Sick of sharing your work space? Use these designer hacks to set up an efficient home office

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Need some me time? We get it. (Photo: Getty Images)
Need some me time? We get it. (Photo: Getty Images)

With all of us conducting business from our counters and sofas these days, having a dedicated home office is on everyone’s wish list. Case in point: Havenly, an online interior design service, says that requests for home offices skyrocketed from 6 percent in 2019 to 26 percent today. And since February requests have gone up 160 percent.

“It all jumped the week of March 16, when the world went indoors,” says Lee Mayer, CEO of Havenly. “Even when we can go back, more people will work from home than ever before. So having a space you can be productive in will continue to be

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Is working from home not working so well? Use these designer hacks to carve out a happy office nook

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Yes, it's possible to create a happy work space at home. (Photo: Getty Images)
Yes, it’s possible to create a happy work space at home. (Photo: Getty Images)

With all of us conducting business from our counters and sofas these days, having a dedicated home office is on everyone’s wish list. Case in point: Havenly, an online interior design service, says that requests for home offices skyrocketed from 6 percent in 2019 to 26 percent today. And since February requests have gone up 160 percent.

“It all jumped the week of March 16, when the world went indoors,” says Lee Mayer, CEO of Havenly. “Even when we can go back, more people will work from home than ever before. So having a space you can be productive in

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Designer Kelly Finley Donates Her Services to COVID-19 Essential Workers

Though the coronavirus pandemic has brought the world to a standstill over the last three months, the design community—from big brands to small businesses—has stepped up to help in a wide range of ways, whether that be sewing masks, donating goods, or organizing fundraisers. And sometimes they’re helping out by acknowledging and thanking essential workers.

Take, for instance, Oakland-based designer Kelly Finley. Finley, a former lawyer, runs the nonprofit Joy Street Initiative, an offshoot of her studio Joy Street Design. Joy Street Initiative typically works on community efforts like renovating women’s shelters in the Bay Area. When the pandemic slowed down the organization’s scheduled projects, Finley decided to redirect its resources to COVID-19 frontliners—a term she uses broadly to encompass everyone from medical professionals to grocery store employees to delivery people—by setting up a giveaway on Instagram last month.

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Become Your Own Interior Designer With One of These Online Classes

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You’re spending a lot of time at home these days. Your kitchen table is now your home office and your living room doubles as a yoga studio and third grade classroom.  It’s hard not to closely examine your surroundings and get the itch to rearrange the furniture and spruce things up a bit.

Rethinking your space can provide a welcome distraction and offer a sense of control in these uncertain time. But before you start aimlessly scouring the internet for furniture configurations and paint colors, consider educating yourself in the art of interior design by enrolling in an online course. There are tons of great online classes that are affordable and will give you the tools and insider knowledge to become more confident in making home decor decisions.

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