Office Design Envy: Awesome Office Spaces at 10 Brands You Love

There are certain brands we can’t live without – they’re part of our every day lives in so many ways! Do you ever wonder where all the magic happens? Well, we can tell you that amazing things happen in amazing office spaces – and we’ve got proof. Here are some well-known brands and their cool office design, bound to enduce some office envy.

1. Etsy Corporate Headquarters, Brooklyn

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The Etsy reception features a living wall of plants and large, dramatic pendant lights. Image: Etsy

If you’re an entrepreneurial crafter, you probably owe Etsy a muffin basket. We thought Etsy’s offices would be one giant yarn-bomb experiment, but we’re impressed with their elegan, collab-friendly office spaces. Here’s more:
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There are plenty of areas throughout Etsy’s office spaces to get your craft on. Image: Etsy

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The Green Library may be he coolest hangout in the Etsy Corporate Headquarters, featuring a wall of

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Check Out Trends and Products from 2018 Kitchen and Bath International Show

The Kitchen and Bath International Show (KBIS) is the biggest show of the year for kitchen and bath designers and manufacturers. It took place in Orlando last month and the product offerings were pretty hot — especially if you’re into modern and contemporary design. Here’s a round up of the best kitchen and bath trends and products from KBIS 2018.

Show winner: Grid faucet by Kallista

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The striking design and black finish, which was a big show trend, earned this faucet the KBIS Best in Show prize. Image: Kallista

Walker Zanger Liquid Forms Tile

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The tile manufacturer hosted the inaugural Kaza Design Competition in search of the best and most innovative new tile design and the winner was this Liquid Forms, by architect Aybars Asci, now available as part of the Kaza design collection.

V-Zag Glass Shower Door by Vanessa Deleon for Coastal Shower Doors

Home Decor Trends to Watch, According to Maison & Objet Paris

The Maison & Objet show just wrapped in Paris, and it was full of home decor inspiration. The show is the largest showcase of European designers and their home products, and global attendees come to buy the latest for their stores, or simply take in the inspiration and find a fresh direction for their upcoming projects. Exhibitors at the show are pretty ahead of the curve, so it’s likely that the trends on the floor today may not even get to your favorite shop for another year or more. But why wait? Here’s a look at the highlights.

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The Furniture From Spain exhibitor booth, which was a fusion of Mid Century Modern and Art Deco design.

The biggest takeaway I got from walking through the show was the overall Art Deco vibe. If you’re looking to update your space, why not channel 1920s opulence! It doesn’t
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Home Library Ideas to Create Your Very Own Smart Home

If you love to read and have a nice collection of books you value, why not create a home library or study where you can stylishly house your books? It doesn’t require as much space as you think, so check out these home library ideas to create a smart space in your home.

What you’ll need to execute these home library ideas

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A large and vibrant library with plenty of seating and a vintage wood ladder to access the taller shelves. Image: Kvart Interior

You don’t need a lot of space to create an awesome home library, although taking a room over would be ideal. Besides your favorite collection of books, here’s what you’ll need:

Decorating With Sage Green Is a Thing for 2018, According to Pinterest

Pinterest put out their top 100 list of pins list and it looks like decorating with sage green is a favorite among pinners. Sage green is neutral, calming and can flow nicely with nearly any design style including the most popular at the moment: Farmhouse and Mid Century Modern. Sage varies in lightness and saturation. It can be earthy and warm or cool and silvery, so go as neutral or bold as you’d like.

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Sage green colors by Benjamin Moore, Valspar and Glidden.

We’re giving you the green light on decorating with sage green. Here’s some inspiration on how you can work with the color to freshen up your spaces!

Sage green kitchens

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A sage green glass backsplash adds some personality to the family kitchen. Image: 50 Degrees

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Sage cabinets flow into the dining room, painted in a coordinating hunter green tone. Image: NJK Interiors

Rihanna Is Looking for a Tenant for Her West Hollywood Home

How cool would it be to have Rihanna knocking on your door on the first of every month to collect rent? Well, maybe that’s not so likely, but according to the Observer, she’s looking for someone to rent her West Hollywood home. Rihanna has been trying to sell the property for $2,850,000 since last Fall and has recently decided to rent it out instead.

Here’s What $16,500 per Month Gets You:

The property is a two-story 2,886 square foot 1920 Spanish Modern.

The main house, shown from the rear, is landscaped with tall hedges for privacy and features four bedrooms and four bathrooms.

An open floor plan connects the kitchen to living room and back of the house.

White contemporary furniture makes the space feel crisp and comfortable.

The chef’s kitchen is perfect for entertaining.

