Amanda Lindroth New Rattan and Wicker Furniture Collection 2020

“RATTAN AND WICKER are a central part of my decorating DNA,” proclaims Amanda Lindroth, the island whisperer whose design sensibility practically comes with a cold drink under a slowly rotating ceiling fan.

Designer Amanda Lindroth

Graciela Cattarossi

No wonder, then, that Lindroth, who lives part-time in the Bahamas, would offer us a peacock chair (a double one at that) to sink into. The majestic two seater is one of 25 pieces in her first furniture collection, which debuts this spring. Whether positioned as a courtly entry “bench” or stately anchor in a porch seating arrangement, the twin throne hints at the classic — and often whimsical — island grandeur that defines the new line of furnishings.

amanda lindroth peacock chair
Double Peacock chair, $2,499

Courtesy of Amanda Lindroth

“I had been collecting sketches,” explains Lindroth, adding that vintage items have become scarcer and scarcer. For inspiration, she borrowed from her own house in the

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How Margherita Missoni Is Staying Creative at Home

“Mondays like Sundays, like Tuesdays, like Wednesdays….” Margherita Maccapani Missoni quipped in a recent Instagram post depicting a photo of her family’s vibrant lunchtime mise en place. It summed up the way of the world we currently live in, where days seamlessly blend together and the line between the work-week and weekend remains blurred.

Yet despite this standstill, Missoni, along with her two children and husband, Eugenio Amos, are still determined to bring the legendary Italian family’s signature beauty—one exploding with colors and patterns and humor—to the fore. “It’s surreal,” she says over the phone on a warm day in Varese, one hour northwest of Milan. “You don’t really know what’s happening outside. I think it’s been about five weeks, but I actually don’t know anymore. I am enjoying this pace of life, but I feel very anxious about the world we live in. I’m worried for Italy, and

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7 spirit-uplifting things to do at home if you live alone

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Needless to say, the world has changed quite a bit in the last couple months. Less social interactions, less physical touch and less outdoor life has been a hard pill to swallow. But while this life of social distancing has become commonplace, it can also take a toll on you — especially if you live alone.

The truth is, humans are not designed to be alone and the lack of contact with others for long periods of time can lead to a decline in mental health, according to professor Ian Hickie at the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre.

“Humans are social animals,” Hickie told CNBC Make

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Parenting advice on talking to your kids

Many of us have been sheltering in place for weeks at this point. We’ve adjusted to vastly different day-to-day lives, ones that often see us juggling duties even more than we were before shelter-in-home and social distancing guidelines were in place.

But just because we’re semi-accustomed to things doesn’t make it easier, particularly for parents. We have questions and fears, so of course our kids have questions and fears. 

For some clarity on what we should or shouldn’t be doing and saying during this time, we spoke with Dr. Shayda Ahi, a clinical psychologist based who specializes in children and adolescents, both through her private practice and working at the Brookwood School in Manchester, Mass. 

With all children

First and foremost, with all children, Ahi says it’s good to show our feelings, in ways that are age-appropriate relative to our kids.

“We need to be open and honest with them.

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