Images by Darci Hazelbaker
Next up in the 'Get the Look' series is a really special one for us. Not only are Spanish bungalow homes one of our favorite styles in the South West, we also have the pleasure to introduce you to our friend Darci Hazelbaker, co-founder and co-principal architect of Hazelbaker Rush (Ha|Ru), a boutique Tucson-based architecture firm she runs with her husband. Darci shared a few shots of the 1927 Spanish bungalow the two of them renovated to become their home and studio.
A Mid-Century Modern Twist
Q: Could you offer any tips for choosing contemporary furniture that works with a Spanish Colonial Rival style home (or any historical style, for that matter)?
Darci: I think it’s important to work with the space of the home and to tell a story via color, textures, patterns, and forms that are full of beauty, inspiration, and soul. Choose pieces that will be timeless, as well as try to create a balance of old and new.
Darci's Motto: Modernism with a Handcrafted Soul
Darci's home is a gorgeous mix of simple, classic forms – like the original curved Spanish-style front window – and both minimalist and hand-crafted pieces that bring a sense of character. When Darci can't find the perfect piece to complement a room, she often makes it herself, like the white pot with a metal stands above.
Inspired by the Desert Light
Q: Any recommendations on choosing a color palette that pairs well with Spanish bungalow home but still works for contemporary design?
Darci: I always recommend white on the walls. I think it has to do with the desert light – white allows us to understand the ever changing qualities of the day and the seasons. It also allows the objects you have in your home to be displayed in such a way that feels gracious and to hold their own space.
Bring in the Green
Houseplants all find a home in white planters and their foliage brings life to living spaces. The Ha|Ru Angled Planter is another of Darci's designs available through BOXHILL.
Q: What inspired you to create these beautiful, simple pieces?
Darci: Exploration and imagination. I am always looking for simple white pots for my plant obsession. My husband (and design partner) and I were in the shop finishing a project and were wondering what we were going to do with some of the left over pieces of steel. Then the ah-ha moment happened.