Thursday, February 25, 2016

Bold + Simple: Two black and white striped office nooks

I'm a sucker for black and white stripes. Always. And on almost anything. One of the most classic design patterns of all, it is always simple and understated but still a bold statement all at once. These two home office nooks use this pattern to make a striking statement in a home office nook. 

This office area with its vertical black and white stripes has a strong midcentury modern vibe with its sleek Jacobsen style chair and a very clever DIY made from two Ikea Rast dressers. There have been almost countless Rast DIYs and it's incredible how many creative incarnations this simple profile can take on! I hadn't yet seen it as a desk before though, and thought it was pretty brilliant. With some paint, stain, brass Anthropologie knobs and a plywood top you have a very sleek desk (or a lovely bedroom vanity!)

This little workspace, in the Toronto apartment of one of my favourite bloggers, Jacquelyn Clark of Lark and Linen, packs a big punch. The horizontal black and white striped walls visually serve to create a designated area within the open concept space as well as a graphic focal point in the otherwise neutral space. Love the clever plumbing pipe bookshelf made by Jacquelyn's boyfriend - adds a simple, sculptural element and a bit of industrial edge which perfectly compliments the coffee table in the living area. You'll definitely want to view the entire apartment here - beautifully put together and quite inspiring on what you can achieve with a bit of know-how and creativity in a small space. 

Photos: 1- Photography Mike Garten; dresser makeover by Alyssa Longobucco; styling by Cate Geiger for Good Housekeeping March 2016

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