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Pay homage to the 1970s

with a modern home office filled with retro-inspired elements, from textured area rugs to statement lighting. The idea for this minimal, yet impactful space was sparked by a 1978 story from Sunset's archive. ​Bring this sophisticated look home with our tips and product picks. 
​Erin Hiemstra, design blogger, consultant, and commercial stylist, flawlessly adds unique character to this
​simple space. 
Photos: Thomas J. Story

Easy tips from our editor

Create a Stylish Work Space
"Lift" the ceiling. Paint the bottom half of a wall to give the illusion of higher ceilings. A little paint never hurt anyone! 
Shine a spotlight. For a room that lacks unique architecture, try a show-stopping overhead light fixture to fill the style gap.
Work your corners. Create better flow in a narrow space by positioning a desk and chair at an angle in the corner of the room.
Keep it simple. Design a calm space with clean lines, a subtle color palette, and natural elements; blending together effortlessly. 
Mix materials. Swap out a traditional desk set with your own combination, such as a wood and brass table with a white upholstered chair (see above).
dining table

Use this contemporary table as an oversized desk for more work space.

Mason Dining Table Pangea Home From $1,039.99
chair

A modern take on a traditional wingback chair, this chair's sculptural arms add a regal touch. 

Kameron Wingback Chair Safavieh $509.99

The simple, yet eye-catching design of this hanging light adds major
​modern appeal.

light pendant

Bring in drama with a cluster of pendant lights.

Kyle 1 Light Pendant Hudson Valley Lighting $856.00
area rug

Add an unexpected rustic element with a hide area rug.

Cow Hide Tan Rug Safavieh $189.99

Include a textured area rug to contrast modern lines. 

floating shelf

Opt for a floating shelf to lean art, books, or magazines against the wall. 

Barney Shelf Eurostyle From $118.77
end table

Place an end table in the corner of a room to display your favorite accents. 

Pearl End Table Pangea Home From $183.99

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