Mary Z. Quinn

The Coronavirus’ Dramatic Effect on Interior Design

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It might seem a little presumptuous to compile a “what to look for in 2021 interior design” piece, as 2020 itself is barely half over. But what a half-year it’s been. Spending months in quarantine has already dramatically impacted design, with new trends that will undoubtedly continue to resonate well into 2021 and beyond.

One of the foremost decorative themes that burbled away in the first half of the year and is almost guaranteed to explode in the near future, is the art of bringing the outdoors inside. Nature-starved homeowners have been craving what they’ve been denied of late, so expect to see an increased number of plants and lush indoor gardens, earth-toned color schemes, outdoor-style interior flooring, and even the occasional attached greenhouse.

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Will the remote work craze sparked by COVID-10 sound a death knell for office buildings?

Elliott Holt was always firmly opposed to letting employees work from home.

“There’s no control over it,” says the CEO of a Nashville-based medical records company. “We like to be in control.”

With MediCopy growing at breakneck speed, its work-in-the office ethos spelled a feverish expansion of its physical presence in Nashville. After adding a second office two years ago, the firm was poised to lease a third last month.

But since the coronavirus pandemic has forced nearly all of MediCopy’s 200 employees to work from home, Holt has had an abrupt change of heart. He says he’ll let staffers continue to telecommute for the long term, prompting him to relinquish both of the additional offices, convert his headquarters into a training center, and save $350,000 a year in leasing costs.

“Things are working the way they are,” he says.

Elliott Holt, CEO of MediCopy

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Branching out in Mount Washington

Decking built around mature trees creates a feeling of living in a tree house at this recently renovated home in the Mount Washington neighborhood of Los Angeles. Designed by local firm KeltnerCo, the house has been outfitted with dark Calacatta marble countertops in the kitchen and a three-sided fireplace in the living room. A cedar soaking tub and a detached studio are among new additions to the grounds.

The details

Location: 4730 San Rafael Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90042

Asking price: $2.149 million

Built: 1924 (renovated in 2020)

Living area: 2,830 square feet, three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms

Lot size: 8,667 square feet

Features: High ceiling; picture windows; living room with three-sided fireplace; center-island kitchen; exterior decking; separate studio

About the area: In the 90042 ZIP Code, based on 10 sales, the median price for single-family home sales in May was $825,000, a 0.6% increase year-over-year, according to CoreLogic.

Agents: Morgan

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19 deals on desks, chairs, and accessories for your home office

19 deals on desks, chairs, and accessories for your home office
19 deals on desks, chairs, and accessories for your home office

Believe it or not, we’re already in part two of 2020. If you’re one of the millions of Americans who traded a suit in for sweatpants earlier this year, you’re probably pretty used to working from home by now. You’re probably also pretty sick of your WFH setup. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the best deals on the web to upgrade your home office setup.

From desks and chairs to fidget toys and mini-fridges, these deals can make your remote workspace even more productive than a typical office. All you need now is an office dog.


Quest 45″ Wide PC Gamer Computer Desk

This desk can help you get your head in the game by organizing your workspace. It features a cup holder, a headphone hook, two USB charging ports, three grounded outlet receptors, and a

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