Interior

Modsy Announces $1,000 WFH Makeover Giveaway to Upgrade Your Home Office

Raise your hand if your “home office” is just a desk and chair in your closet or that one corner of your dining room table. If you’ve had to get creative to make a functioning workspace at home, you’re not alone (even Demi Moore had to move a miniature couch into her bathroom to work on her podcast). With many offices still closed indefinitely amid the ongoing pandemic, it’s probably time to upgrade your makeshift WFH setup. Well, now’s your chance because Modsy, an online interior design service, is giving away a $1,000 for a home office makeover.

Today, Modsy launched its WFH Glow Up Giveaway for those who are tired of their current setup or those who want help creating their dream workspace. The lucky winner, whom Modsy will choose at random, will get $1,000 Modsy voucher to use toward a total home office makeover. That includes a one-on-one

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Inside a Montauk Midcentury Home Where Past and Future Unite

At first, the prospect of outfitting and inhabiting a home composed entirely of hexagonal rooms seemed, well, daunting. But that was the challenge that powerhouse architect Lauren Rottet assumed when she purchased an idiosyncratic house in Montauk, New York, designed by the legendary modernist maestro George Nelson and his partner Gordon Chadwick. “Most designers are taught to think in right angles and rectangles,” says Rottet, the principal of Houston-based Rottet Studio, an international architecture and interior design firm with branches in New York and Los Angeles. “But after I divorced myself from that traditional academic thinking, I discovered the hexagon is really an amenable shape in design. What first seemed totally restricting ended up being completely liberating,” she adds.

Rottet’s path to domestic bliss on the easternmost end of Long Island took a circuitous route. For years, California had been the focus of the architect’s search for a second home

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10 ways to optimize home office and the biggest mistakes to avoid

  • Amie T. Keener is a registered interior designer and associate at Gensler.
  • Many people may have set up their home offices not expecting to be there for the long haul, but it’s becoming increasingly clear we may be home for several more months.
  • Now you may be scrambling to create a better home office.
  • But before you do so, pay attention to these possible pitfalls, especially when ordering furniture online.
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Like many others, I initially thought we would be working from home just a couple of weeks.

I set up a bar height bistro table in the corner of the living room as my desk space. But, as the weeks passed, I moved my desk to the other side of the room to face out the window to take in nature, and occasionally, I’ll see a hummingbird quickly dashing around the yard.  

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Amie

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Homeowner shoots intruder after bizarre night in Palo, authorizes say

First it was the glass breaking out of a window in the child’s bedroom. Then a flowerpot came crashing through a pane in the front door.

An intruder stepped over the broken shards of the door and — at nearly 3 a.m. — into the house on Palo’s Ridgeview Drive.

Authorities said that is when homeowner Jordan Schulte armed himself with a 9 mm pistol and went to investigate.

Threatened by the intruder inside his house, Schulte fired one shot, authorities said.

Sheriff’s deputies and paramedics tried to revive the intruder — later identified as Kevin Kawanzel Harris, 40, of Cedar Rapids — but he died just after 3 a.m. in the home’s entry way.

On Monday afternoon, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office described in detail the bizarre path that Harris had cut through the neighborhood early that morning, moments before his death.

Court records show Harris had an extensive

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Tiny offices provide peace and quiet for stay-at-home workers, remote learners

It took a few months, but a Lake Forest family recently came to a hard realization about pandemic living.

“Our house seemed big when we used to leave it and go places,” Catherine Stewart said. “With four kids and the prospect of working from home for a more extended period of time, while now also having online learners and a toddler in the house, we needed more space.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

It gets absolutely crazy in the house, and you need a place to go and focus and concentrate.”

Stewart, an attorney, needed a completed workspace, and she and her husband, Ted, a gym teacher and athletic director at Lake Forest Country Day School who is also working from home, readily admit they’re not especially handy. They needed a finished space, and they needed it quickly.

“My husband’s online classes would make it sound like I was in the middle of an exercise

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Most Expensive Home In San Francisco’s Marina District Aims For $25 Million

Imagine waking up every morning to serene views of the Golden Gate Bridge and beyond. A dreamy home for sale in San Francisco is the perfect haven for peace and quiet or adventures that await right outside the door.