The pool is shared by the main house (right) and connected guest bungalow and

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25 of the Best Coworking Spaces When You Can’t Live (or Work) Without Good Design

If you were drooling over the awesome office spaces of your favorite brands and wish you could work somewhere just as cool, you may be in luck! Coworking spaces are popping up around the world as digital nomads and entrepreneurs opt to get out of their pajamas and “adult it” in a shared office environment. Companies like WeWork are booming, thanks to the amazing amenities and high-design spaces they offer. Some of the amenities are pretty fabulous – and random. Besides the basics, like fiber-optic internet or good coffee, they may include:
  • A terrace
  • Restaurants and catered meals
  • Bars featuring daily Happy Hours
  • Arabic calligraphy lessons
  • Open 24 hours
  • Virtual Reality gaming rooms
  • Concierge services
  • Nap Pods
  • Yoga classes
  • Local beer on tap
For a monthly fee of as little as $30 on up to $600 or more for some of the more exclusive locations, you can work or hold
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Top Designers and Architects Speak: What’s In and Out in Home Design Trends for 2018

Ready to access the design hive mind? 1stdibs, the global marketplace for dealers and collectors of home design pieces, polled 40,000 of the world’s top interior designers and architects to predict what’s in and what’s out in home design trends for 2018. Research firm Surveys & Forecasts, LLC took the responses and tabulated them to find out what home design trends will dominate in 2018, what 2017 trends are on the way out and the most common mistakes clients make when redesigning a space. Here are the highlights:

What’s out for 2018

Minimalism will be minimized

An ultra-minimalist space in Tel Aviv. Image: Toledano Architects

The most surprising findings in the survey is that minimalism, which has been a favorite look for so long, is out. According to the survey, the look is down 3% from 2017 and designers will be looking to other styles for 2018. Here’s more:

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These 6 Home Improvements Are a Priority This Year, No Matter Your Budget

Better Home and Gardens just released the results of a national survey asking two distinct sets of homeowners what they want to change in their home for 2018. The 10th annual Home Factor survey polled two groups about home improvements they’d like to carry out this year: “luxury” homeowners who make more than $125,000 a year and “mass” homeowners who make less than $125,000 a year. They found that these two groups may not have the same money to spend, but they have the same priorities when it comes to upgrading their homes. Amy Panos, Home Editor at Better Homes and Gardens said, “Regardless of their income, homeowners care about creating an inviting home that has useful, upgraded spaces for family and friends to enjoy.”

Here are the top 6 home improvements that are a priority for 2018:

1. Painting rooms

Mid-Century Modern Lovers: Knoll Opens a Retail Store in Los Angeles

If you love mid-century modern design, you’ll want to take a field trip to the new Knoll store in Los Angeles for a little inspiration. In conjunction with the company’s 80th anniversary, the new Knoll Home Design Shop Los Angeles will let you get your hands on the company’s latest contemporary furniture. Textiles and tabletop accessories from the world’s leading designers and architects will also be available.
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One of the room settings at the new Knoll Home Design Shop Los Angeles. All images courtesy of Knoll.

No need to come with a designer — the new shop, which opened Jan. 18, is open to the public. Just a few blocks from the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, it’s the brand’s second retail location. The flagship midtown New York City location was a big hit.
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A chair wall at the Knoll Home Design Shop Los Angeles features a collection of its most iconic

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Best Consumer Electronics Show Home Trends for 2018

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is the biggest tech show around and the place where far-out innovations are introduced. You’ll see what’s coming up in the next few years, including driverless cars, robots, smart pet toys and … boxer briefs that block out cellphone radiation. It’s a free-for-all at the CES, with some brilliant intros and some that leave us wondering. So what do exhibitors at the show have in store for the home? Here are the coolest Consumer Electronics Show home trends for 2018.

1. Old school split-flap boards with a digital twist

The Consumer Electronics Show home trends for 2018 If you’re old enough to remember the analog floppy-letter boards that announced departures at train stations, you may be excited to hear that a startup called Vestaboard is bringing them back, but better. You can now create and schedule messages via your smartphone to wirelessly add to your board whenever you want. It
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16 Entry Decorating Ideas to Make You Want to Come and Go More Often

Do you have a designated spot by the front door to catch your keys, bag, shoes and more? If you don’t, you need one! Creating a beautiful and nicely organized foyer not only makes it easier to grab your keys on the way out, it’s the perfect place to check yourself before you go.
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A Scandinavian modern entryway that includes style and function. Image: Wettling Architects

If you’re wondering how to create the perfect foyer, you don’t need much. Depending on your space, start with a table or cabinet. Bowls or baskets can catch smaller things like keys or change. Be sure to add something on the wall to make the area look bigger. A mirror over the table opens up the space to look bigger and allows you to have a quick touch up before you go. Wall art is a good alternative. Everything else is up to you.
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Design 101: 5 Home Decorating Problems and How to Fix Them

No home is perfect, no matter how big or new it is. You may find issues with the layout, or storage or lighting. It can be a bigger challenge when you rent, since you usually can’t do much about the space you’re living in. But luckily, many home decorating problems have easy fixes you can tackle in just a few hours or a weekend. Here are five of the most common home decorating problems and how you can easily fix them.

1. My space feels small and cramped

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Skip the giant coffee table and add a small side table instead to reclaim space. And check out the cool mirror wall treatment. Image: Toronto Interior Design Group

If you feel like one of your biggest decorating problems is a small, cramped space, you can do a few things to improve it. Here’s a three-step action plan: 1: Start by decluttering the
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Modern vs. Contemporary Design: What’s the Difference?

