D.C. Workspaces: My Little Bird
Mary Carpenter My Little Bird
November 28, 2014

Like many Internet startups, My Little Bird has no central office. Instead, this D.C. website “for grown up girls” operates from the living rooms and offices of its editors, in homes scattered throughout the nation’s capital and even beyond its borders.

The lively culture site is run by five women, four of whom used to work for—or are involved with—the editorial staff of The Washington Post. Their website, launched in March 2014, is designed to be a guide for women on what to do and what to know about D.C. culture.

The site features a combination of general health, lifestyle and design advice as well as more specific D.C. metropolitan information, including neighborhood-based retail maps designed for both the city newcomer and the longtime resident looking for somewhere new to go. The women at My Little Bird hope their site will be the only place people need to go to in order to be at the forefront of D.C. life.

Associate Editor Mary Carpenter has set up shop in her spacious and cozy northwest D.C. home, splitting her time between a downstairs standing desk where she does her research and editing in an upstairs attic space designed specifically for writing.

The downstairs space has a view of Carpenter’s back garden. She works at a homemade standing desk in order to keep up circulation and energy while on the job.
Her attic space is accentuated by low light and a wide array of, despite what it may look like, very carefully arranged papers. Carpenter is a visual person, and likes to have printed copies of the materials she works with, for both her job at My Little Bird as well as for her freelance work.