This Virtual Showhouse Is Debuting Online and Off Next Month

For the first time in its 43-year history, the San Francisco Decorator Showcase, which benefits San Francisco University High School, is going virtual—at least in part. Designers are still taking over rooms—27 of them, to be exact, at the Mediterranean-style house at 22 22nd Avenue in the city’s West Clay Park neighborhood. But given the currently-in-flux COVID-19 crisis and the myriad regulations that govern group get-togethers these days, the showhouse’s organizers have added digital components that are anything but sides to the entrée of the home itself. 

In fact, while there are tentative plans to move forward with in-person tours from August 29–September 27, it’s likely that most of this year’s visitors will instead partake in walk-through video tours of the house and gardens, an interactive 3D self-guided tour, and online designer interviews than will actually visit the physical location. 

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See real-life design successes during virtual ASID ‘Kitchens, Baths, and More Tour’ July 11

Home feeling humdrum after weeks spent inside? Get inspired by the dramatic home remodels spotlighted at the San Diego chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers’ annual “Kitchens, Baths, and More Tour,” which is going virtual on July 11. The Zoom tour, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., will showcase eight homes in San Diego County.

Participants will have the opportunity to live-chat with each designer about their project.

“This tour shows how designers can create beautiful interiors while working within the budgets, lifestyles and tastes of homeowners,” said event chairwoman Kathleen Kita-Palmer, ASID. “Mino Pro Media has created amazing interactive videos of the homes to fully experience the designs.

“This is the perfect opportunity to get inspired, see what’s trending, and explore distinctly different styles: urban and suburban, contemporary, traditional and eclectic,” she added.

Participating designers are Marcia Bryan, ASID, Bryan Design Group; Renae Farley, ASID, Renae Farley

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How to pick the right read and host a virtual discussion on Zoom

Here’s something you can still do very well while staying at home to avoid coronavirus exposure: Read a book.

Another thing you can do effectively while quarantined? Participate in a book club.

Sure, it will be different without everyone piling onto the same couch or convening at a favorite coffee shop. But take it from three book clubbers (longtime host Barbara VanDenburgh, regular reader Mary Cadden and newbie Carly Mallenbaum all collaborated on this story), virtual book club has the potential to be a rewarding and intimate meet-up that serves a calendar commitment you’re actually psyched for.

Plus, you can invite people who don’t live in your city, or even your time zone!

So how do you put together a successful book club while in lockdown? We have some tips: 

Staying Apart, Together: A newsletter about how to cope with the coronavirus pandemic

Start with a small guest list

If

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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 consider hiring

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IKEA Brings Kitchen Design to Virtual Reality

IKEA has turned remodeling your kitchen into an HTC Vive VR game.

The Swedish furniture giant has launched a virtual reality app called the IKEA VR experience, just in time as the first HTC Vive headsets begin shipping today.

The pilot app which is available on Steam VR and built using Unreal Engine 4 from Epic Games, lets Vive headset owners design their own virtual Ikea kitchen that is true to size. Once inside the app, you can explore one of three differently-styled kitchen room settings and change the color of cabinets and drawers with a click.

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Change the color of cabinets.

Another feature is the ability to view the VR kitchen from different perspectives by either shrinking or stretching yourself to move around the kitchen at the size of a 3.3 foot-tall child or a 6.4 foot-tall adult. This could be a very useful feature, allowing you to walk

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2020 candidates and virtual campaigning: From Kennedy’s kitchen to Biden’s basement

“Use the top of your knife,” Boston chef Tiffani Faison gently coached over the video conference screen as the four-term congressman struggled to remove the bird’s backbone, one of the first steps in preparing Faison’s soy- and cola-infused poached chicken.

This is political campaigning in the age of coronavirus — an exercise that requires novel approaches from candidates who are sidelined by the pandemic from face-to-face retail politics and traditional fundraising. They’re confronting the challenge of breaking through the hourly doses of grim news from the outbreak’s front lines.

“While many folks have done parts of this before, nobody has ever had to run an entirely online campaign before,” said Amanda Litman, executive director for Run for Something, which helps progressive under-40 candidates. “We’re all figuring it out together.”

The approaches vary. For instance, Wendy Stolyarov, a Democrat running for city council in Sparks, Nevada, created mutual aid postcards emblazoned
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Take Virtual Class From Your Kitchen Counter With These Pros

Updated March 20, 2020

One of the hardest parts of hunkering down to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is giving up our daily routines. And for dancers, that means class. Last week we shared a number of online teaching platforms (including Miami City Ballet principal soloist Lauren Fadely’s new virtual ballet school), but now there are even more options. Over the weekend a handful of pros stepped forward to share that they’ll be giving virtual class via Instagram or Facebook Live. So stake a claim to your kitchen counter, and start organizing your schedule for the week.

Have you seen an option for online class that we’ve missed? Share it in the comments and we’ll add it to this list!


Tamara Rojo

English National Ballet artistic director and lead principal dancer, Tamara Rojo, is teaching class via ENB’s YouTube and Facebook pages. You can watch today’s class here, or tune

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Take Virtual Class From Your Kitchen With These 6 Ballet Pros

One of the hardest parts of hunkering down to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is giving up our daily routines. And for dancers, that means class.

Last week we shared a number of online teaching platforms, but now there are even more options. Over the weekend a handful of pros stepped forward to share that they’ll be giving virtual class via Instagram or Facebook Live. So stake a claim to your kitchen counter, and start organizing your schedule for the week.


Tiler Peck 

New York City Ballet star Tiler Peck is giving class from her family’s home in Bakersfield, CA. She wrote on Instagram that she was scheduled to teach an advanced class at her sister’s dance school, but given the circumstances decided to open it up to the public.

Where: @tilerpeck Live

When: Monday, March 16 at 10 am PST/1 pm EST

Chun Wai Chan 

“Trust me,” wrote Houston

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