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Design Ideas to Steal From the Coolest Women's Social Spaces

MARCH 14, 2018
Photo credit: The Assembly San Francisco, photographed by Andrea Posadas

The women’s club movement has roots in the late 19th century, but lately, we’re seeing a surge in new women’s clubs, many of which are againing buzz thanks to their thoughtful and stylish interior design. Given that it is Women’s History Month, we thought we’d take a tour of some of the coolest new women’s social spaces around the country—and while we’re at it, garner a little design inspiration.

Read on for some seriously beautiful design eye candy.


The Assembly, San Francisco

Photo credit: Andrea Posadas via Advice From a 20 Something

Based in the Mission District in San Francisco, recently opened clubhouse The Assembly is a place for women to come together to focus on self-care, inner strength, and personal growth. Located in a converted chapel, it boasts soaring ceilings, original stained-glass windows, and other stunning architectural details. The space was designed by Instagram sensations Sara and Rich Combs of @TheJoshuaTreeHouse. The designers married their signature desert style with historic preservation to create a calming, eclectic space to work, relax, and exercise. Here are a few design ideas we’ve pulled from The Assembly.


Mix Organic Elements

To achieve a natural aesthetic, the Combs mix natural elements like leather poufs, tree stump stools, and sheepskin throws. The combination brings in a bit of the outdoors on a chilly San Francisco day.

Balance Large and Small Prints

Kilim rugs and throws and other exotic textiles are a theme throughout the bohemian space. To keep it all from looking too busy, the designers balanced large-scale prints with small scale-prints, as well as a few solid textiles as well.

Photo credit: Andrea Posadas via Advice From a 20 Something


The Wing, New York

 Photo credit: Suzanna Howe for Domino

Originally launched in the Flatiron, now with locations in SoHo, DUMBO, and soon, Washington DC, The Wing is a women’s community that’s part shared workspace, part social club. It was designed by Hilko Designs, in collaboration with Chiara deRege. Rooted in French modernism, the Wing’s locations showcase an assortment of pieces by female artists.


Cue Up a Soft Palette—With Edge

The Wing’s soft palette of sage greens, Millennial pinks, and cool blues is fittingly feminine, but a few “surprise” colors, like the traffic-light yellow chandelier in the conference area above gives the space edge.

Make Your Banquettes Work Harder

A banquette or window seat is always a good idea if you have an empty window or wall to spare. But don’t stop at a cushion and pillows. Pull up a small bistro table and a chair to make space for work or having a bite.

Photo credit: The Wing


The Hivery, Mill Valley

Photo credit: The Hivery

Located in Mill Valley, California, The Hivery is a collaborative and creative coworking space where women can pursue their work, passions, and what’s next. The 3,000-square-foot outpost was designed by LeAnn Wanninger of Design Renegades, a Mill Valley interior design firm. It’s light, bright, and airy with pops of yellow.


Keep It Simple

Designed as a creative workspace, The Hivery was strategically unfinished, allowing room for members to be creative with its not-overly-stylistic interiors. If you’re designing an office of your own, keep things simple with white and wood furniture and maybe a pop of color or a patterned pillow here and there.

Don’t Forget Function

It may be tempting to wallpaper your office or bring in a funky armchair, but don’t forget you’ll be working there all day. Be thoughtful about desk chairs you’ll be comfortable in (do you want wheels?) and make sure outlets are installed wherever you’ll need them.

Photo credit: The Hivery

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