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Design Rules: Tips for Designing a Fun — and Functional! — Home Office

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Julia Robbs for Homepolish

Tali Roth is all about the details.

When pioneering the office makeover for fashion designer Rebecca Taylor, Roth focused on the little things that would make a big difference, like brass magazine holders, textural furnishings and a hand-painted geometric floor.

“I love, love, love those floors,” Roth tells PEOPLE.

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But designing an office that’s both efficient and motivating can have its challenges. If you’re looking to spruce up your work space, Roth has some tips for how to tie everything together:

Address fun and function. “You need to create a space that’s inspiring but not distracting,” Roth says. For the Taylor project, she accomplished this by covering one wall with a bold, floral print wallpaper and outfitting the rest with pale or nude colors.

Julia Robbs for Homepolish
Julia Robbs for Homepolish

 

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Store necessities in style. Like any creative type, Taylor had a sizable collection of magazines and books. “We needed pretty storage and effective storage,” Roth says. Brass magazine holders, custom floating shelves and a bigger desk made all the difference.

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Use what you have. Savvy shoppers know that the key to staying within a strict remodeling budget is to incorporate things you have. For Taylor’s office, Roth pulled in pieces she knew the designer already loved and mixed them with a few new additions, like the desk. “We curated and collected and brought together for a cohesive look,” Roth says.

Julia Robbs for Homepolish
Julia Robbs for Homepolish

Reflect your personality. “It was important to me to make sure that Rebecca was comfortable,” Roth says. “I was conscious to not come in and dictate how the space should look but really listen and understand her personal style.” Roth added unique touches through paint colors that were drawn from Taylor’s lines, pops of pattern and sentimental touches, like her husband’s artwork that’s displayed on her inspiration board. “I love that detail,” Roth says.