When I started cupcakes and cashmere eleven years ago, my "office" grew from Geoffrey's couch to our guest room, our guest house, then back into our house, where Sloan's room is now. Even when we rented our first designated office space almost four years ago, there was no real separation between my desk and the rest of our open office plan.
When I moved my desk into this room, separated from the rest of the office by a glass dividing wall, it was the first time I've truly had my own space to hold meetings and work. Over the past few months, I've been decorating the space with repurposed office favorites (you may recognize a few) as well as a few new pieces.
The office itself has glass on three of its walls, which is ideal because it offers privacy while allowing me to see what's going on in the rest of the office (I often hop out when I see the team having an animated conversation or heading out for a coffee break or lunch!). Our space, in general, is pretty industrial, complete with concrete floors and metal pipes. It was important for me to soften my space and make it inviting, so I layered two of my favorite rugs (similar here) and added some faux sheepskin (similar here) on the back of my rattan chairs (similar here). The mix of textures really brightens up a relatively basic space.
Seating was also such a game-changer in this office. In the past, our primary meeting spot has been our pink couch (similar here). Now, I have several different options, in my office alone. On one far end of my office, I have a large leather couch (similar here) that can fit our entire Editorial and Marketing teams (including Alexa, our Chief Barketing Officer), as well as Shop samples and my work tote. I also have two chairs (similar here) Jess and Leslie frequent for quick Editorial and social media brainstorms.
When it comes to my desk, I like to keep things pretty minimal and clean. Of course, I keep my new favorite water cup front and center to encourage hydration, but I also have photos of family and friends, business cards, and a little dish of jewelry samples from the Shop.
Whereas the rest of the office feels elevated and intentional, my drawers are a little more, um, practical. In my top desk drawer, I keep my lip kit accessible, as well as glasses, lotion, Purell, medicine, and bandaids. I also keep a Cuyana pouch, that holds makeup for impromptu photoshoots and touch-ups. Usually, that means hair ties and clips, Tide-to-Go stick, volumizing spray, toothbrush, concealer, and tampons.
In my next drawer, I mostly keep snacks. I try to always have healthy snacks on hand that curb my sweet tooth, like Kind bars, almonds, and Trader Joe's trail mix, but I also include a few York peppermint patties just in case my trail mix fails.
I keep my paper goods in my lowest drawer. I have my neon cupcakes and cashmere stationery (made by Walnut Paperie) to write personal notes, as well as my favorite planners from our line with Blue Sky. I gravitate towards our Muted Mango style since it has a large notes section and a cute color combination, but I also love this blue linen one.
And that's it! My office is ever-evolving, and I'm looking forward to creating more moments throughout the space over the next year.