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Here’s an actual scenario: Your office is so gorgeous that you willingly stay late instead of rushing home. These five Bay Area work spaces can definitely count “design envy” among the reasons their employees want to go there every day. It’s no wonder they’re inspired.

Kristen Loken


Located on the top floor of an historic downtown Oakland building and flooded with natural light, Ruby Press’s space feels more living room than public relations office. A cognac leather Chesterfield sofa, Mongolian lamb throw pillows and a vintage Turkish kilim rug lend a decidedly Bohemian vibe, while modern touches, like gold wheat-sheaf lamps and a Françoise Hardy black-and-white portrait, keep it looking refined. Plus, the pops of pink and red are ultra-feminine.

Everlane/Carlos Chavarria


It took 20 gallons of white paint to get Everlane’s SoMa office and newly opened showroom looking this bright. Sunlight streams through the large windows and skylights of the former 1920s laundry facility, highlighting the open-concept space (no conference rooms or cubicles here). Wood-topped desks were even custom-designed by the team at the city’s own Ohio Design.

Jonah Podbereski


The founders of experiential marketing firm Grow Marketing wanted a cozy Parisian vibe with lots of different nooks and crannies, so they hired Josef Medellin to design a custom work space on the top two floors of this historic Jackson Square building. Victorian molded walls, a hand-painted antique mantelpiece and fluffy pink chairs greet visitors at reception.

Spencer Toy


Situated on the second floor above a soon-to-open artisanal food marketplace in Oakland’s Jack London Square, Sunset magazine’s shiny new headquarters take up a whopping 20,000 square feet--complete with a glass-walled wine cellar, a gorgeous test kitchen and a camera-ready show kitchen. RMW Architecture & Interiors (you know, the guys who did the Twitter building) designed a “village” of rooms to express the spirit of Sunset’s indoor-outdoor lifestyle with wood trellises, cork flooring and Heath Ceramics backsplashes.

Justin Vandever


A spiral staircase winds up from the ground-floor reception to Made PR’s industrial loft space in a former Mission tattoo parlor. The jungle-like office features exposed brick and original wood beams, along with an assortment of plant life handpicked by designers at Flora Grubb Gardens. Local shop owner Hope Colling (The Mason Jar and Marmalade) created a living-room-like meeting area with finds from the famous Alameda flea market.

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