• Garden Design

    ‘The pandemic lit a fire inside me’: how three high-fliers retrained as garden designers | Gardens

    A table and chairs covered in lichen; a grubby patio; an overgrown bed teeming with weeds … those of us with outdoor space all have corners that need attention. And as many of us continue to work from home, spending more time in the garden and entertaining friends, there has been a growing demand for professionals to visit and beautify our gardens and terraces. But, as reported earlier this summer, there’s a waiting list: the average garden designer has experienced a 25% jump in inquiries over the past year, and, according to the latest figures, has seen their turnover  

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  • Home Design

    Pandemic must-haves redefined home design

    The pandemic has had a major impact on real estate in terms of pricing, inventory, availability and values. But it has also left its mark on home design with many homeowners, builders and remodelers reimagining almost every room in the house. When the pandemic forced both parents to work from home, and children were schooling from home as well, suddenly the dining room defaulted to a second office space. Zoom calls were being done from the makeshift office set up in the master bedroom because it was quiet. Kids were doing schoolwork at the kitchen island. All of which are  

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  • Home Improvement

    Pandemic remodeling: Average person started two home improvement projects during COVID

    NEW YORK — From adopting a furry friend to taking on some much-needed home repairs, seven in 10 Americans say they’ve made a lot of changes in their lives over the last year. One in five Americans adopted a pet thanks to the added time at home. However, other respondents are taking on some more labor-intensive challenges. The survey of 2,000 Americans analyzed how the pandemic has changed people’s lives while at home. Some of the other top changes respondents are making during the course of the pandemic include renovating a house, apartment, or condo, buying a car or motorcycle,  

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  • Garden Design

    Pandemic, lockdown result in changing spaces, attitudes

    In talking with designers and gardeners about what’s trending in 2021, it became clear that an overall shift has occurred in the ways in which people are using their space. We talked with HGTV’s home director and content manager Jami Supsic and owner/designer Jayne Cedeno of Osterville-based Fernbrook Interiors, who both say the biggest thing this year has not just been people transforming their home spaces, but also a desire to bring more nature into their homes. On that note, master gardeners Cherie Bryan, Tom Farkas and Sharon Oudemool enlightened us on trends in the garden, where a newfound  

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  • Home Design

    Hand-drawn home design in high demand during pandemic

    Our focus on our homes during the pandemic has increased the activity on the housing market, and the construction to improve where we already live. Leeds Custom Design has been the busiest Lead Designer Joe Tralongo has seen in 20 years. Leeds Custom Design creates custom spaces for kitchens, closets, offices and more. “We have boundaries, we have appliances, we have walls, we have plumbing, so we can be really creative within the boundaries that that have,” Tralongo explained. At a time when the vast majority of designers in similar positions go straight from a conversation with a client into  

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