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Sep 18

14 Designers Share Their Best Productivity Tips

What is it about the beginning of fall that always brings out the back-to-school spirit in us?

It doesn’t matter how long it’s been since you graduated school, there’s something about September that makes us want to turn over a new leaf and be more productive. So, we get organized, set bigger goals for ourselves, and buy some super chic office supplies.

Of course, it’s important to make sure our new, hyper-organized, super-productive lifestyle lasts, which is where the design community comes in. From scheming up new collections to scaling their businesses, they’re pros at bolstering creativity, increasing productivity, and getting stuff done year-round.

Below, 14 design experts share their best tips for starting this fall on the right professional foot:

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Aug 18

A Ceramicist Turned Her Living Room into a Coworking Studio — House Tour

Name: Marianne Tolosa and my husband, Jamie, and our two cats, Pickles and Suki.
Location: Falls Church, Virginia
Size: 1,600 square feet
Years lived in: 4 years owned, but we just created the co-working space 3 months ago

When looking to buy our home one of our most important criteria was finding a house with a cozy entertaining space. As a full-time artist who once worked as a barista I think that fostering community and creativity while gathering with your friends over delicious coffee can be good for the soul! My husband and I frequently talk about opening a gallery-coffee shop combination someday, but until that happens we’ve tried hard to make our home into a creative oasis.

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Jun 18

This Ceramic Studio in a Red Hook Warehouse is a Maker's Dream Space — Workspace Tour


Editor’s note: We’re re-running this tour because Helen Levi is launching a new dinnerware line on June 14th and we’re excited! Her work is beautiful, earthy and a favorite of mine, and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for 2018. — Adrienne Breaux, House Tour Editor


Helen—whose simple, craft-filled home we toured—also has a beautiful studio in Red Hook where she creates her beautiful ceramic pieces. And, Billy—the shop dog—came along, too. She recently made some beautiful dinner plates for a dinner given by the wildly talented Orin Swift, of Orin Swift Wines.

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Jun 18

Check Out This Co-Working Village Made of Shipping Containers

Believe it or not, working from the local coffee shop isn’t always as cool as it sounds. Given the advent of the increasingly popular co-working space, it’s apparent that quite a few coffee-chugging remote employees would agree. Dutch architect Julius Taminiau has expounded upon this concept of creating special places to get stuff done with Startup Village, an inventive co-working space in Amsterdam Science Park in the Netherlands that’s made entirely of colorful shipping containers. (Creativity and upcycling, FTW.)

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May 18

What Working From a Tiny 90-Square-Foot Spare Room Is Really Like

Philadelphia-based designer and illustrator Alisa Wismer has discovered the perfect living and working setup for where’s she’s at in her career. “I actually live at home (you’re thinking, ‘Typical millennial,’ right?), but it makes sense for where I’m at right now,” she says. “My parents have been super supportive in my decision to work for myself while I try to build my own business up.” She creates her illustration and stationery work—as well as graphic design, branding and web design for clients—from a teeny but bright 90-square-foot spare room. It’s the perfect example of how a small home office can be a motivating and inspiring space.

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Apr 18

A Nature-Loving Artist's 390-Square-Foot Studio Apartment — House Tour

Name: Lisa Vanin
Location: Toronto, Canada
Size: 390 square feet
Years lived in: 7.5 years, renting

A few years ago Apartment Therapy took a tour of illustrator/fine artist Lisa Vanin’s Pint-Size Storybook Nook in Toronto. With the current challenges and sky rocketing rents in the city, rather than move somewhere new when she started to feel restless, Lisa decided to stay put and change the decor to give the space a new and fresh feeling. Check out the updates that she’s made to her “old fashioned” space. —

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Apr 18

The Wing's New D.C. Location Is Stunning, Historical, and More Important Than Ever

Popular women’s co-working space, The Wing, has officially begun its (highly anticipated) seven-city expansion. The first stop? The historic Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

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