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There’s something about the beach (and not wanting to leave it) that makes us want to take a piece of the sandy shore home. Camila Alves McConaughey knows this feeling all too well. The entrepreneur and founder of lifestyle and community website, Women of Today, has filled her Austin, Texas, office with treasures sourced from around the world. One such object is a brass bowl on her desk filled with tiny seashells. McConaughey recently enlisted the help of Restoration Hardware’s interior design team to give her travel tokens—no matter how small—new meaning.   

“The RH Interior Design team was wonderful and found just the perfect way to include a few pieces that carry sentimental value, [including] these gorgeous shells I brought home from Mauritius that ended up working nicely within the overall space,” shares McConaughey.

Of course, they didn’t stop at meaningful mementos. McConaughey worked with the designers to incorporate pieces from RH Interiors and RH Modern that lent themselves to a timeless, layered aesthetic, complete with earth tones and contoured silhouettes. Here are three things we’re taking away from her sun-drenched outpost.

Don’t Feel Bound by Traditional Seating Arrangements

One of McConaughey’s biggest must-haves for her fresh workspace was having enough seating for her team. “It was important [to me] that the office felt relaxed and not stiff. [I didn’t want to] restrict the team to desk work only,” she shares. A woven bench, leather pouf, and modern armchair take the place of stuffy swivel chairs. “There’s [enough] variety for everyone to choose a spot to sit and work,” adds McConaughey.

“The Moroccan high-pile wool rug is a game changer. It caught my eye in the very beginning of this project.”

Invest in a Rug You’d Want in Your Living Room

Sure, an office can sneak by with a sturdy desk and good lighting, but McConaughey didn’t want her workspace to feel like just another corporate setting—she wanted it to feel like home. “The Moroccan high-pile wool rug is a game changer,” she says. “It caught my eye in the very beginning of this project.” The plush piece exudes warmth and serves as a cozy anchor for the wood-clad room. It’s practically an invitation to kick off your shoes, shoot off some emails, and stay awhile.

Ditch the Paper Planner

On one side of the office, the Texas sun streams in through a large glass window. Look a little closer and you’ll catch the Women of Today team’s monthly agenda. What better way to celebrate big ideas than with a larger-than-life calendar that’ll cut your paper waste in half?

“When possible, my team and I always try to make an effort to be environmentally conscious. We brainstorm a lot in the office, and instead of wasting easel paper (and office space) week after week, it just seemed logical to have a few of the windows double up as a dry-erase board,” she explains.

“Instead of wasting easel paper (and office space) week after week, it just seemed logical to have a few of the windows double up as a dry-erase board.”

Calendars (both color-coded and eco-friendly) rule in McConaughey’s world—and for good reason. Her crew is currently hard at work putting together their next community event, which might pop up in your neighborhood if you’re lucky. “We held our inaugural event last month in Round Top, Texas,” says McConaughey. “It was a major hit, and the overwhelming feedback inspired us to bring this experience to a larger market.”

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