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Is working from home not working so well? Use these designer hacks to carve out a happy office nook

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Yes, it's possible to create a happy work space at home. (Photo: Getty Images)
Yes, it’s possible to create a happy work space at home. (Photo: Getty Images)

With all of us conducting business from our counters and sofas these days, having a dedicated home office is on everyone’s wish list. Case in point: Havenly, an online interior design service, says that requests for home offices skyrocketed from 6 percent in 2019 to 26 percent today. And since February requests have gone up 160 percent.

“It all jumped the week of March 16, when the world went indoors,” says Lee Mayer, CEO of Havenly. “Even when we can go back, more people will work from home than ever before. So having a space you can be productive in

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Designer hacks for setting up shop just about anywhere

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Yes, it's possible to create a calm, productive work space at home. (Photo: Havenly)
Yes, it’s possible to create a calm, productive work space at home. (Photo: Havenly)

With all of us conducting business from our counters and sofas these days, having a dedicated home office is on everyone’s wish list. Case in point: Havenly, an online interior design service, says that requests for home offices skyrocketed from 6 percent in 2019 to 26 percent today. And since February requests have gone up 160 percent.

“It all jumped the week of March 16, when the world went indoors,” says Lee Mayer, CEO of Havenly. “Even when we can go back, more people will work from home than ever before. So having a space you can be productive in

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Designer Kelly Finley Donates Her Services to COVID-19 Essential Workers

Though the coronavirus pandemic has brought the world to a standstill over the last three months, the design community—from big brands to small businesses—has stepped up to help in a wide range of ways, whether that be sewing masks, donating goods, or organizing fundraisers. And sometimes they’re helping out by acknowledging and thanking essential workers.

Take, for instance, Oakland-based designer Kelly Finley. Finley, a former lawyer, runs the nonprofit Joy Street Initiative, an offshoot of her studio Joy Street Design. Joy Street Initiative typically works on community efforts like renovating women’s shelters in the Bay Area. When the pandemic slowed down the organization’s scheduled projects, Finley decided to redirect its resources to COVID-19 frontliners—a term she uses broadly to encompass everyone from medical professionals to grocery store employees to delivery people—by setting up a giveaway on Instagram last month.

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Inside Quibi’s Murder House Flip with Designer Joelle Uzyel

The best show to come out of quarantine since Tiger King is Murder House Flip, a new series from Quibi that offers the true-crime-meets-home-improvement mashup you didn’t know you needed. It follows a format familiar to HGTV’s Fixer Upper, but with a spooky twist: All the houses being remodeled have a dark past. Like, bodies-buried-in-the-backyard kind of dark. Literally.

The show’s designers, Mikel Welch and Joelle Uzyel, operate as a Chip and Joanna Gaines-esque duo (except they’re not married) to renovate disturbing digs where infamous killings have taken place, like the brutal 1988 murder of Jaws: The Revenge child actor Judith Barsi.

ELLE.com spoke to Uzyel, a Beverly Hills-based interior designer, about working in these spaces—and what it’s like to have the occasional run-in with a ghost.

So…how does one get into flipping murder houses exactly?

When I first told my family, they thought it was a joke.

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