Spaces We Love: IDEO


IDEO, one of the world’s most innovative companies, has one of the world’s most innovative offices. The global design firm has 10 offices throughout the world – from Singapore to London to Chicago – each of them unique in style, but connected in its brand and values. IDEO’s San Francisco office is located in the Port District…and it doesn’t get much cooler than this. The building has incredible bones.

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Celebrating Women Honored – San Diego’s Most Inspirational Women


San Diego Magazine‘s Celebrating Women event honored dynamic San Diego women committed to creating positive change with power networking, a compelling panel discussion, and the announcement of special award winners at the Museum of Contemporary Art La Jolla on September 28.

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Workspace Trends: Stand Up Desks, Treadmill Desks, and Surf-in-Place Desks


As employee health and wellness is brought to the forefront of today’s workplace, alternatives for sitting at a desk for seven or more hours a day are becoming increasingly popular. Slogans like “Sitting is the new smoking,” and “Sitting is the most underrated health threat of modern time,” have only brought attention to some of our nation’s challenges of obesity, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Enter creative desk solutions. It started with the “stand up desk” – the easiest and least expensive way to combat sitting at your desk for hours at a day while still getting your work done.

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Spaces We Love: Intesa Communications’ Urban Tree House


Intesa Communications Group’s west coast headquarters in San Diego is nothing short of creative, lofty, and inspiring. The PR, government relations, and digital firm occupies the Design Center on 5th Avenue, which was built in 1949 and designed by world-renowned mid-century architect, Lloyd Ruocco. Nestled into the trees in Hillcrest – and surrounded by some of the most popular restaurants in the city – this space feels like an urban tree house.

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How To Stand Out In A Meeting


5 Key Strategies to Help You Shine in Front of a Business Audience 

It’s widely known that women are underrepresented in key leadership positions and in the C-Suite throughout corporate America. According to the Center for American Progress, while women make up 45% of the overall S&P 500 labor force, they hold only 19% of board seats, and only 4.6% of CEO slots.  Women also aren’t known for speaking up and standing out in meetings as much as their male counterparts. Whether it’s the cause – or the result – of women’s underrepresentation in the corporate hierarchy, it’s important that women in professional settings feel confident, respected, and appreciated when sharing their opinions and asking questions in meetings.

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Spaces We Love: Lululemon’s Vancouver Headquarters


There are few brands that I love as much as I love Lululemon. I would wear it all day, every day, if I could get away with it. I am still waiting for the high-end athletic wear retailer to put out a “professional” wear-to-work line. A girl can dream!

Aside from being a great company with amazing and stylish products, Lululemon also has an incredible office in Vancouver, Canada. It’s exactly how I would envision the active wear giant’s headquarters to look – characterized by clean lines, natural elements, and warm tones.

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Commercial Landlords: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly


As an exclusively tenant-focused commercial real estate broker, I get asked almost daily what makes a landlord a good landlord, and whether it really matters to a tenant if they lease space from a good landlord versus to a bad one.

There are many qualities that differentiate the good from the bad, but there is really only one quality that matters. Respect. Respect for their building and how they take care of it. Respect for their staff, as that staff is on the front line working with the tenants day in and day out. Respect for the brokers that support them and help fill their buildings. And, most importantly, respect for the one thing that makes this whole business work: the tenant – the ultimate customer in this whole equation.

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Spaces We Love: Red Ventures’ North Carolina HQ


“The average American spends 1,804 hours at work each year. So why not make it a place that drives innovation, creativity and fun?” – Red Ventures

I love a company with that philosophy!

As a real estate enthusiast – and someone who loves diving into a company’s culture (and the impact it has on its office space) – I appreciate when companies design their offices with innovation, creativity, and fun in mind.

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Spaces We Love: IKEA’s Innovation Lab in Copenhagen

“Innovation is the only way to win.” – Steve Jobs

Steve Job’s quote certainly holds true for the Swedish furniture giant, IKEA. In conjunction with Rebel Agency, a Swedish design company, IKEA launched Space10 with the purpose of innovating and planning for the future of home design and urban living. Opened in late 2015, Space10 is housed in an old, 11,000 square foot fishery building in Copenhagen’s meatpacking district.

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24 Hours in Palm Springs

Palm Springs

Palm Springs is the perfect Southern California weekend escape.  It’s a short-drive away from most SoCal cities, has over 300 days of sunshine each year, and has countless glamorous hotels, restaurants, art galleries, and shops, as well as beautiful hikes, bike trails, and outdoor activities.  It has something for everyone.

Where to Stay

Parker Palm Springs 2

The Parker Palm Springs is classic Palm Springs post-modern glam.  Designed by Jonathan Adler, the hotel is colorful, bright, and incredibly chic.  It also has incredible grounds.  Set on 13 acres, the complex features restaurants, three pools, tennis courts, a spa and fitness center, and fun lawn games.  That being said, the rooms were a bit worn and outdated, and if we were to do it over again, we’d love to try out the Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage, which just opened in 2014.

What to Do

Cable Car

Palm Springs is the perfect place to relax.  Lay by the pool.  Book those couples’ massages.  Read a good book on the lawn at the Parker.

If you’re more adventurous, we loved the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.  The tram takes you two and a half miles over the gorgeous wilderness in the Mt. San Jacinto State Park.  At the peak, there are several restaurants, an observatory, and great hiking trails – all with a view of the desert from 8,516 feet!

Take a stroll down Palm Canyon Drive – there is great window shopping!

We also ventured over to El Paseo in Palm Desert for plenty of high-end stores (we spent some time in Williams Sonoma – our favorite!) and great restaurants (we can’t pass up Tommy Bahamas’ world famous coconut shrimp!).

Where to Eat

We loved Spencer’s Restaurant for dinner!  The restaurant is gorgeous, high-end, and romantic, and the outdoor patio is incredible.  We sat outside under the stars with lit lanterns hanging from the trees and a fire pit adjacent to our table.  The menu had a wide variety of items – mostly of American cuisine with steak, chicken, and plenty of fish options.

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