Many people think modern and contemporary design are the same. But there’s a world of difference. They may be synonyms when describing many things, but in design, modern vs. contemporary are quite different.

Modern design refers to an era that has passed, while contemporary design is all about the now and the future.

The most popular modern design era is the mid-century modern era of the 1950s and 1960s. But Art Deco design of the 1920s or anything from then to the vintage look of the 1970s can also be considered modern. Here are the most popular elements and looks of modern vs. contemporary design.

Modern design often features wood and earthier elements

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Wood elements and nature-inspired decor play an important part in modern design. Image: Square Root Architecture

Contemporary design features state-of-the-art materials, glass and metals

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Glass, steel, porcelain and concrete are popular contemporary design materials. Image: Studio Ten

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Hottest 2018 Home Trends, According to Pinterest

Pinterest recently released a report about the top 100 trends based on Pinning activity. And the home and interior design category is blowing up. There’s currently more than 14 billion home looks on Pinterest and the category continues to grow, with a 75% increase in Pins compared to last year. Why hear what 2018’s trends will be from one company when you can get the lowdown from an entire cultural collective? Here are the hottest 2018 home trends, according to Pinterest.

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The ultimate staycation starts in your spa bathroom. Image: Bloc Architecture

Exotic resort living and spa-inspired bathrooms are big. According to Pinterest, the keyword “spa bathrooms” is up 269%. Looks like a zen, relaxing home environment that’s inspired by your favorite vacation will be one of the biggest 2018 home trends.

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A big wall art statement is a must for 2018. Image: Studio Mills Design

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Save the Dates: Best Modern and Architectural Home Tours for 2018

Are you a design voyeur? If you wonder what’s inside when you walk or drive by a home or apartment building, you’ll be pleased to know that there are architectural home tours throughout the country, which let you enter the best examples of contemporary and modern homes and check them out. Here are some of the best modern and architectural home tours for 2018. This list is not exhaustive, but features some of the best home tours for 2018.

Architectural Adventures | Miami | February 5-9

Get an insider’s look of some of Miami’s best commercial and residential projects organized by the American Institute of Architects.

Modernism Week | Palm Springs | February 15-25

One of the most vibrant home tours in the country, especially if you love mid-century modern design. There are shows, events, sales and bus tours that provide access to the best of Palm Springs architecture. This
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The 2018 HGTV Dream Home Is Here and You Can Shop the Pieces at Wayfair

The 2018 HGTV Dream Home Giveaway is here! The waterfront home, located in Gig Harbor, Washington, overlooks Puget Sound. Designed in a “livable coastal modern” style, the 3,500 square foot home sits on over 1 acre of land.
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The home’s great room, featuring an easy, coastal design style. Image: HGTV

Interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn furnished the dream house using 400 pieces from Wayfair. And you can shop the looks here. To keep it simple, Wayfair has published 119 room settings, complete with the items featured, making getting the look a no-brainer. Here’s our favorites items (and rooms) from the collection:

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The Best 2018 International Home Design Shows Open to the Public

Some of the best home design ideas are only available to industry experts. Trade fairs are conducted secretly and away from view from most of us. By the time we find out about the latest trend, it may be when it’s on the store shelves. But there’s good news! There are plenty of home design shows open to the public around the world and they’re a lot of fun.

Here’s a calendar of some of the best home design shows open to the public for 2018:

Bahrain 8 in 1 Expo | January 11-13

The Kingdom of Bahrain hosts this show, which includes Bahrain International Modern House, Health and Beauty International Expo, Fashion Time Exhibition and Perfume Expo, all in one place.

The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) Orlando, Florida | January 9-11

This show is normally open only to the trade. But if you’re a student, you can access the
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5 New Year’s Design Resolutions to Ring in a Stylish Home for 2018

Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? As 2017 goes out, so do some outdated styles and old trends. After careful review of what the international furnishings shows, top interior designers and home magazines all have to say, here are the latest modern home design trends of what’s in store for 2018 — and why you should add them to your design to-do list for 2018.

Design resolution 1: I will add more color to my home

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Adding bright-color decor to your neutral room is a quick and easy way to create a vibrant space. Image: JRP Design and Remodel

Designers and magazines across the board are calling for more color for 2018 and beyond. Although monochromatic white and grey spaces will always have a place in contemporary design, adding splashes of color by using accessories or paint is an easy and quick way to modernize a home.

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Fashionistas, Brace Yourself! Chanel Opened a Private Women’s Club in NYC

Coco Chanel, famous for her black-and-white signature fashion and accessories, may be long gone but she would love the latest venture in her name: the Coco Club. The private, invitation-only club is the first for the brand and opened in the Soho neighborhood in New York City.
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The invitation to the Coco Club opening in New York City. Image: Eventbrite

Coco was always a feminist. She embraced men’s clothing and used men’s tailoring in her designs. So a private women’s club inspired by a gentlemen’s club would be a natural progression for her brand. And the club’s design is inspired by one of her most iconic watches — the Boy-Friend. The colors of the interiors are graphic black and white with cream and gold accents everywhere.
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The entrance to the Coco Club. Image: Chanel

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