This Online Estate Sale Site Has Digs as Cool as the Virtual Auctions It Hosts

For all those estate sale lovers who have a penchant for, perhaps, a seat from Crosley Field or a set of bronzed baby-shoes bookends, online auction site Everything But The House provides a sort of instant gratification that was once only found on lucky Saturday mornings in posh suburbs. The Cincinnati-based retailer launched in 2008 and has grown substantially in the past four years since scaling the business, opening 27 offices around the country. The company’s 16-person Los Angeles outpost needed digs to reflect its brand’s mission. “At the project’s outset, I worked with interior designer Peter Dolkas to conceptualize an open space office where there would be moments throughout that would inspire our team,” said EBTH merchandising vp Michelle Lee. “Peter’s vibe is a little more traditional, California contemporary, and mine is more midcentury, eclectic and vintage, so it was a great balance. Ultimately, we wanted to make sure the office felt authentic—filled with the kinds of pieces that are discoverable on our site.”

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Details

The EBTH conference room was inspired by Mad Men. The team wanted the feel of a 1960s ad agency. They added a California twist with succulents from the area and California pottery that had a ‘60s vibe.

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California style

Touches from the California West are infused throughout the office. “The pottery is from Joshua Tree and the print is Pablo Picasso, called Toros Y Toreros,” Lee said.

“The macrame was handwoven by a local Los Angeles artisan,” explained Lee. 

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What’s on the walls

“This is a midcentury impressionist piece of a woman, signed ‘Kent,’” Lee said. “I chose it because it almost feels like she’s a protector of the space. That’s why she’s on the front wall. She’s watching over the space for us.” 

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Welcome vibes

The EBTH team wanted the lobby area to have a mini-library vibe. The bookshelf is stocked with selections bought on EBTH.com. 

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Conferencing in style

The team paid homage to 1970s Hollywood Regency with this breakout room. Added Lee: “The last thing we did in this room was add a gallery wall to give it a warm and eccentric feel.”

“The artwork on the back wall is a mix of late 1960s and 1970s of a somewhat obscure artist,” said Lee. “You’ll also see two charcoal drawings that are quite special and part of a series called Sweet Nothing by an artist who goes simply by ‘Esther.’ We own print No. 2 and No. 4.”
 

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Homage

This meeting room is a tribute to Milo Baughman who designed the chairs.

This story first appeared in the October 17, 2016 issue of Adweek magazine.
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