I became a fan of Dara Oke’s clean, minimal style when I saw her home on Instagram. Read on for a visual tour of Dara’s Seattle, Washington apartment and insight into how she adds her own panache to the space.
Name: Dara Oke
Current position: Program Manager, Microsoft
Location: Seattle, WA
How do you describe your decorating style?
D: I’d describe my style as minimal, mid-century modern, with a flair for Africa and the diaspora.
How did you discover your decorating style?
D: I’ve always wanted my home to inspire me creatively, as I spend a lot of time brainstorming, coding, designing, and working here. I think the style of my home matches a lot of the fundamentals I apply to the things I create: fresh, minimal, with traits of the old.
Do you have a favorite piece in your home?
D: I was gifted a map of Nigeria from 1963, created one year after Nigeria gained its independence. It sits above my workspace and is a constant reminder of my roots.
How did you stay on budget when you were decorating your home?
D: I did my decorating in phases. I knew that my style could and would evolve over the months after I moved into my space so I didn’t tackle everything at once. Because of this, I had more time to shop around and find the best deals. I try to always shop around for less expensive alternatives to things I want.
What are your favorite places to shop for your home?
D: CB2, West Elm, and surprisingly, Target!
Taking care of your home can be hard! Do you have any time saving tips?
D: I try to spend a few minutes every evening tidying my space. 5 minutes a day can make the world of difference to keep things from piling up.
Where is your Stash of Panache? What is your favorite spot in your home?
D: My favorite spot is my living room. Most nights, you can find me here listening to a Sade record and working. My living room window looks out to the city so it’s the ideal urban retreat.