One of the reasons I love working for myself is that I have the opportunity to work from practically anywhere. That said, having a studio space has been such a game changer for me because when I arrive at my studio, I am in full work-mode and there are only the good distractions…like chatting with my studio-mates about projects, business tips, etc. I feel very lucky to have a space I can go anytime to create and work and feel good about leaving my work there (for the most part) :). My studio-mates and I lucked out in finding a creative and convenient space in the city at a reasonable price, but there are a few coworking spaces around the city that are perfect for startups, freelancers, small businesses, etc. A couple of weeks ago, I was so kindly invited to get a change of scenery and spend a day working from the WeWork South Station location.
I had a very productive day at the South Station location working from their common spaces. It was spacious, comfortable and filled with beautiful natural light and hardworking individuals. Another plus – I was right next to the free coffee and beer area (obviously I stuck to coffee)…but once 6pm rolled around, many of the members gathered around the common areas with a beer to chat and wind down after the work day.
Something that stuck out to me about the common spaces were the various options of seating – there were comfortable lounge areas for quick meetings/breaks, bar-height tables and then larger conference room-like tables for different kinds of work. From an interior design perspective, the space was on point!
Toward the end of the day, I was given a tour of the different WeWork floors and was quickly blown away by the creative and unique interior design elements in each space. I mean, did you see that floating conference table with swings above?! There was a mix of private working spaces for companies or individuals who utilize the space as their office on a daily basis, common spaces, print/mail areas and the conference rooms that you can reserve for meetings.
I feel really lucky to have a space to call my own, but if I was still looking – this would be right up my alley! Whether you are a startup, small business, freelancer, nonprofit – work can be really challenging and stressful and it’s places like WeWork that make putting in the long hours worth it.
For all of you Bostonians looking for a space to work, check out the two WeWork locations.
A few weeks ago at the SOWA market, my husband Cody and I ran into a familiar bag (yes, bag) at one of the booths. First, we thought someone is making bags very similar to the ones our friend makes in San Diego. Then we quickly realized it actually was the same bag and that they were selling Bradley Mountain products!! We were so excited to see a little piece of San Diego in Boston. After having the pleasure of chatting with April, the creative brains behind Boston General Store, we knew right away we were going to be big fans of her shop!
Recently, I learned they are in the home stretch of opening a brick & mortar shop in Coolidge Corner!! SO EXCITING! But the thing is… as we all know, construction costs can get crazy expensive and they could use our help to making this home permanent!
Just in case you didn’t hear, we bought a house (insert party emojicons)!!! That means, we have finally settled down and are going to be calling Boston “home” for a while! With a baby on the way, we are excited to have a little more space: a guest room (in addition to a nursery) and TWO BATHROOMS! Cody and I have never lived together with the luxury of having two bathrooms…living in an expensive city means you have to go without some items in a home and an extra bathroom has always been one of those for us. Anyway, if you need a little catch up, you can read about our journey to becoming first homeowners here.
Ready for the tour? Bear with me as this is a longer post… :)
So our new place is in a 3-story victorian built in 1905. We are the top floor with 3 bedrooms & 2 baths as well as a front and back deck (that need some serious structural help). The turn around time from the moment we saw the space to our offer being accepted was so quick that we didn’t have much time to think about every little detail. Looking at the space now without the previous owner’s items, we noticed it may need a bit more work than we originally thought…but we are really excited to make those changes to make this home feel more like us! Plus it will be fun documenting the process with you guys! I’ve never been my own client before and judging by how long it’s taking me to decide on a paint color… I can tell it’s going to be an interesting process! ;)
lighting: There are flush mounts and sconces in the hallway and we do not need both in this small hallway. We can’t decide which ones to keep +replace with new lights and which ones to cover up….any thoughts? There’s another flush mount closer to where I am standing when I took this photo fyi.
paint: we may keep this grey for now as it runs into the kitchen as well and we are painting pretty much every other room so tbd for now.
door: well, I would love to change it out for one without the ugly decorative window… but it’s just going to have to stay for now as we have more important items on the punch list. Living Room:
Lighting: How about those sconces with the nice decorative molding touch?? Haha nothing about those make sense to me and they aren’t even symmetrical on opposite walls. It’s just odd. Anyway, so those are coming down and we are patching it before our painter begins.
Paint: I think we are going for a light grey in here… tested Benjamin Moore’s Silver Satin + Gray Owl on the walls… gray owl is looking too blue and silver satin just isn’t doing it for me. Remember when I mentioned I am having a hard time deciding?? Yeah.
Furniture: we are needing a sectional or a large sofa that Cody and I can both lay on :) our existing sofa is too small and it’s not that cozy. This room gets nice light in the morning (it faces South) and we don’t have a dining room, so we are thinking of putting a bistro table + chairs by the windows for morning coffee.
Paint: this is the first thing happening in here as there are two different colors happening. We are going with the same neutral color we decide on for the living room…this will keep costs down for paint, plus having less colors in a house actually makes it feel larger and more cohesive.
