OCCUPATION: Creator, executive producer, and writer of Weeds
EXEC FILES: Channeling the Bohemian vibe of Showtime's Golden Globe-winning show, Kohan created a comfy writing nest in Los Angeles with the help of Weeds set decorator Julie Bolder. Tibetan prayer blankets and paisley pillows keep the mood chill for this mother of three, who seldom finds quiet writing time at home. "It doesn't feel corporate, it feels cozy," says Kohan, 42, who peps up her Zen space with fun curiosities like cookie jars and mini pinball machines. We had to ask — will season eight be the last for Weeds? Kohan's lips are sealed, but one thing is certain: The show will go out with a bong.
OCCUPATION: Google fashion and style specialist
EXEC FILES: You may not think of the search engine as a fashion resource, but if Brock, 29, has her way, Google Shopping will someday be a hub for retail, deals, and product reviews. Brock's job is to keep it chic by pinpointing trends and finding standout pieces. Strewn across her desk are designer look books, hot new nail polishes, and pages she's ripped from magazines. Not that Brock's office is a standout at the Google HQ in Mountain View, California. "We're encouraged to personalize our space," she says, "so some floors have paintings on the walls or pages from comic books. Some are even covered in oversize photos of city streets."
OCCUPATION: Makeup artist and founder of Sonia Kashuk Beauty
EXEC FILES: If you're looking for a flattering wall color, why not take pointers from a beauty mogul? "Pink immediately throws a little blush on everybody," says Kashuk, 53, who chose Benjamin Moore's Deep Carnation for her office. "It makes everyone look better." Kashuk, who's been selling her line at Target since 1999, set up office in a 2,800-square-foot studio in her Manhattan apartment building so her teenage son and daughter could easily pop by for visits — when she's there. "I could be in a lab or in a business meeting," says the busy exec. "Last week, I spent two days in the studio with Cindy Crawford and the next two in Target stores."
OCCUPATION: President and CEO, The Paley Center for Media
EXEC FILES: When you've spent 40 years in the media industry, you don't have to think too hard about what goes on your walls: Photos of you with Steven Spielberg, Barbara Walters, and Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg do the trick just fine. Mitchell's star-studded space befits this consummate media insider, who's hard at work turning the former Museum of Television & Radio into a vital, buzzy media think tank, starting with her own office. "Being a nonprofit, we did not have the funds to create a completely new space," she says, "so I made it more my style with light colors, paintings, and personal touches."
OCCUPATION: Founder and CEO, Go Try It On
EXEC FILES: Fashion and tech are all about what's new, but Evans looked to the old to inspire the downtown New York offices of Go Try it On, a website and app that helps solve users' what-to-wear dilemmas. A sleek open space helps the ideas flow freely, while vintage, blacksmith-style touches signal that real building happens here. "The wood and iron reflect an old carpentry office, remind us that we are here to work—in a very raw way," says the 28-year-old of her light-filled digs. In case the team needs added inspiration, the Brooklyn Bridge and Empire State building are right outside.
"We keep a dish with keys from all the different offices we've had — they show how far we've come."
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