There’s no doubt that your work environment has a profound effect on your mood, productivity, and creativity. For fashion blogger Mary Orton, the creative force behind Memorandum and the recently launched Trove app, decorating a space that fuels the latter point is crucial for her job.
Tired of her existing home office, Orton collaborated with Joss & Main to redesign the room in her New York City apartment. The result? An eclectic creative space that’s as dynamic as Orton’s personal style.
“It’s a mélange of masculine, feminine, midcentury modern, art deco, transitional, traditional and even some industrial pieces, with lots of really personal touches as well,” she says. “I think the balance that is created when pairing competing styles makes for a very interesting space, and really gets my creative juices flowing.”
Take a peek inside the fashion blogger’s brand-new home office:
“I think the ‘where to begin’ question is always the most daunting for people, so before solidifying any specific plan for the room, I always think it’s best to find two or three pieces that you absolutely love,” says Orton. “They can be as small and random as a brightly colored shoebox or as large as a cool dresser—anything that you find beautiful and exciting. In my case, I fell in love with this burlwood dining table and oriental rug.”
“I wanted the office to be somewhat consistent with the décor in the rest of our home, but I also really wanted it to remain a singular, creative space,” she notes. “In the end, I think it is certainly aligned with my personal style, which I would describe as a mix of classic and polished with a dash of edge and quirk.”
The office space was outfitted with hanging space to display key items of clothing to be featured on Orton’s blog. Industrial metal and wood units were fixed to the walls and adorned with her favorite bags, accessories, and curios. Midcentury modern planters add greenery and juxtapose the industrial shelves.
Mirrored drawers reflect the detail and color of the oriental rug. “As you can see, I really love color!” Orton says. “I definitely didn’t go for the stark look.”
What do you think of Mary Orton’s eclectic home office makeover?