Furniture: we recently bought a new bed and now we just need a new 5×8 rug, small (preferably round) nightstands and sconces or lamps. It’s tricky with the windows – but we love all of the natural light this room gets.
Future plans: possibly enlarging the closet and moving the doors so it doesn’t interfere with the door leading to the kitchen. Right now it’s really annoying having to close the door to access the closet. We might even do a pocket door instead? Who knows…tbd.
Ahh I love this room so much. There’s so much beautiful light, it’s spacious and the washer and dryer are in here. The tub is HUGE and is a jacuzzi – perfect for this pregnant gal :)
Paint: I think I want to do a dark grey or navy blue in here. I’ve been eyeing Benjamin Moore’s Chelsea Gray… but it depends on what we do in the master bedroom. Why are things much harder to select for yourself?! I can pick colors all day long for clients no problem.
Future Plans: replace vanity with a double sink (I think we can do this if we move the toilet over a bit), new tile everywhere, replace the mirror + lights. Eventually we will get a new washer and dryer but for now they are great and I LOVE not having a shared laundry unit anymore.
I’ve had a lot of people ask me what our nursery is going to look like and I swear I am in the process of designing it! More on this in a following post, I promise!
Paint: Our painter begins on the 27th and this room is one of the first to be painted…I wish these photos showed the blue as it actually looks – it’s much more green and feels so harsh.
Lighting/Windows: we need a new pendant and window treatments. I think we may do fabric roman shades because this room gets a lot of direct light in the morning.
Paint: we may keep this paint color for now, it’s a nice dark grey, but it doest need a bit of patching so I don’t know if we will just cover it for now with art or just go for it while we have our painter here. TBD.
Furniture: We are using our old bed for this room and I have a desk. Other than that, we need to make this space really nice as we are going to have a lot of guests in the upcoming months. I feel like I am neglecting this room on my list of priorities and it may need to bump up to the top. We need new bedding, table lamps, etc. Guest Bath:
Behold, the 2nd BATH! :) We are keeping the dark blue paint for now and I am thinking of adding those gold urchins above the towel bar.
Future Plans: New vanity, mirror and tile! For now, it’s just fine as it is. Just needs some decor!
Last but not least…
Future Plans: redo the flooring, backsplash, countertops, hardware, paint the walls, replace the appliances and add an island with barstools with two pendants above.
For now, we are going to make do! Except the tiles are really bugging Cody…a few of them are loose and cracked. Nursery comes first though :)
Whew, bravo if you were able to stick with me through that long of a post. So, what do you think?! I can’t tell you how excited I am to share this process with you guys! We will be sure to share all the behind the scenes…even the mistakes and learning experiences that I know will happen along the way!
As an entrepreneur, it can be tough to find a space to work or meet with a client where you can really focus. Even professionals that need an hour outside of the office to really focus or just take a break from the hustle, it’s hard to find a place to really getaway. Let’s be honest – a coffee shop isn’t ideal. Most of the time you can’t snag a seat and if you do get lucky, it’s either next to the loudest person on earth or lacks an outlet. Last week, my studiomates and I had the opportunity to get a change of scenery from our studio and work from a couple of the Breather locations in Back Bay (Boston).
What’s Breather, you ask? Well my friends, Breather is a start-up that offers beautifully-designed private spaces around the city that you can reserve by the hour through their app. A few things I loved about working in a Breather:
– the spaces are well-designed. obviously a huge bonus in my books. :) I like that they have a bit of an industrial-feel and couldn’t get enough of the gorgeous kilim rugs!
– the booking process is SUPER easy. download the app, select a date/time, give your payment information, then once you arrive at the door…open your app and it will provide you with a code to unlock the door.
– the gorgeous views from the Gloucester St. locations of Newbury St.
– how convenient the locations are – Back Bay is a great destination for me when I need to get some work done or meet with a client fairly close to home (when I am not at my studio).
– being able to spread out on the large tables and utilizing their white boards. I forgot how much I love a good white board…especially for brainstorming sessions!
My lovely studiomates are pictured above! On the left is Kathryn of Bash Studio + The Everyday Napkin and on the right is Nicole of Nicole Baas Photography. Other unique ways you can use a Breather:
– book club meetings
– baby shower
– a break after shopping on Newbury St.
– client meetings
– team brainstorming sessions
– the options are endless!
Breather is currently located in: Montreal, Ottawa, New York City, Boston and San Francisco. However, they are rapidly growing so be on the look out for additional cities! If you are in Boston, check out the current locations – and again, keep an eye out for additional spaces in the near future. :)
To sign up, visit Breather online or download the app, and you can use the code CCDSRJ to get a free hour at the location of your choice!
I would love to know how you would use a Breather?
photos of us utilizing the Breather spaces by: Michael Parks Randa of Collie Woods
I took over the Cardtorial instagram this weekend and had so much fun using different Cardtorial products in creative ways. Here are a few of the photos! Oh and guess what?! We close on our new home this week! FINALLY! Our move in date is the 15th but we have a lot to get accomplished by that day so we are thankful for the extra couple of weeks in our apartment. I hope you guys have a great week!