Name: Angela Elias - Popsugar Home
Location: Castro Valley, CA
Tell us a little about your blog/business?: I'm an editor at Popsugar Home, a national home décor site offering decorating inspiration, design trends, and curated products ranging from the budget to the bespoke.
When and why did you join that site?: After working in public relations for a while, I was itching to get back to my editorial roots. I studied journalism in college, interned and freelanced at San Francisco magazine after graduating, and then landed a job at a boutique PR agency representing style-driven brands. After contributing to the agency's blog and working closely with so many design clients, I decided to make a switch again and joined POPSUGAR Home.
Describe your workspace/office: Since I work from POPSUGAR's San Francisco headquarters almost every day, it's more utilitarian than my home office. My desk at POPSUGAR is my workhorse (think company-issued filing cabinets, a spot for my noise canceling headphones, etc.). At home, I'm a little more indulgent. My desk faces the television and behind me are sliding glass doors that lead to the yard. On sunny days, I like to try and spend part of my time outside.
Could you tell us a few of your favorite detail(s) of your workspace?: Instead of an office chair, I've embraced the cube ottoman. It forces good posture, is cushioned, and best of all, tucks under my desk when I'm not sitting on it! I'm also crazy about the chrome, midcentury floor lamp I scored at the Treasure Island Flea Market – it's the perfect task light but doesn't take up room on my desk.
What's always on your desk?: I always have some sort of plant or floral situation. In the Spring and Summer, I treat myself to fresh flowers – even if it's just a bouquet from Trader Joe's. The justification came when I looked at a receipt and realized I had spent more on a candy bar than a bouquet of Snap Dragons. Guess which one lasted longer?
Could you share what inspires your work and/or workspace?: I'm visually motivated – big shock – so I like to surround myself with as much eye candy as possible. It's simple things like making sure that the small necessities are as good looking as possible (did you know there are gold paper clips?), keeping my Pinterest tab open to see what beautiful things people are discovering, or having a stack of design glossies at the ready.
Any tips or advice about office décor, layout, or organization you've learned from your workspace?: Don't settle for pieces that scream "office" – especially if it's a home office. Grant yourself permission to spend a little more money or time hunting for furniture and accessories that represent your personal style.
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(Images: Angela Elias)
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