10 ways to make your work from home desk less depressing

Despite what your current surroundings may suggest, your work from home desk doesn’t have to be depressing.

Since coronavirus social distancing orders went into effect, those lucky enough have been spending the majority of their days working at home. Not being able to commute into the office and see your co-workers in person is sad enough without a bland desk setup, so if you have to work from home you might as well spruce up your workspace a bit.

You don’t need a fancy home office to enjoy working from home. Whether you’ve turned your kitchen table into a workspace or cleaned off the actual desk in your room that’s been holding piles of clothes for the past few months, your setup has a ton of potential.

Your WFH desk has the power to lift your spirits during the day, so it’s worth putting some effort into. Here are 10

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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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10 New Skills To Learn While You’re Staying Home

This article originally appeared on the DealTown Patch

In an effort to stop the spread of the new coronavirus and lessen the burden on our health care system, those of us who can are staying home. If you find yourself with more free time on your hands, why not take this opportunity to develop a skill? Learn a new language, paint, make hot sauce from scratch — do anything that keeps your mind active.

We’ve rounded up 10 kits, crafts and products to keep you entertained and engaged right at home. These activities will help you pass the time and leave you better for having done them. And who knows? You might just discover a hidden talent!

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Peruvian Connection Ventures Into Home

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Peruvian Connection, known for its artisan-made apparel collections, alpaca coats and knits, is venturing into the home category with a bedding collection.

The mixed-print sets of cotton sateen sheets and duvets, woven and knit alpaca throws and pillows, printed velvet pillows and matelassé cotton coverlets with shams, $115 to $430, will be available in Peruvian Connection retail stores and online beginning in July. Designed in-house — the company is based just outside Kansas City, Mo. — the 15-piece collection incorporates new and archival prints based on Andean weavings and other “ethnographic textiles” that have inspired founder Annie Hurlbut Zander over the years.

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Hurlbut, a Yale-educated anthropologist who launched the brand while living in Peru in 1976, has had a lifelong obsession with textiles, amassing a collection of antique rugs, tapestries, quilts and wall hangings from around the world. Since Peruvian

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