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Readying your teen for virtual school this fall? Create new at-home study spaces with these tips

Motivation to hit the books books can be difficult to find. Make it easier with a comfortable space reserved for study time. Stimulate the mind with colorful supplies and designs that inspire.

Available in an assortment of colors, the Swingline Anywhere stapler helps students keep it all together. $4.59, target.com

The Realspace Halton desk combines style and utility, featuring a sleek design and drawers for files and office supplies. $199.99, Office Depot

Realspace Halton desk from Office Depot
Realspace Halton desk from Office Depot

This sticky memo notepad ball comes in a colorful array and a fun shape. $12,

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Sticky memo notepad ball from Urban Outfitters
Sticky memo notepad ball from Urban Outfitters

The Pen to Paper mousepad serves double duty, functioning as a notepad, too. $12,

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Pen to Paper mousepad from Urban Outfitters
Pen to Paper mousepad from Urban Outfitters

Room Essentials’ organizer task lamp illuminates any space and holds small supplies in its base. $14.99, target.com

Artori Design’s Book & Hero bookend, available through Amazon
Artori Design’s Book & Hero bookend, available through Amazon

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This couple was fed up with expensive rent, so they turned an old school bus into a home

Starla Sullivan, 29, and her husband Brian were housesitting when the inspiration for a nontraditional abode came about. 

The couple was staying temporarily at an expansive, cookie-cutter house owned by Sullivan’s mom who was away on vacation. It looked like every other home on the block with a manicured lawn. It was the classic American dream home, Sullivan said. 

“Staying there helped me realize I didn’t want one of those big, ticky tacky, they-all-look-just-the-same houses,” Sullivan said. “To me, it was just big, dark, lonely and sad.”

While housesitting, the couple cozied up in front of a fire and watched YouTube videos. They stumbled upon a “random” couple who lived inside a converted school bus. 

“A month later, we bought one,” Sullivan said. 

Bored under lockdown: This couple built a ‘hot tub trailer’ on wheels during COVID-19

Masks required: Walmart, Target among retailers adding face masks requirements due to COVID-19

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Without End-of-Year School Fashion Shows, How Are Design Graduates Showcasing Their Work?

Finishing thesis collections and showcasing them from quarantine has created both challenges and opportunities for fashion school grads.

Michelle Hill, a B.F.A. Accessory Design graduate at SCAD, presents her final collection digitally.
Michelle Hill, a B.F.A. Accessory Design graduate at SCAD, presents her final collection digitally.

While marquee-name designers are still trying figure out if and how they’ll approach Spring 2021 fashion shows come September, a different group of designers has already been forced to navigate this challenge, and without much time to prepare.

Typically, May is when prominent design schools hold runway events — sometimes doubling as fundraisers — where at least a selection of graduating students get to showcase their work. They might also get their garments judged in-person by faculty and/or a jury of industry professionals. Potential employers can be among the audience members. 

For many graduating students, these runway shows represent everything they’ve been working toward throughout their undergraduate and graduate careers. They enter fashion school as freshmen or first-year

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