Juxtaposed against San Francisco’s most iconic backdrop, the newly constructed home at 435 Marina Boulevard is the most expensive home ever listed in the city’s Marina District with an asking price of $25 million.

A showpiece of modern coastal design, the home was built by Manouch Moshayedi, a competitive sailor and real estate developer. It spans over more than 7,030 square feet of living space, including a rooftop deck with a 360-degree vantage point.

Sophistication and craftsmanship are

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Can you guess which part of your car interior is four times dirtier than a toilet seat?



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Many of us have a messy car interior, but you probably never thought that any area could be dirtier than a toilet seat.

There are those of us who keep our cars spick and span, and then there are those of us who use the car as a second storage space or occasional bin.

If you find yourself in the latter category, this study may make you change your mind about what you dump in your car.



a person sitting on the seat of a car: Many of us have a messy car interior, but you probably never thought that any area could be dirtier than a toilet seat. Pic: Getty Images


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Many of us have a messy car interior, but you probably never thought that any area could be dirtier than a toilet seat. Pic: Getty Images

A new study has revealed that car stereos are 371% or four times dirtier than a communal office toilet seat.

If that wasn’t bad enough, a car gear stick, is on average, 331% or three times dirtier than the

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How to Mix Styles and Materials in Your Home

Suffice it to say, Jamie Drake loves a healthy mix. “I think that any room that is a snapshot of one moment in time, whether it is 1740 or 2020, is a missed opportunity to think about other ages, places, and cultures,” says the designer. A richer, more timeless space can be conjured through a medley of materials (incorporated through mixing styles and eras)—it’s why Drake is always looking for variety in his designs.



a drawing of a face: Jamie Drake @designerjamiedrake


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Jamie Drake @designerjamiedrake



a living room filled with furniture and vase of flowers on a table: There are many ways to create interesting layers.


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There are many ways to create interesting layers.

“Being a designer is akin to being a painter, just in three dimensions,” Drake posits. “And so when I am working on a scheme, I’m always envisioning how things come together and sit next to each other—just as any great painter might be, say, working with a palette of primarily blue and wondering, Where do I put that one

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9 things you should do to your home before fall starts

Yes, lighting pumpkin candles is a crucial part of getting ready for the change of seasons, but there are more important — and not exactly fun — preparations that come with being a homeowner. Consider this everything you need to know before your house transitions from hot summer days to cool fall nights and, eventually, freezing temperatures.



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1. Clean, or possibly replace, your gutters.

You’re so used to your gutters working properly — and draining thousands of gallons of water from your roof yearly — that you forget they could use a little TLC. If they’re clogged, you can end up with a flooded interior and damaged exterior. So clean them with a gutter tool or get them professionally done, or if necessary, replace them.

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2. Check for drafts.

Heat loss through windows is responsible for 25 to 30% of heating energy use,

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Why These Iconic Interior Designers Are Still as Relevant as Ever

They say that good design is timeless. The creatives who carry on the legacies of design stars like Dorothy Draper, Sister Parish, and Tony Duquette would be inclined to agree. Decades after these luminaries first left their creative marks on houses, hotels, and more, their influence continues, thanks to successors who are saving and adapting their work today. House Beautiful spoke to Carleton Varney, Eliza Crater Harris, and Hutton Wilkinson to learn what it means to conserve (and reimagine) the creative visions of these design legends.



a room filled with furniture and a fire place: House Beautiful spoke to Carleton Varney, Eliza Crater Harris, and Hutton Wilkinson to learn what it means to conserve (and adapt, when necessary) the remarkable creations and visions of design legends Dorothy Draper, Sister Parish, and Tony Duquette.


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House Beautiful spoke to Carleton Varney, Eliza Crater Harris, and Hutton Wilkinson to learn what it means to conserve (and adapt, when necessary) the remarkable creations and visions of design legends Dorothy Draper, Sister Parish, and Tony Duquette.

Carleton Varney, the President of Dorothy Draper & Company, first met Mrs. Draper shortly after attending graduate school at New York University to

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