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Get the Look: Modern Bungalow

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.

Acapulco Chair / Kaat 2-Seat Sofa / Half Skirt Aluminum Planter

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.

HA|RU Planter + Stand / Rust Patina City Planter / Golden Deco Outdoor Pillow

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.

(We loved what Darci and her husband created and now stock the Ha|Ru Planter + Stand and the Ha|Ru Angled Planter through BOXHILL).

Mexican Ixtapa Leather Rocking Chair / Cafe Multi Pillow / In-Out Rug (Black)

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.

HA|RU Angled Planter / Woven Basket Succulent Planter

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.

Thanks, Darci!  

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Get the Look: Beach Club Chic

As summer winds to an end, we're still dreaming about far off beaches, afternoons whiled away under the sun, cool drink in hand and the rustle of palm fronds overhead. They really do beach clubs right in the Mediterranean — nailing that laid-back, yet effortlessly cool look. One beach club that hits all the marks, design-wise: Scorpios Mykonos in Greece.

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Outdoor Entertaining: Labor Day Weekend Edition

Top image via Pinterest, other lifestyle images by Puspa Lohmeyer for BOXHILL.

From backyard BBQs to lawn games, Labor Day weekend offers the perfect opportunity to host friends. And, if you're last minute like we are, that bonus day give a little extra time for set-up. Here are three quick and easy ways to spruce up your outdoor space for an end-of-summer party.

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Tropical Modern - Project Sneak Peek

Images via Pinterest

We have some super exciting projects to share with you guys in the upcoming months (hint: they're basically a tropical design dream!). Right now they're under wraps, but we'd love to share some of our inspiration images with you and 3 tips for incorporating tropical style at home while summer is still in full swing.

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Layered Neutrals

A look we're loving in outdoor spaces right now is a pared down palette of neutral tones. Think: crisp white linen paired with earthy jute and creamy upholstery. It feels beachy and summer-ready and all of the colors effortlessly play well together. Take a look at our top picks for furniture, outdoor rugs, and outdoor accessories to bring the look home.

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