It's been just over two months since we settled into our new office and I'm trying to take a different approach this time. When we moved into our last one, it was during an incredibly transitional time—Sloan was still tiny, we'd just launched our clothing line, and our first-ever employee parted ways to pursue a job with a fashion brand. Needless to say, we didn't have a clear idea of what exactly we needed from the office, and that become increasingly obvious as our team and needs out-grew it. This time around, we're taking things much more slowly. The space is larger (about three-times the size!) so we want to use it wisely before jumping into anything, though some plans, like a photo studio, showroom, and outdoor space for lunch are starting to take shape. Here are 9 updates we plan to make in the new office, now that we're (mostly) moved-in:
1. Hang "Cupcakes and Cashmere" sign in office.
The focal-point of our last office was a custom-made, neon-pink sign of our logo, so I wanted to find a special spot for it in our new space. This wall, between the kitchen and main desk area, is the first thing you see when you walk into the room, making it the perfect place.
2. Add curtains to our couch area.
While we have beautiful, enormous front windows (see the next photo!) that look out onto the street, our back windows open to a less-than-ideal view of another person's office/living area. We're planning on adding some simple white curtains for some privacy, and to make this little hang-out area more pulled-together.
3. Figure out desk situation.
One of the first things that attracted me to this space is how spacious the first floor is, with an open floor plan and kitchen, and incredibly high ceilings. At the moment, we have a cluster of four desks in the center of the room, but as we expand our team, we'll need to make better use of the area.
4. Organize our snacks and kitchen.
G and I are firm believers that snacks are directly tied to a happy work environment (not sure this is scientifically backed, but we have plenty of anecdotes to support it!). As a result, we have plenty of food in the office at all times, but they're currently living in a deep drawer in the kitchen, with some selected favorites in a bowl on the counter. We're planning on buying clear tubs for the cabinets, to organize snacks by category. If you have any tips for office kitchen organization, I'd love to hear them!
5. Create an office showroom.
The second floor is actually half the size of the first floor, with a balcony that looks over the team desks, and it's where I'm planning on keeping my desk and an ecommerce showroom, of sorts. In addition to the clothes and products I use personally, we keep every item of clothing from our Collection and every product on hand at all times so that we can access them easily for photo shoots. The problem is that this becomes messy—fast. In our last office, we never created a good system for organizing these, so we've purchased IKEA shelves to line the circumference of this room and keep everything in order.
6. Create a mini photo studio.
The third floor is barely a floor, but a landing that leads to an outdoor balcony. While tiny, it gets some of the best light in the office. While we initially played with the idea of adding some chairs for on-the-phone meetings, it's the perfect spot for a mini photo studio.
7. Design outdoor space.
Our outdoor balcony isn't anything special—it's a total blank slate, but it also has a lot of potential. We've been going back and forth on what to do out here, but I like the idea of adding some outdoor rugs, bistro lights, and a table for lunch or making calls.
8. Add little details to the bathroom.
The bathroom at our manager's office has a tray with essentials like tampons, hair ties, mouth wash, stain-removal pens, and spray-on deodorant. I like the idea of making use of our counter space in the upstairs bathroom by providing the same little courtesies to our own visitors.
9. Add an element by the window.
I've always been a big believer in not placing any furniture in front of windows since I prefer to let in as much natural light as possible, which is why G's idea to add a bistro table in front of this window has been the source of some heated office debates. I understand his argument—that it'd function as a standing desk when people want a change of scenery from their desks—but I'm not totally sold on it quite yet, or what to do with the awkward space.