashley Marino Designs moodboard, trade-only tips, or ways to help you get the space that you're dreaming of. Enjoy!