You Can Win A Chance to Have a Virtual Consultation with Decorator Nathan Turner

Photo credit: Courtesy of Wallshoppe
Photo credit: Courtesy of Wallshoppe

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The design world is raising money for communities hit hardest by the novel coronavirus with the Design Unites auction, which has launched its second batch of biddable items. And a virtual consultation with Nathan Turner and the Creative Director of Wallshoppe—along with a complete party kit from Social Studies—are at the top of our wish list from the latest round of unique items and one-of-a-kind experiences up for auction.

Eighty percent of all funds raised through the Charitybuzz sale, put together by ELLE Decor, Town & Country, House Beautiful, and VERANDA, will go directly to Habitat for Humanity’s COVID-19 Emergency Housing Response Fund. New items and experiences will be added to the site through December.

The charity sale raised over $18,000 in its first round, and the second lot, which you can find outlined below, will be

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DesignGivers Virtual Interior Design Consultation

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Courtesy of Keith Baltimore

Over the past few months, New York-based designer Keith Baltimore found himself contemplating how he could help support the frontline workers combating the coronavirus pandemic. Similar to many fellow designers, Baltimore almost immediately began working with textile workrooms to produce masks for healthcare worker, but the decorator felt that more had to be done.

So when his friend and fellow designer Annette Jaffe called with the idea to start a giving design consultation for the cost of a donation to a charity, Baltimore jumped into action, making the idea a reality by reaching out to 52 decorators and style-makers from across the country to ask if they’d join the cause.

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Designer Keith Baltimore.

Courtesy of Keith Baltimore

Together with Kim Poulos Lieberz, CEO of KGI Design Group, the trio launched DesignGivers, a nonprofit organization where design industry professionals offer virtual interior design consultations while

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Need advice on decorating your home during lockdown? Try a virtual interior-design service

The lockdown experience has inspired some to declutter, repaint and generally sort out their home; while others stare blankly at their own four walls, beginning to hate them but not knowing how to go about changing them. So this bank holiday weekend, the last until August, is just the time when you could do with calling in an interior designer – if only you were allowed to let them into your home.

Some, however, are getting around the issue by launching virtual design services, offering their expertise over Zoom, FaceTime or WhatsApp, to give clients the experience of working with a professional decorator with zero contact. Among them is interior designer, Benji Lewis, who launched his new spin-off service, Zoom That Room, just after lockdown kicked in.

For him, this new way of working is not only timely, but also democratises the whole process: those who wouldn’t normally

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Virtual Design Services – Modsy Online Design During a Pandemic

For many people, home improvement and redesign projects were halted when shelter-in-place orders went into effect as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. With contractors and interior designers no longer allowed to set foot physically in their clients’ spaces, executing the dreamed-of design visions has been difficult at best. So it’s only natural if you’re among those who want to turn to an online design company that offers completely virtual—i.e., no personal contact—design services, providing clients with the tools they need to keep their redesigns rolling during this new era of social distancing. ELLE Decor recently spoke with Alessandra Wood, the vice president of style at the virtual design firm Modsy, to hear more about its online design process and what trends she has seen developing over the course of the past two months.

ELLE Decor: Can you give us a rundown of how Modsy operates?

Alessandra Wood: Modsy

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