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Name: Tali Roth

Occupation: Interior designer

Where I work: At my home office in Melbourne, Australia.

What time I start: 9 a.m., but I usually have to chat with the U.S. at around 7.

What time I clock out: 5 p.m., and then I pick up again on my sofa at 7:30. 

Three words that describe my space: Chic, pretty, and well stocked.

The most important thing in my office: Definitely my stone samples. The most wonderful materials that inform a beautiful design come from the earth.

What’s on the walls: I have some amazing art—a photograph by Oded Bality of an ultra-Orthodox wedding in Israel and a beautiful abstract painting gifted to me by a friend. My pinboard always has some great saves or Polaroids, etc.

My current creative fuel: Movies, because travel has been so inconsistent. I saw In the Heights and wept. I felt totally alive watching that! I think any good play, movie, or even TV show can push your brain to places you haven’t explored in a while (like NYC!), which in turn makes you feel more.

What I turn to when I’m stuck: Traveling helps so much. However, in the new world, vintage shopping transports me.

How I stay organized: My written lists, my digital lists, and my calendar reminders. It’s taken me years to get on top of my natural inclination to be a forgetful flake.

Favorite pen: Unfortunately I am the kind of person who never has a pen (this dates back to primary school), so I haven’t had the time to develop that type of connection to a writing instrument. My favorite pen is any pen [at all].

Best notebook: I have a Papier personalized notebook. I go through a few a year and use them every day!

Desk chair that I could (and do) spend hours in: LOL. My chair is truly uncomfortable but so so attractive. It’s the Meandre Side Chair from Design Freres.

How I fight the 3 p.m. slump: See below.

Ideal office snack: I forget to eat, and I don’t have a kitchenette in my office, so when I start to feel faint, I usually bounce across the road to the cute milk bar (our version of a bodega) and get garlic dip, hummus, and jalapeño chips for a delicious gluten-free snack session.

Preferred soundtrack: Maggie Rogers, Lana Del Rey, and anything Silverchair from the ’90s.

Roth’s Must-Haves

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