• US@UO: Find Your Sofa


    Find the couch of your dreams with our new customizable process. Learn more here and find out which couches some of our UO employees picked to style out their rooms.


    Who: Aaron Turner
    What: Intern Assistant Buyer

    Tell us a little bit about yourself and what it is you do here at UO.
    My full name is Aaron Bryce Turner and I recently turned 22 this month. My passions are all in the entertainment industry (music, fashion and film) and it’s hard to pick just one so I decided to try all three. I was born in Pittsburgh, PA and then moved to Phoenix, AZ and then moved again to Charlotte, NC. I lived there until I was 19 before moving out on my own to Los Angeles CA and started working at Urban Outfitters.

    How would you describe your personal style?
    I would describe my personal style as bold, because through fashion I have the ability to express myself and I'm not a shy guy.


    Above: Sydney Sofa

    What sort of textures and colors are you drawn to when decorating?
    I am drawn to colors that POP when you see them but blend them with dark tones to give off a different vibe. I’m drawn to smooth textures with unique shapes that give it an edge/personality that fits me. Something around the lines of avant-garde and Japanese architecture modern home accessories.

    Tell us about why you picked this couch! What do you love about the color? The style? How does it speak to your personal style?
    I love it because if friends are over and they spill a drink or food it’s very easy to clean off. Not to mention it looks very nice!



    What’s the best piece of art/furniture/décor piece currently in your home? Why do you love it?
    My favorite piece of furniture in my home is my bedroom rug. I love it because the color (red) and the shape (round) gives the room a bold feeling. It puts me in a creative mood when I should be tired and give adds to the creative environment I want to create. It’s the little things that make home... well, home.

    You have $500 to spend on 1 item for your home – what do you buy? Why?
    If I had 500$ to spend on one item for my home, I would buy a really cool small fish tank that comes with nice light. I chose a fish tank because listening or watching water move for me is, in a sense, therapeutic. I have my best ideas around water.

    Above: Cecelia Printed Velvet Sectional Sofa

    Who: Ella Erlich
    What: Content Creator

    Tell us a little bit about yourself and what it is you do here at UO.
    My name is Ella and I’ve been with the company for a couple years starting out at the stores, but right now I’m on the social team helping out with the blog!

    How would you describe your personal style?
    My personal style is always changing! I’ve gone through so many phases; from looking sporty to southwestern to super boho. Right now my style is a lot more minimal, focusing on monochromatic looks and comfort, so I guess I would describe my style as indecisive (much like myself).

    What sort of textures and colors are you drawn to when decorating?
    When it comes to decorating my home I like to keep things pretty simple. My color story usually involves a white wall and muted tones throughout, with a few pops of color. I’m also really drawn to plants because they really liven up a place and they keep me company when I’m home.



    Tell us about why you picked this couch! What do you love about the color? The style? How does it speak to your personal style?
    I wanted to make sure that the couch I picked would fit my space well, but also be spacious enough for me to lounge on or host all of my friends. I love the “L” shape of the couch, but the best part about it is that each section comes apart, so I can rearrange it any time I want to switch things up! I also wanted something that would make a statement in the room but wouldn’t look overbearing, so I picked this one for its unique pattern and muted tones.


    What’s the best piece of art/furniture/décor piece currently in your home? Why do you love it?
    The best piece of art in my home is the painting hanging on the wall by my entryway. It’s a beautiful modern painting that my mother did years ago, and I’ve been obsessed with it since the first time I saw it sitting in our garage. It obviously holds a lot of sentiment, but I love the abstract style of it and the splash of color it brings to my home. I had it shipped out to Philadelphia from Arizona as soon as I moved out and will keep it forever.

    You have $500 to spend on 1 item for your home – what do you buy? Why?
    My dream piece of furniture is an Eames lounge chair because it’s such a timeless, beautiful piece. Unfortunately I’d need another $2,000 for that, but a girl can dream…


    Who: Shannon Maldonado
    What: Senior Designer

    Tell us a little bit about yourself and what it is you do here at UO.
    I'm Shannon Maldonado and I split my time between being the founder/shopgirl of Yowie, a home and life shop in Philadelphia, and being a Senior designer of Women's Knits and Lounge at UO Home Office. I have been with UO since last summer after moving back to Philly after 12 years in New York to start my own shop. It's really fun to bounce between two categories and create styles in different sensibilities. I feel like I get to live a double life.

    How would you describe your personal style?
    I'd describe my current personal style as utilitarian tomboy. My summer uniform has been thick white tees (or a simple graphic tee from Yowie) and white Dickies that I bought at a hardware store paired with a bright shoe. I love looking like a housepainter. I also have too many tote bags but have a hard time saying no to a good color (or graphic).



    What sort of textures and colors are you drawn to when decorating?
    I love mixing elements of hard and soft pieces of varying raw materials. This is the same when it comes to decorating with color. The combination of a muted pink with a super strong canary yellow or vibrant cobalt blue is one of my favorite mixes. My home style is playful, warm, and modern. I have a lot of graphic artwork and old movie posters in my apartment that are a mix of color and handwork. I'm currently obsessed with tinted concrete but also really soft hues of glass. It's all about finding the perfect contrasts against a clean white wall.

    Tell us a little bit about the couch you customized and what you love about it.
    This couch is in the dreamiest shade of lavender so I'm excited to add a big patterned bolster pillow or something solid in a textured cotton finish. I'm often drawn to bold patterns like Dusen Dusen or things in the style of Nathalie Du Pasquier and Ellsworth Kelly. Lately I've been getting more into textiles and tactile pieces for my apartment so I'd probably add a throw blanket on the back for cooler temps.

    Above: Chamberlin Velvet Sofa

    What’s the best piece of art/furniture/décor piece currently in your home? Why do you love it?
    One of my best friends gave me a HUGE Roy Lichtenstein gallery poster from the '70s that I have hanging above my bed. It was hiding away in her parents' attic since the '80s and I think they forgot about it. I was so psyched to take it off of their hands. It's an abstract portrait of a man and a woman and the poster is warped a little and coming out of the frame but it's perfect in its wear.

    You have $500 to spend on 1 item for your home – what do you buy? Why?
    A very comfortable chair or a huge floor pillow. I've been looking at lots of decorating books from the late '70s and '80s and it was all about these bare spaces with soft couches and large floor pillows. They are so inviting and filled with tropical plants and modern artwork (i.e. MY DREAM SPACE). I'm pretty obsessed with this idea, and often think I was born in the wrong decade. I'm such a homebody and comfort is super important to me and since I want my apartment to feel like my own little oasis, having the perfect place to sit or spread out feels like a great first step.


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