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

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Joanna Gaines gives an update on life at home with Chip and the kids

Angela R. James

Life as we know it has changed in recent weeks with social distancing and self-quarantine keeping families close to home — and closer to each other than ever before.

It’s no different for former “Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines, who are currently hunkered down with their kids on the family’s farm in Waco, Texas, without the distractions classes, work and outside interactions usually provide.

But as Joanna explained during a Wednesday morning virtual visit to TODAY, while this new way of life comes with extra challenges, it comes with plenty of perks, too.

“The kids are loving

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30 Best Home Decor Stores to Shop Online in 2020

Angela R. James

While perusing the selection inside of a brick-and-mortar home decor store may be one of our favorite ways to gather inspiration, we have to admit that digital browsing is just so much more convenient. You can completely deck-out your digs, while also being able to take measurements and compare costs right from the comfort of your (soon-to-be-upgraded) couch!

Another major plus to shopping for home decor online is that there are plenty of ways to save on big-ticket purchases that may not be available in stores. The most obvious one is to sign up for a retailer’s newsletter list if
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See How Designers Are Making It Work While Working From Home

Angela R. James

All nonessential professionals are being ordered to work from home throughout many U.S. cities in response to the coronavirus pandemic. In our community, designers have had to pull together a work-from-home solution or retreat to their home offices—which are often, as expected, thoughtfully designed—and conduct business remotely. AD PRO asked 10 designers for their creative solutions to making it work, and the responses are inspiring.

Ginny Macdonald, Ginny Macdonald Design

“I love to have a routine and try to separate work and home life as much as one can do when running their own business. It was around this

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How this philanthropic couple merged their passion for art and fashion in an enchanting home

Angela R. James

The moment they saw the expansive, Plantation-style home, nestled within lush, mature trees on their house-hunting journey five years ago, Jose and Heide Dans were smitten. “It reminded us of a favorite house we’ve visited at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic. We wanted a resort feel with large indoor and outdoor spaces for entertaining,” explains Jose. The 8,000-square-foot house, built in 2005, had great bones but desperately needed a modern revamp.

Jose and Heide Dans in the foyer alongside the stair banister designed by Jose himself. Flowers by D’Storyteller.
Jose and Heide Dans in the foyer alongside the stair banister designed by Jose himself. Flowers by D’Storyteller.

The dazzling upgrade began by replacing ubiquitous white marble

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