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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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Pants or no pants? Tips for virtual job interviews from home

If you have the good fortune of scoring a virtual job interview in the middle of a pandemic, the initial euphoria of potential employment may soon be replaced with anxiety over what to wear – as well as putting your home life on display for a potential employer.

And with good reason. Social scientists have found that traditional interviews – without set questions or scoring metrics – are poor predictors of job performance.

When this happens, interviewers make subjective judgments based on irrelevant information, like physical appearance and nonverbal cuesIllegal stereotypes based on gender and race may also be at play.

And unfortunately, employment litigation has not succeeded in tamping down these practices. Although many companies were successfully sued in the early 2000s for making subjective employment decisions in hiring, pay and promotion, a Supreme Court ruling in 2012 made those claims nearly impossible to bring as a

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Virtual Design Services – Modsy Online Design During a Pandemic

For many people, home improvement and redesign projects were halted when shelter-in-place orders went into effect as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. With contractors and interior designers no longer allowed to set foot physically in their clients’ spaces, executing the dreamed-of design visions has been difficult at best. So it’s only natural if you’re among those who want to turn to an online design company that offers completely virtual—i.e., no personal contact—design services, providing clients with the tools they need to keep their redesigns rolling during this new era of social distancing. ELLE Decor recently spoke with Alessandra Wood, the vice president of style at the virtual design firm Modsy, to hear more about its online design process and what trends she has seen developing over the course of the past two months.

ELLE Decor: Can you give us a rundown of how Modsy operates?

Alessandra Wood: Modsy

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