Work Life Balance

So we are all seeking that beautiful balance between our work life and our home lives. In 2019 that constant pursuit is not only still a foot, but is front and center in just about everyone’s lives. Technology has definitely helped this effort and in some instances hindered it. Good or Bad , right or wrong , we can all agree we have taken advantage of technology and can often admire its usefulness.

On this topic we have engaged previously on working from home , well in some cases that just isn’t possible so then what? That basically means your home away from home needs to be on point, right?


La Casa Azul Design

More and more homeowners and business owners alike are designing their lifestyles around the way they actually live. Spaces are getting more and more creative and conducive to meeting multiple needs , and are providing so much more than just a place to check your emails.

This space needed to function on a variety of levels. A busy Husband and Wife were sharing the space so it needed to have a full bathroom , with shower, a kitchenette, seating for collaboration and meetings, storage for an infinite book collection and 2 separate work spaces. The design challenge here was the unique layout. Maximizing the space, giving the client the wish list and then allowing the room to feel open. The only natural light was coming from two small sky lights so lighting was an absolute must.

Often times the challenge can also lie on the varying design styles of the clients sharing a space , but in this instance each was concerned with the needs of the other , so completing the design on budget and within the scope became the focus.

We call the style of the loft office, “Modern Farmhouse, meets Industrial, meets Mid Century Modern”. There is probably a simpler way to describe it , but where is the fun in that?? Our goal was to provide the client the best options available that met their personal style, so whatever that style is, it usually varies , hence our fun style titles. Talk about a home away from home? Who wouldn’t want to come to work if this was your office?

Great Environments facilitate the opportunity for great results. A great design plan is the first step in a long process that helps achieve those results.

Take a preview of the office below.

office loft- La Casa azul Design

Office Loft - La casa azul deisgn

Office Loft - La casa azul deisgn


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50 Best Places to Travel in 2019

While no one actual expects you to travel to all of these places in 2019, you can definitely rack on the airline miles and get a few passport stamps while you try. Some of the best months to travel are upon us so why not take advantage of the beautiful weather on its way. Use a travel agent to help you navigate uncharted territory , so you can make the most of the time you have. Don’t forget travel time!!! Often we do not account for travel time and how will eat days out of your vacation , so plan ahead and be aware of the actual days you get to VACATE!! …….Bonus! If you have plans to travel to Italy this summer , you may want to consider ……

 Sardinia , It is stunning and will be well worth the effort to check out 10 Must See Sardinian Sites

Don’t forget to check out these places…The World is a beautiful place so get out there and see it in 2019!

50 Best Places 2019


Dining Rooms - A Visual Guide to Casual Dining Room Decor for 2019

Now that we are in 2019. Neutral colors are still going to be just as popular as ever. We are not really a formal society anymore so casual dining is naturally being incorporated into every home. With so much information and images being thrown at us , here is a curated view of some of the most beautiful dining room ideas for 2019.

Light bright dining room , with contrasting black chairs. Its casual , light and beautiful.

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Mid Century Mod is still trending into 2019 , common color schemes are neutrals with blues and varying shades of orange, brown and black as accents ….

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Unfinished wood look . This is a classic CA Beach vibe

It’s all about the contrast. White is still very popular , just be sure to add a darker color to give your room some visual weight.

Wicker /Woven seating is still going strong and we love it!

You can have it all. This dining room mixes casual and form styles beautifully.

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Perfect for the traditional and transitional lovers.

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Wallpaper , when the right option is chosen , will never go out of style…

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When deciding which direction to take your room , color palettes can be hard to select. Download a free 2019 Color Trends E-Book to help you select the perfect color palette in 2019.

Gather more dining room inspiration on our Pinterest board

Dining Room Inspiration