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Need advice on decorating your home during lockdown? Try a virtual interior-design service

The lockdown experience has inspired some to declutter, repaint and generally sort out their home; while others stare blankly at their own four walls, beginning to hate them but not knowing how to go about changing them. So this bank holiday weekend, the last until August, is just the time when you could do with calling in an interior designer – if only you were allowed to let them into your home.

Some, however, are getting around the issue by launching virtual design services, offering their expertise over Zoom, FaceTime or WhatsApp, to give clients the experience of working with a professional decorator with zero contact. Among them is interior designer, Benji Lewis, who launched his new spin-off service, Zoom That Room, just after lockdown kicked in.

For him, this new way of working is not only timely, but also democratises the whole process: those who wouldn’t normally

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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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